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

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

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

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

5 Western Trails Worthy of Your Next Running Vacation

Traveling is great, but as you’ve probably experienced, it can certainly interfere with training. I planned on spending the summer in Boulder, running along Boulder Creek Trail, Wonderland Lake and Coot Lake, hiking the numerous trails in the Indian Peak Wilderness, cycling on Left Hand Canyon Road, reading books and starting some new writing projects. Instead, we sold our home there in June and have spent much of the first more » Read more

5 Simple Snacks for the Runner on the Go

Raise your hand if you like to snack? Though I can’t actually see you, I’m willing to bet that all of you shot your hand into the ether above your head before finishing reading the sentence. We’re runners: snacking is a big part of our lives. It’s in our nature to grab a little something before or after a workout to help maintain our energy levels and repair our worn-out more » Read more

5 Things About Beach Running

I recently returned from a vacation at the beach. Ahhhh, vacation! Fruity drinks, relaxation and fun in the sun. At least that’s what normal people think of when they think of a beach vacation. Us runners, though? Shoot. How am I going to get my training in? You know you’ve been the secret vacation buzzkiller kind of dreading days at the beach because it might interrupt your regularly scheduled training plan. You more » Read more

5 Tips for Dog Walkers from Runners

Runners and dogs. Dogs and runners… Every runner has an unpleasant dog experience or two…or seventeen..in her history. I am an animal lover. I really do like them, but I admit I get scared of dogs when I run. I’ve been charged at, chased and jumped on. I’ve witnessed dogs biting other runners. Sure, the vast majority of dog owners are awesome considerate people, but not every dog owner sees more » Read more

5 Lessons from LeBron and the Cavs

I admit that I am the most fair weather of fair weather fans. I mean, I like doing things, not watching other people do things, so I don’t really spend much time watching big-time pro sports. But as a born and raised Clevelander, I have to say, I’m hooked on the NBA play-offs! Not only am I cheering for my home team, I’ve repeatedly come away shocked by how inspiring more » Read more

5 Kinda-Dorky Things Every Cynical Runner Should Try

Is your catchphrase “I’m not a joiner?”  Do you feel a wave of nausea when you hear the phrase “fun run?”  Do you scoff when you see other runners doing things you think are “dorky?”  You just may be suffering from a common disorder called cynicism. But have no fear, dear reader.  Like you, I once was afflicted with cynicism in my running life.  But in the last couple of more » Read more

My Eyes are Up Here: 5 Style Tips for Running Shirtless

This post originally published on Aug 31, 2012. We thought it was a timely follow-up to the The Essential Guide to Salty Summer Running! I’m in love with Clove’s Salty Running Challenge!  Leaving my shirt behind when I go for a run is a real struggle, but the more I practice the more I just stop caring what others think of my tummy and start feeling great about showing off more » Read more

5 Strategies for NOT Racing Your Next Race

I ran the Rock-n-Roll Portland 10k this past weekend. This may seem like a strange way to taper for my 50k, but it was unavoidable. My work team decided to do it, and as one of the “runners” I really felt quite obligated to attend (plus it was really fun). But this brought me to consider, how do I NOT race this race? As a runner and sometimes racer our more » Read more