Saturday, I carried Clif Shot electrolyte in a bottle and in my Nathan and I tried an e-Gel in the flask. Hard to get down but since it was diluted in water I did get it down. No issues but we were only out for 2 hours and 45 minutes. I do think if I am going to do gels, I would need to go back to water. My fear is that they will shock my system as I am not sure if I can regulate them properly. I think the flask should help as it reduces the mess of the packets.
Sunday went short (6 miles) and only drank water.
Today, ran 12, the first 6 with Londell and the second 6 with Londell and Shelly, just drank my Clif Shot electrolyte but did carry it in a bottle as well as the Nathan to make sure I was drinking enough. Londell set an initial pace which was hard for me, HR was around 140. The achilles held during it so I was ok with it, it just showed that I do have a ways to go to get back some speed and endurance. The 2nd 6 miles we slowed a bit, HR dropped to lower 130's. The achilles got tight when I tried to push it at the end so I just backed off. Felt ok afterwards, tomorrow will tell.
The nice part about the weekend is that I did get in 31 miles and I am still walking. Sure beats out the 22 miles the previous 3 weeks where each run basically just hurt.
I also found the following post on gels on a blog called RunnerDude's. In taking a quick scan, it looks like he has a nice blog with some decent information.
So as to fueling update, nothing much to report, I do think that the advice I got from Adam, Kel, Steve, Wayne, Londell and others makes the most sense. Here is my summary of your advice; Drink and eat what you can, do it early and don't freak about it.