5 Times It’s Ok to Wear the Shirt From a Race You Did Not Run

In my newbie running days, I ran with two great training groups who taught me many things about the world of post-collegiate running.  One of the lessons that stands out the most was the cardinal rule of race shirt etiquette: wearing a shirt from a race you hadn’t run was a huge no-no. I mean, it was the equivalent of lying! For years I didn’t dare wear a shirt for more » Read more

The Difference Between Running and Racing a Marathon

My coach is fond of saying that I have only raced a few marathons. What, you may ask, was I doing the other 20-some times I toed the marathon line? According to Coach I was just running. Is there really a difference between running and racing a marathon? I think so. I know countless great runners who do not race their marathons; they run a few marathons year after year more » Read more

Tiered Goal Setting for Workout Success

Whether the goal is to finish the race or to PR, we train to earn results, and it’s easy to feel like the stakes are high on certain goals.   But hey, life happens, and when it gets in the way of a runner meeting her own expectations for herself, that goal-driven inclination can backfire.  It can be oh-so disappointing to miss the mark. Coming back from a long drought after more » Read more

Pepper’s Training Log – 8/10/2014

Back to marathon training as planned! Three weeks to the NCTM. I accidentally assigned myself and my husband next weeks tempo instead of this weeks, which made it easier for me to do the workouts for sure coming off the 50 mile night last weekend because it was a 3 mile tempo as opposed to 5.Whoops. The track workout went surprisingly well and I was actually excited to run this more » Read more

Pepper’s “Training” Log – 8/3/2014

Absolutely no training occurred last week. Between working two part time gigs and preparing to pace at Burning River over the weekend this chick just didn’t get it in. I was hoping for a bike ride and a couple easy runs but instead I went into the weekend as rested as possible for pacing my friend to his first 100 mile finish. No small feat! So while I had no more » Read more

Pepper’s Training Log -7/27/2014

Well this week was another busy one. Week 2 of two part time gigs was somewhat of a bust in the workout department. It’s looking like I may be relegated to a weekend warrior who sometimes squeezes in a bike commute until I nail down this nutty schedule! There’s four weeks to go until the North Country Trail Run and this week was supposed to be a sort of back more » Read more

Pepper’s Training Log – 7/13/14

Well Salties, this past week I dialed it down and only did two runs and one real bike ride. Neither of the runs were on the plan and I bailed on the planned long run to give the foot a bit of extra TLC. My left foot flared up Monday morning and I have been feeling less than stellar so I took a back off week. I’ve been mixing in more » Read more

Pepper’s Training Log – 7/6/14

Week 8 (counting down from 18) of the FIRST training plan is in the books and while there were moments of hope that I have broken out of my training rut they were countered with some worrisome niggles and some seriously rutty days. I have been stubbornly trying to stick to the plan to see what kind of result I could get out of it, even though I haven’t been more » Read more

Pepper’s Training Log – 6-29-14

Week 9 of training for the North Country Trail Marathon is done, only 8 to go! After a much needed massage last week and two forced rest days on Monday and Tuesday (I don’t know about you but this girl can’t find time for workouts when she’s working 12+ hour days) I was back at it and the legs were feeling much better than last week. I think it’s safe more » Read more

Pepper’s Training Log – 6/22/2014

Well Salty readers this week the legs just weren’t feeling it. I pretty much wanted to shove the FIRST training plan where the sun don’t shine. I’m chalking it up to overdoing it at the half and not being 100% recovered. I made it a down week and I’m hoping for better next week. Monday – Rest Tuesday -“Rest” On feet all day at Cedar Point Wednesday – Goal was more » Read more

Pepper’s Training Log – 6/15/2014

Late late late so this is a brief recap of last weeks training: Monday – 13.5 mile bike commute Tuesday – 1 mile warm up then 7 mile tempo followed by short cool down. Felt pretty awful on this one but for the most part stayed in the 7:15-7:30 goal range. Wednesday – Rest Thursday – AM 6 miles with 5*2:00 fast/2:00 slow; PM 8 mile mountain bike ride Friday more » Read more

Pepper’s Training Log – 6/8/14

Week 12 of 18 counting down to North Country Trail Marathon got off to a rocky start. My work life balance got entirely out of whack this week and resulted in nothing but a few 30 day ab challenge sets on Monday and Tuesday. But I rallied and managed to salvage the weeks workouts, though not in the way I would prefer most weeks, having to run the tempo and more » Read more

Pepper’s Training Log 6/1/14

Week 13 of FIRST is down counting down to NCM. We altered the scheduled slightly this week to account for a duathlon on Sunday. Otherwise stuck to the three key runs and cross training but yet again life added an extra unintended rest day. Monday – “Rest” Tweaked my back lifting an AC unit while prepping my old house for rental. Though no formal exercise plenty of cleaning and lifting. more » Read more