If you have cats, then you already know the key to living your best life is to spend all your time sleeping, snuggling, rolling around on the floor, and eating. But can cats teach us anything about running?
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Dainty. That was my first thought on opening the box of Altra’s new racing flat, the Vanish-R. So dainty, in fact, that I found myself hoping these would work because they would make it so much easier to pack a carry-on. I was so excited to try these shoes, I immediately took them out for a test run.
The results were mixed, but bottom line: this is a lightning fast shoe. I like it. A lot.
I have been running since I joined the track team my sophomore year of high school. When I started, I had no clue about running shoes. I stood in front of the giant shoe rack at Dick’s Sporting Goods with hundreds of options in front of me and selected a pair of Nike running shoes. I can’t recall the style, but they cost about $70. To a sixteen year old, that is a lot of money! They had to be pretty good, right?
Those shoes worked for me during my first track season, but I learned more about running shoes and my own preferences as I got more into running. Eventually my shoe of choice cost me $120, but I don’t mind. I hope that running would stave off the costs of the health issues that arise from inactivity, and you can’t put a price tag on that. This did make me wonder, though: why are some shoes more expensive than others? What is the difference between shoes that cost $70 and shoes that cost $120 or more?
Celebrating Des Linden’s historic win at the 122nd Boston Marathon yesterday, we’re revisiting earlier posts about Des and her journey. This post about Des’ 4th-place finish at Boston in 2017 was originally published by Salty in April 2017.
How could she not be. The race of her dreams, the one where she broke the tape on Boylston Street, has been ten years in the making. It’s been ten years since she first crossed that finish line in 19th place, and Monday she was there to be first. She would settle for nothing less.
She did not break the tape. She did not come in first. She was fourth. And it wasn’t the head-to-head battle of the wills that she fought so hard and lost in 2011. Instead, she was broken with many miles left to go, many miles left to mourn.
I cannot speak for Desiree Linden. I’ve only spent a few hours talking with her, and once sat in the back of a gator for 70 minutes as I watched her race in front of me. I do not know her particularly well, but I know enough to know she’s human. As a fellow human, I understand the pain of disappointment, of putting so much stock into one race and how much it stings when your best isn’t good enough. When Des’s voice broke in her post-race interviews, with Ryan concernedly looking on, I understood. Read more >>
Hi, I’m Thyme, and I get injured a lot. When my future in-laws recommended that I see a physiatrist, my first reaction was “physia-what-now?” I had never heard of this medical specialty, and judging from reactions when I’ve mentioned it to others, I’m not alone. Heck, spellcheck doesn’t even recognize the word! My online research revealed that a physiatrist (pronounced fiz-EYE-a-trist) is an M.D. who specializes in “physical medicine and rehabilitation.”
Physiatrists take a holistic approach, evaluating the body as a system, looking at functional movement, and devising treatment plans that incorporate pain management, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and/or medications as appropriate. Unlike most orthopedists, physiatrists tend to focus on non-surgical solutions. They often collaborate with other practitioners, like physical therapists, to implement rehabilitation plans for patients.
This all sounds great, but I still wondered: I’ve had my fair share of running injuries. Why haven’t I heard of these doctors before?
Celebrating Des Linden’s historic win at the 122nd Boston Marathon yesterday, we’re revisiting our conversations with Des in Detroit in Spring of 2016. This interview was originally posted by Salty in April, 2017
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It’s one of those Midwest spring days, the ones 30 degrees cooler than the day before, with pouring rain that chilled more than snow as it drummed down on rows of sleepy mid-century cottages and split-levels. It’s the kind of day where nobody wants to stand around outside, particularly not on a Saturday morning after a hard 0-dark-thirty workout that didn’t go exactly as planned. But there is Desiree Linden, a two-time Olympic marathoner, bundled up with coffee in hand, sleepily shouting “Good job!” to participants in the Bill Roney 5k.
It doesn’t take much for Des’s husband, Ryan to get her to smile and gin up a little enthusiasm despite the conditions and her lingering angst about the workout, which had gone ever-so-slightly awry.
What brings Des to this rainy street corner in suburban Detroit, three weeks before she hopes to win the Boston Marathon? Read more >>
It’s a very Salty special edition of the Roundup and Roundtable, BOSTON MARATHON style! Where do we begin???
