Comment of the Week – 7.26.2014

At the risk of defaulting to the two most generic topics ever (weather and time), can you believe it is almost August?  Although school is starting soon which I’m not quite ready for, it’s also getting closer to the fall racing season.  It makes the end of summer so much more palatable. I’m even looking forward to it. Plus, the end of summer means the time of beautiful running weather is returning more » Read more

Comment of the Week – 7.19.2014

Another delightful week in Salty Running-land! (can you tell I’ve had my daily dose of run-spiration?)  From tips for running in the heat to Basil’s confession’s about how to be too nice on race day, we’ve had a lot of great conversations going on! One of the big steps forward for women’s running, in my opinion, has been an understanding (and even welcome) of running whilst pregnant.  But as a runner, more » Read more

Comment of the week – 7.12.2014

It was a close one this week. And by close one, I mean that until 6 am this morning I wasn’t even sure I’d get a Comment of the Week post done! But, as I promised weeks ago (okay, maybe just two weeks ago), I (Cilantro) and Comment of the Week, are back. I keep my promises. As y’all are enjoying your pre-run coffee (or maybe you are already done?), more » Read more

Comment of the Week – 7.5.2014

A belated Happy Independence Day to all of us in America, and happy first weekend in July!  Although summer “officially” started two weeks ago, July has always seemed like the real start of the summer to me, and I’m ready for a summer run-cation.  I find it very hard to plan any trip that doesn’t involve some sort of running or racing, which I know makes it hard for family more » Read more

Cilantro’s 2015 Run Across the USA

Tomorrow is our nation’s birthday and what better way to celebrate than to run across the lower 48! I’m not kidding. For years, I’ve wanted to run across the United States. As awesome as that sounds I’ve been hesitant to do it. First because it’s, well, far. Second is the whole time and money thing. But now with a few ultras under my belt and as I enter my last more » Read more

Comment of the Week – 6.28.2014

Comment of the week is back (and so am I)!  You may remember me, Cilantro, a runner (obviously) and a beginning ultrarunner.  I disappeared a bit after a disappointing finish (or lack thereof) at the END-Sure 100k and dedicated myself to finishing my second year of my PhD.  My course load is lighter this summer, and I finished my first 50-miler last weekend, so I think it’s safe to say more » Read more

Cilantro’s Training Log – 3.23.2014

6 days until race day, and it’s safe to say that I am freaking out.  Completely freaking out, (wo)man.  I know part of this is just the taper, but a part of me really doesn’t think that I trained enough to run 62 miles.  Don’t worry, I’m not going to do anything crazy like put in some extra training runs.  I am going to need every ounce of rest to more » Read more

Comment of the Week – 3.22.2014

Does anyone else feel like they’re getting punked? By spring?!? I woke up to no power and a winter storm warning in NoDak, and it seems like the rest of the northern states are faring similarly.  It goes without saying that our Friday Five yesterday was timely albeit depressing.  We’re heating things up around here though - look for a March Madness-themed bracket coming to Salty Running soon and we’ve added more » Read more

Cilantro’s Training Log – 3.18.2014

I’m not going to lie to y’all.  It’s been a tough time in Cilantro-land, and it has nothing to do with running, training, or ultramarathons, so I’ll spare you the details.  I’ll just say this: grad school is hard, my doctoral program is tough, and I am too poor for school.  In more pleasant news, I re-discovered cauliflower and have eaten it every day for two weeks.  Don’t pretend like that isn’t more » Read more

Ultra Training Has Stolen My Heart

This isn’t going to be a sappy post about how ultramarathon training is testing my limits and shows me that my body is capable of so much more than I thought it was, although it definitely has done both.  No, instead this post is about why ultramarathons are the best kind of races for a runner like me. Read: slow, kind of lazy, and injury-prone. Related PostsTreadmill Tip of the more » Read more