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Salt tablets in my future?

Posted Aug 26 2008 12:08pm

I'm feeling better and better during my long runs as of late. At the end of a 13 miler two weeks ago and a 15.5-miler last weekend, I've been strong enough to end each run by running a sub 8-minute mile.

But I still feel like something is missing. About an hour into both runs, I could feel a slight twinge in my right quad, and by mile 10, I'm doing the splish-splash: Fill your shoes up with water and run and you know what I'm talking about.

One of the coaches I was running with last Saturday heard my feet squishing all over the place and he said, "Man, you sweat a lot." I told him I was having a little twinge in my leg. He said, "Man, Kevin, you are not breathing hard, you are talking, you probably should try some salt tablets."

At the time, I'd had a few gel shots, and at every water stop, I'd had two cups of water. I was drenched in sweat, but my sweat did not taste like salt. Also, my pace at the time was about an 8:15 or so mile, but the temperature was in the high 70s. So part of me thinks the quad twinge was in part because of how hot it was, and that maybe I need to spend more time running long distances. Still, I bet taking some Hammer endurolytes before and during my long runs can't hurt.

And it just so happens, the Hammer people sent me some freebies when I ordered their chocolate gel shots a few weeks back. So, I'll try these endurolyte tabs during this weekend's 12-miler and see how I feel. I also know that I need to stretch a lot more than I do.

Anybody take salt tablets like Hammer or Succeed? Do they help?

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