The Salty Truth – Runners Take Notice!
So I went out and ran ten miles yesterday. Was my first double digit run since The Chicago Marathon (10/10/10). If you read my previous article, you probably remember the problems that I had during the marathon which necessitated my dropping out at mile 21.
Well yesterday, even though it is still October here, it was a beautiful warm day. The run was no problem, but I was sweating quite a bit. Of course I drank plenty of Vitalyte during the run as well as carried and consumed plenty of gel.
But at the end of my run, as I was walking up my driveway, I noticed that I was covered in white crystals. Yes, you guessed it correctly, it was all of the salt that I had been losing from my sweat. Since this was only a ten miler, I did not have any real problem develop, but my guess is that if I would have turned this into a much longer run, I could have repeated the problem I had during the marathon.
When I got back in my house, I pulled a bottle of salt tablets (that I had bought many years ago for hiking in Grand Canyon) off of my shelf. I swallowed a 1 gram tablet with some water and almost immediately felt as good as new. I am starting to think that as much electrolytes as I try to consume on long runs, I sweat an awful lot and perhaps the only way to replenish my salts that I am losing is to do it with actual salt tablets!
Everyone is different and I know some of you have no problem, but sweating and hot weather for me have always been potential problems lurking during long runs and Grand Canyon hiking. So I may be back to some experimentation with my old friend, the little white salt pill!
You are very correct- when you sweat you lose both sodium and potassium. Both are majorly important to your body and how it functions.
Keep up the good work. Awesome 10 miles yesterday.
Thanks Terry! It was nice. Hope you have a great day!