So You Wanna Be a Brand Ambassador?

Think you have to run elite level race times for a company to want to sponsor you? Think again! Local elites, age-groupers, mid and back-o-the packers can all get the backing of a sponsor if they want to. Companies that provide products and services for athletes are clamoring to have you on their team!  However, instead of the typical sponsor-athlete relationship where a world or national class athlete exclusively uses the more » Read more

Hands-free Hydration and a Giveaway!

For all you marathoners and half marathoners like me, August means our training for our big fall races is just beginning to heat up! It’s time for the longest of our long runs, our peak mileage weeks and our hardest workouts. There’s no better time to think about the importance of hydration for peak performance than right now! So let’s get to it! I’m here to talk about how best to more » Read more

Jasmine’s Gear Review: Polar M400 GPS Watch with Heart Rate Monitor

Just to change some things up, it is time for a completely unbiased review on the Polar M400 running watch. Polar is looking to change this equation: Polar : Hear Rate Monitors :: Garmin : GPS Watches (translation for the mathematically challenged: Polar, known most for heart rate monitor is looking to crack the near monopoly Garmin has on GPS watches). Should you abandon Garmin for an alternative and is more » Read more

Readers Roundtable: Non-Running Uses for Your Running Stuff

So you might have liked our official Facebook page, but did you know we also have a group that you can join?  You can use it to discuss your running questions with the Salty Running bloggers and connect with other readers?  We sure do, and over the weekend I was curious to know what non-running uses others have found for their running gear. Basil uses a SPI Belt to keep more » Read more

Readers Roundtable? What’s the Best GPS Watch under $150?

We all love a good product review, which is why this week I decided to share with you that our own Ginger, of “run-by-feel” fame, has begun shopping for a GPS watch. She asked the Salty bloggers to help, and since those handy little devices are one of the most expensive pieces of gear available to runners, I thought it would be a great question for you! “I don’t want more » Read more

Running Fashion Police: Your Office to Track Wardrobe

Recently Juniper gave us some tips on finding pants for your smokin’ hot runner legs. I’m going to take a tangent from that subject and talk about the office wardrobe. Fortunately, my office dress code is business casual, but I can’t get away with wearing race t-shirts, running tights, or racing flats. Nonetheless I’ve discovered a few tricks along the way for making an easier transition from office to track, more » Read more

Reader’s Roundtable: Heart Rate Training

Even with my crazy heart condition, I never ever used a heart rate monitor in training. Lately, though, I’m starting to think now is the time. For the past 4 years I have done pace-based training; every workout I did had a prescribed pace, which meant I was a slave to the watch. In being so pace-focused, I feel like I’ve lost a sense of what the right effort is for more » Read more

Baby, It’s Cold Outside! Winter Running with Babies and Pets

Oh baby, it’s cold outside. Like, realllly cold outside.  We are talking snot icicles. Snowy eyelash mascara. 5 layers of running clothes and a sexy gaiter face mask. Yea, it’s winter in the northeast! As of this writing it was 6 degrees with about 4 inches blanketing the streets of Columbus, Ohio. Icy patches made my 3 miler a bit treacherous. In a few days another clipper is supposed to more » Read more

Reader Roundtable: What is Your Oldest Race SWAG?

We’ve introduced a new feature on Salty Running called “Reader’s Roundtable,’ and asked all of you to share with us your post-run shower habits and “chicking” stories.  This week, we want to know what ancient race t-shirts, hats and other swag is lurking in the back of your closet! Recently, I was going through my running shirts when I came across a faded and oversized race tee 2005, then another one from 2003!  more » Read more

Miscellaneous Winter Gear You Never Thought of

A few weeks ago, I met Salty and her friends to go running in the park in the snow. I can’t believe I got talked into running in the snow, but I’m glad I did. Anyway, it made me think about some of the more unusual gear I use during the winter. I’m not talking about jackets, hats, yaktrax or even treadmills. I don’t even know what to call this more » Read more

A Different Take on a Treadmill Buying Guide

Over the years, readers have asked us for a treadmill buying guide, and knowing I have done a lot of research in this area, Salty gave me the job. Except the joke’s on her: this is really an impossible task if you’re trying to be completely open and honest with your readers (read: not beholden to the manufacturers).  This is because consumer treadmills, like most home appliances, are actually made by more » Read more

Back to Basics: How to Tie Your Running Shoes

You’re four miles into a 10k, tracking perfect splits to PR by a few seconds when disaster strikes. First you notice your left shoe. It is not feeling quite as secure as it was moments ago, but you try to put it out of your mind. A few minutes later you hear a plastic clicking sound, which fills you with a sense of doom. A quick glance at your feet reveals more » Read more

An Open Letter to Brooks

Dear Brooks Running, You tell me to “run happy“, and I want to comply. But my running happiness is largely dependent on the mood my feet happen to be in at any particular moment. And lately? They’re cranky, sore, and decidedly UN-happy. You see, they had a perfectly cozy little place to hang out for miles at a time, a tried and true shoe named the Adrenaline. Perhaps you’ve heard more » Read more

5 Signs It’s Time to Throw Out That Pair of Old Running Shorts

I admit that I still run in shorts I bought in 2005. I will go even further and admit I should probably not go out in public in these shorts and that they’re more suited for the trash bin than the light of day. But I have a hard time with that. I wore one such pair for the Boston Marathon! I can’t throw those away! Another, younger, although equally more » Read more

What I’ve Learned From Running With My GPS Watch

I treated myself to my Garmin 405 almost 5 years ago. Coincidentally or not, that fall I PR’ed in the 5k by almost a minute and knocked almost 7 minutes off my half marathon time within the next year. No, the GPS did not make me faster (I think that can be attributed largely to consistent 80+ mile weeks.) Instead, while some runners swear by ditching the GPS to run more » Read more