Monday, October 27, 2008

Nutrition @ the Half Marathon

I was happy with my fueling for the HM. On Friday I ate normally. Dinner was pork chops, broccoli and potatoes. A Pumpkin Cobler for dessert with whip cream. I had some carbs for breakfast too.

Then I had Nuun in my water during the run and two GU's. I never felt gassed during the run. My endurance level isn't were I'd like it, but it wasn't due to a lack of Carbs.

The Hat
Does anyone know? On a lot of my long runs my hat gets drenched in sweat. The sweat leaves a sodium ring, the white stuff. You can see it in the picture. Does this mean that I'm getting enough electrolytes with the Nuun? Or does it mean something else?

Enough about sweaty gear. I did a light run tonight. 2.15 miles in the neighborhood. Ran the whole way, eventhough my feet still hurt a bit and my legs felt tight.
Check out the negative splits.

And Congratulations to JavaMom, the newest Quarterman Triathlete.
And Congratulations to The RunningKnitter, the newest Half Marathoner.
I found a bike ride I really want to do. The winner ate 24 donuts during the race.

8 comments:

J~Mom said...

Awww..thanks Pat! :>)

I think the sweat ring does not tell you anything about what you are taking in as far as electrolytes. I think it shows that you are a heavy sweater though and need to make sure you take in extra electrolytes. Does that make sense? Aaron sweats a ton and probably drinks twice as much as me on long bike rides. If I tried to drink as much as him I would probably throw up. So I think the sodium ring is an indicator to take in extra fluid and electrolytes.

Marcy said...

I'm not sure, Pat?! The ONLY time I've ever had the salt action go on was during the marathon. I had it all caked on the side of my nose (gross)

Jeff said...

I agree with Java -- you can't control your output of sweat, it is what it is. It's how you replace it. For that reason, I'm a big fan of white hats!

Not exactly text book, but I'm pretty sure.

Chad in the Arizona Desert said...

J-mom is exactly right. The crusty white salt shows that your sweat contains a high level of salt in it, so you want to make sure that during long runs and races your are replacing salt along with the fluids. Sports drinks and salt tablets work well, but experiment to find what works best with your stomach.

Darrell said...

I've heard that the white sweat residue means that you loose a lot of electrolytes during exercise, so you are doing the right thing by replacing them during the run with the NUUN.

lifestudent said...

I agree with the above. Everyone sweats, but some sweat "saltier" than others. This might help: http://www.runtheplanet.com/trainingracing/nutrition/salt.asp

Nikemom said...

Eat a donut next time and see if you get a salt ring...LOL

I'm liking that donut ride. May have to organize one around here. Waaaay SWEET!

The Running Knitter said...

Thanks for the shout out!

I sometimes get that white ring around my hats too...now I know to make sure to replace that salt.