5 Signs It’s Time to Throw Out That Pair of Old Running Shorts

I admit that I still run in shorts I bought in 2005. I will go even further and admit I should probably not go out in public in these shorts and that they’re more suited for the trash bin than the light of day. But I have a hard time with that. I wore one such pair for the Boston Marathon! I can’t throw those away! Another, younger, although equally more » Read more

Salty’s Training Log – 8.17.14 & 8.24.14

It’s been 4 weeks now since I started liquid iron and 2 since I started vitamin D supplements. I am noticing an improvement in my energy levels, mood and in the feel of my runs. I’m starting to get excited! Two weeks ago, the big kids were in camp together in the mornings all week, so I ran a lot of miles in the daylight pushing the baby in the more » Read more

Salty’s Training Log – 8.10.14

The week started out about the same as the week before – still tired and felt pretty terrible at the track. But I began to suspect things were beginning to turn around when during my baby tempo workout my paces were faster and easier feeling than I expected them to be and I made it through 15 miles at 7:41 pace feeling better than I have on a long run more » Read more

Salty’s Training Log – 8.3.14

An alternative title for this log might be “The Fixations of a Runner Running Like Shit for no Apparent Reason on the Eve of a Doctor’s Appointment.” And that goes a little something like this: I am so tired. Maybe you’re only tired because you keep saying you’re tired. But I am running like total crap. Maybe you’re running like crap because you keep saying you’re running like crap. Do more » Read more

Salty’s Training Log – 7.27.14

I made a very important observation. When going through a rough patch with training, but feeling relatively a little better, going and and putting in one of your hardest weeks of training is probably not smart. For all the relative awesomeness of last week, I think I just dug myself a deeper hole. I felt super tired on my Monday run and my track workout was a train wreck. It more » Read more

Salty’s Training Log – 7.20.14

This is going to be short and sweet today. I don’t know if it’s a coincidence, the placebo effect or I really needed it, but since I started iron supplements last week I am feeling a lot better. I ran about as well as I have in the last few months. My workouts were solid and I made sure to run easy – no watch easy runs all week long! more » Read more

Salty’s Training Log – 7.13.14

It’s all starting to make sense. For weeks I’ve been struggling in my workouts and feeling wiped out much of the time. I chalked it up to being out of shape and the whole 3 kids thing. But then I noticed things. 1. I didn’t realize how long I’ve been training again. I received my coach’s email for Week 18. 18 weeks!? And I’m struggling this much with a workload more » Read more

5 Things That Are Harder for Runners to Do in the Summer

Yeah, it’s the summer! No more complaining about each run producing a load of laundry! We forgot about Yaktrax! It’s the time of year when all we really need is to cover our naughty bits, throw on a pair of shoes and go. Even though we don’t have to track down a safe ice-free route or find some other idiot willing to brave sub-zero wind chills to keep us company more » Read more

Salty’s Training Log – 7.6.14

Tired. I’m always a little tired. I mean, I have three kids under 6, so of course I’m a little tired. I’ve been meaning to get blood work done to see make sure my iron, thyroid, vitamin D, etc are all good since my 3 pregnancies and epic nursing spells, which I finally did on Thursday. No results yet. But this week, beyond the normal, I was epically tired.  I more » Read more

How Visualizing the Achievement of Your Running Goals Might Set You up to Fail

We all know that one of the most valuable tools in our mental training arsenal is visualization, the mental exercise of picturing ourselves succeeding. Visualize pushing through those final miles to your PR marathon to nab that PR. Visualize that OTQ time on the finishing clock with your arms raised in triumph to nab that OTQ. Visualize the top spot on the podium if you want to win. If we more » Read more