Did I Break My Foot With My Mind? An Update from Catnip

Long time, no write. And now I owe you all a heck of an update. I was last seen around here musing on whether breastfeeding is slowing me down and worrying about increasing plantar fascia pain. Well, my foot got worse and I ended up taking 6 weeks completely off running, not even a test run in that time. What I didn’t mention in those posts was that I was also struggling more » Read more

Running, the Perfect Place for the Perfectionist to Hide from Her Messy Life

I seem to be incapable of heeding conventional wisdom. Instead, for some reason, I must figure every single thing out for myself and experience my very own Oprah-riffic aha moment for the most common of common sense things. Having three children in four years (almost to the day) is really hard. Maybe other people know what they’re in for, but I did not. I wanted a family and in theory more » Read more

Help, I Have Athlete’s Foot! Now What?

Q: Why did the mushroom get invited to all the parties? A: ‘Cuz he’s a FUNgi! I have athlete’s foot. There, I came out and said it. I have to own the fact that I have now joined the legions of high school football players and wrestlers afflicted with the fungus. I definitely didn’t invite it, and it’s definitely not fun! For 30 Rock fans, it’s like scene when Jack Donaghy more » Read more

Fear and Rest Days

Rest is both literally and figuratively a four-letter word for many runners, including me. I hate zeros in my training log! I hate them even though I know I’ve read somewhere that rest and recovery are important elements of good training. Why do I hate rest days? Why is it so hard to relax on an off day? This was really bugging me, so I consulted The Great Salty Running Index for more » Read more

Running on the Dark Side

It’s always sunny in Social Mediaville! Other than a few of those whiner friends who you keep forgetting to block, Facebook is a land where everyone is always smiling and looking fantastic. When it comes to our runner friends and (let’s be honest) ourselves, we’re always running fast and feeling fan-effing-tastic in Social Mediaville. We tweet about how that race we ran was actually just a tempo and we could more » Read more

The Feldenkrais Method for Running

Yesterday, Sage told us about a different way to look at doctors in her post about functional medicine. Today, I’m going to tell you about a different way to look at exercise. Imagine your runner body as a relationship between your brain and your muscles where the brain is the boss and your muscles are the employees. When we run, our brains order our muscles to work! But what if more » Read more

Functional Medicine for Runners: The Diagnostic Phase

Are you satisfied with your annual medical physical? Does your doctor look at your vitals and latest blood panels and respond  “everything looks fine” without any details? Does she focus on the specific symptom you’ve described without considering your overall health, nutrition, and lifestyle? Do you even know what is the basis for “normal” or “fine” within the US population: is it the fit and healthy adult, the slightly overweight person more » Read more

Reader’s Roundtable: What’s the Deal with Orthotics?

I was running with my friend yesterday and she told me the saga of her recent bout of foot pain. It wasn’t a terrible pain, but it bothered her on occasion and she decided to go get it checked out. She booked the first appointment she could find with whatever sports doctor was available at the large industrial hospital complex in our city. While she waited the couple weeks for more » Read more

5 Simple Snacks for the Runner on the Go

Raise your hand if you like to snack? Though I can’t actually see you, I’m willing to bet that all of you shot your hand into the ether above your head before finishing reading the sentence. We’re runners: snacking is a big part of our lives. It’s in our nature to grab a little something before or after a workout to help maintain our energy levels and repair our worn-out more » Read more

I Had It All Planned

I had it all planned. I had run 10 miles the day before and knew I needed to run at least 3 recovery miles the next day. I checked the weather. I laid my clothes out and filled  my water bottle with my new concoction of yellow Gatorade and cranberry EmergenC. Hey, don’t judge. It works for me and at 80+ degrees outside I always carry fluids.  I also put a more » Read more

The Effects of Various Types of Birth Control on Runners

This post was written by my friend and professional runner, Sarah Crouch for Runners Connect. It is sometimes hard to believe that there was ever a time before the Internet. Today, one can date, shop, attend school, chat, and share meaningful life events, all without leaving the comfort of home. In many ways, this age of technological dependency is wonderful. It seems that you can find an answer on the more » Read more

A Low Iron Case Study: How I Discovered and Recovered from Anemia

Iron is one of the most critical nutrients for runners. It makes red blood cells, which carry oxygen to your muscles; it’s like the gas to our aerobic engines. But some of us, particularly women runners, don’t get enough iron to keep up with our athletic body’s demands. Iron deficiency occurs when the body has low iron, and anemia occurs when the body has a low red blood cell count. more » Read more

Readers Roundtable: The Impact of Trans Runners on Women’s Running

Do we non-transgendered people have a right to care about Bruce Jenner’s transition to Caitlyn Jenner? While I am happy that because of Caitlyn more transgender people feel empowered and perhaps less afraid to be themselves, I do wonder what transgender-acceptance means for the world of competitive sports. I distinctly remember what happened to Caster Semenya who won some gold medals in the women’s 800 meters at the World Athletics Championships in 2009 more » Read more

5 Tips for Dog Walkers from Runners

Runners and dogs. Dogs and runners… Every runner has an unpleasant dog experience or two…or seventeen..in her history. I am an animal lover. I really do like them, but I admit I get scared of dogs when I run. I’ve been charged at, chased and jumped on. I’ve witnessed dogs biting other runners. Sure, the vast majority of dog owners are awesome considerate people, but not every dog owner sees more » Read more

Overtraining: It’s Real, It Sucks and It Can Happen to You

Salty runners are strivers. We train hard, we aim high and we’re tough. These are the qualities that enable us to succeed and blow the lid off what we ever thought was possible. But sometimes these qualities are the exact thing that gets us into trouble. Sometimes we train too hard. Sometimes we aim too high. And sometimes we are even too tough. I think most of us understand this, but the line between more » Read more