Des. We believed. It was hard to have a “favorite” going into this race but man, we’ve got a lot of Salty love for her. This time last year, we published “That Desiree Linden, She’s Second to None.” And now — finally — she’s first. Winning Boston is her first marathon win. Ever. Read more >>
Being a new mom, having a full-time job, and training is not all butterflies and giggles. Let’s be honest, being a mom is both taxing and wonderful at the same time. I returned to work as an ICU nurse just 12 weeks after William was born last June and was just rolling with the punches. As I wrote in my last post, I was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis 6 months after William’s birth. I always expected to be tired and that being a mom would be tough sometimes, but the disease was pushing me to a whole new level of exhaustion. Read more >>
Originally posted by Poppy in 2016.
The Boston Marathon is on Monday. I repeat: the Boston Marathon is on Monday. Now is not the time to cram in last-minute training or change all your plans. However, maybe you’re waiting to hop on a plane to Boston and killing a few minutes at work because you can’t concentrate on anything other than the big race. In that case, now is a good time for a quick refresher, along with a few last minute tidbits, to help you make the most of your big Boston adventure.
Between my husband and me, we have raced Boston nine times and lived there for over 10 years. Boston is a great city with a huge running community. The city is really behind the marathon and it feels like everything in the city stops for the race. There is much to enjoy over marathon weekend. I know the Boston Marathon course and the city very well, so I figured I’d offer my two cents on both the race and enjoying the city of Boston after the race! Read more >>
It’s officially Boston Marathon weekend! For about 30,000 runners and their friends/family that means making the trek to Beantown to dive into the madness that is marathon weekend. The banners, the expo, the photo ops, the shakeout runs, the schmoozing, and of course one of the most epic races on Earth.
For many this is the highlight of their running career. Other runners have barely heard of it. Over the years I’ve experienced marathon weekend in many different ways, from “what marathon?” to PR’ing on the tough Boston course. Each time, embracing the life phase I was in allowed me to enjoy Marathon Monday as much as possible.
Originally posted by Cinnamon in 2017.
I was one of those women in the photos from the 2017 Boston Marathon. This is my story.*
My cheek pressed to the pavement. “Damn,” I said to myself. “I have no excuse. I know better and should have been more prepared.”
I was at mile 11 of the Boston Marathon and a raging disaster of a leg cramp had sent me stumbling across an entire traffic lane of Central Street just past the Natick city limits, tripping on another runner’s shoe in the process and culminating in an epic face plant. I thought I could see the 20k up ahead. If I got up and ate a salt tab there would be a water station nearby and I’d be fine to finish.
Then, as if out of nowhere, large hands were hoisting me up. “Thanks, I think I got it. I just need …”
“It’s okay, I’ve got you from here miss!” a burly man shouted into my face as he held me to his side with one arm. Read more >>
It’s almost Marathon Monday! Spectating the Boston Marathon was my first exposure to the marathon as a “thing people did.” As a college freshman, I stood in Kenmore Square, cheered and fried in the sun on the first warm spring day in 2004, back when the marathon still started at noon.
I didn’t know how far a marathon was; I didn’t much care. I didn’t know any of the runners at the front or back of the pack, I didn’t know the burning desire that consumes people to chase a BQ — often for years.
I certainly didn’t know that four years later, I’d stand on that line in Hopkinton.
Originally published by Pepper in 2013.
After 7 Boston marathons I have my preferred way to attack Boston and the whole Boston marathon weekend. Boston marathon weekend, more than most, can take a huge toll on the pocket book. Add in the expo and your credit cards may be weeping in a week’s time. Clove has previously offered up some great advice for saving money at any marathon expo. I’m here today to share my Boston expo shopping experiences, the best way to get in and out of the Boston marathon expo while achieving all your expo goals, what purchases I’d make again, which ones I’d avoid! Read more >>
There’s no question that the Boston Marathon is one of the most coveted bibs in U.S. road racing. There are really only two ways to get in: run a qualifying time (and these days, even that doesn’t guarantee you entry) or raise thousands of dollars for charity. The former is the ultimate running goal for many everyday runners and a crowning achievement, while the latter is a hot-button issue.
Originally posted by Dill in April 2016.
These past few days the running world has been focused on one thing: the Boston Marathon, Marathon Monday, the best running day of the year. For three years I was a part of it. The first year was amazing. On my way to the expo, I cried when I saw the finish line, when I picked up my bib and as I marveled that I finally earned the right to be there. The second year was hot and tough and I don’t remember most of the race except for feeling grateful to have finished.
This time, I wasn’t certain I would go. My mom was dying, it was Easter weekend, and how many years in a row could I justify spending that much money and time for a race? But for the first time ever, my best running buddy and I were both qualified at the same time. After almost 14 years and thousands of miles together, how could we not run Boston together? Read more >>
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