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

5 Things You Need After a Marathon

Hooray! You just completed a marathon!  No matter if it was your first, fifth or fiftieth, there are some things that never change.  If you worked hard, your legs will feel like they’re made of rubber and need a good rest. But that’s not all you’ll need. I’m 5 days from finishing my most recent marathon and I can tell you I was surprised by the things I didn’t really consider before more » Read more

Make Your Own Boston Marathon Jacket

In my dream world, I would be strutting around today in a purple and orange jacket of questionable taste.  This jacket would not be the sort of thing I usually wear, it certainly isn’t something I’d ever choose for myself, and I would have paid way too much money for it. You know what I’m talking about. I mean, it’s okay that I didn’t make it to Boston this year…I’ll more » Read more

Readers’ Roundtable: Do You Experience Phantom Injuries During Taper?

Lots of us are tapering for our big spring race, myself included.  No, unfortunately it’s not Boston.  It’s New Jersey!  Everyone’s second choice!  (Badabing!) But seriously, I’m excited for my third marathon on the beautiful Jersey Shore!  My goal is conservative, but that doesn’t mean I’m taking training any less seriously.  I’m approaching my taper with a little more experience under my belt, and if this is like last time, more » Read more

5 Snappy Comebacks for Sh*t Non-Runners Say

Here on SR we talk a lot about how much we love to run. You and I know how good running can be, how much it has changed our lives for the better, or helped us get through tough times, strengthened our families and kept us sane. Well, when we talk about our love of running here at Salty Running we know that we’re preaching to the choir. Convincing each more » Read more

Readers Roundtable? What’s the Best GPS Watch under $150?

We all love a good product review, which is why this week I decided to share with you that our own Ginger, of “run-by-feel” fame, has begun shopping for a GPS watch. She asked the Salty bloggers to help, and since those handy little devices are one of the most expensive pieces of gear available to runners, I thought it would be a great question for you! “I don’t want more » Read more

Readers’ Roundtable: Are You Competitive? If not, why not?

I had to delete Words With Friends from my phone.  My competitive nature didn’t allow me to go easy on anyone who wasn’t as formidable as I, and when I did find worthy opponents I would…well to put it mildly, I’d get shouty when I wasn’t winning. It’s pretty rare that a mid-30’s mid-packer like me will be vying for even the most humble award, so I don’t generally consider more » Read more

Readers’ Roundtable: Do You Shave Your Legs in Winter?

Boy oh boy, at 40º Fahrenheit, yesterday was just balmy here in the Big Apple!  So when it was time for me to hit the road, naturally I took off my pants without hesitation.  Shorts time! I don’t think about it too much usually, but last week the Salty bloggers were chatting about our legs, so when I saw the forecast I made sure to bust out a fresh razor more » Read more

Cinnamon’s Training Log 2.1.15

Despite my lack of updates on SR I have, in fact, been training steadily since my last long-term job ended before Christmas.  I took the time to build mileage back up and, after a little research, I chose a marathon plan about a month ago. I still believe a Boston Qualifying marathon is in me, and I believe that missing the mark during my last marathon (a delicate way to more » Read more