Salty’s Training Log – 11.16.14

So, uh, winter. Yikes! Jasmine wasn’t kidding when she said winter was effectively here this week. Geesh! Time to get flexible! I believe strongly that the way to get through winter training is to be flexible. Move workouts around, switch inside as necessary and go with the flow. Winter is the time to learn to be adaptable. This week wasn’t too bad. I ran on the treadmill for a few more » Read more

5 Reasons to Cheat in Your Next Race!

By now, any runner with an internet connection has heard about Tabatha Hamilton and her ill-gotten win at the the Chickamauga Battlfield Marathon last weekend.  Prior to Tabatha, there was the tale of Kip Litton, the man who cheated in dozens of marathons, including Boston, before he was finally figured out (if you haven’t read the New Yorker piece about Kip, now is the time; it’s a great read!). Both cases more » Read more

Salty’s Training Log – 11.9.14

I feel like a broken record. Another good week in the books! I know have 8 weeks of 60+ miles in a row and I’m feeling good! I have noticed I have to be more diligent about foam rolling and strengthening to keep the niggles from growing into something more annoying, but so far I’ve managed to keep everything in check. I am now doing 2 days of strength training: more » Read more

Salty’s Training Log – 11.2.14

Yet another solid week in the books for me and I’m feeling tired, but good! This week the focus was to up my mileage a touch and to recover from last week’s 10k. A new focus for me this season will be improving my running form. My coach had a talk with me about spending too much time on the ground, so I need to work on lifting my knees more » Read more

5 Frights You Might Encounter When Running in the Dark

Whether you run early or late, this time of year you’ll probably be doing some miles in the dark. If you don’t have lighted streets, your puny little headlamp is about enough to keep you from running into a wall, but otherwise isn’t all that good about lighting your way. Instead, you have to hope there aren’t scary things lurking around the corners. Since today is the spookiest of all more » Read more

What Are Junk Miles?

Whether we run 100 mile weeks or 35 mile weeks, we run a lot and when we run we believe that every mile, in fact every step, is in furtherance of our goal to become faster. Is it possible that some of the miles we run are doing us no good or worse, *gasp* making us slower? Could you, yes YOU, be logging junk miles? If you’ve read enough about running more » Read more

Salty’s Training Log – 10.26.14

This week ended with my fall goal race. Back in the spring when I picked this race, I had hoped to log a huge 10k PR (more than a minute faster than 39:06). But after spending the spring spinning my wheels and then the wheels finally coming off of my training in mid-July because of low iron, I was just happy to toe a line! I spent a whopping six more » Read more

5 Hazards of Bringing Small Children to the Local Running Store

The other day I stopped at my LRS (Local Running Store) to pick up a new pair of trainers with my youngest daughter. She’s 22 months and I’m lucky she has cute chubby cheeks and red springy curls, because maybe I can go back to the LRS again. I don’t know what it is, but every time I bring my kids with me to the LRS, havoc ensues. I swear more » Read more

Salty’s Training Log – 10.19.14

So training is definitely catching up to me, so I appreciated a slight cut in mileage this week. It was fairly uneventful and not spectacular, but also not horrible. But it was solid, so that’s good. This week, I’ll run my fall goal race, a 10k. I haven’t raced a 10k since a few months after my first child was born and before that, 2007 when I set my PR more » Read more

Salty’s Training Log – 10.12.14

I had a solid week. It would have been perfect, except track was really rough for me for some reason and I had to cut the workout short.  I reminded myself that week after week of B+ training is better than an A+ and a crash. My goal now is to put in the consistency and be patient. I’ve been working on some mental training these last few weeks that’s more » Read more

7 Habits of Highly Effective Runners

I often run first thing in the morning and it’s on these morning runs, half awake with my heart pumping through the head-lamp-and-star-lighted streets that I start deep-thinking. The other day, I was running down a big hill and started thinking about some of my running friends who have achieved some seriously huge goals. Many of them were successful despite significant setbacks.  And then I started wondering what they do more » Read more

Love to Run AND Write? Then We Want YOU!

The Salty Running spice rack is full of seasoned bloggers (get it? Har!) What I mean is that we’ve had mostly the same bloggers for a long time, bringing you the great posts you have come to know and love week after week – and boy do we love them for it! But, with a seasoned crew comes the need to add a few new spicy flavors to the mix. That more » Read more

Salty’s Training Log – 10.5.14

This was one great week for me. I am so happy I could cry. This one made me so proud of myself for sticking it out through all the setbacks. And I feel like I can taste my old fitness and feel confident I will be logging PRs before I know it. There’s really not much more to say than that! *** Mon: 6 early and easy miles. Tue: 10.5 more » Read more

Salty’s Training Log – 9.28.14

Let’s call this week 3 of training again.  And with 3 solid weeks under my belt, my confidence is rebuilding and I’m feeling the fire starting to burn again. It doesn’t hurt that half my team rocked out their big fall A race on Saturday. I’m super excited that I’m going to get to finally join my team to race and start logging some of my own PRs soon! I think more » Read more

5 People You Might (Literally) Run into on the Track

Yeah, it’s fall! Is it just me or is fall the best season for running? All the great marathons happen in the fall (Boston, not withstanding). The heat of the summer is gone. The trails are strewn with beautiful leaves. And that cross-country smell is in the air. But one thing about the fall that might be kind of a pain in the you-know-what? All the people you meet in more » Read more