Treadmill Tip of the Week: Build Mental Strength with the ‘Mill

As I sit here writing this article, it is -20ºC (-4ºF) outside. This is normal for Canadian winters. There is part of me that thinks it’s more hardcore to go outside, but there’s a much bigger part of me that wants to stick to the treadmill. It’s probably smarter to stay inside. After all, there was that one time I ran a half marathon in -35ºC with the windchill and got frostbite.

Sure running outside when the air freezes the inside of your nose is hardcore, but think about it: isn’t getting in a hard workout on the treadmill pretty darn hardcore too? Without a doubt, there is one very important thing that winter treadmill running has improved for me: my mental game. Today I will share a few of my favourite tips to use the treadmill to become more mentally hardcore. But before we get started, I need you to GET ON THE TREADMILL. Read more

Pregnancy, Running, Identity and Purpose

We’ve talked about changing running identities before. Life changes, we change, our running changes. Sometimes that means change of scenery, and I myself went through this as I transitioned from the track to the roads after college. Maybe it’s the transition from road racing to trails or back to the roads. There are so many ways we adapt our identity throughout our running lives.

Lately, I’ve found myself struggling with my running identity in a way that I never saw coming. Don’t get me wrong. I knew pregnancy would affect my running but failed to predict the degree. Most people would assume I’m talking about slowing down, the break from competition, or the loss of complete control over my body. In reality it’s a little bit of everything.

As I reflect on my running and what I want out of it during pregnancy I’ve come to realize that, throughout every transition I have made, throughout my entire running life thus far, my running identity has always been tied to one thing. Read more

Reader’s Roundtable: Run Fails

Run Fail!Today let’s talk about run fails. You know, those embarrassing little moments that happen at the most inopportune times, the flatulence attack in the middle of the new group run, the post-run discovery that those tights are in fact the see-through kind, the things we don’t want to fall out of our pockets falling out of our pockets, the trips, wardrobe-malfunctions, the bodily fluids, the snot rockets gone awry.

So tell us: what’s your most memorable run fail?

Since I’m writing under a pseudonym, I’ll go first. (See my answer after the jump!)

Oh, and before I get to it, don’t forget to join us for #SaltyChat on Twitter at 8:00 p.m. Eastern tonight  and every Monday, where we’ll discuss the Roundtable topic and so much more! ✮

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I’m Not an F’ing Morning Runner

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BEEP! BEEP! BEEP! 

*Young Bergamot’s hand emerges from under a pile of blankets to smack the alarm clock*

Once upon a time in a land not too far away, I ran in the morning. Only once a week, but still, I met up with a training group for Saturday morning long runs. The camaraderie made the runs feel easy and this group felt like a big ol’ running family. And there were usually pancakes after, but I had to sacrifice my social life on Friday nights, which was extra-tragic because I lived in a hopping part of the city.

Those people have become friends that I wouldn’t trade for the world, but even hanging out with them isn’t worth that early morning running shit.  Read more

Eat Like Shalane Month: Week 1

image-uploaded-from-ios-13My husband got me Shalane Flanagan and Elyse Kopecky’s cookbook, Run Fast. Eat Slow. for Christmas. It had been on my radar for several months. We’d talked about it behind the scenes here at Salty Running, and several recipes had come up in conversation on runs with some of my running buddies. “Beets?! Why are there beets in everything?!” moaned one friend as we ran along together discussing it.

My husband smiled sheepishly when I opened my present and said, “The recipes reminded me of how you already cook, so I thought you’d like some new ideas.” As I looked through the recipes, the more my excitement and interest grew and I saw he was spot-on. Many of the recipes did remind me of our meals. I decided that I’d do more than just try a few recipes; I committed to trying five recipes per week for one month.

So for the next four weeks, I’ll make at least five recipes from Run Fast. Eat Slow. and share with you how they go down: how expensive and time-consuming they are, my opinion, my husband and kids’ opinions, suggestions for making them better, and whether or not I feel better on my runs.

Who knows? Maybe after all this I’ll run an OTQ. Or get a Nike sponsorship. Or, maybe it’ll just be a fun project to focus on during the dark middle of winter.

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Why Not Me? Gabe Grunewald on Surviving Cancer and Running Pro

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Gabriele Grunewald, Gabe to her friends, is a professional runner and three-time cancer survivor.

Yes, you read that correctly. In fact, it was her first bout with cancer that inspired Gabe to see how far she could go in running. Before that, she never really thought a professional running life would be possible for her. But surviving cancer made her focus and she adopted a “Why not me?” attitude. We’ve been so inspired by Gabe’s courage, openness and determination in despite of all her obstacles and we know you will be too! Read more

Running is My Anchor in the Chaos

lakeAfter a season of holiday hustle and social obligations life can really start to seem like a blizzard of snowflakes blustering all around us, chaotic and unrelenting. But for me, that’s normal.

Around here I’m known as the resident Salty Running Tech Wizardess™, but by career I’m a freelance filmmaker. And as a freelancer I never know where my next paycheck is coming from. I’m always hustling for a job, always on the lookout for the next opportunity to make a buck, to stay ahead financially. I’m constantly switching up the puzzle pieces of my life looking to maximize these opportunities.

And I love this life! I love being busy all the time and constantly having a thousand things to do, so between movie gigs and coding for Salty Running, I overextend myself with involvement in social organizations, dive headfirst into overwhelming projects and am constantly taking on too many obligations with friends and family, often only to have to suddenly disappear for days or weeks at a time to work on this commercial or that film.

