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

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

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

All The Small Things to Strengthen Your Runner Butt

Channel your inner Blink 182 and sing with me… All the small things Less injury, they bring Doing clam shells by the stairs And bridges lets you know I care Ok, so music isn’t my strength, but I do know a thing or two about the small things we can do to help us become more injury-resistant runners. According to experts like Jay Dicharry, author of Anatomy for Runners, and Jason Fitzgerald more » Read more

Annals of Self-Care Vol. 2: Self-Massage Basics

Most of us are familiar with this scenario: you’re running along and you feel a twinge somewhere.  You think “hmmm…”, but you tell yourself it’s nothing until you get home and – ouch! – when the endorphins wear off you’re limping around your living room, heart sinking as you realize a few dreaded rest days are in your future.  You feel helpless – darn this sport we love! – as more » Read more

Annals of Self-Care: My Favorite Self-Massage Tools

As an athlete approaching the age of 40, I frequently have to pull out all the stops to keep myself feeling limber and prepared for my training.  It seems awareness of the importance of self-care is growing, as illustrated by the increasing number of articles I’m seeing in publications like Runner’s World, Running Times, and Competitor on the subject.  The concept of “pre-hab” seems to be all the rage, and I hope to more » Read more

A Runner’s Greatest Fear: Training Season DNF

Despite all the work we put in and the hopes we bring to the starting line, not all races are perfect performances. We often talk about the tough races – you know the ones – the ones in which you miss your goal time, you get hurt, or even worse, you DNF (do not finish).  But we don’t often talk about what happens when your entire season tanks. Today we more » Read more