Like if you’re having trouble getting your KT Tape to stick (though this is less of an issue with the new, awesome KT Tape Pro), you can use a hair dryer to heat up the tape after applying. It definitely enhances the staying power.
But this tip isn’t about tape. It’s about headaches.
A few years ago, I was getting crushing headaches after running. Not immediately, but later in the afternoon on the days of a long run. I thought it might be dehydration, but no matter how much water I consumed, nothing helped. My blood pressure was fine, so no concerns there. Advil didn’t really kick it either.
Then one day, after my run, I chowed down on some salty pretzels. I don’t typically keep pretzels in the house because they are one of those things where in my brain, every bag is a single serving, even the giant party-size bags. I can’t keep my hands off of them. But for whatever reason, this day I had pretzels and they seemed like an awesome post run snack.
And guess what? No headache!
So I started doing some research. Could it be sodium, or in broader terms, electrolytes? I do sweat a ton, and I’m a salty sweater, so it wouldn’t be a surprise.
(Interesting fact – discounting the pretzels, I eat a relatively low sodium diet, so salty sweating doesn’t only happen to people who pound down the salt.)
Ultimately, I picked up some SaltStick Caps in the running store. Contrary to their name, they have potassium, calcium, magnesium and sodium in them. Two caps after a run? No more headache! (No sponsorship here, just a product I use.) And no additional calories, unlike those tasty pretzels.
I’ve discovered that I can also thwart the headache by adding salt to my post-run meal, something I never do. Only while eating a delicious post-run breakfast will you find me reaching for the salt shaker. But it helps.
Now, I’m not a scientist, I’m not a dietitian, and I’m certainly not a doctor. But if, like me, you find yourself with post-run headaches, maybe reach for the salt shaker just this once and see if it helps.