Is Breastfeeding Slowing Me Down? Lactation and Competitive Running

Is breastfeeding slowing me down? To be clear, the benefits of breastfeeding for my son and me outweigh any short term negative impact on my speed. Fortunately my livelihood does not depend upon running so I am free to make that choice. Running is a key component of my lifestyle, however, and I have lofty personal goals! I’ve been sitting on a plateau of essentially identical 5k and 10k times more » Read more

Readers’ Roundtable: Do You Experience Phantom Injuries During Taper?

Lots of us are tapering for our big spring race, myself included.  No, unfortunately it’s not Boston.  It’s New Jersey!  Everyone’s second choice!  (Badabing!) But seriously, I’m excited for my third marathon on the beautiful Jersey Shore!  My goal is conservative, but that doesn’t mean I’m taking training any less seriously.  I’m approaching my taper with a little more experience under my belt, and if this is like last time, more » Read more

Deadlift Dos and Don’ts for Runners

Do you deadlift? It may well be one of the single best exercises for runners, and if you don’t, you should! Most runners could benefit from strengthening their posterior chain – the muscles in the back of us like our glutes and hamstrings. These help propel us forward, and are necessary for good speed and stability while running. The deadlift can also help with core strength and stability. Mastering it more » Read more

Readers Roundtable: Could Running Really Be Bad for Us?

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably seen the headlines: “Jogging Could Actually be BAD for you: Too much running increases risk of early death,” From the Daily Mail. “Too Much Running Tied to Shorter Lifespan,” from WebMD.com “Running Farther, Faster and Longer Can Kill You,” from today.com. Even Active.com, a running site got in on the fun: “Why Too Much Running Is Bad for Your Health,” And my personal more » Read more

Recovering From Injury? Avoid Being A Helicopter Parent To Your Body

The analogies are endless. Just as a purple bruise initially hurts and then turns a healing yellow, so too does a running injury. Just as a cut initially burns but then begins to close up, so too does a running injury. Just as the storm comes before a rainbow, so too is the process of a running injury. Just as we may fall down mentally and emotionally, a painful experience 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

When It’s OK to #sweatlikeagirl and When It’s Not

Many women worry that they sweat too much. How much is too much? It’s a tricky question with a more complicated answer. Before we explore this issue, let’s be clear on one thing: sweating is normal. In fact, sweating is needed. It’s your body’s way of cooling itself down. So, one of the first things you can do if you think you might sweat too much is recognize that when more » Read more

Overcoming Hardcore: When to Know if You’ve Gone Too Far

We serious runners like to be hardcore. When it comes to mileage we value more. When it comes to pace we value faster. When it comes to rest we value minimal. Prizing the hardcore has helped many a runner become successful, but it has been many a runner’s downfall too. Some runners can thrive on pushing themselves to limits that would break many others–and that’s great for them!–but being someone more » Read more

5 Things You Just Don’t Say to an Injured Runner

This week’s Friday 5 was crowdsourced among the Salty Bloggers! Running healthy is a top priority around here, but nonetheless we all know what it’s like to be on the injured list.  I’m willing to bet a few of you know what it’s like as well.  The physical pain of the injury itself is often nothing compared to the frustration of not being able to run and the anxiety about more » Read more

A Supplemental Guide to BCAAs

Most of us have probably had an experience like the following: you walked into your local supplement store, you were bombarded by an overzealous “health expert,” and you felt so overwhelmed by the seemingly endless floor-to-ceiling displays of protein powders, jugs of creatine, and bottles of gluta-something-or-other capsules that you walked out empty-handed, your brain bogged down by over stimulation. Sound familiar? It also doesn’t help that the supplement business more » Read more

Running, Nothing Compares To You?

It’s been seven hours and fifteen days since you took your love away. Actually, it’s been five hours and 14 days since you, achilles tendon, prevented me from running. And much like we all experience, the first few days of surrendering to an injury were not fun. Not only because I couldn’t do that which keeps me sane but I ended up getting this one hit wonder stuck in my head more » Read more

5 Ways Running is RUINING YOUR LIFE!!!

Ahh, infotainment!  I’ve always detested “human interest” pieces in the news; they’re so often transparent ploys to manipulate the audience into associating the news organization with emotional high ground, and they wind up blurring the lines between real, factual news and gelatinous informational flatulence. I hold infotainment responsible for convincing non-runners that we are ruining our lives by pursuing a hobby that keeps us happy and fit, a position that’s 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

Running as an Act of Remembrance

Memorial Stone at McMaster University, Hamilton, Ont On December 6, 2014 I tucked the names of seven women into my pocket for my seven kilometer park run. After each kilometer I paused to read one of these women’s names and held her in my thoughts until I got to the next kilometer. On December 6 1989 Marc Lepine walked into École Polytechnique in Montreal and shot fourteen women, most of whom were more » Read more

How to Replace Slouchy Negativity with Sit-up Straight Optimism

“You need to come to grips with the fact that this won’t be your fastest marathon,” my physical therapist wrote, responding to my question about how to build my mileage back up after a stress fracture. He’s a smart guy, throwing out that little gem in an email rather than waiting for the next appointment to provide his poorly received opinion. I stomped around the house (putting well over 4x more » Read more