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Have you ever wondered what running’s like beyond the marathon? Does getting dirty on the trails appeal to you? Do you think it would be cool to run for 4, 5, 6, 7 or more hours at a time? Do you like to eat weird stuff like potatoes and pb&J and drink flat coke during your races? Does it sound like fun to run all night deep in the woods with nothing but a headlamp and a handheld to keep you company? Well, if so Clove is your girl!
Last week I took the Karhu Flows to the track to see if they felt as fast on the spongy oval as they did on the treadmill. Granted, fast for me is relative right now, but I’m still capable of doing a little speedwork. On tap this week was 400’s!
In preparation for my track workout I thought it would be fun to watch a Karhu form video on arm swing. I’ve told you about my wonky arms before. I figured the track would be a good place to work on my form. Here’s the video: Read more >>
A while ago I wrote about my experience with low-profile shoes and wondered out-loud if perhaps these shoes contributed to my New Year’s Eve injury. After reading that post, a friend suggested I look into Karhu shoes. Karhu is bucking the low-heel drop tide by heavily marketing its fulcrum technology. Karhu prides itself on offering models with a relatively raised heel and a shoe design that forces a mid-foot strike. After researching the brand I was intrigued. About a week and a half ago Karhu contacted me and offered me the opportunity to become a wear-tester. I couldn’t pass that up!
And thus the great shoe experiment begins! Read more >>
Hello Salty Running readers. Pepper here. Salty is a good friend of mine and I am honored to join the fab writers contributing to her awesome website! I look forward to the camaraderie and learning experience this site will provide not only myself but other women runners!
A bit about me: I am coming off of a year that involved many personal struggles. Most of them outside of running, but many with running too. As my running world came crashing down around me I was forced to focus on life’s real issues. It’s amazing how easy it is to use running to avoid dealing with other life stuff. Read more >>
So what’s a site called Salty Running doing without a Pepper? It’s like pancakes without syrup, Barbie without Ken or Yin without Yang. Finally, the site is balanced. Meet Elizabeth, our very own Pepper! And as her name implies, expect a little pop, pizazz and spice from her posts.
Besides offering a little zest to the site, Pepper is one of the speediest runners I know. What really makes her PRs impressive is that she didn’t start at the front of the pack. Through hard work and focus this girl went from a 3:39 marathoner to a 2:49 marathoner! Read more >>
I raced out of the subway station and dashed across four lanes of traffic on 14th street, desperate to make it to JackRabbit before they closed. We wrapped early–8:00–on a Thursday and I had called at lunch to make sure they had the beautiful Brooks Racer STs I’ve wanted for months (but hadn’t had the money to buy). I knew they were discontinuing the color and were sold out online, but I’d made sure to have them hold a pair for me.
I bounced on tiptoes, grinning wide as the saleswoman set the box on the counter. “You sure are excited!” she remarked. I beamed back at her as I opened the lid and–
These weren’t the shoes I was looking for.
Today’s the big day. We’re finally rolling out the red carpet for the world premiere of the new and improved Salty Running! You’ll be enjoying more of the features you love from Cinnamon, Ginger and me of course! But we’ll also be rolling out new features, new bloggers and making some BIG announcements. So stay tuned!
In the meantime, I wanted to take the time to thank you for joining me here. I’d also like to tell you a little about what I hope Salty Running can do for you and the world-at-large. Read more >>
I’ve been working on my About page, not that you can tell from its current iteration. It’s pretty pathetic, I realize. I do know that now that we’re going places with this site that perhaps you’d like to get to know the woman behind the curtain. With that in mind, I decided to skip the “5 Lessons from Octomom*” post I had in mind for today and instead tell you about 5 of the best moments of my running career so far. Pour yourself another cup o’ joe because this is a long one! Read more >>
The first and greatest principle of professional filmmaking is that efficiency and haste are not the same thing. It’s crucial to ensure that you get things right the first time, otherwise you’re going to have to spend extra time to do it all over again. What’s great about having this lesson drilled into me time and again is that I’ve learned to translate my sense of urgency into many areas of my life. A little research can save a lot of hassle, whether you’re lighting a scene or shopping for running shoes. Read more >>
They say everything old is new again and this holds true in running fashion. Minimalist shoes: so 70’s. Knee socks (functional and otherwise): so 80’s. As in the greater fashion world, the running scene is just going back to the 90’s. Trendsetting Nike has reintroduced some of it’s 90’s styles including the Pegasus and the Huarache.
