Getting gritty

So after the blisters and pooing what’s next but headaches…

What is the go with all this bad stuff that comes with running? Why don’t people tell you about this side of stuff instead of saying just the good stuff like it’s cheap, easy and burns calories in one of the most time-efficient ways?

I’ve been having some rather nasty headaches after runs – ones where your eyes feel like they’re going to bore through your skull and pop out the back of your head. So I turned to the Google God and after some reading here and there, I think I may be suffering from low sodium levels.

I’m a gritty sweater. After a one-hour run, my clothes are drenched and I could probably salt a packet of unsalted pretzels just by wiping them over my face. Apparently that means I’m losing more sodium than the average person through my sweat and I need to replace it.

I wouldn’t say I have a particularly low-salt diet, so I’d never worried about my sodium levels -assuming that I’d get more than enough just from my diet. But perhaps that’s not the case. I guess, compared to the average person, I don’t eat a huge amount of processed food and never add salt to anything so maybe I’m not getting enough being the gritty sweater that I am.

I think I also need to drink more water. I’m probably drinking 2 litres a day of water and assorted herbal infusions but I should be drinking more than that to replace what I sweat out.

I have to say this running thing is REALLY COMPLICATED. I’ve never had to research and worry about so much in my entire exercise life. As an exercise, I don’t think it gets anymore basic than running, but there’s a lot of crap involved with it: form, pacing, gear, hydration, route selection, music, diet, all the associated health problems….and the list just keeps on growing.

I’m seriously thinking about going back to aerobics. I like my exercise to be simpler and with much less stress. Just tell me to do a few grapevines and some heel kicks and all will be right with the world.

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  1. I think the aerobics would bore you in about two seconds flat. The running is more of a challenge and you do enjoy a challenge.

    Do you drink those sports drinks after a run, the ones with the salt in them? Not sure how tasty they’d be. *shudders at thought*

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