Salt Tablets on 20 Miler
Today I finished my 20 mile run feeling fine. Last week I ran 16 miles and felt sick when I finished.
It was 75° when I started running today and grew warmer, but less humid, but it was the wind that was the best part. I know wind isn't always a runner's friend, but the wind blew over my sweaty skin and cooled me off. Last week was just hot and humid.
Because I sometimes have swollen hands, foot cramps or nausea at the end of long, hot runs, I use drinks and gels with more sodium in the summertime.
Today I used Succeed S Caps salt tablets (340mg sodium) in addition to Gu Brew blueberry pomegranate drink (245mg sodium) and Powerbar strawberry banana gel (200mg sodium). I used salt tabs because I only used the drink and gel last week and then I threw up - a first for me.
Today I noticed that I felt thirstier than usual towards the end of my run - not a problem, though. I think I drank more water today. I didn't have swollen hands, foot cramps or nausea. 9:47 average pace today - I was slower last week. Today I planned on 18, but felt so good (maybe because of the weather and/or salt tabs) that I ran 20 miles instead!
(On the other hand, here's a Competitor Magazine article stating salt tablets aren't a good idea, that you should just use salt packets.)
Photo: taken on my 20 mile run in Scotland