March Madness Tournament Nominations!

Cinnamon is hard at work on a better graphic for the Tournament, we swear! March at Salty Running means it’s time to start getting serious about our March Madness Tournament! Two years ago our tournament chose the greatest woman runner of all time. Last year, we chose the best women’s running blog. And this year, our theme will be … . [drum roll] . The best U.S. Marathon that isn’t more » Read more

Salty’s Training Log – 3.1.15

WOO! Made it through February alive! It was the coldest February on record here in Northeast Ohio, so that means it was frickin’ freezing! After a very stressful week last week, I was in recovery mode this week. I tried to get lots of sleep and relax. I kept my runs on the shorter side of the range in my plan for the most part too. I’ve been struggling to more » Read more

Reader’s Roundtable: Heart Rate Training

Even with my crazy heart condition, I never ever used a heart rate monitor in training. Lately, though, I’m starting to think now is the time. For the past 4 years I have done pace-based training; every workout I did had a prescribed pace, which meant I was a slave to the watch. In being so pace-focused, I feel like I’ve lost a sense of what the right effort is for more » Read more

Salty’s Training Log – 2.22.15

Holy stress! On Monday evening after the kids went to bed, my husband approached me and said he wanted to talk. “Are you pregnant?” I asked him? “Divorcing me? What is going on?!” And then he broke it to me: he’s sending me and my two oldest kids to Disneyland in California with my best friend and her two kids as my 40th birthday gift! YEAH! I never ever would more » Read more

Salty’s Training Log – 2.15.15

This is the point of winter when I start really hating life. I never ever ever have had a great February. It’s just not my month. I don’t mean to be all wa-wa on you, but damn if it takes so much extra energy and effort to not be full-on Ziggy under a black cloud at this point in the year. Fortunately, I’m not depressed this year. Just straight-up cooped more » Read more

Salty’s Training Log – 2.8.15

Look out world! I’m back … (for the 700th time). I had a very solid week of rebuilding and I felt good. I had another appointment with my ART guy and since I was still feeling the sciatica after a month of treatment, he decided to do some chiropractic adjustments. It makes total sense why they might help. He explained my sciatica is caused by my pelvis being misaligned causing more » Read more

Readers Roundtable: The Guy Who Got Chicked! (And His Crazy Response)

Salty Running might be a women-focused site, but man-oh-man, do we ever love men!  They’re our friends and dads and husbands and sons, and they make especially good running companions for those women who train on the faster side.  They give us little flutters in our hearts and make us roll our eyes, and best of all is when they make us laugh! And nothing makes me laugh more than more » Read more

#RunningLikeaGirl Isn’t Always Pretty

I love getting that email notification telling me my race photos are in. Surely this time I will look like the powerful lithe running goddess I am, I think to myself! And then I click on the link and sink further in despair as the slideshow proceeds. My hopeful thoughts quickly turn to self-loathing. Do I really look that manly? Why is that stuff flapping over there? Do those shorts even more » Read more

Salty’s Training Log – 2.1.15

I feel like this is the first week of my latest comeback. At this point I think I’m on the comeback from my comeback from my comeback from my comeback, but here I am. I can be frustrated and bemoan being unlucky in run or I can deal with it. Sure, I want to be faster and run PRs, but one thing I’ve learned through the comeback upon comeback x more » Read more

Readers Roundtable: Post-Run Showers!

You ask us questions and we answer! Today, we’re going to try something new. We’re asking you a question and we’d love your answers in the comments! Our first question is about showers. We know some runners who insist on showering immediately after running and others who … well … might go a little longer in between showers. Some have tricks to get more mileage between showers (get it?!), while others more » Read more

Salty’s Training Log – 1.25.15

The revelation that my injury was most likely a symptom of a bigger problem, namely overtraining, led to something you won’t see often in my training logs. 4 big fat zero days in a row. I did no exercise at all for 4 whole days. And I didn’t hate it! I spent the time cleaning the house and getting it to a less-embarrassing state of disarray for a visit with more » Read more

Salty’s Training Log – 1.18.15

If you read today’s post you might know where I’m going to go with this training log. I ran 6 days last week and did one elliptical tempo workout – the 10/2 that Chamomile wrote about. It was a great workout! But even that felt really off. Over the course of the week my enthusiasm for running went from luke warm to nonexistent. 4 milers at a pace 1:00 slower more » Read more

Overcoming Hardcore: When to Know if You’ve Gone Too Far

We serious runners like to be hardcore. When it comes to mileage we value more. When it comes to pace we value faster. When it comes to rest we value minimal. Prizing the hardcore has helped many a runner become successful, but it has been many a runner’s downfall too. Some runners can thrive on pushing themselves to limits that would break many others–and that’s great for them!–but being someone more » Read more

Salty Running’s Hidden Treasures!

We are working hard on a site redesign! We know that Salty Running isn’t as user friendly as it could be and that there are probably hidden gems within it that even our long-time readers don’t know about. So while we work hard on fixing up this place, we wanted to take the time to point out some of the best features you might not know about. We want you more » Read more

Salty’s Training Log – 1.11.15

Well hello. Things are looking up! As I mentioned last week, I was diagnosed with a misaligned pelvis that was impinging my sciatic nerve – gross!  But a little ART, Graston following a couple of weeks of cross-training, I was back up and running on Wednesday. My chiropractor warned me that while it was fine to run again I would most certainly feel like shit for a few days. He didn’t lie. more » Read more