How To Sound Like You Know What You’re Talking About When You Talk About Running Shoes

Looking at the display of shoes at your local running store and the clerk comes over to help: You should definitely try these. The last seems to fit most people’s feet really well, with plenty of room in the vamp, but good lockdown through the midfoot. Some people feel a little bulge underfoot on the medial side, but you should try them and see how you like them. You nod, more » Read more

Pronators, Supinators, Neutral Feet, Oh My! How to Choose Shoes

Everything is better with science! How nice would it be to get running shoe choice down to a universal and infallible equation where, to choose a shoe, all we would need to do is plug in a few variables to diagnose how each of us runs and then solve for X. Bam. Done. For years, running shoe companies and running stores have worked to do just that using a diagnosis technique called gait more » Read more

Dear ‘Mill

Dear ‘Mill, Have you noticed how much warmer it’s been lately, how much more often the sun has been out and how the snow and rain have spoiled fewer days? Maybe you also noticed, as I have, that we’re not spending as much time together as we used to. Remember when we spent every single run together each week, back at the beginning January? Those were some good weeks we more » Read more

Tips for Running on the Cheap

When I started running, I was a single mom living on my teacher’s salary during the Great Recession. Let’s just say there were many grocery store trips where I decided my favorite feta cheese was too expensive. My running gear investments included a pair of shoes and a sports bra. One of the greatest things about running is that you don’t need a bunch of super-expensive gear or instructor-led classes more » Read more

Running with a Diva Cup

Monday marked the Lunar New Year. A celebration of a new beginning, a new cycle. Know what else comes in cycles and is sometimes celebrated? Periods! We’ve all had our own personal “inquiry projects,” you could say, with running and periods. My most memorable menstruating moment came while I ran the final 10k of my last marathon after removing an annoyingly uncomfortable tampon that was already on its way out in a roadside port-a-potty. Of more » Read more

Shoe Junkie

I found my drug … er … running shoe of choice at my local running store. The zero-drop shoe craze was on, and the salesperson showed me the new Brooks Pure line. She knew I ran in stability shoes, and suggested the Cadence. I looked over at the display and a single sunbeam broke through the dreary, gray Eugene sky to illuminate a teal and lime-green shoe perched on the clear plastic more » Read more

Are Running Catalogs the New Cosmo?

There’s something exciting about finding a running catalogue in the mailbox. These days, my catalogues are the closest I get to reading Cosmo. I gave up all my magazine subscriptions at 20. I had to after I realized they made me feel pale, flabby, non-orgasmic, and boring. Good choice, 20-year-old Pimento! Break up with that dropout boyfriend while you’re at it and stop with the tanning beds! Ahh, hindsight…  As a full-fledged 36-year-old more » Read more

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