Huge running weekend! Did you miss out? Don’t worry – we’ve got all the news you need to know below the jump.
Good morning from Golden, Colorado, where the weather is fine, and it is definitely
winter autumn. Let’s get to this week’s women’s running news (and, well, any other news that I think is relevant, important, or interesting).
Hey again, and happy autumn. Except it’s not autumn here, like at all. But the news keeps coming, and I keep telling you about it every Friday in the weekly roundup. Read more >>
Happy Friday! We’re bringing back a Salty Running tradition – the weekly roundup – and putting a new spin on it. The new weekly roundup is my hot take on what you should read from the interwebs from the world of (women’s) running that week. Some of the links will relate to training, others to specific experiences of women runners – some will focus on major women’s accomplishments in running and race updates. And others will relate to running, maybe tangentially, but in ways that I hope will be enlightening, empowering, or motivating. Look for it in your feeds and on the site every Friday. Read more >>
Track is back! Indoor season has begun, which means we can geek out early on. Marathon season is ramping up, too. This week’s highlights:
It’s a new year, Salties! We’re bringing back the Monday roundtable and giving it an update. We’ll be using this Monday morning space to share the awesome stuff happening in the world of running (and beyond) and as a space to discuss all that with you all. And, get excited: #SALTYCHAT IS BACK! Join us on Twitter at 8 p.m. EST tonight to join in the conversation!
It’s that time of year again, ladies! Whether you’re welcoming summer with open arms or hissing at the sun and shrinking back into your air-conditioned sanctuary, we’re with you all the way through August.
Except for Basil, who’s in Alaska, and Peppadew, in South Africa. They’re laughing at the rest of us while enjoying temperatures in the 50’s (°F). Even they know what it’s like to slog away through blistering heat though!
That said, it’s a good thing there is a wealth of knowledge here at Salty Running to get your motor running even on the hottest of sunny days! More after the jump! Read more >>
Man oh man, I love a good roundup, and I rather like to do it all on its own, the way we used to.
“But where’s the Comment of the Week!?” you shout at your computer screen, wondering what demon has overtaken Cinnamon’s typing fingers, “How do I find out who this week’s lucky winner is!?”
It’s easy. It’s in the next post. You can click this link.
But first, here’s this week’s oldskool roundup:
Chipotle kicked us off with a swell post about a swell buddy. She’s found a running friend so perfect she thinks they’re Sole Mates! If you have a sole mate too, tell us about her (or him)!
At 22 Weeks, Salty’s Postpartum Running Update heralds Salty‘s return to racing, with a 5k for her local YMCA. And finally, her “big” kids are old enough to race too!
And since it’s racing season, a lot of us can use a reminder that Getting Faster Is Simple. but It’s Not Easy, so we reran this classic Salty post. Shakeweight!
Cilantro has been an accidental vegetarian for weeks, and now she’s Embracing the Label. It’s just the kick in the pants she needed to get her nutrition back on track. Does labeling your diet help you eat right?
Just one week after tying the knot, Mr. and Mrs. Ginkgo had their first race together as newlyweds! (Congratulations, you crazy kids!) But what happens when you spend the weeks before your half marathon planning a wedding instead of sprinting a track? Find out in her Cap City Half Marathon Race Recap!
And just in time for Mother’s Day, Vanilla brings us a sweet Friday 5 with 5 Ways to Celebrate Mother’s Day by Running. None of the suggestions will smell quite as nice as the flowers you’ll be buying last-minute, but they’re sure to encourage some serious togetherness.
And someone very special won Comment of the Week! Who was it…?
Salty kicked us off with another installment of her Postpartum Running Update – Week 16. Between Baby and two other little kids, how does she fit it all in? Read to find out!
In case you’ve been wondering if Clove’s heavy training has contributed to her infertility, Clove’s Training and Fertility Treatment Log: Week 1, Cycle Two gets right down to it and explains her doctor’s opinion on the matter.
Ever wonder what people mean by “running the tangents?” Licorice explains how to maximize your PR by minimizing your distance in: Running the Tangents: Why Your GPS Thinks Every Race Course is Long
Hey, remember Paprika? She’s still out there studying runners’ psychology for her masters thesis, and now she’s looking for runners to complete a quick survey about their running: Paprika’s Master’s Thesis and How You Can Help!
On this week’s Ask-a-Salty: Harnessing the Post-Marathon Bounce, Salty details out her plan for bouncing back from a marathon, balancing recovery with maintaining peak fitness.
