No...this thread is not for me...I only run when chased. It's for my bud Draq, who is planning on competing in his first marathon in a month or so. I want him to do well, so I thought I'd start this thread, so that anyone who is knowledgeable, could give him some training hints for this last month of training. I did a little Google-fu, and found out the biggest obstacle Draq faces is "Hitting the wall". From what I read, our liver and muscles turn carbs into glycogen, which we use as fuel. Even with "carb loading" our bodies can only store enough glycogen to run for 18-20m/29-32km. After that the body starts burning fat for energy. This is why the marathon is one of the only sporting events that you actually have to eat while competing. From what I read, what you eat, and how much you eat can help with getting past the wall. The amount of water you drink is important too....to little, you dehydrate, to much and you lose to much salt. So if there's anyone out there with some long distance running experience that would like to share some of their expertise, it would be greatly appreciated. A few questions: -With a month to go, how long of a distance and how often should you be training? -What kind of foods provide the best source of energy during the race?...and how often and how much should you eat? -How much and how often should you drink?..are salt pills a good idea? -I've heard blisters and chaffing can be a problem in a long distance run..what measures should one take to prevent this? Do you need to lube your butt cheeks? (hehe..I got to say lube your butt cheeks in a semi-science thread ) or use tape or talcum power in certain regions? -Pacing yourself is important...any advise on this? I just want Draq to do well. I, personally am in very poor cardiovascular health, and couldn't walk up a few flights of stairs without getting winded...so I am living vicariously through him. Plus..who knows..we might learn something.