Having spent a fair amount of time perusing running websites for nutrition tips, I am used to encountering strange food and drink recommendations, particularly in online forums where everyone is a nutritionist (or at least pretends to be). Often I chalk up the more bizarre advice to the eccentricities of long-distance runners, a wacky bunch, needless to say, for their dedication to running ten-plus miles for fun.
Photo by Marisa McClellan Leave the pickles, take the juice.
That's what I did, at least, when someone first mentioned drinking pickle juice before and sometimes during a marathon to squelch muscle cramps. Since I fortunately do not experience cramping on long runs (piriformis issues, well, that's another story), his advice wasn't of much interest to me anyway.
I went along my merry way on the interwebs in quest of more "professional" eating and drinking guidance for endurance athletes. A few months later I stumbled upon "Runners Share 7 Secret Food Weapons." I couldn't read through that list fast enough. And what did I find at the end?More »