For the first time in a long time, we’re welcoming a new blogger onto Salty! Introducing Chipotle: She Eats Miles for Breakfast
Salty brought us a Friday 5 just in time for Easter with 5 Things to do with Stale Peeps
And then on Easter Sunday itself, Mace showed how we can Run Like a Rabbit this Easter by sharing her favorite book about running, The Country Bunny and the Little Gold Shoes.
And that’s the roundup!
This week’s cowgirl wisdom: “Don’t let so much reality into your life that there’s no room left for dreamin’.”
The October excitement continued this week as we introduced the second half of our new class of bloggers. Welcome Cilantro, Licorice and Coriander!
Rosemary is her own biggest critic, but she managed to impress even herself in Lessons From My Surprise 10k PR
Get to know Cilantro in her introductory post! She’s a gluten-free runner who’s achieved amazing weight loss.
It’s not just a bandwagon thing. Read about how Thyme transitioned to minimalist running in Five-Finger Fling: My Conversion to Running in Vibrams.
When was the last time you had a fan club at your race? Oh, like, never? Mace is in the same boat: The Lone Racer: Tips for Racing Alone.
Check out Licorice in her introductory post! She’s a certified Triathlon coach, Physical Therapy student and back-of-the-pack runner trying to recover fitness after knee surgery.
Nutmeg ran her first 5k yesterday (WAY TO GO MEG!)…in a gorilla suit. Before the race, she had a few misgivings, the primary being that she had agreed to race in a gorilla suit. On Your Mark. Get Set. GO-Rilla
Now that her hectic role helping coordinate the Columbus Marathon is over, Clove is back to us, and she has BIG NEWS! Welcome Back, Clove!
Meet Coriander in her introductory post! Another big weight loss achiever, she’s now a marathoner-turned-ultrarunner.
Ask-A-Salty is back this week, with a great question from reader Jackie. Jackie just completed a fall marathon and is planning another marathon relatively soon. She wants to know how to jump right into the next training cycle. Ask-a-Salty – Training From One Marathon to the Next
Hey cool! Check out Women’s Running Magazine this month and you’ll see a little Salty sprinkled on Page 51: Salty in Women’s Running Magazine!
Ginger had some great race success at Columbus, and is embarking on a new phase of her running life: Welcome to the Next Level: The Columbus Half-Marathon. Looks like those big dreams are paying off!
It’s good to give back, and Sassafras tells us how to do just that with her race cheering tips: On the Sidelines: How to be a Rockin’ Race Spectator.
And Vanilla had a great race at Columbus last weekend, too! After moving away, it felt so good to come home: My Homecoming Dress is a Racing Singlet: The Columbus Half Marathon!
Friends, fall is not just the season for racing, it’s also the season for dress-up. And goodness knows I, Cinnamon love playing dress-up, so for this week’s Friday 5 I give you: 5 Tips to Make Your Halloween Costume Runnable!
Salty graced us with the second installment of her series, What to Expect from Running When You’re Expecting, a week-by-week runner’s guide to pregnancy.
And Salty Reader Kathy won Comment of the Week! Way to go, Kathy!
On-on to the next week of Amazingness here at Salty Running….and as always, thank you for reading! We are your biggest fans!
Better late than never! Man, between my job and my “running” club and my personal life (wait, what personal life? Oh you mean editing and writing for and redesigning a website?), sometimes I feel like I’m on the back of a bucking bronco…. Which brings me to this week’s cowgirl wisdom: “It’s all very simple, keep your mind in the middle while your butt spins round and round.”
Rosemary discussed relationship dynamics in runner-runner relationships in Four Shoes, One Love: How Training Changes Runners’ Relationships
Mace learned that sometimes your body is just going to tell you to stop, even if you don’t want to hear it: It’s Not a Fight, But Sometimes Your Body Wins Anyway
Ginger and Sassafras put their heads together in a bizarre pre-race ritual and came up with Racing Superstitions: What’s Luck Got to Do with It?
Vanilla and running are reunited and it feels so good: The Scenic Route: Rediscovering the Joy of Running
Nutmeg took a break from running when things got tough and learned that it was a Rookie Mistake: Keep on Running When Life Spins out of Control
As for me, Cinnamon, For My Birthday I’m Running My Own Race and contemplating what running has taught me about my life, and how I see myself.
Ginkgo is learning to keep her face off the ground in Running Accidents: Asphalt 1 – Ginkgo 0. Hopefully you can too!
