5 Ways to Promote Women’s Running

fri5Recently, iRunFar published an except of Vanessa Runs‘ book, Daughters of Distance.  In it, Vanessa takes on the gender inequity in endurance cycling as it pertains to sponsorship and prize money. As Pepper wrote a few years ago, her own boyfriend (now husband) argued that women athletes should not be afforded the same prize money as men! I’ve heard so many times from disgruntled chicked men that the only reason I or another woman runner won something was because hardly any women compete at the top.

And it’s not just arguments. Elite ultrarunner, Ellie Greenwood discussed the gender inequity in prize money in the ultrarunning world. In my own sphere, a good friend of mine raced a 5k that advertised prize money for the winners. She raced well, coming in first woman and fourth overall. When she went to claim her prize, she was told that the awards were only for the top 3 overall and there were no specific women’s awards. This was a year and a half ago!

My friend Sandi of Sage Running posed this question on Facebook: how do you support female athletes? Good question! So, what can we do to ensure women runners get the respect they deserve? How can we support women in our sport? Read on! Read more

Barley’s Philadelphia Half Marathon PR Recap!

Check out the photo I created (1) This past weekend was pretty much your standard weekend away. It involved road tripping adventures, time with my guy, time with friends, exploring a fun city, and trampling people while screaming my head off for my best friend as she ran the marathon. Of course there was beer too. Yuengling because, when in Philly …

Isn’t that what you do when you go away for a weekend?

Oh, and I long a long-overdue half marathon PR! Read more

Priorities or Why Showering Doesn’t Always Make the Cut

This hair looks clean enough. Right?

It’s after 4:00 in the afternoon; I’ve started some laundry, stacked the morning dishes, begun prepping dinner. The kids are actually playing with home-made play dough (I saw it on a toddler blog, and thought what the hell) together, peacefully.

Hold your applause, please. I take out my messy bun to tighten it up a bit and notice that my hair is still wet from my run this morning. I brush my cheek with my hand and inadvertently exfoliate myself with the salt crystals glazing my skin. I finished my long run, super sweaty from the humidity, about five hours ago. Yes, today, like more days than I care to admit, Showering lost to Running. Again. Read more

Everything I Need to Know About Running, I Learned from My Kindergartner

Her stride is long and graceful, her form better than mine will ever be. She’s running down the street laughing so hard, she’s snorting. She’s only five years old. She can run a mile in nine minutes and seventeen seconds and she’s taught me more about running than I ever thought possible.

Addy’s my oldest daughter. I should have known she’d love to run; I ran during my pregnancy and of course she’s always seeing me travel to races or asking me why she can’t have a turn on the treadmill. What has come at a complete shock to me is how much I’ve learned from this kindergartner about running. Read more

Terror on the Treadmill

Fifty-something, fabulous, and every treadmill's worst nightmare.

Fifty-something, fabulous, and every treadmill’s worst nightmare.

Last weekend sealed the deal; I am a terror on a treadmill.

It was a fairly normal weekend to begin with; I registered at the very last minute for The Sweet Tea half marathon, held in the birthplace of sweet tea, Summerville, South Carolina. Who knew? Until last year, not me. Then all I did know was that Charleston has the only tea plantation in North America.

Anyway, that is how my weekend began; innocently enough, well, until I caught a cold. At least I think it was a cold. I self-diagnosed. I had a bad headache, stuffed-up nose, scratchy throat, and chills. I should have taken that as a sign and quit while I was ahead. Read more

Pimento’s Favorite, World-Famous Kale Salad

A healthy side packed with vitamins, flavor, and colors! But, sadly, Elsa is not included.

A healthy side packed with vitamins, flavor, and colors! But, sadly, Elsa is not included.

Looking for a last minute addition to your Thanksgiving feast that doesn’t contain butter, heavy cream, or cream of mushroom soup? I’ve got you covered!

