Readers Roundtable: What’s the Hardest Race You’ve Ever Run

I’m writing with the last ounce of energy I have after an epic Burning River 100 weekend! (I may or may not be exaggerating.) I woke up at 3:20 a.m. Saturday to take Cilantro to the starting line for her first 100 mile race! Then I ran 11.6 miles as part of an 8-amazing-woman relay before high-tailing it out to crew, I met Jasmine around the 50k mark and from there we more » Read more

5 Last-Chance Activities for Your Summer Running Bucket List

Every year, as summer approaches I write a list of all the awesome amazing things I hope to accomplish. And every year, near the end of July I start feeling panicky that summer is almost over and I’ve hardly done anything on the list! And here I am at the end of this particular July and as usual I am trying to cram in all sorts of warm weather fun more » Read more

Are You a Bottom Feeder?

You might be familiar with the concept of sandbagging, or when a runner falsely states she’s slower than she actually is so that she can blow away the competition during a race.  A good way to think of bottom feeding is the opposite of that; it’s deliberately finding a race with slow competition in order to get an award. I am an unabashed and proud bottom feeder.  It was my more » Read more

Reader’s Roundtable: What’s the Deal with Orthotics?

I was running with my friend yesterday and she told me the saga of her recent bout of foot pain. It wasn’t a terrible pain, but it bothered her on occasion and she decided to go get it checked out. She booked the first appointment she could find with whatever sports doctor was available at the large industrial hospital complex in our city. While she waited the couple weeks for more » Read more

5 Western Trails Worthy of Your Next Running Vacation

Traveling is great, but as you’ve probably experienced, it can certainly interfere with training. I planned on spending the summer in Boulder, running along Boulder Creek Trail, Wonderland Lake and Coot Lake, hiking the numerous trails in the Indian Peak Wilderness, cycling on Left Hand Canyon Road, reading books and starting some new writing projects. Instead, we sold our home there in June and have spent much of the first more » Read more

Jasmine’s Gear Review: Polar M400 GPS Watch with Heart Rate Monitor

Just to change some things up, it is time for a completely unbiased review on the Polar M400 running watch. Polar is looking to change this equation: Polar : Hear Rate Monitors :: Garmin : GPS Watches (translation for the mathematically challenged: Polar, known most for heart rate monitor is looking to crack the near monopoly Garmin has on GPS watches). Should you abandon Garmin for an alternative and is more » Read more

TED for Runners: Should You Announce Your Goals on Social Media?

Today I’m bringing you our second installment of TED for Runners. Last time Salty shared a TED talk that helped us reframe prerace anxiety. This time I’m sharing Derek Siver’s TED Talk about goal-setting. If you’d like to watch the TED Talk before reading the post, you can find it at the bottom of the post, above the comments. *** Imagine that you’ve just come up with a big running more » Read more

Readers Roundtable: Non-Running Uses for Your Running Stuff

So you might have liked our official Facebook page, but did you know we also have a group that you can join?  You can use it to discuss your running questions with the Salty Running bloggers and connect with other readers?  We sure do, and over the weekend I was curious to know what non-running uses others have found for their running gear. Basil uses a SPI Belt to keep more » Read more

5 Simple Snacks for the Runner on the Go

Raise your hand if you like to snack? Though I can’t actually see you, I’m willing to bet that all of you shot your hand into the ether above your head before finishing reading the sentence. We’re runners: snacking is a big part of our lives. It’s in our nature to grab a little something before or after a workout to help maintain our energy levels and repair our worn-out more » Read more

Readers Roundtable: Advice to Your Teenage Self

We get a lot of reader email here at Salty Running. Lately, I’ve noticed an increase in questions from high school runners. The questions seem to focus a lot on issues like nutrition, weight and body image and of course, how to get faster. Reading these emails always get me thinking back to my days as a high school runner. I had no idea what I was doing. I barely ran more » Read more

5 Things About Beach Running

I recently returned from a vacation at the beach. Ahhhh, vacation! Fruity drinks, relaxation and fun in the sun. At least that’s what normal people think of when they think of a beach vacation. Us runners, though? Shoot. How am I going to get my training in? You know you’ve been the secret vacation buzzkiller kind of dreading days at the beach because it might interrupt your regularly scheduled training plan. You more » Read more

Readers Roundtable: National Anthem at Races

Two days ago I was standing in Central Park with Honey, packed in like sardines with 5,000 of our closest friends waiting for a NYRR race to start. In the midst of the jumping to stay loose, the stretching, the watch setting, barely anyone noticed as the national anthem was introduced. Back in the middle of the pack as we were we could hardly hear the announcer over one another’s chatter. But then more » Read more

Running Retreats: Summer Camp for Adults

I envied my sons all their various summer camps during their growing up years: Space Camp in Huntsville, Alabama (which now has adult and family camps), kayaking and hiking camp on Catalina Island, cross-country camp at Lake Tahoe with quad-burning runs up the trails of Squaw Valley, and one summer, as I tried to fill my younger son’s while we worked, cooking camp, rocket camp, boogie board at the beach more » Read more

Readers Roundtable: The Impact of Trans Runners on Women’s Running

Do we non-transgendered people have a right to care about Bruce Jenner’s transition to Caitlyn Jenner? While I am happy that because of Caitlyn more transgender people feel empowered and perhaps less afraid to be themselves, I do wonder what transgender-acceptance means for the world of competitive sports. I distinctly remember what happened to Caster Semenya who won some gold medals in the women’s 800 meters at the World Athletics Championships in 2009 more » Read more

5 Tips for Dog Walkers from Runners

Runners and dogs. Dogs and runners… Every runner has an unpleasant dog experience or two…or seventeen..in her history. I am an animal lover. I really do like them, but I admit I get scared of dogs when I run. I’ve been charged at, chased and jumped on. I’ve witnessed dogs biting other runners. Sure, the vast majority of dog owners are awesome considerate people, but not every dog owner sees more » Read more