Salt Lick

While running my marathon, I was constantly passing med stations where you could stop and get assistance for everything from nausea to busted blisters and more.  But more importantly these volunteers stood along the course offering up salt packets and tongue depressers heavy with vaseline.  For those who don’t run long distance, let me explain these two things.  The salt is to help with fluid and electrolyte balances.  Knocking back this tiny salt packet can make a world of difference when you run.  This I learned at mile 16 on my race when I finally gave in and grabbed one, because I felt so awful that I would just about try anything they gave me.  And it was instant relief!!

Super runner!

The vaseline is for chafing, a common problem for runners.  So you grab the tongue depresser and start rubbing as you run, quite a sight let me tell you.  Some people also use it to keep sweat out of their eyes, but that’s what super cool 80s sweatbands and the new Halo and gutter style bands are for.  I mean why go for greasy vaseline when you can make a fashion statement!

All that aside I was really surprised by how quickly the salt was able to help.  I talked to many runners and triatheletes before the race and even after who have never taken a salt packet.  Basically as long as you hydrate well and grab the gatorade that’s offered, and have your gels you don’t need the salt.  Well, I had tons of water, plenty of powerade on my belt.  Gels and more as well, and that salt was a saving grace twice on the course.  So I know that I will be packing my own little packets as I train and on my next race day.  Which is just 4 months away now!

Recently, I stopped in at Wendy’s to get a salad and baked potato, my go to for lunches when I’m using my lunch break for errands.  I was getting silverware and saw the salt packets that are so common at fast food establishments.  Those little packets are what they have on race courses by the way.  Not sure if they order them or like me just grab a handful every time they stop by.  So seeing salt, I scooped up a massive amount and tossed it in my bag.  It was when I got back to the office and was transferring my loot to my desk drawer that I realized that something was different about this salt.

Sea Salt in a packet!!

You may remember that Wendy’s recently made some big changes to their menu.  Starting with using Sea Salt on their fries.  Well, they didn’t stop there.  The salt packets I scooped up, were Sea Salt!! That’s right! Tiny little paper shots of Sea Salt!  How ingenious and subtle.  To switch over to these.  But then I thought, well is Sea Salt as good or better than the table salt I was expecting to get?  Would it make a difference while I ran? Would I flop out because I had the “wrong” salt?

I began questioning this, and asking runners again.  No one had an answer.  It seems that it’s an age old debate as to the validity of these claims of health benefits of Sea Salt.  Even today as I prepared to write this blog, I did some quick research and found varying opinions.  All in all, the facts are the same.  Table salt is processed and some additives are added, but in small amounts.  Sea Salt is harvested and retains some minerals in small amounts.  Either way, you shouldn’t eat a lot of either and there is no definitive study saying one is better than the other.  I would love to see a study related to running but even the mighty Google and Bing were not that helpful with results.

For now I have a drawer full of Sea Salt packets, and I’ll just try those and see.  If I don’t feel I’m getting results, I’m sure I can find a Hardee’s or McDonalds with some salt to snag! For now, feel free to read the posts below where I found some good information.

http://www.athleticfoodie.com/2011/03/04/sea-salt-vs-table-salt/

http://healthonabudget.com/health-benefits-of-sea-salt-vs-table-salt/

http://healthy-is-hot.blogspot.com/2012/04/sea-salt-vs-table-salt-which-is-better.html

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Admitting you have a problem is the first step…

Hi, my name is Sarah, and I’m addicted to Endorphins!!! There I said it! After a bad run this morning (really more of a walk) I came home and did another 20 minutes of working out. Then an hour of serious cleaning, followed by a walk with the dog (short walk, he has short legs)….

So this was my Facebook status update just a few minutes ago.  As soon as I started typing I knew it was time to blog.  Not only had I not made time to blog for a while, but when inspiration hits you have to take advantage of it.  So here I am sitting down very reluctantly and writing.  What I really want is to be outside in this amazing weather walking, or even riding my bike!! And if you knew how bad I was at bike riding you would know how crazy that sounds!!!

This week I pushed hard on all my workouts, I really wanted to feel the burn! And then I came down with a stomach bug that kept me in bed and still for most of a day.  Sadly it was this that made me realize I had a problem.  Even though every time I sat up or turned over in bed I felt nauseous I just wanted to exercise.  I wanted to be out of bed and moving as if that would make me feel better.

 

Laziness (1887)

Laziness (1887) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I can’t deny this addiction any longer, but I’m not sure I want to fight it.  I’m more active at work, home, and life in general.  My body just wants to keep moving, which for me is a big deal! I am the queen of laziness and procrastination.  But when I come home at night now, I find myself looking for things to do to keep moving.  And thankfully I’m learning to focus it on cleaning and organizing.  Not because I enjoy either of those two chores, but because I know that I can set a timer and challenge myself to get more done.

It is this self competition that I think I need to nurture.  The more I can get in the habit of challenging and pushing myself the better! I know that I need to pick up the pace with my running if I’m going to finish in the time allowed.  When I have someone running with me I’m definitely faster, but I won’t have a friend with me all the time.  I need to check my pace more, and push a little harder on each interval.  Setting personal goals is the only way to move ahead.

Sitting still is driving me crazy.  I’m typing like a mad woman, and I have to do some serious spell checking now because of it.  The gorgeous weather outside is calling me, so I think I’ll throw open some windows (need to figure out which ones have screens, and get to work on a chore or two…. maybe a craft project as well…..