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…with SaltStick Capsules


I’ve been meaning to review the SaltStick Capsules I’ve been long running with, but I just haven’t.

I’d explain my disdain for all Gel’s and Gu’s, but there is too much. Let me sum up: they make me nauseous. Like an I-don’t-want-to-run-anymore-just-want-to-curl-up-in-the-fetal-position-on-the-bathroom-rug-and-unswallow-my-breakfast-or-lunch-or-dinner-or-whathaveyou. The Gel’s are just too darn sweet (much like me). Which is somewhat interesting to me since I have a sweet tooth. Or teeth. I’d easily make a meal of ice cream and cupcakes daily.

Oh sure, the Gel’s and Gu’s worked initially when I started distance running several years back. But just like that, they made me sick. So, I’ve experimented and made due with some Chomps, Blocks, and Chews. I’ve even brought peanut butter crackers and most recently Justin’s Peanut Butter packets.

But I have never tried salt capsules.

When talking to my Boston marathoning co-worker about her salt capsules, she shared a few with me for a 20 mile long run I did a few weeks ago. I took the recommended dosages, which ended up being 1 capsule at mile 9, and another at mile 17.

I’ll be honest. I didn’t really know what to look for after taking them. But I will say, that after my 20 miler, I felt like I could have kept on running. At least for a few more miles. The one thing I noticed was that at mile 17, after taking my 2nd capsule, I had major dry mouth. Perhaps I needed more fluid with it? I bought my own SaltStick Capsules after this long run and have used them since. I think it’s going to work great in conjunction with what I already use!

Here is all the science behind salt capsules, because I can’t really explain it. Something about sweating and replacing your sweat with salt (Yes, I really read all the research. I’m not that dumb). So, go get all smart about it and tell me in layman’s terms. AKA-Blonde terms


3 thoughts on “…with SaltStick Capsules

  1. I’ve got a sweet tooth too, and found a couple things during races amazed me. One was a honey stinger gel. Maybe it’s because I wasn’t expecting it, but at the time it seemed like the single sweetest thing I’d ever had in my life, and I used to like picking out lumps of brown sugar and eating them. And late in IMC the Gu got horrible. Not sweet exactly, just my body saying “none of that!” Never done salt tabs, but do put salt in my energy drink. Does Nuun have salt in it?

  2. Sodium bicarbonate and sodium carbonate are the 3rd and 4th ingredients of Nuun respectively. However, I’m probably the only person out there who DOESN’T like Nuun, so I wouldn’t take any.

    The honey stingers ARE good. They seem to be just sweet enough.

  3. Those SaltStick Capsules sound interesting. I’ll have to try them. I recently was looking at electrolyte drinks at a health food store and they recommended Elete Electrolyte ( I haven’t had a chance to try it but I hear it sells well. It may be similar to the salt capsules since it contains sea water, sean mineral, water and potassium chloride.

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