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

5 Gifts to Myself for My 40th Birthday

In three short days I will turn 40. That’s right! I’ll be officially old a masters runner! Of course when you turn 40 everyone makes a big deal out of it. My 40th birthday inspired my best friend to convince my notoriously thrifty husband to send me on an expensive trip to Disneyland to see her. It also inspired my sister to drop everything and blow lots of money and time more » Read more

5 Telltale Signs of a Cheater

Cheating sucks. Here at Salty Running we have several bloggers who have worked their tails off to qualify for Boston. Some have made it and some haven’t. Some of them did qualify, but were shut out from registering because they didn’t qualify enough. So it really steams me when someone claims to have earned this achievement and takes a spot on the Boston start line when good, honest people who earned more » Read more

5 Things You Need After a Marathon

Hooray! You just completed a marathon!  No matter if it was your first, fifth or fiftieth, there are some things that never change.  If you worked hard, your legs will feel like they’re made of rubber and need a good rest. But that’s not all you’ll need. I’m 5 days from finishing my most recent marathon and I can tell you I was surprised by the things I didn’t really consider before 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

5 Snappy Comebacks for Sh*t Non-Runners Say

Here on SR we talk a lot about how much we love to run. You and I know how good running can be, how much it has changed our lives for the better, or helped us get through tough times, strengthened our families and kept us sane. Well, when we talk about our love of running here at Salty Running we know that we’re preaching to the choir. Convincing each more » Read more

5 Reasons I Love Stroller Running

Many competitive runners prefer to run without the encumbrance of a stroller. “It messes with my form,” they say. “I can’t run fast with it,” they say. “My running is my me-time,” they say. And, well, they have a point. Running with a stroller is not all sunshine and rainbows. There’s the inevitable sprint-to-the-car-with-the-screaming-hungry-infant-stroller run. And the run-an-extra-two-miles-searching-for-the-priceless-hand-knit-hat-that-the-kid-chucked-out-of-the-stroller run. Or the OMG-when-did-this-route-go-all-uphill stroller runner. Among others. Even so, I love stroller running more » Read more

5 Lesser Appreciated Signs of Spring

Here in Northeast Ohio the snow is finally melting. Woohoo! My kids and I note how much more grass we see each day. And the best part is that melting snow happens when warmer temperatures and sunshine arrive! After this winter of many many record lows, we deserve it. Come on spring! When asked what our favorite signs of spring are, our minds might instantly jump to thoughts of opening the more » Read more

5 Ways to Promote Women’s Running

Yesterday, iRunFar published an except of Vanessa Runs‘ forthcoming 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 more » Read more

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