Reader’s Roundtable: What’s Your Favorite Prerace Meal?

This has been a long time coming. It’s been four and a half years, actually, since I raced a half! But, in less than two weeks I plan to toe the line for 13.1 miles of sheer bliss (a girl can dream, right?). Since it’s been so long I’ve forgotten what it was I ate before big longer races. I’ve also been a bad runner and been kind of lazy more » Read more

Salty’s Training Log – 5.17.15

The last training week of my 30’s came and went. I had a cutback in mileage, with 2 fartleks and a race on tap. The workouts went fine, but the race … well. Not so much. I should know better by now, but for some reason I thought I’d want to race the 10k at the Rite Aid Cleveland races. As far as larger regional marathons go, this one just more » Read more

5 Gifts to Myself for My 40th Birthday

In three short days I will turn 40. That’s right! I’ll be officially old a masters runner! Of course when you turn 40 everyone makes a big deal out of it. My 40th birthday inspired my best friend to convince my notoriously thrifty husband to send me on an expensive trip to Disneyland to see her. It also inspired my sister to drop everything and blow lots of money and time more » Read more

TED for Runners: Make Prerace Anxiety Your Friend

Over the winter, I discovered the joy of watching TED talks while getting in my treadmill miles. Almost every time I watched one I’d think darn, this applies to running! I should write a post about this! So guess what. I am. In this new occasional series, I’ll be bringing you a TED talk and will discuss how to apply the message of the talk to your running. Our first talk is more » Read more

Are YOU the Next Salty Blogger?

Do you love to run and like to write? Do you enjoy sharing your insights, wisdom, fears and embarrassing stories with hundreds of friends? Do you often refer to yourself by your Spice Girl name? Well, maybe that last one isn’t necessary, but if you said yes to the rest we’d love to invite you to become a part of the Salty family. Salty Running is a collective of amazing more » Read more

Salty’s Training Log – 5.3.15 and 5.10.15

I’m still stuck in my running purgatory: not out of shape, but not exactly PR-ready either. Sometimes I get mad at my old self for setting the bar so darn high. How’d I ever do any of that, I wonder often. As time goes on, I accept this state. My goals for myself and the role of running in my life are changing and I honestly don’t know what they more » Read more

5 Telltale Signs of a Cheater

Cheating sucks. Here at Salty Running we have several bloggers who have worked their tails off to qualify for Boston. Some have made it and some haven’t. Some of them did qualify, but were shut out from registering because they didn’t qualify enough. So it really steams me when someone claims to have earned this achievement and takes a spot on the Boston start line when good, honest people who earned more » Read more

A Master Class on Competition

When we think of competition in running what do we think of? Tactics meant to outwit or demoralize an opponent? Elbows flying at the start of a track race? Fist pumping in triumph as a winner passes a despondent loser? Competition means one person basks in the thrill of victory, while another experiences the agony of defeat. Right? Despite these widespread views about competition, the word itself comes from a more » Read more

Reader’s Roundtable: What’s Your Favorite Race Distance?

Here on Salty Running, our bloggers run a wide range of races. From short stuff on the track to 100 miles or more, we cover all the popular race distances! This week, as spring racing season peaks, we’ll be bringing you several race reports, prerace jitters and lots and lots of racing talk! So, naturally, our Readers Roundtable this week asks you about your race preferences. Specifically, we want to know what your favorite race distance more » Read more

Salty’s Training Log – 4.26.15

Nothing demonstrates the difference between my training under my old coach and training with McMillan more than a race. With a 10 mile race this past Saturday, my week’s load was light. Even better, I get to enjoy a recovery week after the race. So nice! Much better than following up a 10 mile race with a hard week and then getting injured (duh). I’m excited to rest up from a solid performance more » Read more

5 Things I Learned While Watching the 2015 Boston Marathon

It’s the Friday after Marathon Monday and yes, we’re still talking about Boston! The inspiring final finisher. Shalane’s heartbreak. Caroline Rotich’s sprint finish and huge smile. Meb’s always charming stranger hand-holding as he made the most of his relative blow-up. How could we not still be talking about it?! Actually, today I’m ceding the Friday 5 floor to one of our readers. Salty reader Lindi was so inspired by the Boston Marathon more » Read more

Readers Roundtable: Boston Marathon Charity Runners

Happy Marathon Monday! First, we send speedy vibes to all our Boston-running readers and bloggers Basil and Chamomile as they toe the line today! May the forecasts of rain be wrong and may the easterly wind change its mine and blow you in all the way to Boyleston street. GO ALL YOU WICKED FAST RUNNAHS! In honor of our most favoritist Monday of the year, we bring you this Boston flavored more » Read more

Salty’s Training Log – 4.19.15

I had a pretty darn great week of training! Decent mileage, fun workouts and great weather really helped me feel like my old self this week. I’m cautiously optimistic about my upcoming races this spring. I’m racing this upcoming Saturday and while that’s almost certain to not be a PR, I think I might be able to come closer to my goal times for my later season races than I more » Read more

And the Winner Is …

It’s the Friday before Boston which means many of you are boarding flights or getting bib numbers from friends to track on Monday. While Boston is a fine race, perhaps THE finest race in all the land, another marathon deserves our attention. Remember way back to a week ago when we posted the final round of our March Madness Greatest Marathon (that isn’t NYC, CHI or BOS) Tournament? Well one more » Read more

Salty’s Training Logs – 4.4.15 and 4.11.15

The only excuse I have for being so behind on my training logs is that I schlepped two little kids across the country by myself and spent 4 days at Disneyland cavorting with my best friend and my best sister (Cinnamon). I managed to finish up the Salty Madness tournament by creating polls and posts on my phone (with varied success), but beyond that I just didn’t have time or more » Read more