CrossFit Stole My Running Buddy or Don’t Drink the Shake

It began innocently enough. You missed a long run one Saturday and when we got together the next week, you casually mentioned that you bought a Groupon for a month-membership to the CrossFit place in town. I snorted, “CrossFit?! So how long before you contract MRSA and slip a disc doing burpees or bungees or kippers or whatever?!” You laughed, and promised you’d only push the small tires around the more » Read more

Should Pregnant Runners Follow Training Plans?

In the few days after learning I was pregnant with my first child, I wondered if should stick with my training plan. I quickly found, however, that was not going to happen. From morning sickness and fatigue in the first trimester to increasing back discomfort and round ligament pain in the second and Braxton-Hicks contractions in the third, I found that listening to my body and running just for the sake of getting out more » Read more

Catnip’s Guide to Track Meet Spectating

I love the track. I love indoor track and I love outdoor track. I love training on the track and I love racing on the track. You know what else I love? Spectating at the track! People have called me a track evangelist and I’m happy to make it official here on the interwebs! I’m currently in the process of applying some friendly pressure to a few buddies to join 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

Reader’s Roundtable: That New Balance Ad and Running Bad Words

On Thursday, runners on social media were all atwitter about the new New Balance ad to the left, which New Balance has since abandoned. Many people were offended by it because they thought it excluded them or was divisive. What exactly about this ad is offensive to the offended? The words appearing with the photo? Would it be ok if the runner in the photo was “squishy?” Is it the notion more » Read more

On the 9th day of Christmas Running Gave To Me: Opportunities for Giving

My adult running “career” came about after realizing running was my strongest of the three triathlon sports. It all started when I trained for a triathlon with Team in Training and raised money for cancer research along the way. Maybe it’s because of this philanthropic start that I almost never say no to an opportunity to give back to the running community. I’ve been fortunate to be able to support my more » Read more

On the 8th Day of Christmas, Running Gave to Me: a Running Dad

I like to write about feminism and being tough, but way down deep in my heart there has always been a little girl who wished Santa would bring me a daddy so I could be his girl. I never had a father who loved me the most, someone to run to when things got hard, someone who knew everything and could fix whatever needed fixing. I walked myself down the 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 6th Day of Christmas Running Gave to Me: a Great Group o’ Runners

It all started with a hat. Have you ever noticed a cute little sign as you’re leaving your local running shop? What goes through your mind?  “Awesome!  I’ll be there!” or do you think “Yuck, I hate new people.” Or perhaps you think “I’m afraid to go, what if there is no one in the group that I run with?” Or, “Who needs more friends?” To many people, like me, reading more » Read more

On the 3rd Day of Christmas Running Gave To Me: My Other Half

The running community is occasionally called incestuous. That’s because it’s not uncommon for runners to date other runners and if it ends, move on to another fellow comrade of the roads. It’s often joked about, this common thread. In fact, my significant other has even dated another Saltine! But the nice thing about being a runner is understanding other runners: that the run is bigger than any awkwardness or drama. After more » Read more

On the 1st Day of Christmas Running Gave to Me: the Best Friends Ever!

Behind the scenes at Salty Running, we do a lot of brainstorming and when the idea of sharing our version of “The Twelve Days of Christmas” came up, I was so excited I clawed at the first slot! Leading up to our break from regular posting (December 24 – January 4), some of us Saltines will be sharing our personal stories about what running has given us. I know many of you more » Read more

USATF Changes the Standards 9 Weeks Before the Trials

Just a few weeks shy of 44, Joanna Zieger lined up at the 2014 Shamrock Marathon with one goal: qualify for her third Olympic Marathon Trials. She gave that race everything she had, yet missed the mark by a mere 58 seconds. After a long world-class athletic career, including placing fourth in the triathlon at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, some recent health problems prevented another qualifying attempt. Joanna accepted that her more » Read more

R.I.P. Running Times

There was a time when a Running Times on your coffee table meant something. Back then, Runners World was for newbies, joggers or fitness enthusiasts. There wasn’t anything wrong with it per se, but if you paid attention long enough you realized they recycled the same articles month after month, and they really didn’t offer much for a runner who was concerned with performance. On the other hand, a Running Times more » Read more

Priorities or Why Showering Doesn’t Always Make the Cut

It’s after 4:00 in the afternoon; I’ve started some laundry, stacked the morning dishes, begun prepping dinner. The kids are actually playing with home-made play dough (I saw it on a toddler blog, and thought what the hell) together, peacefully. Hold your applause, please. I take out my messy bun to tighten it up a bit and notice that my hair is still wet from my run this morning. I brush more » Read more

Everything I Need to Know About Running, I Learned from My Kindergartner

Her stride is long and graceful, her form better than mine will ever be. She’s running down the street laughing so hard, she’s snorting. She’s only five years old. She can run a mile in nine minutes and seventeen seconds and she’s taught me more about running than I ever thought possible. Addy’s my oldest daughter. I should have known she’d love to run; I ran during my pregnancy and more » Read more