5 Classes to Take When You Go Back to Runner School

Unless you’ve been living under a rock or don’t play on social media, you are more than well aware it’s back-to-school time. Every other photo is of a smiling kid holding a sign with information only a mother could care about … and I say this as a social media abusing mother of back-to-school kids! Besides the avalanche of cute kid photos, deals on lined paper at the big box more » Read more

Salty’s Training Log – 8.16.15 & 8.23.15

I really meant to write my training log last week, but it ended up turning into this post instead. I really needed to let that out. On one hand, I love running to compete, pursuing excellence, pushing myself mentally and physically, but on the other and as that post implies, running competitive is just not the best allocation of my resources (time, energy and money). And that’s beyond the fact more » Read more

Running, the Perfect Place for the Perfectionist to Hide from Her Messy Life

I seem to be incapable of heeding conventional wisdom. Instead, for some reason, I must figure every single thing out for myself and experience my very own Oprah-riffic aha moment for the most common of common sense things. Having three children in four years (almost to the day) is really hard. Maybe other people know what they’re in for, but I did not. I wanted a family and in theory more » Read more

Salty’s Training Log – 8.9.15

I feel like me and running still have some issues to work out. It hasn’t always been a pretty process, but even though I refused to admit it at first, I’ve been slowly accepting that my relationship with running hasn’t always been the healthiest. If you would have asked me, even at the height of my competitiveness, whether I defined myself by running success and I would have scoffed, “of more » Read more

Running on the Dark Side

It’s always sunny in Social Mediaville! Other than a few of those whiner friends who you keep forgetting to block, Facebook is a land where everyone is always smiling and looking fantastic. When it comes to our runner friends and (let’s be honest) ourselves, we’re always running fast and feeling fan-effing-tastic in Social Mediaville. We tweet about how that race we ran was actually just a tempo and we could more » Read more

Salty’s Training Log – 8.2.15

My brain is most definitely better! On Tuesday, for the first time in a really long time, I thought I could totally run an extra mile for seven today instead of six, and I did it and felt great! And I ran almost 2 hours for my long run that flew by and I never got that oh when is this going to be over feeling, That is the real runner-me. I am not more » Read more

Salty’s Training Log – 7.26.15

Well that was quite a week! I think I’m almost recovered from the weekend. As you read in Cilantro’s race report, I was captain of her crew, which I didn’t completely realize until a few days before the race. One thing I learned about Cilantro this weekend is that she doesn’t like to ask for help. I knew she was coming to race, but I was waiting for her to tell more » Read more

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