Marathon season continues, and now that Chicago is over, Mint is helping the rest of you get to know What to Expect When your Marathon is Over
With a new baby and a demanding career it’s easy to make excuses, but Thyme knows The Secret to Lacing Up, Day After Day.
Pepper brought us another awesome Friday 5 and tackled a huge runner controversy in 5 Guidelines for Wearing the Shirt From a Race You Did Not Run
Man, is Salty ever getting huge with that baby! (I can tease her about it; I’m her sister). In these final weeks of her final pregnancy, she’s sharing What to Expect from Running When You’re Expecting. Check out the first installment, all about running in the 1st Trimester.
And Salty Reader Michael won Comment of the Week! GO MICHAEL!
On to another great Salty week…maybe things will calm down for this cowgirl a little and I’ll be able to catch up to the herd! Hi ho, Silver!
This Saturday’s cowgirl wisdom goes out to Mint, for her amazing run-by-feel PR at the Chicago Marathon last weekend: “It don’t matter so much how long a ride you have, as how well you ride it.”
Ginger is back this week, wondering Is Running Talent Nature or Nurture? By sharing a story of someone close to her, she hopes she can help you decide.
Get to know Vanilla her introductory post! She’s a newlywed who used to run with her dad as a kid and a recent transplant to Boulder, Colorado (hello trails)!
Following up on her previous post, Running Tops for Every Temperature, Rosemary is now helping you cover your butt for the winter in Running Fashion Police, Weather Edition: Pants, Tights or Shorts?
She’s a bride-to-be, a former collegiate runner and has battled body image issues like you wouldn’t believe. You’ve read about her before on Salty Running, now check out what Ginkgo plans to share with us in her introductory post!
Forget flea-markets or dumpster diving, Mace knows How Running Can Get You Free Stuff. What have you found on the side of the road while running?
In her introductory post, Thyme shares why she chose her spice name. Hint: She’s a new mom with a career!
Earlier in the week Mint shared her thoughts just after the Chicago Marathon, which will make you feel like you just crossed the line with her. Check out her full race report: The Monkey Is Off My Back, in which she details just how she managed her amazingly successful PR!
And Sassafras is looking for our readers to use what we’ve learned this marathon season to Help Her Decide on a Marathon Goal What do you think? Should she be conservative or lay it all out on the line?
Rosemary is ending the week on a high note with 5 Silly Songs to Lighten the Mood that can help make you smile next time you’re out on a run.
And of course, Salty Reader Paige won Comment of the Week for running on the treadmill in her underwear! Woohoo! Way to go, hot stuff!
This Saturday’s cowgirl wisdom: “Stand by the code, and it will stand by you.”
On Monday, Salty and Mint combined their marathon experiences to answer one of SR’s most-asked questions: “What do I eat before my marathon!?” Find answers here: Fight the Bonk Part III: What to Eat Before the Marathon
And we couldn’t talk about carb-loading without offering you a delicious snack, so Rosemary delighted us with a road-friendly recipe: Carby Pumpkin Cookies for the Road
The marathon fun continued with Ask-a-Salty: Marathon Strategy for Carrying Gels and Hydration, in which Salty discusses the best methods for carrying gels and race nutrition, and also touches on whether or not to carry water during a marathon. Check out the snazzy video tutorial on gels-I wonder what awesome runner made that?
And as if that marathon prep wasn’t enough, Pepper wants to inspire you to see what you’re made of, and explains The Difference Between Running and Racing a Marathon.
Mace has been noticing a trend in marketing lately and talks about it: Stink, Stank, Stunk: Weird Products for Runners. What’s your marathon-fresh scent like?
Jenny Scherer was one of the most unlikely candidates for a professional running career, but she went out and made it happen. Sassafras‘ interview with her, Make What Seems Impossible Possible, will inspire you to dream big, then dream bigger!
They grow up so fast! Seems like just yesterday Nutmeg was starting on week 1 of the Salty Running beginner program, but this week she’s running 3 miles at a stretch and asking herself, “With the Beginner Program Complete, What Comes Next?”
It’s easy to feel differently about another runner once we know what his or her pace is like…but is it harmless? Salty thinks it’s holding us all back as a community, and is raising a rally cry: Runners Unite Against Speedism!
And all this talk about fastness made me, Cinnamon, think about snails. Yes, really! You may wonder, Why is the Salty Running Logo a Snail? Behold, the answer lies within my post this week!