Aside from my favorite pastime, running, I actually really enjoy cooking. I’ve done quite a bit of reading, researching, trying things out, and as a result I am starting to get flavors. I don’t usually follow recipes to the letter; instead I read several recipes for the same thing, take note of similarities and differences and then do my own version.

While running this much, I am hungry. All. The. Time. As a result, I try to eat foods that fuel me, fill me, and help me recover. Oh, and foods that are delicious and won’t make me feel guilty for having seconds. Enter stage right, my utterly favorite kale salad. Yes, I am on the kale bandwagon. The quinoa bandwagon, too. Stay with me here; even if you hate kale, I guarantee this might be the salad to convert you … and your cranky stodgy vegetable averse relatives, to boot! Read more

Readers Roundtable: Stand Up and Give Thanks

We're grateful for all these amazing ladies and YOU who have all helped us get us ... here.

We’re thankful for all the amazing ladies behind Salty Running and YOU who have all helped get us … here.

It’s Thanksgiving week here in the USA, which means we’re all going to be busy feasting, turkey trotting, and complaining about enjoying the company of our extended families. And yeah…we know everyone is talking about giving thanks this week, and maybe it can seem a little hokey or overblown, but gratitude is as important to a running career as hard work. So it’s good for us to take the time to stop, breathe, reflect, and take account of what we’re thankful for.

We want to make this Thanksgiving as full of thanks for you (and us) as it can be. So before gathering around the table, let’s take a step back and reflect on who we are and how all the awesome stuff and tough stuff this year brought us to this very point …

right now.

We want to know: what were the most wonderful things that happened to you this year and what were the hardest things you had to overcome? All of us at SR had our shares of joy and struggles and we’ll be sure to share them in the comments too.

So tell us!

  • What are you proud of?
  • What are you still struggling with?
  • And yes, why are you thankful?

5 Reasons Even the Grinchiest Runners Should Sign Up for a Holiday Race

fri5turkeyThough the regular race season might be winding down for those of us blessed enough to live in colder regions of the US (Florida, we are jealous) that doesn’t mean you can’t get in a few more before the jam-packed holiday madness begins. In fact, what better way to head into this busy time of year than with a holiday-themed race?

What’s that? Themed races aren’t your thing? That’s all about to change. Here are the top 5 reasons even the most hard-core competitive runner should sign up for a holiday race. Read more

The Race of My Life: Cinnamon’s NYC Marathon Report

IMG_9067It was a little disheartening that the taxi driver had no clue what was going on when I said “Staten Island Ferry, please!” I figured he’d just finished a shift of hauling around drunk adults in Halloween costumes, so I wasn’t very surprised. I WAS surprised when my $50 visa gift card got declined and I had a mini-panic while I tried to figure out how to get to an ATM. Luckily, I happened to be in New York City, where banks outnumber bathrooms, and paid the man with no real trouble. I should have just taken the train like I planned. I’d gotten to the station with plenty of time, but had suddenly freaked out: What if the train got stuck? What if what if what if??

It was 5:55am and I had 4 hours and 20 minutes until the start of the New York City Marathon. You may think I was silly to worry I’d be late, but I am not a lucky person. Especially when it comes to getting places on time. Or when it comes to things going smoothly. Read more

It’s More than A Goal Time: What Exactly is a Sub-3:00 Marathon?


It’s more than a bunch of numbers!

So many times I hear runners talk about their goal time for a marathon. Having an end goal for your race is awesome! Something I realized though, is that we talk about our time goals but don’t always talk about what they actually mean. What the heck IS a sub-3:00 marathon? (When I say sub-3:00 you can substitute any goal. It’s just the example we’ve been using the last few weeks.)

I know, I know, you’re thinking “Duh, a sub-3:00 marathon means running at least a 2:59:59!”

Bear with me here though. As runners we often have pretty arbitrary time goals; 4:00, 3:45, 3:35, 3:15, 3:05, 3:00, 2:49. These are all excellent goals, but they are often chosen because they look or sound good, not necessarily because they are what we are capable of.  I want to explain how to understand what your goal actually is as well as some important and often neglected steps you need to take to help you achieve that goal.  Read more

A Parent Runner’s Savior: Race Day Childcare

Not exactly the prerace encouragement you were looking for.

