Readers Roundtable: What’s the Hardest Race You’ve Ever Run

I’m writing with the last ounce of energy I have after an epic Burning River 100 weekend! (I may or may not be exaggerating.) I woke up at 3:20 a.m. Saturday to take Cilantro to the starting line for her first 100 mile race! Then I ran 11.6 miles as part of an 8-amazing-woman relay before high-tailing it out to crew, I met Jasmine around the 50k mark and from there we more » Read more

Salty’s Training Log – 7.19.15

I think I’m really getting a handle on this moderation thing. I’m really digging the concept of not planning my life around training. It’s very liberating. Having things like my health and sanity, family experiences and my well-roundedness as a human being now take precedence over running, I managed to enjoy the sh*t out of myself this past week, when in my former life I might have felt pretty darn more » Read more

Reader’s Roundtable: What’s the Deal with Orthotics?

I was running with my friend yesterday and she told me the saga of her recent bout of foot pain. It wasn’t a terrible pain, but it bothered her on occasion and she decided to go get it checked out. She booked the first appointment she could find with whatever sports doctor was available at the large industrial hospital complex in our city. While she waited the couple weeks for more » Read more

Salty’s Training Log – 7.12.15

I’m feeling very contradictory about my comeback. On one hand, I feel very excited and optimistic about starting over. On the other, I feel very daunted by the prospect of starting over. On one hand, I am being kind to myself and not judging my current fitness or using the word “should” to describe my running right now. On the other, why the hell am I so slow?! On one more » Read more

Readers Roundtable: Advice to Your Teenage Self

We get a lot of reader email here at Salty Running. Lately, I’ve noticed an increase in questions from high school runners. The questions seem to focus a lot on issues like nutrition, weight and body image and of course, how to get faster. Reading these emails always get me thinking back to my days as a high school runner. I had no idea what I was doing. I barely ran more » Read more

Salty’s Training Log – 6.28.15 & 7.5.15

Whew! It’s been a busy couple of weeks! My second child turned 5 last Sunday and Cinnamon was in town visiting this past week. So between birthday party planning and squeezing in sisterly bonding time, I’m pooped! And it’s all well and good because I didn’t have time or energy to sweat how much I was (or wasn’t) working out and my month of resting and recovery just kinda merged more » Read more

5 Tips for Dog Walkers from Runners

Runners and dogs. Dogs and runners… Every runner has an unpleasant dog experience or two…or seventeen..in her history. I am an animal lover. I really do like them, but I admit I get scared of dogs when I run. I’ve been charged at, chased and jumped on. I’ve witnessed dogs biting other runners. Sure, the vast majority of dog owners are awesome considerate people, but not every dog owner sees more » Read more

Salty’s Training Log – 6.14.15

Week 2 of the forced lay-off. I stayed true to my word and have done ZERO aerobic exercise. I did do a kettlebells workout that had me sore for 4 days (that’s what I get for hitting it hard after not strength training for 2 months!) I also went to a race, but all I did was cheer for friends with Ginger and my girls. I didn’t miss running at more » Read more

5 Lessons from LeBron and the Cavs

I admit that I am the most fair weather of fair weather fans. I mean, I like doing things, not watching other people do things, so I don’t really spend much time watching big-time pro sports. But as a born and raised Clevelander, I have to say, I’m hooked on the NBA play-offs! Not only am I cheering for my home team, I’ve repeatedly come away shocked by how inspiring more » Read more

Overtraining: It’s Real, It Sucks and It Can Happen to You

Salty runners are strivers. We train hard, we aim high and we’re tough. These are the qualities that enable us to succeed and blow the lid off what we ever thought was possible. But sometimes these qualities are the exact thing that gets us into trouble. Sometimes we train too hard. Sometimes we aim too high. And sometimes we are even too tough. I think most of us understand this, but the line between more » Read more

Salty’s Training Log – 6.7.15

Last I left you, I was deciding how to approach my goal half marathon after an entire season of struggles. I struggled with motivation. I struggled to hit paces. I struggled to enjoy my running. I had hoped that with a season of a significantly lighter load than what I had doing prior to getting injured around Chistmastime that I’d slowly recover and rediscover my passion. But it never happened. more » Read more

Reader’s Roundtable: Running and Gastro-Intestinal Issues

One of the most popular posts ever to grace the front page of our site is What to Do When You Have to Poop or Pee but There’s Nowhere to Go. That makes us wonder if there’s a runner out there who dares run a route with no bathroom options at all. I don’t think I know a single runner who hasn’t experienced gastro-intestinal distress at least to some degree while running. And more » Read more

Fake It Until You Make It

Together, we’ve taken a big leap: we’ve resolved to dream big and to stop being embarrassed about it. Yeah! But that is just a first step to realizing our big goals. Ladies (and you 2 gentlemen readers), we have more work to do to become the runners we dream of becoming. Today I’m going to put on my self-help guru hat and discuss how the power of positive thinking can more » Read more

Salty’s Training Log – 5.24.15 & 5.31.15

Oh, people. I don’t even know where to begin. I feel like one great big heaping mess of a runner right now. I just don’t know what to do with myself. I’m going to write a bunch about what’s gone on the last couple of weeks, but if want to skip straight to my whining, you can go down to the ***. Last I left you, I bagged my planned more » Read more