6'0 tall, former athlete, mother of 3, struggling to keep up on the RUN of daily life.

Friday, October 2, 2009

Salty and Pace

During Marathon training and for WEEKS following the Marathon I CRAVED Salt, had legs cramps and just felt OFF. When I was pregnant my doctor said what you crave is possibly what your body is lacking.. I had read a little about supplements and came across Saltstick HERE

What Salt Stick Says:
  • The ONLY electrolyte capsule that was formulated to closely resemble the electrolyte profile lost during activity: sodium, potassium, calcium and magnesium.
  • Only 1 capsule per serving. Suggested use: 1 capsule per 30-60 minutes during activity
  • Buffered salt composition that helps digestion and absorption
  • Each capsule contains: 215 mg sodium, 63 mg potassium, 22 mg calcium, 11 mg magnesium, 100 IU Vitamin D
  • Vegetable-based capsule composition; Bio-available active ingredients. GMP production
  • Contains only WHAT YOU NEED. No: herbal, trace, questionable components added. Gluten free.
  • No sweeteners- no high fructose corn syrup, no sweeteners of any kind
  • Does not contain any World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) or International Olympic Committee (IOC) banned substances
  • Unique formulation is patent pending; Engineered by a Ph.D. chemist who is also a pro triathlete
  • Saltstick® Caps uniquely includes vitamin D that helps the body absorb and utilize calcium
Tall Mom Thoughts:
  • My cravings are GONE!! I have used the capsules on short runs and for my LONG run last weekend. No cramps and my body did not feel depleted. I am SAVING the pills for Marathon training because I KNOW this will be my ticket to the balance I need.
  • I keep the pills in my running bag, small container, easy to use.
  • I have not tried the dispenser yet...I think it will be great to attach to my fuel belt...more info to come.
  • The website is easy to use and the product is high Quality..

Salt Stick

Battle Tested

Tall Mom Approved

The Hal Higdon plan that I am LOOSELY following for my Halloween Half called for 5 miles at "Pace." Yes folks that means RACE PACE!! If you have been around long enough you know that I LOVE to run as fast as I can. BONUS! So what is my Race Pace?

Based on my 10K PR of 45:54 McMillan Calculator says I COULD run a 1:42:08 Half Marathon. My current (and only) Half Marathon PR is 1:43:39....The Capital City Half Marathon is a ROLLING hills course and was a Marathon training run. I know I can PR!! Being the AMBITIOUS person, and NUMBERS freak, that I am I would love to run a 1:39:?? Half Marathon. Why?? You guessed it 7:33 Pace.

10/2- 5 miles at Race Pace Stats:

Mile 1- 7:33
Mile 2- 7:33

Mile 3- 7:39

Mile 4- 7:52 (Garmin Gremlins or endurance issues?)

Mile 5- 7:37

Overall Pace= 7:37
Time= 38:14

Not to shabby for a girl who is LEARNING internal pacing. Now if I could do it without staring at my Garmin. Toward the end of my run a song came on, I LOVE LOVE the lyrics... I think it is a good message heading into the weekend:

Switchfoot - This Is Your Life
Yesterday is a wrinkle on your forehead
Yesterday is a promise that you've broken
Don't close your eyes,
Don't close your eyes
This is your life and today is all you've got now
Yeah, and today is all you'll ever have
Don't close your eyes
Don't close your eyes
This is your life, are you who you want to be
This is your life, are you who you want to be
This is your life, is it everything you dreamed that it would be
When the world was younger and you had everything to lose


5 Miles Past Empty said...

Eeesh! Not sure about the saltstick. But if I ever feel lacking I will keep it in mind!

Awesome job with your pace run! You are doing great keeping that pace! I am thinking I may be able to break into the 7's for a 10k by the end of this training plan! Maybe?!


PS FIRST COMMENT!!!! hot diggity dog!

Jo Lynn said...

I take those salt caps when I do ultras or trail marathons which take me over six hours to complete. They do help but I don't like the "retaining fluid" feeling I have for the whole rest of the day. But, I do know it's important to replace your salt.


Kat said...

The salt sticks may be my new best friend! I ran the Nashville marathon in April (P.S. don't ever run that marathon! It was HOT (around 90) and hilly...bleh. Needless to say they were passing out salt packets which, fearing for my electrolytes (I was still exclusively nursing my 7 month old), I downed. Straight salt. It totally burned my mouth and I had a terrible sore on the roof of my mouth for weeks. Salt Sticks here I come! Thanks for your advice :)

Ashley said...

I need a salt stick. My doctor recommended it to me a few months ago and I haven't gotten one yet but I definitely need to. Sounds like it's really helpful.

Nice pace run! Your half marathon pace is my 5K pace :).

MCM Mama said...

Hmm, certainly sounds like an interesting product. I may have to try it out if I start increasing my distances again.

Nice job on the run with 5 miles at pace! I can hold that pace for umm, one mile LOL.

Anonymous said...

And where does one get a salt stick?? I eat very (read: almost none) salt and think this would really help with my post run cramps.

Lara said...

Wow, I have never heard of this product before. Could of came in handy this morning when I was doing my half marathon and my legs started to cramp up on me. Where can you get them at?

Lindsay said...

nice job on the 5miler!! very close to goal pace on your first shot at it!

Being Robinson said...

i'm trying to figure out how to write/compose/condense a post about where i've been this week and why the last month has been the most emotionally draining month i've had in quite awhile. so, hopefully soon i will share! :) salt lick is the first thing that comes to mind, and that made me laugh. i love me some salt, running or no running!

X-Country2 said...

That 1:39 is all yours! Nice run.

No Longer Using said...

good job with pace!!!! i think this is something to just keep practicing. i know since starting to keep track of pace i love focusing on it. easy runs= slower, tempo runs at a certain pace, track work... and then trying to beat myself at certain race distances. it's so.. purposeful!!! and training is really tailored to YOU :)

thanks so much for the salt info!!!! i am just barely starting to find out about this. i got "salty" shot bloks (margarita flavor!! woo woo) lol and i think they really help. the packaging says "cramp buster" and i take 1 around the hour mark and in the marathon i will have these with me!!!!! i think i need to do more research and find out how better to incorporate them into training and such, but gotta start somewhere :)

Marlene said...

Thanks for the salt info. I want to get some form of salt pills next time around. I used some electrolyte capsules, but the sodium was only 50mg per pill. Not enough!! I think I took 12 pills during the marathon and had to constantly remember. :\

Congrats on your pace run! Not bad at all, girlfriend! Love the 7:33 pace. Ohhh, I think you can smoke your PR at the half!!

Aron said...

those are the salt tabs i use!! i like them :)

woooo 7:33 is a FAST pace!! cannot wait to see you nail that half marathon :)