Not exactly the pre-race encouragement you were looking for.

Does your partner ever give you a hard time about watching the kids so you can race?

Do you and your partner have to take turns racing so one of you can be there with the kids?

Do you arrange for early morning childcare only to have the prospective sitter call you the night before to cancel, at which time you immediately gulp as the training efforts and race costs go down the tube?

An innovative mother runner in Boulder, Colorado, who’s run everything from 5k’s to ultra-marathons, experienced all of these scenarios and more after she had children. The juggling, the anxiety, and the guilt began. But one day on a run (of course), she had an epiphany: races should provide childcare! Read more

Jessica Odorcic Runs to Overcome

Jessica Odorcic, Tommy and their son Max. Image courtesy of Jessica Odorcic.

Jessica Odorcic, Tommy and their son Max in 2014. Image courtesy of Jessica Odorcic.

On September 21, 2013, two days before she was supposed to run one of the biggest races of her life and where she would attempt to qualify for the Olympic Marathon Trials, Jessica sat beside her husband at the Seidman Cancer Center in Cleveland, Ohio, trying to digest devastating, heart-wrenching news that would ultimately steal away her Tommy.

In August of 2012 Jessica’s best friend and husband had been diagnosed with melanoma on his scalp. Surgeons immediately removed it and everything seemed fine. Six months later, Tommy’s doctors discovered the cancer had metastasized throughout his lymph nodes, his organs … everywhere. Jessica’s Tommy, a loving husband, father, and her most supportive running companion passed away on June 28, 2014.

Back to that dreary day in September of 2013; Jessica told Tommy it would be selfish to race just two days after receiving the devastating news. Tommy would have none of that. He insisted that she run the race because it’s what she loved to do. So, she listened. Read more

Make Track Workouts Work for You: Don’t Make these 7 Mistakes

May your only mistakes at the track be fashion crimes.

May your only mistakes at the track be fashion crimes.

Runners love track workouts; they give us feedback and structure, plus they break up the monotony of our training weeks. After running mile after mile at the same old easy pace, it’s nice to head to the local track to work! But what if that work isn’t really doing you any good or worse … hurting you?

Many runners don’t know how to run a track workout correctly. Luckily, we’ve seen plenty of track workout mistakes and made lots of our own, so we can save you some headaches and instead make your track workouts work for you. Read more

Finding My Thing

My older sister texted me one of those memes the other day:


img via RotteneCards.com

I know she meant it as a joke, a “haha” to the fact that I am forever raving about running. I get it: it probably gets old. But it’s been on my mind since.

Today I headed out on a solo 10-miler on a hilly country road. It is 70 degrees out and gorgeous, but my hamstrings felt like painful lumps of lead from my gym workout two days ago.  This was not one of those smooth, effortless runs, but I enjoyed it nonetheless.  It was one of those heart-full, appreciative, mindful reflection runs. My mind drifted for 84 minutes about what my own running meme would be. . . Read more

A Chat with Liz Blackwell on Racing, Pregnancy and More!

Not only did she rock it, she rocked it shirtless! Photo by Wendy Shulik.

You can see the 13-mile marker in the distance. You look down at your watch and goosebumps rise on your arms; you’re about to nail a huge PR. Just as you look up, a woman passes you. A synapse fires in your end-of-the-race-foggy brain.

Is that lady..?

No! Couldn’t be. Wait … a sec … OH. MY!

That lady is definitely pregnant!

If you raced the Rock n’ Roll L.A. Half last month, this could have been your experience! Liz Blackwell, a 32-year-old special ed teacher who is nearly seven months pregnant with her second child, blew past the competition to an amazing 1:34:20 half-marathon finish. That’s 7:12 per mile!

We decided we needed to chat with Liz about training, racing during pregnancy, and so much more! Read more