My Favorite Summer Post-Run Mocktails

I know you all have been there — one of those sweltering summer runs where all you can think about is a nice, cold post-run drink. Well, the end of summer is not yet in sight, so I thought I’d share a few of my favorite mocktails to quench your thirst. Read on for some tasty liquid refreshment! Related PostsPost-Run Fuel: Focus on Protein with Pancakes! Carby Pumpkin Cookies for the more » Read more

A Friendly Guide to the IT Band

Despite best-laid plans, a vetted training schedule, excitement for getting in those double-digit long runs, and foam rolling sessions each week, I still got surprised last weekend by a sharp, stabbing pain on the outside of my knee. The diagnosis: Iliotibial Band Syndrome (ITBS).  The result: hobbling around so frustrated that I was on the verge of what my mother would call a “hissy fit.” I wouldn’t wish this on more » Read more

Hot and Salty – Running in the Heat!

Living in a place of perpetual summer, you’d think it would be easy to adjust to running in slightly hotter weather…but it’s not.  I’m not complaining mind you, but when you acclimate to Hawaii weather, any change, warmer or cooler, seems drastic.  So after turning down the air conditioning  I’ve come up with a short-but-sweet plan to beat the heat over the next few months. Related PostsUpdate to our “Hot more » Read more

5 Things That Are Harder for Runners to Do in the Summer

Yeah, it’s the summer! No more complaining about each run producing a load of laundry! We forgot about Yaktrax! It’s the time of year when all we really need is to cover our naughty bits, throw on a pair of shoes and go. Even though we don’t have to track down a safe ice-free route or find some other idiot willing to brave sub-zero wind chills to keep us company more » Read more

Know More than Squat about Squats

Today I am writing to extol the virtues of the deep squat, and to convince all you Salty Readers to try it and maybe even spend some time in it every day. Squatting isn’t easy for a lot of us in this country. We don’t do it much once we leave our childhood years, and when we try as adults we either barely get down, or fall over while we’re more » Read more

The Niggle Conundrum: Can I Run Through It?

A few weeks ago, Salty, Allspice and I had a conversation about whether or not Allspice should continue running through a niggle she had developed.  This led us to ponder the classic runner’s dilemma – it hurts, but can I run through it?  Because most of us who love to run would give up any material good we own rather than miss a few days of training, many times we more » Read more

Salty Confidential Revisited: Another Contribution to the Period Posts

Last year, Clove wrote a couple of informative posts (see here and here) about the nuts and bolts of the menstrual cycle and how it can affect your running.  Today I’m adding to this conversation by asking the question: can your menstrual cycle cause or worsen injuries? A few days ago, cooling down after an innocuous 4-mile run, I felt the niggly nagging of my left posterior tibial tendon (my more » Read more

5 Ways to Speed Sprained Ankle Recovery

POP! OWWW! As your body hits the ground after you fall off of a rock while cross training, and you know damn well your ankle is badly sprained, you can’t help but being pissed. At least I couldn’t. Hi, my name is Molasses, and I have a problem. No, it’s not alcohol. I can drink just fine, thankyouverymuch. It’s the sprained ankle that sidelined me just after I decided to more » Read more

EAT THIS BOOK: Feed Zone Portables: A Cookbook of On-The-Go Food for Athletes

Recently I revisited my unreal food post from 2012, kvetching a little about the carrying of real food while on the run and going on to discuss the real foods I’ve tried carrying and the pros and cons of different options.  Afterward I got an email from my sister (Salty), about a book she saw, called Feed Zone Portables, A Cookbook of On-The-Go Food for Athletes.  I immediately nabbed a copy more » Read more

The Scoop on Static Stretching

Talk to any runner and they will likely have a strong opinion on most topics related to training, racing, and injury prevention.  The topic of static stretching is no exception: whether or not to stretch before a run or only after, how long you should do it, and lately, whether you should ever stretch at all. However, it is important to keep in mind the recipe for staying healthy and more » Read more