5 Podcasts to Keep You Company on Your Runs

I arrived to the world of podcasts fairly late in the game but since I got an iPhone this entertainment alternative has saved me on many of my long runs! I found my running playlist getting old, and sometimes music was just plain annoying on a long run after an hour or so. On the treadmill I tried to watch TV but it makes me dizzy…which may be my own more » Read more

5 Ways to Ensure Your Race is an #epicfail

Race day nerves are just part of the drill, right?  In the days before a big race, adrenaline buzzes around your body, hopefully surging at the right time to bring you home to a PR.  But what happens if you use that adrenaline unwisely, by going out too fast in the first couple miles?  Or what if that adrenaline misfires even before the gun goes off, or worse, before you more » Read more

5 Ways Christian Grey’s Got Nothing On Running

So the bestselling book turned potential blockbuster comes to theaters today, just in time for Valentine’s Day. I have not read the book. Personally, I’m more of a Magic Mike kinda girl. But it’s hard to escape the previews, the newsfeed posts, and the late night talk show circuit promoting 50 Shades of Grey. I guess it’s about a guy who’s bedroom tastes are quite different than the norm. He meets more » Read more

5 Reasons to Get over Your Commitmentphobia and Register for that Race!

Here’s the situation: you’re planning out your race schedule for the next year and there are an overwhelming number of options. There are races you’ve done before and loved, races you’ve always wanted to do, races that are close by and others that are in exciting and possibly tropical locations. There are hilly races and flat races that almost guarantee a PR, races highlighted in your favorite running magazine and more » Read more

5 Reasons Running is Better than Football

Super Bowl weekend has arrived! And that’s great news for those of us hoping the media will shut up about Tom Brady’s balls and start focusing on more important matters, such as lost puppies and heroic horses. All the hype of The Big Game got me thinking about the sport we obsess over.  Football is great and all, but anyone who ran cross country in high school knows who really more » Read more

5 Pre-Race Superstitions That Work (We Swear!)

When I was in 4th grade, I spent an unhealthy amount of time feeling jealous of the girl who had a lucky rabbit’s foot stashed in her desk. It was dyed bright blue and I thought it was the most beautiful thing ever. I got to hold it once, just before a math test, and I was utterly convinced that it helped me do better. Oh, how I wanted a more » Read more

5 Things You Just Don’t Say to an Injured Runner

This week’s Friday 5 was crowdsourced among the Salty Bloggers! Running healthy is a top priority around here, but nonetheless we all know what it’s like to be on the injured list.  I’m willing to bet a few of you know what it’s like as well.  The physical pain of the injury itself is often nothing compared to the frustration of not being able to run and the anxiety about more » Read more

5 Social Media Mistakes Runners Make

We runners sure do seem to like talking about running. Judging from my social media feeds we might even like talking about running more than running itself! It’s cool to talk about running on social media … to an extent. When it comes to tweeting, posting or sharing a #selfie about your running activity, there are definitely some do’s and don’ts involved. Of course, I can’t lie. I’ve made all some more » Read more

5 Ways Running is RUINING YOUR LIFE!!!

Ahh, infotainment!  I’ve always detested “human interest” pieces in the news; they’re so often transparent ploys to manipulate the audience into associating the news organization with emotional high ground, and they wind up blurring the lines between real, factual news and gelatinous informational flatulence. I hold infotainment responsible for convincing non-runners that we are ruining our lives by pursuing a hobby that keeps us happy and fit, a position that’s more » Read more

5 Awards I Would Give out If I Was a Race Director

While I was running the Marine Corps Marathon last month, I thought of a lot of things. One train of thought that got me through a few miles was imagining how I would do things if I were a race director. I thought about how boring it is to limit awards to race or age group placement. Even Miss America doesn’t just give awards to the points for poise, bathing more » Read more

5 Charities that Give the Gift of Running

Good news, Salty readers! While you may be finished shopping for all the good little girls and boys on your Christmas list, you can keep the giving going in a meaningful way.  No, you don’t have to revisit Amazon or, worse, hit the mall. And the recipients of this giving won’t get bored with your gifts within a few weeks. And better yet? This way you can give the gift more » Read more

5 Question Quiz: Is the Beer Mile Right for You?

It’s been a week since Flotrack put on it’s highly publicized World Championship Beer Mile and the world can’t get enough of this formally underground running curiosity.  Or maybe it’s just me. I’m simply fascinated by it! Elizabeth Herndon slammed 4 beers and ran 4 laps of a track in six minutes and seventeen seconds! I just can’t get over it! And of course, when a world champion and WORLD RECORD HOLDER gives you reasons more » Read more

5 Reasons Why Elizabeth Herndon Says You Should Do a Beer Mile

A couple of weeks ago, few people had heard of the beer mile. Now, thanks to Flotrack and it’s highly publicized World Championship Beer Mile event held in Austin on Wednesday night, the world can’t get enough of this formally underground running curiosity. Now that the beer mile is on everyone’s radar screen, the logical question is is the beer mile for you? I pondered this question, but realized I had no more » Read more

5 Reasons to Cheat in Your Next Race!

By now, any runner with an internet connection has heard about Tabatha Hamilton and her ill-gotten win at the the Chickamauga Battlfield Marathon last weekend.  Prior to Tabatha, there was the tale of Kip Litton, the man who cheated in dozens of marathons, including Boston, before he was finally figured out (if you haven’t read the New Yorker piece about Kip, now is the time; it’s a great read!). Both cases more » Read more

5 Records That Were Made To Be Broken

You probably heard about Dennis Kimetto’s 2:02:57 world record marathon performance in Berlin this fall, but two more world records that were set last month may have escaped your attention: Michal Kapral set a new joggling (that’s juggling and running at the same time!) record, joggling to a 1:20:40 half marathon finish and Julia Webb recently ran 38:15 pushing a (borrowed) baby in a stroller for 10k. Wow! Here at Salty Running more » Read more