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