Sweater Crew Spotlight: Earth Month

Sweater Crew Spotlight: Earth Month

Every day is Earth Day and “Run Streak Day” for Sweater Crew member Ashley Hughes @ashleyrunsdaily. Ashley has run at least one mile every day for the past 1386 days. (That’s 3 years, 9 months, and 21 days!) In addition to her impressive daily run streak, Ashley has picked up a “trash streak” for the past 244 days, picking up at least one pound of trash during each of her daily runs. What started out as a Forest Gump-esque “I-just-felt-like-running" moment has evolved into a full-blown micro-movement within her community. And it’s being noticed, too – fellow community members started to pick up trash, and she was recently awarded the “citizen of the year” plaque from her local community for her leadership!  For Earth Week, we caught up with Ashley to learn more about her streaks, inspiration, and cool finds. Every mile, piece of trash, and good deed adds up, and we’re inspired by people like Ashley! ...
Noah McDermott - Apr 22, 2021
Six Reasons Why You Are Constantly Thirsty

Six Reasons Why You Are Constantly Thirsty

High levels of thirst plague endurance athletes who commonly exercise in the heat and humidity for several hours a day. However, hydration can be a tricky thing, and it can sometimes seem as if your thirst never goes away – despite frequent urination. In this case, one of several things could be at play, ranging from dehydration to changes in diet. In this blog post, we explore some of the common reasons for chronic thirst, as well as symptoms that are associated with each possible condition. It is important to note that if you suspect something like dysautonomia or diabetes, the best thing you can do is consult a physician for next steps. You will not want to avoid getting medical attention, and it is important to seek medical help sooner rather than later.   Reason 1: Dehydration We run the risk of sounding obvious, but it remains true that...
Noah McDermott - Apr 06, 2021
This is what happens when your sodium levels are too low

This is what happens when your sodium levels are too low

When sodium levels are too low, the body responds with painful symptoms. But what exactly causes those nasty headaches, high levels of fatigue and painful muscular cramps? SaltStick is founded on the understanding that adequate sodium levels (along with other key electrolytes such as potassium, calcium and magnesium) are fundamental to endurance success. For an athlete to perform optimally, he or she will need to replace calories, water and electrolytes lost during exercise. Otherwise, the body will be forced to slow down. It is the “be forced to slow down” part of that last sentence that we cover in this week’s blog. Sodium is crucial to a wide swath of physiological processes, from muscle contraction to the management of blood pressure. Thus, an inadequate supply has equally far-reaching consequences. If levels fall outside the optimal range, the body mainly compensates by shifting water reserves around to avoid further sodium dilution....
SaltStick - Apr 06, 2021
Suffer from swollen hands? Here are the causes and solutions for athletes.

Suffer from swollen hands? Here are the causes and solutions for athletes.

A search through endurance-related forums will reveal hand-swelling is a common malady, with posts complaining that hands look like “a rubber glove that's been blown up” or fingers that “feel very tight and hard to bend.” Although the condition is most common to ultra runners, hand-swelling can affect hikers, walkers and triathletes as well -- pretty much anyone who is part of the endurance community. But does it mean anything? All smart endurance athletes know it is important to pay attention to their bodies, and it’s natural to wonder if sausage-like fingers are the symptoms of something gone wrong. This article focuses only on edema (swelling) due to exercise. There are other causes of edema that may require medical intervention: see your doctor if in doubt. The answer, as with many biological systems, is complicated. At the very least, hand-swelling is nothing more than an annoying response to exercise, but...
SaltStick - Apr 06, 2021
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