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Monday, October 13, 2008

Doing the Salt?

I'm a big fan of the Running Doc.  So, when Todd was looking for answers as to why he gets leg cramps and I was looking for answers as to why I just sometimes feel as though I'm near death during a race, I turned to the Running Doc for advice.

He's suggesting salt packets.  For anything over a 10K, he suggests eating a salt packet (Like the kind you find at McDonald's or somewhere) at the start and at the halfway point.

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Ok.  I'll give it a try, what the hell.  I do love salt.  The heat is always an issue for me and it's not shocking that some of my worst races happened during extreme heat (Disney Marathon 2007, Pikesville 5k 2007, Annapolis 10 Miler 2007, Disney Marathon 2008, Baltimore Half Marathon 2008)...  Of course, there are other reasons that I might have felt bad during these races, but hydration and electrolytes are always a big difficulty.  So, I'll give it a try, what the hell.  I'm almost guaranteed that my 2009 Disney Half Marathon will be hot, so now is a good time to get started.

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