Readers’ Roundtable: The Best Running Shoes for You

If you meet someone who’s just beginning to run, the first question you’re likely to hear is, “What shoes do you wear when you run?”  The quest for the Best Running Shoe of All Time is often the first we embark upon as a runner. And it’s nearly universal for us, particularly since, other than running bras, shoes are our only necessary piece of gear.  (Yes, watch-enthusiasts, our only necessary piece of more » Read more

Full Moon to Empty Bladders No More! Gotta Get the Gotta Go Running Skirt!

Peeing. Everyone does it. I do it. You do it. Michelle Obama does it, the Queen of England, Mother Theresa did it, so did Joan of Arc, Kara Goucher, and Salty herself does it and gives advice about peeing when there’s no potty to be found. Every human in the history of humans has peed. It’s part of the grand Human Experience. For most women however, and women athletes specifically, more » Read more

Safety Skin: a New Running Essential to Keep You Safe on the Roads

Do you run in the dark, whether it’s early in the morning or late at night? Are you often concerned about being seen but don’t want to wear the equivalent of an orange safety cone? What about when it’s warm out and you want to be free in your sports bra and shorts? That reflective vest sure gets in the way! Well, a good friend of mine has THE solution more » Read more

Sports Tampons and Me

After years of keeping it consistent and going all minimalist with my menstrual management, (read: setting myself free with OBs), I discovered there is this thing called a sports tampon. A sports tampon. A. Sports. Tampon. No really, a tampon for sports which is different than other tampons because … sports! Are the regular tampons for regular lady things like quilting? Do they have special construction worker tampons or CEO tampons? more » Read more

10 Tips to Get More Mileage out of Your Running Shoes

Did you start running thinking it would be a cheap sport? Oh, how quickly the shorts and bras and race entries add up — not to mention the shoes! Sure, the barefoot route would eliminate this expense, but the majority of us want to remain shod.  And even if you found a dollar on every single run, that still wouldn’t come close to covering the cost. Knocking out 70-80 miles per week, more » Read more

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