Finding a sodium balance?
Friday, August 30, 2013
Today I did my short tempo run. It is normally my day off, but since I took Monday off due to the antibiotic, and the run was short (4 miles) as this is the first week of my new training cycle, I did it today.
I wasn't sure I would be able to keep up with my new pacing. It was 10 seconds faster than my last training cycle's 5K PR. However, I experimented with being more vigilant about salting my food yesterday and taking an electrolyte mixture with me on my run today over just plain water. My performance was much, much better and I felt less fatigued after the run as well. I did notice my stamina was down, being sick sure did a number on that one.
I wonder if low electrolytes is one reason I have been feeling tired frequently lately. I thought it was due to dieting, but now I think the electrolyte depletion may have played at least some part. Interestingly, I was less hungry during and after the run too (but it was also shorter than normal.) I had noticed that when I take some days off from training, usually just due to illness, when I go out and run I have very salty sweat. This goes away over the next several days of training, but then I start to feel more tired, too. I am guessing I have not been replacing the lost electrolytes enough.
On the flip/down side, I definitely look more bloated, mostly around my waist! I don't know if I am actually too bloated, or this is my normal and I am used to looking at myself with too low sodium levels. Like I know bodybuilders avoid sodium before competitions to see the maximum muscle definition possible. So I am not sure? How to you regulate your electrolytes when active in the heat??
Have a good one!