Thursday – Electrolyte Replacement, I finally nailed it! (with a little help)

In case you aren’t familiar with me or the blog I’d just like to mention that I live in Florida. That’s right, Florida, the place with beautiful yet tropical weather. The place where it’s hotter than Hades 97% of the time and I sweat y’all, a lot.

I love running in December, January, February and most of March but the rest of the year can be rough. The heat coupled with the humidity wreaks havoc on me and I’ve definitely had some issues with hydration.

You may remember a while back I posted about my experience with rhabdomyolysis and in another post where I wrote about the effects what turned out to be too much fiber coupled with too much Gatorade which resulted in an embarrassing pit stop during a half marathon.

And then there’s the migraine headaches that I tend to suffer from after long runs when I don’t hydrate properly, I could go on and on, but the point is that over the past few years I’ve tried a lot of ways to keep myself hydrated but not always without doing more harm than good.  It’s been a process of trial and error.

Gatorade and Powerade will work in a pinch but they also really do a number on my stomach and I’m not all that fond of the way they taste or the contents.  Nuun also upsets my stomach, I thinks it the fizz, but this is a problem because if you live in Florida and you run as much as I do, you need to keep your electrolytes in check.

Fortunately there are no shortages of electrolyte supplements available. The problem is finding the right one. That’s why when I was approached by Replace SR to try out their sustained released electrolyte tablet I was a bit hesitant but since nothing else had worked thus far and marathon training was fast approaching I decided to give them a try.

Replace SR

I did receive the product for free to review but my opinions about the product are all mine and I can honestly say that I love it and I truly wanted to tell you about the product. I’ve already used 3 bottles of the tablets and I am confident in telling you this is my electrolyte replacement of choice and I’ll be using it from now on.

Replace SR is a sustained released electrolyte tablet which provides a continual release of electrolytes over 4-6 hours. It’s gradual so it’s less likely to upset your stomach and it provides your body with the electrolytes it needs as you sweat.

I take a tablet in the morning before I head out to run and 2 or 3 if I plan on running longer as well as on days when I cross train. I love the fact that the product is all natural and does not contain sugar, starches, artificial flavors or sweeteners, etc. but I also love the fact that it does not upset my stomach at all.

Another bonus is that I can take the pill before I head out to run so there’s no need to take anything with me and unlike some electrolyte replacements, I don’t have to mix it with anything. It’s also been nice to be able just to drink the water my body needs without having to add all the fluid and other junk that you often find in electrolyte replacement drinks.

I know I tend to bitch a lot about the heat and running in Florida but I can’t change that, it is what it is. With Replace SR I think I’ve found a solution to my electrolyte replacement that works for me and for long runs and marathon training, that’s invaluable.

Electrolyte replacement

Again, I want to let you know that I did receive this product for free to review, however, I really do love the product and I feel that it’s a perfect solution for me, and if you are still searching for an electrolyte solution, I highly recommend that you try Replace SR.

What are you currently using for electrolyte replacement?
If you had the chance to sample Replace SR would you be interested?
What is most important to you when it comes to your electrolyte replacements?

Want to run faster and injury free? The answer may be in your blood.

Are you one of those runners who trains smart and eats right? Are you a textbook case for what you’re supposed to do but despite all those things, you still end up injured?

blood analysis to run injury free

What if the answer was inside of you, more specifically inside your blood? Some people believe that’s where the answers are and they may be right.

Welcome to the world of blood analysis.

blood testing

I’m not a professional athlete by any means but it’s very important to me to get the most out of my exercise and diet. I’m all about optimal health and taking the right steps to obtain it. Blood analysis can give you a picture of your overall health and information to evaluate how your diet and your lifestyle affects your body and your athletic performance.

Analyzing your blood can help you achieve better athletic performance by telling you what you personally need in the form of nutrition and supplements.

super runner

Many professional athletes have been using blood analysis for years but it’s now making its way into the mainstream. There are many companies that offer blood analysis and the testing ranges from basic to very advanced. Most of these companies offer packages which you can choose from depending on which biomarkers you want to get tested for. The price also varies.

Usain Bolt

Just give me Usain’s blood.

So let’s look at why you would want a blood analysis test in the first place. First of all, it’s important to note that these aren’t the type of blood test you would typically get at your doctor’s office. Doctor’s test your blood to detect illness or disease. Blood analysis quantifies your biomarker levels, including your total cholesterol, cortisol, testosterone, glucose, triglycerides, C-reactive protein, vitamin D, calcium and iron to give you a complete picture of your overall health and then provide you with science-based nutritional recommendations to improve your health. So, let’s say for instance that the test reveal you’ve got low vitamin D levels, then you’d be given diet recommendations to raise your level. For instance you may be told to consume more salmon or tuna.

Eating salmon

“Get more vitamin D”, they said….

Since your blood regenerates every 120 days, it’s suggested that you retest to see how you’re doing. Most companies suggest testing 3 times a year. By screening and doing analysis of our blood, we can find out what we need to improve and make the dietary changes necessary to achieve optimal health. That sounds like a no-brainer to me.

The only issue I’m having right now is choosing the company to do the analysis. Here are three that I’m currently researching.

WellnessFX
InsideTracker
HYPO2Sport

Have you ever had a blood analysis done?
Are you familiar with blood analysis testing?

Migraines, Could Salt be the Solution?

Sunday afternoon I got one of the worst migraines ever. I hate migraine headaches with a passion but they have been a part of my life for many, many years. Typically I get them once or twice a month but if I’m careful to avoid the triggers, I can sometimes stave off a bad one.

I had a major fail on Sunday because apparently I did not avoid the triggers. I ran 6 miles in the morning and then I hit up the beach and shortly after I got there I was on the hot mess express to Migraineville and there was no getting off until I reached my destination.

I was much better by late Sunday evening but I did not run on Monday and spent most of the day with these guys in the pool.

dogs in the pool
While we were hanging out lounging in the pool, my mother-in-law mentioned to me that she had read that low sodium can cause migraine headaches. I told her that I drank plenty of water but then she reminded me that drinking water doesn’t replace sodium and that when it’s really hot or you sweat a lot, you also lose sodium.  It made perfect sense and it is in fact true, you do lose sodium when you run and you sweat.

Last year during many of my long runs, I also got migraine headaches and salt was the one thing I never thought about. I just thought because I’m not a salty sweater, I had plenty of salt in my body but now I’m not so sure.

I wanted to test the theory so I tried to find a good source of electrolyte replenishment to consume after a hard or really sweaty workout.  I googled some, but what I found is lots of articles warning me of how bad all of those drinks are.  Most recommended plain water which is what I’m currently doing and may not be the optimal solution.

Now this has turned into quite the conundrum hasn’t it?

This morning I tried coconut water but let me be honest and just tell you straight out, I don’t like coconut water, period. It doesn’t matter what brand, I just don’t like it. When you expect something to taste like a pina colada and it doesn’t, no amount of convincing will get me to drink it again, ever, although I do not have a headache at all today, hmmmmm.  Coincidence or not?

So, I’ve got a few questions for you.

First, do you suffer from migraines after really hard or really sweaty workout?
Second, what do you use to replenish your electrolytes?