Of course back then all sports behaved like this. I played football for a few years and I remember not being allowed to drink during pre-season training. So since we were not even drinking water, we definitely did not know anything about electrolyte replacement. Sure Gatorade came out back then but I just remember it being sugary with a little salt thrown in. Besides it was never mixed right and I do not think it helped much anyways.
Over the past years, I have improved my hydration and nutrition but I just recently found Saltstick. At most races I just hope to get what I need from the snacks at the aid station and even though I have not had any stomach or cramping issues, I knew I should be a little more vigilant on my electrolytes.
So at the Ray Miller 50 Miler, I started taking the Saltstick electrolyte capsules. They had a bowl of them at each aid station and I would grab a couple and tried to take one once an hour or so. they are real easy to swallow on the run btw.
As I said before, I have not had issues during the race but i think taking these throughout the race, really helped with my recovery. The week after Ray Miller, I was able to resume my 100 mile weeks and felt good. I also think Saltstick will help me at the San Diego 100 and the Angeles Crest 100 miler especially since it should be much warmer at these races.
Saltstick Electrolyte Capsules (100/bottle)