Since Salty Running is oh so cutting edge, we’ve decided to help you decide which decade’s fashions best suit your personal style. So without further ado, the latest super-scientific Salty Running quiz:
70’S, 80’S OR 90’S WHICH DECADE’S STYLES ARE SO YOU? Read more >>
Have you always loved running, but were never able to get it together to see how much potential you have? Have you ever wondered how fast you could be if you got serious about your training? Well, it’s time to get serious. At least it is for our newest blogger, Ginger.*
Ginger has such an interesting story. She’s an historically slow runner (her description, not mine!) who has always been fascinated by fast running. So much so she became a stalker (I’ll let her handle that story). She’s a grad student (I’m sure she’ll eventually delve into that topic). She’s dating a guy who happens to be a crazy fast runner or maybe he’s crazy and a fast runner (She’ll tell you more about him too). After struggling with whether she even had any running potential to tap into, Ginger has decided to bite the bullet and go for it. She’s just started formal training to see what her legs can do for her. I bet she gets faster than her wildest imagination. Can’t wait to find out!
So tune in later for the first installment of her feature Ginger With a J and follow along her journey to FAST!
*Now you might be confused. Don’t we already have a Ginger? Why yes we do! Or should I say did. Since New Ginger is, well, Jinger we decided that Old Ginger, Kyle will now be Cinnamon and her feature will now be called Cinnamon Rushes. We figure we can take these liberties since we aren’t even official yet.
Are you a skirt runner? I’ve never been completely down with the running skirt thing. I wore one when I was pregnant, but that’s only because it was the only maternity running garment I could find at the time. Otherwise, I don’t do skirts for running. They’re just not my thing. I like simple garments. The skirt seems superfluous over the attached shorts. It reminds me of that gym shorts over sweatpants thing people used to wear. (Wouldn’t shorts AND pants make your crotch hot? Don’t get it.) Plus, skirts don’t say fast to me. Maybe I’m being sexist in my garment choices, but skirts seem too easy breezy and joggy and not let’s-get-serious-and-RUN! Maybe I’m missing something.
Of course, just as I was accepting of my sexist and simple non-skirt wearing stodgy shorts-wearing self along came an even bolder trend: the running dress.
Now don’t get me wrong, I love a cute dress. I’m a bit girly when it comes to that. I admittedly like to look pretty in my non-running life. Plus dresses are so easy–one piece and away we go. There’s no coordinating necessary and dresses tend to fit even with minor weight fluctuations where pants and skirts can be way less forgiving. I loved dresses when I worked in-house as a corporate attorney and I love them as a mostly stay-at-home mom. But my runner self can’t really get down with a running dress.
To me they are running skirts on ‘roids. They seem even less like something I could run hard and fast in. I’d love one to wear after a run when I’m chasing the kids around the playground, but not when running. Sorry! I must be weird though, because running dresses appear to be a big thing. Many major running apparel companies make a version and there is even an entire company dedicated to “exercise dresses.” I’m curious what you think:
Whether you’re like me and think running dresses are a strange phenomenon or think they’re the greatest thing since spandex, here’s a gallery of running dresses for your viewing pleasure:
1. The Nuu Muu Bluebell is available here. (Nuu Muu is the exercise dress company).
2. The Nike Running Dress is available here.
3. The Skirt Sports Wonder Girl dress is available here.
4. The New Balance Bonita Running Dress would be available here if it wasn’t sold out.
5. The Patagonia Women’s All Weather Running Dress is available here.
6. The Oiselle Runaway Bride Dress is available here. (holy sticker shock!)