Readers’ Roundtable: How Long is Your Longest Training Run?

Marathon season is in full swing, and it seems like every year I hear the same braggadocio about just how long everyone’s long run is.  Saturday, one of my friends reported doing a 24 miler – SIX weeks out from the NYC Marathon on 11/1.  Another friend said he was following the Hal Higdon book, but decided to add mileage to his long runs, because he was worried they weren’t more » Read more

Readers’ Roundtable: Do You Drink Alcohol During A Training Cycle?

Well I’ve done it again, guys. Saturday night was the wrap party for my last movie job and, well, I went a little overboard at the open bar. The consequences of my whiskey consumption included dancing until way too late (with a Prince impersonator!), making an ass out of myself in front of people who may or may not still be my friends, crying through three pounds of eyeliner on more » Read more

Ask-a-Salty: Marathon Strategy for Carrying Gels and Hydration

And we’re back with our second installment of Ask-a-Salty: the feature where…surprise! you ask questions and we answer them for you. If you have a question you’d like to ask, check out this page! Today’s questions come from Jen P. who asks: Hi Salties! One thing I have been thinking about lately is how do many racers carry their gels?  I was curious what the Salties might have to say. more » Read more

Readers’ Roundtable: Do You Wear Underpants On the Run?

All my running shorts have liners, meaning there’s a built-in brief that protects my lady bits and prevents chafing.  This is ideal to me, since wearing underwear is unthinkable: cotton retains too much moisture, and all my other pairs are too frilly to be comfortable. A couple years ago when “running underwear” started popping up in stores, I made a joke about it to a friend.  She looked at me more » Read more

Readers’ Roundtable: Are You Willing to Pay for Primo Fashion?

This morning Salty forwarded a promotional email from Anthropologie, retailer of overpriced (in my opinion) luxury women’s apparel and other stuff.  Guess what they have now?  Activewear! I couldn’t help but laugh – everyone is getting into the game!  As much as people have blasted Lululemon, ever since it burst onto the scene and showed people that being active can be sexy, more and more luxury activewear brands have cropped more » Read more

Readers’ Roundtable: Would You Give Up Your Dream Job if it Prevented You from Running?

Joining the International Cinematographer’s Guild as an assistant cameraperson was like crossing the finish line of a marathon I’d spent nearly a decade training for.  My dream job was always working on camera crews, and I made it!  Not everyone who has a dream can say that! Then, this spring, I trained for the New Jersey Marathon while working on a television show and two pilots.  Imagine averaging 13 hours, more » Read more

Readers’ Roundtable: Is Humility Minimizing Your Accomplishments?

This week among the Salty bloggers, Sage shared an article about Amber Green, a mother of three who, over the course of 15 years and 31 marathons, reduced her time from 4:23:xx to an Olympic Trials qualifying 2:41:xx, and we all went nuts.  It was pretty unanimously agreed that Green is a badass.  We love this chick. She is awesome. It was also pretty unanimously agreed that she was, as more » Read more

Readers Roundtable: Non-Running Uses for Your Running Stuff

So you might have liked our official Facebook page, but did you know we also have a group that you can join?  You can use it to discuss your running questions with the Salty Running bloggers and connect with other readers?  We sure do, and over the weekend I was curious to know what non-running uses others have found for their running gear. Basil uses a SPI Belt to keep more » Read more

Readers Roundtable: National Anthem at Races

Two days ago I was standing in Central Park with Honey, packed in like sardines with 5,000 of our closest friends waiting for a NYRR race to start. In the midst of the jumping to stay loose, the stretching, the watch setting, barely anyone noticed as the national anthem was introduced. Back in the middle of the pack as we were we could hardly hear the announcer over one another’s chatter. But then more » Read more

5 Kinda-Dorky Things Every Cynical Runner Should Try

Is your catchphrase “I’m not a joiner?”  Do you feel a wave of nausea when you hear the phrase “fun run?”  Do you scoff when you see other runners doing things you think are “dorky?”  You just may be suffering from a common disorder called cynicism. But have no fear, dear reader.  Like you, I once was afflicted with cynicism in my running life.  But in the last couple of more » Read more

My Eyes are Up Here: 5 Style Tips for Running Shirtless

This post originally published on Aug 31, 2012. We thought it was a timely follow-up to the The Essential Guide to Salty Summer Running! I’m in love with Clove’s Salty Running Challenge!  Leaving my shirt behind when I go for a run is a real struggle, but the more I practice the more I just stop caring what others think of my tummy and start feeling great about showing off more » Read more

The Essential Guide to Salty Summer Running

It’s that time of year again, ladies!  Whether you’re welcoming summer with open arms or hissing at the sun and shrinking back into your air-conditioned sanctuary, we’re with you all the way through August. Except for Basil, who’s in Alaska, and Peppadew, in South Africa.  They’re laughing at the rest of us while enjoying temperatures in the 50’s (°F). Even they know what it’s like to slog away through blistering more » Read more

Readers’ Roundtable: Revising Running Goals

Happy birthday, Salty!  And welcome to the Masters’ League! While my dear sister was off having a wonderful 40th birthday weekend I started answering some Salty emails.  I came across a question from Salty reader Erin, who wanted some answers about forming a game plan so she could qualify for Boston before her 40th birthday.  And it got me thinking about a post Salty once wrote: Forget Time Limits When more » Read more

Readers’ Roundtable: Who Improves Your Running Life?

Happy Monday, Salties!  I hope you moms out there had a nice day yesterday, and for the non-moms, well…I hope you had a nice day too.  No matter how I spend it, Mothers’ Day always makes me think about all the women who have made my life better: my aunts, grandmothers, cousins, friends, my sister, and of course, my mom! So I thought today would be a particularly apt time more » Read more

A Lesson About Respect

On Sunday, April 26th, I embarked on a 26-and-a-quarter mile journey through New Jersey that changed my running life. The short story is that I wound up running 3:53:xx, a personal best by sixteen minutes. This makes it sound like an incredible victory. But really, there was no victory here. It was certainly an accomplishment, but the truth goes deeper. See, the thing is, I was cocky at this race. more » Read more