Dear Boston, It’s Not You, It’s Me.

Five. That’s how many times Meb stopped to lose his lunch before he reached the storied Boylston finish line. I suppose I should be grateful, then, that my stomach never followed through on its threats to hurl my Honey Stingers. I know that Boston is a privilege–one for which so many mid-packers like me fight tremendously hard. What I didn’t know was that my fight wasn’t over, that it would more » Read more

Reader’s Roundtable: What’s Your Favorite Race Distance?

Here on Salty Running, our bloggers run a wide range of races. From short stuff on the track to 100 miles or more, we cover all the popular race distances! This week, as spring racing season peaks, we’ll be bringing you several race reports, prerace jitters and lots and lots of racing talk! So, naturally, our Readers Roundtable this week asks you about your race preferences. Specifically, we want to know what your favorite race distance more » Read more

5 Things I Learned While Watching the 2015 Boston Marathon

It’s the Friday after Marathon Monday and yes, we’re still talking about Boston! The inspiring final finisher. Shalane’s heartbreak. Caroline Rotich’s sprint finish and huge smile. Meb’s always charming stranger hand-holding as he made the most of his relative blow-up. How could we not still be talking about it?! Actually, today I’m ceding the Friday 5 floor to one of our readers. Salty reader Lindi was so inspired by the Boston Marathon more » Read more

Fandom and Our Obsession with Winning

Marathon season recently kicked off with the granddaddy of them all, Boston. For me and many of you, watching this race is no different than watching the World Series or the Super Bowl. Come to think of it, it is our World Series and Super Bowl. So it’s hard not to feel a little down when your team comes oh so close to winning but falls off at the end. All more » Read more

Make Your Own Boston Marathon Jacket

In my dream world, I would be strutting around today in a purple and orange jacket of questionable taste.  This jacket would not be the sort of thing I usually wear, it certainly isn’t something I’d ever choose for myself, and I would have paid way too much money for it. You know what I’m talking about. I mean, it’s okay that I didn’t make it to Boston this year…I’ll more » Read more

Readers Roundtable: Boston Marathon Charity Runners

Happy Marathon Monday! First, we send speedy vibes to all our Boston-running readers and bloggers Basil and Chamomile as they toe the line today! May the forecasts of rain be wrong and may the easterly wind change its mine and blow you in all the way to Boyleston street. GO ALL YOU WICKED FAST RUNNAHS! In honor of our most favoritist Monday of the year, we bring you this Boston flavored more » Read more

And the Winner Is …

It’s the Friday before Boston which means many of you are boarding flights or getting bib numbers from friends to track on Monday. While Boston is a fine race, perhaps THE finest race in all the land, another marathon deserves our attention. Remember way back to a week ago when we posted the final round of our March Madness Greatest Marathon (that isn’t NYC, CHI or BOS) Tournament? Well one more » Read more

Basil’s Boston Marathon Playlist

With the Boston Marathon around the corner and taper in full swing, there’s only one thing left to do (besides panic and obsess about All The Things). That’s right! It’s time to tune up the playlist, to toss the songs that tempo runs have forever ruined, and add some fresh tracks to carry me from start to finish on marathon Monday. Now, I realize that some of us here at more » Read more

Salty Running Visitor’s Guide to Boston Running Routes

It’s Boston Marathon time, Salty Readers! This week, thousands of runners and their families, friends and supporters flock to my city to run in or cheer at one of our country’s most storied road races.   This influx of running-minded visitors brings a host of unfamiliar runners to our roads, paths and trails. For those looking to run while you are here, there is no lack of fantastic running routes to more » Read more

Readers’ Roundtable: Do You Experience Phantom Injuries During Taper?

Lots of us are tapering for our big spring race, myself included.  No, unfortunately it’s not Boston.  It’s New Jersey!  Everyone’s second choice!  (Badabing!) But seriously, I’m excited for my third marathon on the beautiful Jersey Shore!  My goal is conservative, but that doesn’t mean I’m taking training any less seriously.  I’m approaching my taper with a little more experience under my belt, and if this is like last time, more » Read more

March Madness 2015: The Championship Round!

It’s here! The final round of our March Madness Greatest Marathon Tournament where YOU get to decide which U.S. marathon (that isn’t a NYC, Boston, Chicago or the other gigantic marathons) is tops! We started with 64 awesome marathons with between 800 and 8,000 participants and we’re now down to the two marathons YOU voted to the top! In the first corner, we have Kiawah Island Golf Resort Marathon, the little marathon that could. more » Read more

March Madness 2015: Final Four!

We’ve made it to the semifinals of our March Madness Greatest Marathon Tournament where YOU get to decide which U.S. marathon (that isn’t a NYC, Boston, Chicago or the other gigantic marathons) is tops! We started with 64 awesome marathons with between 800 and 8,000 participants and we’re now down to our Final 4! That’s right! We’re down to the four best mid-sized marathons in the land. From the East, Pittsburgh takes on more » Read more

March Madness 2015: Elite 8!

Can you believe we’ve finally made it to Round IV of our March Madness Greatest Marathon Tournament where YOU get to decide which U.S. marathon (that isn’t a NYC, Boston, Chicago or the other gigantic marathons) is tops! We started with 64 awesome marathons with between 800 and 8,000 participants and we’re now down to our Elite 8! In Round III, we had some very interesting results (Click here for the updated bracket). Kiawah Island more » Read more

March Madness 2015: Sweet 16, Baby!

On to Round III of our March Madness Greatest Marathon Tournament where YOU get to decide which U.S. marathon (that isn’t a NYC, Boston, Chicago or the other gigantic marathons) is tops! We started with 64 awesome marathons with between 800 and 8,000 participants and we’re now down to our Sweet 16! In Round II, we had a few surprising results (Click here for the updated bracket). Kiawah Island Golf Resorts Marathon edged more » Read more

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