Since everyone is telling me I need to make sure I eat enough salt during my long runs and since Chris is sick of me bumming salt off of him, I finally ordered a bottle of S!CAPS. I bought this brand because that's what Chris uses and because I don't know any better in regards to other brands.
I know the S!CAPS website says these tablets include all of this other junk that's good for you. Not like I'm a pro at web design or anything, but that website looks kind of cheaply made and generic. There's too much colorful writing and randomness. It looks like a big, phony advertisement.
SO the question is, is it really worth the money for these tablets and do they really work? Why in the world did I pay $18 for a stupid bottle of salt (about $7 of it was shipping, but still)? Why can't I just take a ziplock bag full of kitchen salt and drink it down while I'm running? That seems a whole lot cheaper. Isn't it all the same?
Table salt is not a good electrolyte source for long distance runs because it contains only sodium and chloride, with none of the other electrolytes found in blood plasma.If you use only table salt for a long run you will be unbalancing your body’s electrolyte supply.Consider the logic: sugar contains calories – can’t I just eat sugar to live?The cost of the product is from the other not-so-cheap ingredients and the packaging.
Do they work?Sure, lots of ultramarathon runners use them. For example: Anton Krupicka, and Scott Jurek – guys who want to win races.Check their blogs for more info.