Readers’ Roundtable: The Best Running Shoes for You

If you meet someone who’s just beginning to run, the first question you’re likely to hear is, “What shoes do you wear when you run?”  The quest for the Best Running Shoe of All Time is often the first we embark upon as a runner. And it’s nearly universal for us, particularly since, other than running bras, shoes are our only necessary piece of gear.  (Yes, watch-enthusiasts, our only necessary piece of more » Read more

5 Ways to Promote Women’s Running

Recently, iRunFar published an except of Vanessa Runs‘ 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 I more » Read more

Everything I Need to Know About Running, I Learned from My Kindergartner

Her stride is long and graceful, her form better than mine will ever be. She’s running down the street laughing so hard, she’s snorting. She’s only five years old. She can run a mile in nine minutes and seventeen seconds and she’s taught me more about running than I ever thought possible. Addy’s my oldest daughter. I should have known she’d love to run; I ran during my pregnancy and more » Read more

Readers Roundtable: Stand Up and Give Thanks

It’s Thanksgiving week here in the USA, which means we’re all going to be busy feasting, turkey trotting, and complaining about enjoying the company of our extended families. And yeah…we know everyone is talking about giving thanks this week, and maybe it can seem a little hokey or overblown, but gratitude is as important to a running career as hard work. So it’s good for us to take the time to stop, breathe, more » Read more

5 Reasons Even the Grinchiest Runners Should Sign Up for a Holiday Race

Though the regular race season might be winding down for those of us blessed enough to live in colder regions of the US (Florida, we are jealous) that doesn’t mean you can’t get in a few more before the jam-packed holiday madness begins. In fact, what better way to head into this busy time of year than with a holiday-themed race? What’s that? Themed races aren’t your thing? That’s all more » Read more

Jessica Odorcic Runs to Overcome

On September 21, 2013, two days before she was supposed to run one of the biggest races of her life and where she would attempt to qualify for the Olympic Marathon Trials, Jessica sat beside her husband at the Seidman Cancer Center in Cleveland, Ohio, trying to digest devastating, heart-wrenching news that would ultimately steal away her Tommy. In August of 2012 Jessica’s best friend and husband had been diagnosed more » Read more

Finding My Thing

My older sister texted me one of those memes the other day: I know she meant it as a joke, a “haha” to the fact that I am forever raving about running. I get it: it probably gets old. But it’s been on my mind since. Today I headed out on a solo 10-miler on a hilly country road. It is 70 degrees out and gorgeous, but my hamstrings felt like more » Read more

Reader’s Roundtable: Does Running REALLY Help with PMS?

Ohhhhh LAAAAAAAA-DEEEEEEZ!  It’s that time again, time for another edition of Salty Running’s famous Reader’s Roundtable! Now why does it sound like I’ve taken the train to Crazy Town?  Well, like me, sometime within the next month you too may be able to bask in the glory of your womanhood by forcing tightly packed rolls of cotton into unspeakable places. So pack your bags and let’s all go a little nuts together, more » Read more

5 Running Lessons from Alanis Morissette’s Jagged Little Pill

20 years! Alanis Morissette’s breakthrough album, Jagged Little Pill, is now 20 years old. In honor of the anniversary, she is re-releasing the album with some added bonus material and is currently on a press tour to promote and revisit this modern-day classic. I heard Alanis talking about it on Howard Stern last week. It made me picture my 12-year-old self with my cassette tape pretending I understood the entire depth of her more » Read more

Full Moon to Empty Bladders No More! Gotta Get the Gotta Go Running Skirt!

Peeing. Everyone does it. I do it. You do it. Michelle Obama does it, the Queen of England, Mother Theresa did it, so did Joan of Arc, Kara Goucher, and Salty herself does it and gives advice about peeing when there’s no potty to be found. Every human in the history of humans has peed. It’s part of the grand Human Experience. For most women however, and women athletes specifically, more » Read more

An Interview with 4-Time Olympian and Masters Running Sensation, Colleen De Reuck

I was privileged to interview Colleen de Reuck on a rainy Boulder morning, a week after she’d placed first in her 50-54 age group at the Kona Ironman, which included a 3:19:09 marathon during the hottest part of a very hot day. I immediately recognized the slight runner with her hair pulled back in a tight ponytail, reminiscent of photos of her determined stride to first place finishes. Colleen was more » Read more

Readers Roundtable: What’s the Deal with Virtual Races?

As I scroll through my news feed each morning, it is evident from Facebook’s “suggested posts” that the social media’s fancy algorithms have figured out that I like running. A lot. Lately, Facebook has made it clear that it believes it’s time for me to start virtual racing. Virtual racing? Have you encountered this too? Have you also found yourself wondering, what the heck is virtual racing and why would more » Read more

5 Running Dreams Interpreted by Catnip

There I was, breathing hard and going for a big PR. Everything was going according to plan … until we took an unexpected turn off the pavement into some sand. Huh, I thought to my race-weary self.  And then I look ahead and my competitors are swimming like dolphins in a river of rainbow colored water. I, on the other hand, was flailing my weak runner arms and trying not to snort water more » Read more

The Key to Short and Sweet (and Inexpensive!) Runcations

Here is my logic: If you are a woman who loves to run and travel and you have lady friends who also love to run and travel, why not make a short and sweet trip out of it? A run-cation! A runcation is a short vacation centered around running. It usually involves a race, but need not. The best runcation will be easy to get to and affordable. In 2015 I more » Read more

Run Jumping for the Win! *CONTEST*

It’s been a couple of days since your last race and you receive an email from the race saying “click here to view your race photos.” It was a great race, so you can’t wait to see how awesome you looked; perfect stride, hair sweat free and flowing, legs looking perfectly toned with no cellulite. You click on the link and you get something like this: <— Actually, this isn’t more » Read more