Coping With Losing Your Team after Graduation

One of the reasons I love running is that it’s there for life. While all sports have their benefits to young athletes in school, running is one of the few that you can truly weave into your lifestyle forever, team or no team. But although it’s true that you can always run by yourself, it can be hard to stick to it and train smart, especially if you spent your entire middle school, high school, and more » Read more

Confessions of a Stravaddict

I don’t even have to open the email to know exactly what it says. “Uh Oh!” begins to subject line, “[Insert name of fast, competitive frenemy] just stole your CR!” I click on the link to her activity and find that not only did she run the segment three minutes faster than I did, but she did it while pushing a stroller. “Got what it takes to reclaim your crown?” more » Read more

A Look at Post-Collegiate Training Options

Graduation season has me thinking about some of the options for recent running grads who want to keep the dream alive. I was once in the same boat, and I want to share what choices are out there and what to consider when navigating your post-collegiate training options. Through my post-collegiate years I’ve trained in each of the three main options: a highly structured elite development team; a less structured competitive club more » Read more

Readers Roundtable: Are Women-Only Races Good for Women Runners?

Central Park was a sea of powerful, strong women on Saturday at the New York Mini 10k, led by winner Jemima Sumgong (Kenya) and a host of other Olympic-bound elites. Salty Favorites Brianne Nelson and Des Linden took fifth and sixth, and were followed by just shy of 9,000 other women, including Salty contributor Honey. But why do we need a women-only race? I have to admit that were men more » Read more

5 Ways to Fail at a Group Run

While on the hunt for running friends, you see a group run posted at your local running store. The sign says something compelling like, “Moderately paced 5-7 mile run. Come and make connections with fellow runners in your community! Free beer and 10% off socks!” You show up after work, ready to make friends and enjoy a casual evening jog. The running store is bustling with people of all shapes 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

Running With Your Dog

I have never been a dog-lover; I’m not automatically drawn in by their slobbery, furry faces, and big, unleashed dogs scare me. So in March last year my friends were shocked when we got a Yorkie puppy. Scout joined our family of not-dog-people, with my attitude made more negative by my breedist belief that he was destined to be a purse dog who couldn’t even run with me. What was the more » Read more

Is A Coach Worth It?

For a relatively inexpensive report, we all know how quickly we can blow our budget purchasing everything people tell us we “need” or “must have” if we are truly going to be a runner. There is a constant barrage of footwear, apparel, nutrition and gear commercials. That guy in the running group swears by foam rollers, yoga, magical shakes and his Fabletics subscription. That fast chick you see attributes her more » Read more

Please Don’t Mansplain This To Me: A Flowchart

Ladies, I know you understand: no matter how much running experience we have or how little they do, men are still mansplaining their way through training runs alongside us, about everything from heart rate variability to how Hanson’s Marathon Training plan really works. And while I know they don’t mean to invalidate our assertions with male superior knowledge about #allthethings (mostly), their “meant to be helpful” statements often come on the heels of 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

Runsick

In January I packed my suitcase, left my 9-5 life in Columbus, Ohio and headed for sunny Spain, where my future looked a little brighter. In Columbus my work life, relationships, and apartment were only so-so. One thing I took for granted though, was that my running life was stellar. In 2013 I discovered the magic created by a tight-knit training group and it made the sport that much better more » Read more

An Open Letter to Dopers

Dear Dopers, You guys are jerks. Really, I’m not joking. You’re weak, mentally and morally. You’re incredibly selfish and whatever your motives are for doping, it’s not good enough and it never will be. You’re singlehandedly ruining this sport I love with my entire being. Worse, you’re making it incredibly difficult to not become jaded and cynical. I may be biased, but running is the most beautiful and simplistic sport and that’s more » Read more

A Broad Running Abroad: Long-Term Travel Tips for Runners

Running while on a trip or vacation is one of the best ways to get to know a new locale and so many of us make running a priority during our short-term travel plans. We throw in a pair of shoes and a couple of outfits that accommodate the weather and off we go. But if you plan to travel for more than a month, that tactic just isn’t enough. I should know… more » Read more

A Non-Pro’s Guide to Timing a Pregnancy Around Running

Like any major life decision, deciding when to become pregnant can be difficult. Besides the fact that timing it perfectly isn’t always possible, there never seems like an ideal time. This is true even if you know it’s something you really want and even if, on paper, it seems like the logical next step in your life. But unlike other life-altering events, such as moving, changing jobs, or getting married, more » Read more

What’s it REALLY Like to Run on a College Team?

When you think of running in college you might think of intense competition and pressure to be the top runner on the team. You might think college athletes are the antithesis of the college partier, people who never go out past 9:00 and pass on the pizza as we fixate on our race weight for fear of getting cut from the team. Maybe it’s more like that at a big Division I more » Read more