I am a sweets person. Sugar is the thing I reach for to snack and during any stressful situation, so when I suddenly start wanting salt I know something in my body is out of balance. As I started marathon training during the summer in Miami, this quickly became the case…I wanted salt, but at the same time knew I was actually getting plenty through my natural diet.
During my runs, I was started to feel a little light headed or just down right fatigued in ways that I had never noticed in any previous training cycle. A lot of folks kept pointing to dehydration, but the fact of the matter is I drink a minimum of 8oz of water per hour all day long…I could float a ship. I was actually flushing my body out between the long sweat sessions and all the pure water!!!
I started looking for a solution that was not Gatorade or another sports drink because I didn’t need the calories for energy. What I came across was SaltStick tablets. These are not salt pills, these are electrolyte tablets that provide Vitamin D3, Calcium, Magnesium, Chloride, Sodium and Potassium.
After taking them before each long run and any hard workouts I found:
A. It has stopped the lightheadedness I was getting from being so flushed of nutrients durin
g my workouts.
B. I’m not craving salt anymore because my body is better balancing my activities with what it needs
C. I stopped getting calf cramps.
For some reason it feels like this works faster for me than drinking any kind of sports drink and maybe it’s because I really needed the salt.. I mean I am a white chalky mess from my sweat sessions. For those who don’t live in Miami :) the truth is these are still a valuable tool to have in your arsenal! During the Seattle Marathon, Marlene, from Canada was my savior with electrolyte tabs to help stop my post race calf cramps.
How do you get your electrolytes? Ever experimented with pills instead of drinks?
I am grateful for vegetable chips
I am grateful for Newman’s cookies
I am grateful for warm ocean water
I am grateful for warm pool water
I am grateful for ocean breezes