Back in the Saddle: How to Survive a Return to Running After a Break

When you fall off a horse in riding, the best thing you can do is get back on and ride again. It helps you overcome your fear of falling again. Is the same true for running? Returning to running after a layoff, especially one related to injury, can be tricky. Two things typically happen. You’re either mentally raring to go, but your body takes longer to respond. Or, you’re physically more » Read more

SOS: Even Elites Bomb Workouts

Tough days are a fact of life. And in training, tough workouts are too; you push hard, then recover, then push harder, trying to get just a little closer to the sun every time without getting burned. But some days you try and fail, your body refusing to cooperate. Sometimes you just don’t have it in you. And believe me, it’s not just you! It’s all of us. You might more » Read more

Last Run

If I had known last Sunday was going to be my last run, for possibly a long time, I would have gone further. I would have savored the fresh air, enjoyed the scenery despite running down a sidewalk near a business park, and relished the heaviness of my breath and tiredness of my legs. Instead, I took it all for granted, assuming I would wake up the next morning and more » Read more

On the Suckiness of Post-Marathon Slumps Even When You Expect Them

While many of the other women who competed along side me last February at the Olympic Marathon Trials raced their first big races after L.A. this weekend, I did not. In fact, I don’t think I could race right now if someone paid me. After every marathon, whether race day goes well or poorly, I end up in a slump. I excitedly stuff my face with every baked creation imaginable and that’s fun more » Read more

What Overtraining Taught Me About Running

There is no PR, no amount of running success, no breaking of the tape worth the constant physical and emotional pain of overtraining. Running is a joy, a gift and a symbol of health, vitality and humanity. Running is like the brightest sharpest Instagram filter for life. Or it’s supposed to be. When overtraining starts creeping, every run hurts. Wincing in physical pain through many many miles is one thing, but, more » Read more

Lacking Motivation After a Big Race? You’re Not Alone

Have you ever had this happen to you following a big race? After a few days of celebratory with drinks, burgers, and congratulations, a deep nagging feeling of, well now what? surfaces, especially if you achieved a personal best. This feeling may be exacerbated, though, if the training segment went perfectly according to plan, but the dream race didn’t come to fruition. How often are runners told to use a disappointing race more » Read more

Stargazing

Recently, I met my friend for a crisp, cool, wintry 5 am run. After she left, I decided to add on a few more miles, weaving back and forth among the cul-de-sacs in my neighborhood. Each time I turned to face east, I was struck with the beauty of the night sky. There was a beautiful bright crescent moon with a trail of stars and one star in particular that was more » Read more

I Run Marathons! I Don’t Need to Be Good at Anything Else

“You run bloody marathons?” My British snowboard instructor exclaimed as he helped me strap my boots to my rental board. I don’t normally drop my running resume in casual conversation, but when I was on the slopes ready to try snowboarding for the first time, I found myself declaring to a complete stranger that I’m a marathoner. And it wasn’t to make small talk. Yet, there I was sports-accomplishment dropping on more » Read more

My Unconventional Running Playlist

As I type this, I am listening to Fiona Apple, circa 1997. This particular album was on repeat during my Sophomore year of college, back when life was so much easier yet felt so painful and complicated at the same time. This album immediately rockets me back to my younger self, my hot-mess self, my 40-versions-ago self. I am not that person anymore. I am a 37- year-old wife and more » Read more

How Running Taught Me to Believe in the Process

When we are out there preparing for the next marathon and even one mile at goal pace feels like a race, we runners doubt ourselves. Even after a flawless training season, we doubt ourselves. Am I really supposed to be able to do another 25 miles at this pace? Really? We do the training, building aerobic capacity and the strength for speed. We practice fueling, pacing, and holding it together when we more » Read more

Suzy Favor Hamilton: The Salty Running Interview

Prior to December 2012, Suzy Favor Hamilton, from what anyone could tell, was a former Olympian doing what former Olympians do and then … BAM! … there she is on TMZ being outed as a high end escort in Vegas. There was always something particularly charismatic about Suzy even beyond the beauty and the athletic gift, but no one in the running world saw that coming. A former Olympian with a husband more » Read more

On the 7th Day of Christmas Running Gave To Me: a Healthy Pregnancy

Here at Salty Running, we know moms-to-be can keep running as long as their pregnancies are normal. But I knew I wasn’t exactly going to have a “normal” pregnancy, at least not mentally. When I first saw those two pink lines, I admit that negative thoughts of inevitable weight gain and reduced mileage flooded my mind, despite the blissful joy of realizing I’d been blessed with my little “nugget.” Running more » Read more

On the 2nd Day of Christmas Running Gave to Me: My Sanity

To pick just one gift that running has given me is hard. I could say awards, a skewed perception of portion sizes, more reasons to enjoy beer, some semblance of abs, adventures, friends, and a million other things. However, I’m only allowed to pick one, so I’ll go with the most important one: my sanity. Running came to my rescue as a struggling teen and as a very sick young more » Read more

Finding My Thing

My older sister texted me one of those memes the other day: I know she meant it as a joke, a “haha” to the fact that I am forever raving about running. I get it: it probably gets old. But it’s been on my mind since. Today I headed out on a solo 10-miler on a hilly country road. It is 70 degrees out and gorgeous, but my hamstrings felt like more » Read more

Miles to Go Before I Sleep: Running-Induced Insomnia

Hard training is draining! Running miles after mile on top of leading the rest of our lives should leave us spent by day’s end, but sometimes that very activity that’s causing us to be so tired can prevent us from sleeping. Really! There’s this thing called running-induced insomnia. “What!” you might be thinking, “isn’t exercise supposed to make you tired and want to sleep more?” It’s supposed to, but it doesn’t always work more » Read more