As an athlete, you understand maintaining proper hydration during a marathon can make or break your race. With fall marathon season coming to a close, many of our athletes are reaching out asking: “How should I use Salis for a marathon.” Every athlete is different, and unfortunately there is not a one size fits all answer. Today I’d like to share with you how I used Salis to compete in my 10th World Major Marathon in Berlin and can personally attest to the effectiveness of the hydration protocol I used during the race, powered by Salis.
While I'm not a licensed dietician or healthcare professional, I believe that sharing my personal experience can be valuable to my fellow athletes. Keep in mind that individual needs can vary based on factors like gender, age, fitness level, and other nutritional sources during the race. It's always a good idea to consult a healthcare professional or undergo a sweat test for personalized advice.
*** Ready For Takeoff ***
Before flying to your marathon destination, consider taking Salis. Flying can dehydrate your body, and starting your journey well-hydrated is a smart move. Our Endurance Release formula works for up to 8-hours microdosing the essential electrolytes you need to help feel fresh after coming off a flight.
*** Night Before The Marathon ***
Take a full dose of Salis the night before the race. This hack was a big help during my long training sessions in Miami during those scorching summer months. Using Salis the night before will help ensure you wake up on race morning with your electrolyte levels in check, setting the stage to optimize performance.
*** 45 Minutes Before Race Start ***
Swallow a full packet of Salis with 16 oz of water about 45 minutes before the race begins. This allows time for your body to absorb the powerful electrolyte blend and ensures you are adequately prepared for the start of the race.
*** During the Race ***
Around the 90-minute mark into the marathon, consider taking an additional dose of Salis. This was a game changer for me as well as many of our athletes that competed in Berlin & Chicago. Even in cooler temps we must replenish electrolytes lost through sweat during the early stages of the race to maintain your competitive edge. More importantly it will kick with an extra boost of electrolytes when you need them most as you enter the most challenging phase of the race.
*** Post-Race Recovery ***
Don't forget about recovery. Taking another dose of Salis post-race can aid in the recovery process, especially if your marathon performance was demanding. Cramping is rarely an issue for me, however that was not the case immediately post-marathon for me. Taking that extra dose shortly after crossing the finish line was a big factor in accelerating my recovery.
In my personal experience, following this hydration and electrolyte replacement protocol during the 2023 Berlin Marathon yielded fantastic results. I recorded my 3rd fastest marathon time dating back to 2008! Salis Electrolytes played a crucial role in keeping me properly hydrated while ensuring I maintained optimal electrolyte balance from start to finish throughout the race.
Please remember that this protocol is based on my personal experience and belief in its effectiveness. It may not apply to everyone, so adapt your hydration and electrolyte replacement strategy to your specific needs and consult with a healthcare professional if necessary.
Salis is designed to provide a convenient and effective solution for athletes seeking to maintain their electrolyte balance during endurance events. Our concentrated electrolyte tab is easy to use, won't upset your stomach, and contains no flavors, colors, or sugars. Plus, our Endurance Release formula works for up to 8 hours, making it an ideal choice for marathon runners.
Remember, staying properly hydrated and replenishing lost electrolytes with Salis can be a valuable part of your marathon preparation and race day plan. By following a personalized hydration and electrolyte replacement strategy, you can maximize your potential on race day.
Good luck out there and remember: Finish What You Start!!!