Clove was on Friday 5 duty this week and gave us 5 hilarious marathon tips in 5 Marathon Dont’s to Avoid a Race Day Trainwreck
And Salty Reader Kali won Comment of the Week! Congratulations, Kali!
WHOA THERE, NELLY!
What on earth is the Weekly Roundup doing on a Sunday, you ask? And Sunday night, no less!?
Well, cowgirls, Cinnamon was not feeling so hot last week, and life happened this weekend, so apologies for getting it late in the day. However, Salty and I have been discussing the possibility for the Weekly Roundup to happen on Sundays instead of Fridays to include any content we may have over the weekends. Let us know in the comments what you think!
And now down to business!
This week’s cowgirl wisdom: “The quickest way to double your money is to fold it over and put it back into your pocket.” And boy-oh-boy is that ever some good wisdom.
Ginger tapped into her inner storyteller with her account of a 5K PR in a workout in Breaking 22: The Night I Quit Quitting, a story with intensity that will make you feel like you’re right there on the track with her.
In our very first (of many, we hope!) round-table discussion, The Salty Bloggers who have completed marathons each shared a quick story about Our First Marathons, and we invite you readers to share yours!
Mint is tapering, and as a veteran marathoner she shares her experience with a comprehensive guide to how you can Maximize the Benefits of Your Marathon Taper
As temperatures start fluctuating like crazy, Rosemary wants to help you dress your best for every weather condition! Check out Running Fashion Police: Running Tops for Every Temperature to find out when you should run in your parka!
Pepper‘s getting hopped up with Caffeine for Marathoners: The Legal (and tasty) Dope! In which she shares some hot tips for putting your caffeine buzz to good use.
Last week our beginner runner Nutmeg visited her first running store, and her experience was okay, but not great. This week she’s Shopping for the Right Running Store. Check in to find out if she got what she was looking for!
This week Clove is struggling with…not much, actually. She’s actually taking it pretty easy where running is concerned! Confessions of an Ultrarunner: I Really Don’t Miss it at All …
It’s a storytelling kind of week and our newest Salty Blogger, shares a tale about running safety that’ll make you feel like you’re Running with Mace in the Woods, in which Mace contemplates the use of…mace.
Sassafras spent this weekend running her butt off and snoozing in a smelly van with 6 other people–and loving every minute! If you’ve ever considered running an overnight relay like The Bourbon Chase or The Ragnar Series, her Road Trip! Overnight Relays 101 is a great introductory guide!
And Salty Reader Jan won Comment of the Week! Way to go, Jan!
This week’s fine cowgirl wisdom comes to us from Will Rogers himself: “If you find yourself in a hole, stop digging.” Boy, do I know the truth in that one.
Ginger kicked off the week again with her story of Using Life Experience to Enhance the Training Process, in which she discovers that running is sort of like therapy from the therapist’s viewpoint as well as the patient’s.
Rosemary’s like the Mean Girls when it comes to herself and her training, so she’s engaging in some Basic Mental Training: Don’t Judge! And by the way, she loves your bracelet. Where did you get it?
Salty rolled out a new feature for the site this week! Ever wonder what if Ann Landers was a speedy marathoner who had run through three pregnancies and about a zillion middle-distance races? Well this is kind of like that: Ask-a-Salty: Increasing Speed, Pregnant Marathons, Ball of Foot Pain. If you have a question about running, we encourage you to Ask A Salty today!
Nutmeg tells the sordid horror story of an enthusiastic shoe salesman in Surviving My First Time at a Running Store! High Five!!! How do you feel about feet?
And woohoo! We added a new blogger this week! Check out An Introduction to Mace, Our Newest Salty Blogger and welcome Mace to the site with us!
Sassafras introduced us to Her Alter Ego, Anxiety Girl. Are you in the same boat as your race draws near?
I wrote a poignant letter to a friend that I’m missing, explaining how I feel like I’m Losing Myself without her. The best part is the feathered mullets.
Mint wrote a guide of epic proportions that will help you figure out the answer to the question we all start wondering as we hit the peak of our training, Are You in Peak Shape for Your Marathon?
Pepper can’t run because of injury. Tries CycloCross. Hilarity ensues: I Am Not a Cyclist. But I Tried CycloCross Anyway.
Clove is helping you save money at your big fall race with 5 Tips for Surviving the Marathon Expo Without Maxxing Your Credit Card
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