Power up! (SaltStick review & giveaway!)

So I was given a bottle of SaltStick capsules AGES ago to review for you guys. I don’t really use race gels/energy things during long runs as much– mainly just during races. So I wanted to wait for a race to do a proper review on these for you guys! It took me legit 3 tries to actually successfully use these in a race…I will explain below, hah.

So, SaltStick capsules are meant to mimic the electrolytes that we lose from our bodies through sweat– they can be use in place sport drinks, electrolyte water tablets, etc. Each capsule contains 215mg of sodium, 63mg of potassium, 11mg of magnesium and 22mg of calcium and 100 IU of vitamin D (to help the body absorb the calcium). I liked the idea of using these in addition to gels, so that you get both carbs and the electrolytes restored.

A loss of electrolytes during your workout can lead to mega discomfort, caused by things like muscle cramps, heat stress and general fatigue. None of these things are helping you PB. NOPE.

Attempt #1: SO, I initially wanted to try these out during the Scotiabank Waterfron Half Marathon. I had them in a zip lock baggy and I when I busted it out around kilometer 6 and tore it open…they wound up all over the ground instead of in my tum. Fail.

Attempt #2: I meant to try them during the Hamilton Road2Hope Half, but this time I made the mistake of putting them in the zippy pocket of my CamelBak. I was just entirely uninterested in removing the bag from my back to get them out. The gels in my front pockets required much less energy to get to, so that’s all I used. Double fail.

Attemp #3:  ATB 30k— NAILED IT. I tried to fuel up every 5k, so at the 5k and 10k, 27k markers, I used my beloved Carb Boom gels. At 15k, 20k and 25k (roughly) I popped a SaltStick capsule instead. I can certainly say that I have never finished a race with that much energy before– I was legit smiling to the finish line! See:

Okay maybe you can’t really see, but I was!

I distinctly remember have the most bizarre power-up right at 21km. I felt like a champ who had just started their run. MAKES NO SENSE. Of course it could be coincidence, or it could be a placebo effect, but I am sold.  I DID however get a mega-cramp during the race, but it was when I was past due to take another capsule, so maybe I waited too long? The bottle says to take one every 30-60 minutes. I also could have been lacking carbs, because I hadn’t had a gel since kilometre 10. So to recap:

Pros:

  • Super easy to ingest (compared to other race fuel anyway), and they seem to take effect quickly
  • You only get what you need– no added chemicals/sugars like in energy drinks
  • No gross flavouring to tolerate
  • They’re cost effective! It’s $20 for 100 capsules. So say I use 4 capsules in a half marathon, I will get 25 races out of one bottle, which equates to only $0.80 per race! I spend $4-$5 on gels per race
  • They’re vegetarian
  • They seem to really work.

Cons:

  • Attempt #1 says it all– I tossed them all over the course.  They do have a capsule dispenser that you can purchase, but I didn’t receive one, so I can’t comment on the effectiveness of it, but it sure sounds like a problem solver to me!
  • They are pretty large, so if you have trouble swallowing pills on a regular day (let alone whilst running), they probably aren’t for you.

Pro if you are me, maybe a con for you?

  • It’s another thing to think about while you’re running. You might hate that, but for me it was like OHH WEE, another marker, another task that will take my mind of how many miles I have left! Even if only for a second!

SO, lastly, The good peeps over at SaltStick were kind enough to send me an extra 30 capsule bottle to give away to one of you!

To enter:

  • Leave me a comment below telling me what sweet Spring, Summer or Fall race (or training!) you would use these for!
  • Show SaltStick some love on Facebook! (Optional)
  • Show MEsome love on Facebook! (Optional)

Open to residents of Canada and the United States. Contest closes Wednesday April 10th at 11:59pm EST. Winner will be announced on the blog!

Good luck!

Danielle

xo

 

 

Comments

  1. Stacy N says:

    I could use the Salt Sticks when I climb Machu Picchu (4 day trek // 8 hours a day) in less than 2 wks!

  2. Training for a bunch of 5k’s this summer (7 so far) especially Spartan Race & Mud Hero annnd a half in Sept! I would def use the capsules while training for the half though.

  3. Prudence says:

    Training for the Women’s Niagara Falls 1/2 Marathon – June 2nd, and also will train for a Full Marathon in the Autumn, it could be either Niagara Falls International or Road 2 Hope! I would definitely try out the capsules during training, and if it does work, definitely use them for the races! Too exciting!! Yeah, I want ’em! 🙂

  4. I want to try and product. I have never used salt supplements in a race and I am curious. My big race this summer is Ironman 70.3 Boulder in August. Please let me do a free test drive early in the summer so maybe I can determine this type of supplement will help.

  5. Oh goodness. I JUST posted about my electrolyte problems the other day. I finished my long run and felt like legit ASS. Didn’t want to eat anything and my stomach was a mess. People have suggested that it could be an electrolyte imbalance. I wonder if these would actually help?! I’ve never taken any kind of salt tablets but I think it would be worth a try! I have the Women’s Half I’m training for! 🙂

  6. I’d use these for the Toronto Women’s Half-Marathon on May 26th 🙂 And if I had leftovers, for the Lululemon Seawheeze on August 10th!

  7. I’m not sure what race I’ll use these for. Maybe if it’s ever warm again I’ll use them for a trail race at the end of May!

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