But, as I was getting ready for my 13 mile run on Wednesday 88 degrees at 4:30 am (8:00 pace – it was rough), I found myself pouring salt into my Gatorade. I was “doing” the salt. I’m sure the X-Games are just around the corner – Tony Hawk can kiss my roller blades.
Check the time on this screenshot from Wednesday
Screw you summer, screw you
Runner’s World, Lewis Maharam, M.D. (who has since left and is working for Competitor). He recommends eating a salty snack before you run and eating a fast food salt packet before the race/run and again during the last half of the race/run (marathon or half-marathon). His primary purpose of loading up on a substance that the American Heart Association says that you should stay further away from than you would the herps is to replace electrolytes lost during sweating and avoid hyponatremia.
Hyponatremia, or as I like to call it “water brain”. Hyponatremia means a reduced blood sodium (salt) concentration. When the sodium level falls below 130 mmol per liter, it creates, in mild cases, a general clouding of consciousness not unlike the slowing of brain function that occurs in drunkenness. Nausea and vomiting as well as lightheadedness and dizziness are frequently observed with mild cases. The brain swells as the sodium level gets lower, which results from the general state of fluid overload. The feeling of being drunk w/out the nasty aftertaste?! Sign me up. And WTF is a mmol??
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Has anyone else added extra salt just before a run? Get enough eating TV dinners and French fries like I do on the weekends?