I am going to have to get out of this mindset that gels are too expensive to use on training runs and that I should only be training with water and only use gels to improve my performance on the actual event.
I'm not in the military, I'm not a prepper delusional enough to think that I need to train for a Chris Ryan style escape and evasion. I'm doing this because I enjoy it and I did not enjoy today's run. The weather was glorious, clear blue skies, no wind, 23 degrees Celsius in the shade. I was running with 56lbs on my back including 3 litres of water combat trousers, 2 pairs of socks and boots. There were several points during the run I felt dizzy to the point I had to almost go down on my knees or I would have fallen over. I knew from the start it was going to be a killer so when I got to the first hill I only ran up the steps then walked the rest of the hill as I wanted to save energy for the rest of the run, because at that point I still intended to do the full 16 miles. It was when I came to the hill up Troserch road that leads to Burning-Calfs Hill I realised that I was taking on too much in that heat. Troserch Hill I usually find difficult but not overly difficult. Today I ran where I could trying to make myself run but it just wasn't happening. I had a very strange insane moment where I had a small panic attack, feeling claustrophobic just because my hands had swollen so much my wedding ring was digging into my finger (I know I'm a freak!). I knew that there weren't many people likely to be in the woods and my wife wasn't expecting me back for 4-5 hours, so if anything had happened it would be about 6 hours until I was found so I decided to just call it a day at the end of the loop. I know this sounds a bit extreme, but that was how I was feeling. I completed the 7.6 miles in 1 hour 54 minutes. Details on the route and performance can be found HERE.
My plan on race day was to carry 2 litres of water in my bladder and the 3rd litre in a separate container and at the earliest opportunity just empty it and do the Fan Dance with 2 litres saving 2.2lbs. That plan has now changed as during today's 7.6 miles I used ALL of my 2 litres and was thinking of breaking into the 3rd. I'm actually going to take a 2 litre bottle of electrolyte water for the DS to take to the half way point instead of the required 1 litre.