Readers Roundtable: Running Fashion

Since we were kids, fall has always been a time to shop for clothes. Fall also happens to be the season for runners, so, naturally, running apparel companies are eager to take all our money. In catalogs and ads everywhere, we’re seeing the hottest trends. Some, like the all grey footwear or cozy cowl necks we can get behind. But others leave us saying, “Hmmm.” Shirts that are so complicated you can’t figure out more » Read more

Cilantro’s Training Log – 10.23.16

This was my first week back to teaching yoga, which I am very happy to be doing again.  I’m learning how to fit in running in a healthy and manageable way by sticking to my crossfit endurance plan. I did well for most of the week, and  by midweek, I was sleeping through the night for the first time in probably years.  But after a frustrating Saturday morning,  I pushed more » Read more

Cilantro’s Recovery Log – 10.16.16

As I mentioned in last week’s log, I don’t think I was overtrained, but I was dangerously close.  After deciding last week that I was closing out the training year having run just one race this year (but a win, so at least I’m leaving on top, ha), I realized that I needed to take some serious time off.  Estimates for how long someone should take at the dangerous stages more » Read more

Cilantro’s Training Log – 10.9.16

So, this week I took a big step but backward in the world of training for an ultra. At the end of last week’s training log, I was vaguely motivational referencing pushing through, etc, yada yada yada.  It took some serious reflection and conversations with Coriander to realize that I so badly wanted to want to run that I actually thought I wanted to be training right now. But I don’t. more » Read more

Cilantro’s Training Log – 10.1.16

Monday: Rest day, 5 miles walking in the morning; 2.5 miles with Chicory after work, followed by 30 minutes climbing and a quick Crossfit: 5 minutes AMRAP: 10xdeadlifts, 10xburpees. Tuesday: Still feeling tired from the weekend, so just did 6 easy.  Average pace 8:40. Climbing (only 3 routes).  Crossfit (light): 5 RFT: 5xpower cleans, 5xfront squats, 5xpush-presses, 5xpush-ups.  Honestly, I’m still feeling tired and my crossfit wasn’t the workout I more » Read more

SaltyValu™ Race Report Generator

Sometimes I wonder if a race report template exists that all runners use. I started, I ran, it was hard, I finished and a lot of stuff happened in between. I wondered if I could hack the system. If I analyzed hundreds, dozens, or three, race reports, could I crack the code? And if I did, could I leverage my knowledge into the best selling product yet in our SaltyValu™ more » Read more

Cilantro’s Training Log – 9.25.16

My first peak week of the season, I knew this week would be tough – I just didn’t know how tough (foreshadowing, are you intrigued?). The workouts: Monday:  Recovery day, 5.5 easy miles (estimated pace 9:00, I wasn’t wearing my watch, but I know the distance and the time it took me to cover it). Crossfit after work: 10 RFT: 7xKB swings, 5xburpees. Strength: 3×10 deadlifts Tuesday: 8 miles total, more » Read more

Science and Running: How Do You Know What’s Good and What’s Junk?

In 2010, thanks in large part to Christopher’s McDougall‘s Born to Run, barefoot running became the newest running trend. Everywhere I went I heard about the health benefits of running barefoot. I heard it all, from “You’ll never get injured again!” to “You’ll be so fast!”. And research seemed to back up the barefoot running phenomena, yet I remained stubbornly unwilling to try. I was a bit relieved, then, when other research more » Read more

Cilantro’s Training Log – 9.18.16

Post-race, I started the week with either easy pace or longer interval runs to aid recovery.  Overall, a good week and I’m looking forward to more high-intensity training this week. The workouts: Monday: 6 easy miles, 8:34 pace except warm-up. Crossfit after work: 10 minutes AMRAP: 15xair squats, 10xTRX push-ups, 5xTRX pull-ups, :30 plank.  Strength: 5,6,7,8,9xdeadlifts A note on the crossfit recovery workout I mention post-long run and race.  Yesterday, more » Read more

To Race Well, You Need to Get Real: My Stanky Creek 25k Race Report

The story behind my Stanky Creek 25k race is much longer and, frankly, more important than the actual race itself. For the most part, the hardest part of a race isn’t the actual race: it’s the months or years of training that lead up to it. But since I started running, and possibly with the exception of my very first marathon and 50 miler, I have struggled with meeting my more » Read more

Cilantro’s Training Log – 9.11.16

I had a race on Sunday, so this was an easier week all-around, which was appropriate because I was also a bit under the weather (hold up, why am I speaking in code?  I was PMS’ing and if affects every aspect of my life).  One of the reasons I like the CrossFit Endurance plan is the one-week taper (two-three weeks has always felt way too long) and it make it more » Read more

Cilantro’s Training Log – 9.4.16

Another awesome week in the land of dropping temperatures, amazing people, and bourbon (I know this can’t continue, so basking in the endorphins). The workouts: Monday: Army Physical Fitness Test in the morning (2:00 max push-ups, no resting; 2:00 max sit-ups, 2 mile TT run).  I underestimated how much the push-ups would tax the sit-ups and the sit-ups would tax the 2 mile run, but I passed both the male and female standard with more » Read more

Cilantro’s Training Log – 8.28.16

Another good week, so I feel like the chips are going to fall soon.  I didn’t do as much CrossFit as I would have liked (or maybe, as intense of CrossFit workouts – I hit the number of workouts but the intensity and length was shorter this week).  However, it was cool enough to run outside Tuesday and Wednesday which was amazing and I was able to hit some great more » Read more

Cilantro’s Training Log – 8.21.16

A good week of training that I am happy about.  I almost didn’t type that because it seems like my good weeks are always followed by terrible ones.  But maybe that’s the way training works overall, I’ve just never pushed myself hard enough to know. Monday: 5 miles, easy pace (10:00). Crossfit after work: Meta, 3 rounds: 10xpush-ups, 10x jumping jacks, 10xsquats, 10xjumping jacks, 10xsit-ups, 10xjumping jacks. Strength: 4 rounds: more » Read more

Who Should Women Runners Fear? It’s Not Who You Think

As I ran this morning on the treadmill, I watched Fox News cover the story of the female runners who had been recently murdered while out on a run. I watched the story transition from one about potential connections between the murders to one where a trained individual showed two women how to protect themselves from a stranger attack while on a run. He mimicked running behind each runner and using more » Read more