Training for a marathon involves a lot of experimentation. You have to find the right shoes, the right pace, the right fuel and recovery that works for you. I'm currently half way through my training plan for the Detroit Marathon. I'm still struggling to find the right fueling strategy. I normally bring two gels (island boost - not really a gel but more of a liquid). For my 15 miler I thought maybe I would need 3 gels. I tried them at mile 6, 9 and 12. By the time I got to 12 it just didn't go down and I felt like it wasn't necessary. What do you do? I used to use sport beans during races, but now I have braces so that is probably not a good idea! I also tried eating ahead of time. I find that I have no appetite at 4:30 am when I'm rushing out the door. I forced myself to eat a few bites of bagel and peanut butter on my drive there. I can't say that I noticed any additional amount of energy having eaten something ahead of time. I'm going to try oatmeal and see if that does anything. I'm thinking of bringing fig newtons for the 18 and 20 mile long runs too. What snacks do you use for training? So far, I've been running out of gas around 10 miles or so. Granted, it is close to 90 degrees in sunny Arizona when I'm out there running, and obviously the weather on race day in Detroit won't be anything like that! One thing that I experimented with that has worked well is using compression socks afterwards. I didn't use them after my 14 mile run and I was sore for days. I used them after my 15 mile run and my legs felt fabulous, pretty much immediately! Any suggestions for fueling would be appreciated! In the meantime, I'll keep experimenting!