Add running into the mix, and you can probably see that this life is unsustainable.  Read more

Why I’m Throwing Out My Marathon Time Goals

imageLots of runners have great big marathon time goals, like going sub-4:00, qualifying for Boston, going sub-3:00, or running an Olympic Trials qualifying time. I used to daydream about goals like these. I fantasized about coming through the finish chute, seeing a particular time on the clock and weeping in elation as the confetti fell and a rainbow broke out across the sky.

That’s right; I used to dream about crushing a huge marathon goal like that. But this year, I’m throwing my marathon time goals out the window.

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How to Eat Like a Runner Again After a Holiday Junk Binge

binge-1It’s that time of year. Many of us have celebrated the holidays for well over a month now. Our holiday diets may have deteriorated into cookies for breakfast, leftover cheesy casseroles for lunch, and dinners out with some beers or eggnog on the side. To make matters worse, we may have slacked on our running plans. The carefree attitudes of yesteryear may have us starting the month of January with bloated bellies and heads full of regrets. Don’t fret! Getting back on track can be easy and enjoyable.

Read on for dos and don’ts of getting over your holiday splurging and getting back to eating for optimal performance.

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Treadmill Tip of The Week: Let Us Entertain You!

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Welcome to the SaltyValu™ Critic’s Choice Awards for Treadmill Entertainment! Live from the treadmill belt runway, I’m your host, Chicory and I’ll generously spare you the bad political jokes during my hosting duties today. Salty Running is coming to you with another series of treadmill tips this year, including this one: our personally curated, but sadly not artisanal nor bespoke, list of the top audio and video entertainment options to keep Bertha from talking you out of a treadmill run. Read more

Eat Fast Run Slow: My Postpartum Running “Plan”

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Hard to believe this person was inside your body. But much easier to run with them on the outside!

Contrary to Shalane Flanagan’s cookbook title, my advice for women returning to running after having a baby is to Eat Fast and Run Slow.

Multiple Salty moms have given advice about returning to running after having a baby. I’d like to offer an additional perspective, framed in the context of a loose training plan. Loose because after having a baby your body will literally be loose! But, more seriously, loose, because as with all aspects of running and postpartum recovering, there is no one-size-fits-all plan.

The thing with us is, that while we know we have to be flexible during the postpartum period in consideration of both our body’s and family’s demands, many of us crave the structure that brings along the hope that we’ll be as fit as we once were. That’s the purpose of my Eat Fast/ Run Slow plan: to provide a general framework for developing your own training strategy, while maintaining the flexibility postpartum life demands.  Read more

Readers Roundtable: Why Is Running a Rich People Sport?

running on a budgetBoutique spinning, yoga, and barre classes are definitely for the 1%. Running is different; all you need to run is a pair of trainers, a t-shirt and some cut-off sweatpants, right?

Maybe not. Statistics show that it’s not the lower classes who are flocking to the tracks and the trails. From $100 capri tights to race fees that break many a middle-class bank, the evidence is everywhere that running is for the relatively upper crust. So let’s talk about it.

Why is running a sport for the relatively wealthy? Should running be made more accessible to those less affluent? If so, how? 

For more on this and other interesting/thought-provoking/hilarious topics, join us Mondays at 8:00 p.m. EDT on Twitter for #SaltyChat!

8 Tips to Guarantee You Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions

happy-new-yearWe’ve all been there. It’s the beginning of a new year and we have a list of lofty goals for ourselves. Stick to our strength training plan, stop eating second (or third) desserts, or simply run faster.

But like normal people, we runners are prone to fail at keeping our resolutions. In fact, 92% of humanity is back to their old yous by February. As a pal, I’d rather you join the elite eight-percent, the club of people who are successful in giving themselves a makeover. That’s why I am offering you my unpatented eight-step plan to stick to your 2017 New Year’s resolutions. Pitter patter. Let’s get at’er. 

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A Mantra for Every Runner

running mantrasHere at Salty Running, whether trying to break five hours or qualify for the Olympic Trials, we’re always looking for an extra edge in our training and racing. Many of us already use mantras. I have been using them in my training and racing since I was in college.

Mantras are definitely not just for yoga or self help cassette tapes anymore. Originally grounded in Hinduism and Buddhism, mantras are either a word or phrase that is repeated to aid in concentration or meditation.

And more and more professional athletes are embracing mantras to help them perform at their highest level. Desiree Linden, who was 6th at the 2016 Olympic Marathon, uses the mantra “calm, calm, calm, relax, relax, relax” to keep herself in check and focused while in the later stages of the marathon.

We thought it would be great to discuss the importance of mantras and help you discover the perfect mantra for you! Read more

Get on the Treadmill, Bertha

netflix and ice creamDo you consider yourself a dedicated runner, yet still find that you often struggle to get going when it’s time to run? This problem seems more common in the winter, when the urge to feel warm and snuggly overrides our desire to go outside or jump on the ‘mill. That’s why we’re kicking off our 2017 Treadmill Tip of the Week series with helping you deal with your inner Bertha.

Bertha?

Yeah, there’s an inside joke here at Salty Running about Bertha. If anyone mentions that she’s dreading a run or putting it off or can’t find motivation, you know, whining about having to run, someone else chimes in with a “Get on the treadmill, Bertha!”

Who you calling Bertha, you ask? Bertha is the Running Queen of First World Problems. She is me. She is you. She is all of us.  Read more