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

Who Are You? The Importance of Self-Image to Running Success

Picture yourself running. What are you wearing? Where are you in relation to others? Are you happy? Are you struggling? Are you who you want to be? Recently, I started training with my elite development team again.  Because I’m just returning to fitness, I’m struggling to keep up with my teammates. Then the other day, I noticed I’ve labeled myself: the old slow one. When I picture myself in workouts, more » Read more

Salty’s Training Log – 6.22.14

All three kids were sick this week and the baby is getting her incisors, so I was pretty much a zombie all week. I even had my first experience getting puked on. In public. That was remedied by a shower and a change of clothes, but what was much harder to deal with was that every night heralded several sleep disturbances, so my already too little nightly sleep was rendered more » Read more

#TBT – Salty May, 2006

Get Excited! Salty Running has a new weekly feature! Inspired by those #tbt’s all over social media, we’re offering up our own Throwback Thursday posts. We’ll choose a running-related photo of ourselves from our archives and write a post all about it. I’m up first with this one from 2006: Related PostsSo This Road Runner Walks into a Trail Race … Basil’s Her Tern Half Marathon Race Report Chagrin Falls, more » Read more

Salty’s Training Log – 6.15.14

This week was a solid training week, but I have to admit I found myself having some staring at the trees moments. Yeah, fitness takes time. Yeah consistency and patience. Yeah I’ve only been back for a few months after being off for 2 years. Yeah. Yeah. Yeah. But I struggled with feelings of frustration this week that things are not clicking yet. I still feel slow and weak at more » Read more