Thursday, March 10, 2011

A Badge of Honor or Shame?

A few weeks ago after one of the warmer long runs we had, I noticed some salt that had dried on my face as drove home from the store.  It had been a while since I've seen anything like that, since in colder weather, serious sweating doesn't happen as much.  However, we still become dehydrated regardless of the warm or cold conditions.  Anyways, by the time I got home and started changing out of my running clothes, I noticed something that stood out on my shorts.  I had a HUGE white outline of all the salt that had dried from my sweat on my shorts!

Hammer Gel Hammer Endurolytes, 120 CapsulesUsually, this means 1 of 2 things: either I didn't take in enough salt/electrolytes or I took in too much.  Well since it was the winter and I hadn't been supplementing with salt, I knew it was not enough.  The good news is that ever since that day, I've gone back to including Endurolytes in my long run nutrition plan and haven't seen the white salt lines since.  They had been a staple in my nutrition plan for triathlons and long distance cycling, but I hadn't really used them much in running.

However, this has me wondering - when you see that your clothes are covered in dried salt by the end of a workout, do you consider it:

A) A badge of honor to show you worked hard; or
B) A badge of shame because it shows you did not effectively manage your nutrition

Which one is it?

5 comments:

GeorgiaSnail said...

That is an interesting question, I had always assumed it was a badge of honor...on my longer training runs & ultras, I am always aware of it and make sure I suppliment with electrolytes.

Sean in NY said...

This is a very relevant topic for me. I sweat A LOT more than most people and regularly get salt deposits on my face, especially after bike-workouts. My salt also tastes nice and salty. I always just wrote it off to genetics and never really put much thought into the idea of using an endurolytes supplement.

In hindsight, it appears as though I may be losing too much salt. Thanks for raising the awareness.

The Lazy Triathlete said...

As a man I would have to say a badge of honor. Shows I have been working hard. I just made sure I had some extra electrolytes with a post workout meal.

it's all about pace said...

so if your electrolytes are in balance you excreet a negligable amount of salt?

Lesser is More said...

Your sweat consists of salt and water. When in balance, there isn't as much of a concentration of salt, which is why you won't find the salt residue. Similarly, if you try to overcompensate excessively, you'll end up with hyponatremia, which is the opposite - having too much water and not enough salt.

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