My Daughter Says, “I’m Fat”

I am a runner. It defines me. Whether I’m kicking my training plan’s butt or in a running rut, I’m still a runner. So when it comes to my body, I am more into what it does than how it looks. Even so, from time to time when I step on the scale I still critically examine my muffin top in the mirror, and go to drastic measures (like skipping more » Read more

When Healthy Becomes Unhealthy: Orthorexia

Chances are you’ve heard of Anorexia nervosa. Bulimia nervosa. Binge Eating Disorder. Maybe even EDNOS (Eating Disorder Not Otherwise Specified). Long-distance runners have some tendencies to flirt with eating disordered behaviors; after all, we’re somewhat obsessed with health, nutrition and exercising.  That’s all fine and dandy, unless it’s taken too far. For some, our personalities and obsessive running habits enter into the dark side, leading toward full-fledged, diagnosable mental illnesses. more » Read more

The Problem with The Biggest Loser

The internet (and my local Y.M.C.A. for that matter) are abuzz about the latest The Biggest Loser finale. The show bestows $250,000 on the person who loses the highest percentage of their starting body weight. This year’s winner wasn’t the guy who lost 222 lbs. (!).  No, the winner outdid that incredible feat by going from 260 down to 105 (in 5 months). Twitter blew up with cries of #anorexia more » Read more

How to Help a Running Friend You Suspect is Suffering from an Eating Disorder

The holidays and a little contract work have got the best of Salty, and Cinnamon, though hard at work on an EPIC post, was called into work at the last minute, so here we are: Rerunland! But rest assured that we’ve picked a great post to revisit today. Last year around this time, Ginkgo shared these great tips on helping a friend you suspect might be suffering from an eating more » Read more

Ask A Salty: Poor Body Image

Welcome back to our Ask-A-Salty feature, where you ask us questions and we give you the answers. If you have a question for us you can send it to us by clicking on “Ask-A-Salty” above the banner or by clicking here. Today’s question comes from Katie: I am a 16 year old girl and I love to run. I’m on my school’s cross-country team and I’ve been in the sport since 7th grade. I usually more » Read more

On Loving Our Runner Bodies: A Salty Challenge Refresher

As runners, we should love our bodies. Strong. Able to carry us many miles. Incredible lungs. Powerful muscles. Legs that are capable of striding us through so many training runs. We are living miracles – each atom, cell, tissue and ligament is intricately crafted to allow us to do just what we love to do: run. Unfortunately, after being inundated by unrealistic-for-most-of-us images of washboard-abbed elites and stick thin supermodels on a daily basis, most of us more » Read more

Jiggle, Bounce, Flop: Do Our Breasts Slow Us Down?

Running with breasts. I have breasts. I have rather large breasts. I blame my mother for them, but nevertheless they are mine. Does having an ample bosom hinder women’s athletic success? Honestly I never thought about it until I read Amanda Hess’ article in the EPSN Body Issue, You Can Only Hope to Contain Them. It got me thinking: do our breasts slow us down? Personally, I have not had the luxury of more » Read more

When ED Comes Creeping

Yes, ED likes to creep around, especially in June, July and August. ED isn’t my husband, or my best friend, or my dog; ED is my eating disorder.  They say it takes 45 days to break a habit, right? Breaking up with ED completely has taken … well, longer. Though I’ve been in recovery for 2 years and 8 months (but who’s counting) the old habits of my ED still creep some days, especially more » Read more

What Body Part Would You Remove for Your Running?

I enjoy a good movie as much as anyone, but for me to sit still for two straight hours requires three things: bad weather, a long run finished, and the possibility that Russell Crowe might appear on the screen. Otherwise, count me out. But I snapped to attention last week upon hearing the news that Angelina Jolie had removed her breasts.   Or rather, surgeons did, at her request, to dramatically more » Read more

Is BMI just a bunch of BS?

I first learned about the Body Mass Index (BMI) calculation my junior year of college while munching a turkey and swiss wrap in the back row during my Health Psychology class. I must have heard of it before then, but I’d never taken the time to calculate my own. During class, we used a simple height/weight calculation and I remember falling within the “normal” range and thinking “well, crap, I more » Read more

The Next Salty Challenge: Embracing Our Runner Feet

Corns. Blisters.  Calluses. Toenails … black or blue ones, that is. Sound familiar? I don’t know about you, but if there’s anything about my body that is a dead give-a-way that I enjoy pounding the pavement and getting early morning miles under my belt, it’s my feet. The thought of getting a pedicure or wearing flip flops makes me cringe. Regardless of the best training shoes and the blister-blocking socks, after more » Read more

Learning to Love Myself, the Runner

In almost three years of long distance running, I can’t remember how many times I’ve run 20-plus mile training runs. There’s one that has stuck in my mind. I headed to one of my favorite trails. When I reached the parking lot at the trailhead I turned off the car, took a deep breath and sighed. It was raining lightly out. Instead of bounding out of the car ready to more » Read more

Running for Weight Loss to Training for PRs

Yesterday, Ginger pondered why she runs. Lately, I’m asking myself the same quesiton. One weeknight in January 2006 I got out of bed, put on a pair of running shoes and headed to the gym. I weighed 235 pounds. I didn’t run that night. Heck, I could barely walk. It took me six months to lose fifteen pounds.  A year to lose sixty. Three years to lose 100.  Not exactly the more » Read more

The Rolling Thunder

The December air burns in my chest a little, but it feels good. It’s awakening my body and my brain, forcing my legs to propel forward this body that causes me so much stress and frustration. I am acutely aware that my thick thighs are bright red from the chill and quaking with every impact of a lightweight, neutral shoe on the crunching snow. I love them for it as more » Read more

My Training Will Not Include Weigh-Ins

Week one of training for my winter and spring races is in the books, and I am excited to embrace the upcoming challenges of this training cycle.  I know I’m a few weeks early, but I’ve made some resolutions for this go-round. I am determined to keep a positive attitude and embrace all aspects of the training.  I will run slow on my easy days.  I will look forward to more » Read more