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

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

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

5 Ways to Multitask on Your Run!

We’re all busy. Between families and friends, work, chores, and social obligations, it’s often hard to fit in all of the miles. Fortunately, unlike swimming, basketball, badminton, and curling, running is one physical activity that allows us to multitask! Of course it’s fairly commonplace to catch up with running friends over the miles instead of over coffee, or to explore a new location by foot rather than by car, but have you tried more » Read more

5 Running Outfits to Wear to the Bar

Runners can be found in many places. The track, the road, the trail, corporate offices, parent-teacher conferences, Whole Foods, and hair salons. And one extra special place – the bar. Sometimes I go to the bar with my friends only to hang out with them … without drinking any alcohol. They hate me for this. During training season I typically avoid drinking excessively. Wine with dinner every now and then more » Read more

5 Running Lessons From Rainbow Dash

At first when My Little Pony came back, I thought it was just a passing throwback fad, but two years after my niece first begged to be Pinkie Pie for Halloween (WTF is Pinkie Pie?, I remember thinking), the ponies are still going strong at my sister’s house.  Turns out, the reboot of MLP isn’t just a cheap throwback, the bronies are on to something. The new MLP is an more » Read more

5 Running and Pregnancy Tips … for Men!

“WE’RE pregnant!” Uh, come again? We’re pregnant? There are very few circumstances when this statement is cool. Two pregnant women standing next to each other berating someone for calling them fat? Totally cool, especially if followed with “you __hole.” A not-pregnant person standing with his or her pregnant surrogate or adoption birth-mom-to-be? Way cool. “Hey guys, Maureen and I got married 2 years ago and just celebrated our 32nd birthdays and guess more » Read more

5 Marathons to Follow This Fall

When you think of fall you probably think of pumpkins, leaves, the colors orange and brown, hay bales, and more pumpkins that beg to be spiced and placed in our food, candles, and lotions. My local taco joint joked that they are now serving pumpkin spiced tacos. It wouldn’t surprise me if someone was willing to try. I must admit, I’m a fan of the pumpkin spiced everything but there’s something more » Read more

5 Times It’s Ok to Wear the Shirt From a Race You Did Not Run

In my newbie running days, I ran with two great training groups who taught me many things about the world of post-collegiate running.  One of the lessons that stands out the most was the cardinal rule of race shirt etiquette: wearing a shirt from a race you hadn’t run was a huge no-no. I mean, it was the equivalent of lying! For years I didn’t dare wear a shirt for more » Read more

5 Reasons to Love Suzy Favor Hamilton

Unless you’ve been living under a rock without an electronic device, you’ve seen Suzy Favor Hamilton on her press junket promoting her new book.  And unless you’ve been under that rock for 3 years, you know that Suzy, a 3-time Olympian, middle distance runner, was revealed to be a high-priced Vegas call girl when she wasn’t promoting Rock n’ Roll races or the face of brands like Nike and the more » Read more

5 Signs You’re Too Nice to Race Like a B*!@#

A couple months ago when I was sidelined by an injury and couldn’t run, much less race, I voiced some of my frustrations to a friend. I was trying to explain how running is one of the few things in life that I do solely for me–an area where I can focus on myself and my goals and give that annoying overly-competitive part of me an acceptable outlet. But it more » Read more

5 Things Good Running Friends Don’t Do

I write a lot of advice here on Salty Running and just today I had a chuckle with a friend about how sometimes I need to read the advice I write long after I write it. I’m definitely a work in progress! But one thing I really think I’m solid on after all these years of running is how to be a good friend. Through my ups and downs as a runner, more » Read more

5 Classes to Take When You Go Back to Runner School

Unless you’ve been living under a rock or don’t play on social media, you are more than well aware it’s back-to-school time. Every other photo is of a smiling kid holding a sign with information only a mother could care about … and I say this as a social media abusing mother of back-to-school kids! Besides the avalanche of cute kid photos, deals on lined paper at the big box 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

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