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

March Madness 2015: The Championship Round!

It’s here! The final round of our March Madness Greatest Marathon Tournament where YOU get to decide which U.S. marathon (that isn’t a NYC, Boston, Chicago or the other gigantic marathons) is tops! We started with 64 awesome marathons with between 800 and 8,000 participants and we’re now down to the two marathons YOU voted to the top! In the first corner, we have Kiawah Island Golf Resort Marathon, the little marathon that could. more » Read more

March Madness 2015: Final Four!

We’ve made it to the semifinals of our March Madness Greatest Marathon Tournament where YOU get to decide which U.S. marathon (that isn’t a NYC, Boston, Chicago or the other gigantic marathons) is tops! We started with 64 awesome marathons with between 800 and 8,000 participants and we’re now down to our Final 4! That’s right! We’re down to the four best mid-sized marathons in the land. From the East, Pittsburgh takes on more » Read more

March Madness 2015: Elite 8!

Can you believe we’ve finally made it to Round IV of our March Madness Greatest Marathon Tournament where YOU get to decide which U.S. marathon (that isn’t a NYC, Boston, Chicago or the other gigantic marathons) is tops! We started with 64 awesome marathons with between 800 and 8,000 participants and we’re now down to our Elite 8! In Round III, we had some very interesting results (Click here for the updated bracket). Kiawah Island more » Read more

March Madness 2015: Sweet 16, Baby!

On to Round III of our March Madness Greatest Marathon Tournament where YOU get to decide which U.S. marathon (that isn’t a NYC, Boston, Chicago or the other gigantic marathons) is tops! We started with 64 awesome marathons with between 800 and 8,000 participants and we’re now down to our Sweet 16! In Round II, we had a few surprising results (Click here for the updated bracket). Kiawah Island Golf Resorts Marathon edged more » Read more

March Madness 2015: Round II!

On to Round II of our March Madness Greatest Marathon Tournament where YOU get to decide which U.S. marathon is tops! In case you’re just joining us, we’ve matched up marathons with anywhere from 800 to 8,000 participants and you vote for which race advances to the next round. In Round I, we had the predictable powerhouse wins, like Richmond (which defeated Rehoboth Beach)  and Twin Cities (which took down more » Read more

Salty’s Training Log 3.22.15 & 3.29.15

Ive managed to string together to back to back 50+ mile weeks! Woo! The best part is that for the most part I’m feeling a lot more like my old self. The most notable development in my running and nonrunning life is that I’ve now weaned my youngest! Wednesday marked the first day in over 7 years that I was not either pregnant or nursing (or both)! Mon: 4 with more » Read more

March Madness 2015: Round I!

And now, Salty Friends, it is time to VOTE! We have 64 awesome marathons vying for the title GREATEST US MARATHON … (that isn’t NYC, CHI or BOS). They are separated into 4 regions, just like the college basketball tournament. I’ve seeded the races according to participation rate: the more participants, the higher the seed. You can get a bracket spreadsheet here. For Round I I will leave voting open more » Read more