39 Years, Many Obstacles, Still a Runner

Last week I shared an excerpt from my book about why I started running. I’ve been thinking a lot about why running continues to be so integral to my life. As I’ve encountered my body’s limits, especially recently having scrapped two half-marathons, I find I’m constantly reassessing my goals and objectives, but not willing to give up the sport. Looking back, my running history is unremarkable. Before I became a more » Read more

Going the Distance: Pros and Cons of Destination Races

Yeah, I know everyone’s going back to school, but I’m not ready to give up thoughts of summer vacation. Sleeping in, long days, lazy picnics, and maybe cashing in those frequent flier points. Summer always puts travel on the brain. For me, as a teacher, I like to get far away (usually far, far away) from the places of my daily grind. And as a runner, I’m not a sit-on-the-beach-all-day-with-the-latest-E.L. James-book more » Read more

Readers’ Roundtable: Do You Wear Underpants On the Run?

All my running shorts have liners, meaning there’s a built-in brief that protects my lady bits and prevents chafing.  This is ideal to me, since wearing underwear is unthinkable: cotton retains too much moisture, and all my other pairs are too frilly to be comfortable. A couple years ago when “running underwear” started popping up in stores, I made a joke about it to a friend.  She looked at me more » Read more

5 Types of Running Friends We All Need

Running is an individual sport no doubt. There is no one to field your pass, no one to sacrifice fly, no chants of “we’re number one!” Many days we pound the pavement alone. Just me, myself and I (or I guess– you, yourself and you?). Though sometimes Brittany, Beyonce and Bon Jovi might tag along for some company. But I think that having a variety, specifically five kinds, of running more » Read more

Readers’ Roundtable: Are You Willing to Pay for Primo Fashion?

This morning Salty forwarded a promotional email from Anthropologie, retailer of overpriced (in my opinion) luxury women’s apparel and other stuff.  Guess what they have now?  Activewear! I couldn’t help but laugh – everyone is getting into the game!  As much as people have blasted Lululemon, ever since it burst onto the scene and showed people that being active can be sexy, more and more luxury activewear brands have cropped more » Read more

5 CrossFit Exercises Every Runner Needs Now!

As every runner knows (or should know), strength and mobility are priceless when it comes to our overall running performance. It’s really a no-brainer: in order to become faster and build endurance, we need to incorporate strength into our training regimine. Of course it goes without saying that strengthening our legs is incredibly important, but runners will often neglect other key areas of the body that are essential in creating more » Read more

Simple Hydration Giveaway Winner

Congratulations to Susan S! I (Cardamom) will be contacting you to get your info in order to send out the bottle. If you’re bummed out at missing out, you can buy a bottle at Simple Hydration. If you email me here with subject “Simple Hydration Promo,” I will reply with a promo code for 20% off Simple Hydration for Salty Readers! Happy hydrating! Related PostsThe So-Close Almost BQ: The GRAND PRIZE Winner more » Read more

Readers’ Roundtable: Would You Give Up Your Dream Job if it Prevented You from Running?

Joining the International Cinematographer’s Guild as an assistant cameraperson was like crossing the finish line of a marathon I’d spent nearly a decade training for.  My dream job was always working on camera crews, and I made it!  Not everyone who has a dream can say that! Then, this spring, I trained for the New Jersey Marathon while working on a television show and two pilots.  Imagine averaging 13 hours, more » Read more

5 Steps to a Perfectly Adequate Pedicure

I know, I know this Friday 5 may be a little impractical for no-nonsense Salty Runners. We don’t care whether or not it sandal season or which type of nail art is hot right now. Some of us, like Ginger, even cringe at the idea of going out for a pedicure. So since we are a practical tribe of runners and definitely not slaves to fashion, why not just treat your more » Read more

Hands-free Hydration and a Giveaway!

For all you marathoners and half marathoners like me, August means our training for our big fall races is just beginning to heat up! It’s time for the longest of our long runs, our peak mileage weeks and our hardest workouts. There’s no better time to think about the importance of hydration for peak performance than right now! So let’s get to it! I’m here to talk about how best to more » Read more

Readers’ Roundtable: Is Humility Minimizing Your Accomplishments?

This week among the Salty bloggers, Sage shared an article about Amber Green, a mother of three who, over the course of 15 years and 31 marathons, reduced her time from 4:23:xx to an Olympic Trials qualifying 2:41:xx, and we all went nuts.  It was pretty unanimously agreed that Green is a badass.  We love this chick. She is awesome. It was also pretty unanimously agreed that she was, as more » Read more

5 Reasons Maine is Perfect For Runners

In the summer I just can’t get travel out of my mind, and after Sage’s recent post about great places to run in the West, I figured the East could use a little love too!  So this weekend I’m headed as far east as I can go in the continental US – Maine! When you take off on the road it’s great to run new trails and check out the more » Read more

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