March Madness 2015: Round II!

On to Round II of our March Madness Greatest Marathon Tournament where YOU get to decide which U.S. marathon is tops! In case you’re just joining us, we’ve matched up marathons with anywhere from 800 to 8,000 participants and you vote for which race advances to the next round. In Round I, we had the predictable powerhouse wins, like Richmond (which defeated Rehoboth Beach)  and Twin Cities (which took down more » Read more

5 Snappy Comebacks for Sh*t Non-Runners Say

Here on SR we talk a lot about how much we love to run. You and I know how good running can be, how much it has changed our lives for the better, or helped us get through tough times, strengthened our families and kept us sane. Well, when we talk about our love of running here at Salty Running we know that we’re preaching to the choir. Convincing each more » Read more

March Madness 2015: Round I!

And now, Salty Friends, it is time to VOTE! We have 64 awesome marathons vying for the title GREATEST US MARATHON … (that isn’t NYC, CHI or BOS). They are separated into 4 regions, just like the college basketball tournament. I’ve seeded the races according to participation rate: the more participants, the higher the seed. You can get a bracket spreadsheet here. For Round I I will leave voting open more » Read more

March Madness 2015: The Greatest US Marathon (that isn’t NYC, CHI or BOS)

Finally! It’s here! Salty Running’s Third Annual March Madness Tournament. I just know you’ve all been waiting  for it to arrive. In the past this amazing tournament has crowned the greatest woman runner of all time and the best womens running blog, but this year we’re looking to crown the best marathon in the entire United States of America! … that isn’t New York, Chicago or Boston (or any race more » Read more

Death Valley Days = Badwater Training Gut Check

This past weekend was the LA Marathon, and since the Clif Bar Pace Team handles the pacing chores, DB and I were out west.  What better opportunity, we thought, to add in a visit to Death Valley, and re-visit the course we’ve now played on six different times. I’ve written before about what it’s like to run in Death Valley, specifically about the time that DB and I created our more » Read more

Readers Roundtable: Could Running Really Be Bad for Us?

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably seen the headlines: “Jogging Could Actually be BAD for you: Too much running increases risk of early death,” From the Daily Mail. “Too Much Running Tied to Shorter Lifespan,” from WebMD.com “Running Farther, Faster and Longer Can Kill You,” from today.com. Even Active.com, a running site got in on the fun: “Why Too Much Running Is Bad for Your Health,” And my personal more » Read more

5 Reasons I Love Stroller Running

Many competitive runners prefer to run without the encumbrance of a stroller. “It messes with my form,” they say. “I can’t run fast with it,” they say. “My running is my me-time,” they say. And, well, they have a point. Running with a stroller is not all sunshine and rainbows. There’s the inevitable sprint-to-the-car-with-the-screaming-hungry-infant-stroller run. And the run-an-extra-two-miles-searching-for-the-priceless-hand-knit-hat-that-the-kid-chucked-out-of-the-stroller run. Or the OMG-when-did-this-route-go-all-uphill stroller runner. Among others. Even so, I love stroller running more » Read more

Runners Aren’t Invincible

On December 10, 2014, my motivation disappeared and I decided to stop running. That was exactly one month and one day after I ran a one hour marathon PR, that’s right one whole hour in the Soldiers marathon. No, I wasn’t tired of running, I wasn’t mentally exhausted, or any of the normal reasons people stop running. I just did not see the point anymore. I know, I know. I more » Read more

Readers Roundtable? What’s the Best GPS Watch under $150?

We all love a good product review, which is why this week I decided to share with you that our own Ginger, of “run-by-feel” fame, has begun shopping for a GPS watch. She asked the Salty bloggers to help, and since those handy little devices are one of the most expensive pieces of gear available to runners, I thought it would be a great question for you! “I don’t want more » Read more

5 Lesser Appreciated Signs of Spring

Here in Northeast Ohio the snow is finally melting. Woohoo! My kids and I note how much more grass we see each day. And the best part is that melting snow happens when warmer temperatures and sunshine arrive! After this winter of many many record lows, we deserve it. Come on spring! When asked what our favorite signs of spring are, our minds might instantly jump to thoughts of opening the more » Read more

Readers’ Roundtable: Are You Competitive? If not, why not?

I had to delete Words With Friends from my phone.  My competitive nature didn’t allow me to go easy on anyone who wasn’t as formidable as I, and when I did find worthy opponents I would…well to put it mildly, I’d get shouty when I wasn’t winning. It’s pretty rare that a mid-30’s mid-packer like me will be vying for even the most humble award, so I don’t generally consider more » Read more

5 Ways to Promote Women’s Running

Yesterday, iRunFar published an except of Vanessa Runs‘ forthcoming book, Daughters of Distance.  In it, Vanessa takes on the gender inequity in endurance cycling as it pertains to sponsorship and prize money. As Pepper wrote a few years ago, her own boyfriend (now husband) argued that women athletes should not be afforded the same prize money as men! I’ve heard so many times from disgruntled chicked men that the only reason more » Read more

Running Fashion Police: Your Office to Track Wardrobe

Recently Juniper gave us some tips on finding pants for your smokin’ hot runner legs. I’m going to take a tangent from that subject and talk about the office wardrobe. Fortunately, my office dress code is business casual, but I can’t get away with wearing race t-shirts, running tights, or racing flats. Nonetheless I’ve discovered a few tricks along the way for making an easier transition from office to track, more » Read more

March Madness Tournament Nominations!

Cinnamon is hard at work on a better graphic for the Tournament, we swear! March at Salty Running means it’s time to start getting serious about our March Madness Tournament! Two years ago our tournament chose the greatest woman runner of all time. Last year, we chose the best women’s running blog. And this year, our theme will be … . [drum roll] . The best U.S. Marathon that isn’t more » Read more

Reader’s Roundtable: Heart Rate Training

Even with my crazy heart condition, I never ever used a heart rate monitor in training. Lately, though, I’m starting to think now is the time. For the past 4 years I have done pace-based training; every workout I did had a prescribed pace, which meant I was a slave to the watch. In being so pace-focused, I feel like I’ve lost a sense of what the right effort is for more » Read more