Pickle Juice and Gatorade Vie for Sports Drink Success

From MSN.com: November 30, 2011 at 8:00AM by Justine Sterling

pickle brine     “After a long, intense run, what do you reach for? A bottle of water? A Gatorade? What about a nice cold glass of pickle juice? Sound odd? It could be the future of sports drinks… 
     “A sports drink? Yes, pickle juice has been proven to relieve activity-related cramping. A Brigham Young University study found that subjects experienced relief just 85 seconds after ingestion. Even though some scientists believe that it is purely neurological, somehow the pickle juiced helped.”

Jeff’s note: Yes, I drink this myself.  After several ultra-runner firneds of mine recommended it to me several years ago, I squeamishly gave it a try, and loved it.  It’s a great, refreshing summertime drink – even wihtout the health benefits for runners.  And if you have a big jar of dill pickles in the house anyway, drinking the juice is environmentally better than just pouring it down the drain.


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Jeff is a certified running, cycling, and triathlon coach, and is the author of "My First 100 Marathons" (Skyhorse Press 2008) and "Smart Marathon Training" (Velo Press 2011). An obviously addicted runner, Jeff has run at least one marathon in every state and on 6 continents, including marathons in South Africa, China, Bangkok, and Antarctica. Jeff is available for group, one-on-one, and virtual coaching. Options include: 1. Basic Training Plan. This includes a customized training schedule geared towards a goal race, with a detailed running schedule that would include all distances and target times for each workout, including speedwork, tempo, and endurance sessions. 2. Complete Fitness and Race Plan. This includes the plan listed above, plus the non-running workouts and drills that runners need for better overall fitness and performance. You would get strength & core workouts, as well as run-specific training drills and stretches. 3. Virtual Coaching. This includes all of the above, implemented on a week-by-week basis. We review each week's progress at week's end so that adjustments can be made. The program is tailored to suit you right up to race day. It involves more contact, on a weekly or even daily basis. 4. Full Coaching for athletes in the Washington DC area. All of the above, plus a weekly workout together including speedwork, drills, and strength training. 5. Individual track sessions. One-on-one track-based workouts. Contact Jeff for pricing.
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