Are Race Lotteries Illegal?

Not too long ago, Pumpkin posted about her frustrating experience entering the lottery for the Medtronic Twin Cities 10 Mile, observing at the outset, “Slots, craps, black jack, road race lotteries: they’re all the same.” Well, a couple of runners who lost out after paying to enter the New York City Marathon lottery last year agree, and they’ve literally made a federal case out it. In January, Charles Konopa and Matthew Clark filed a more » Read more

An American Runner in Paris

Am I still Bergamot if I don’t run a race this year? Am I still … a runner? Dun, dun, dun!!!! Cue the horror music. I asked myself these questions, sitting on the couch in sweatpants at 3:00 p.m. Oh, the life of a freelancer, or rather, my current life. Over the summer, Cilantro covered the impact of changing identities and how she dealt with her evolving identities as an more » Read more

Glory Days: the Role of a Runner’s Past in Her Present Success

Once upon a time I was a college track athlete, a heptathlete specifically. I had a good amount of natural talent for it, I enjoyed it, and I succeeded thanks to my beyond-stubborn streak. Notice I didn’t mention anything about working hard, being 100% dedicated, or making sacrifices for my sport. That’s because if I said those things, it wouldn’t be true. A decade later, while I gave up the more » Read more

Running with Wheels: How to Train with Your Running Stroller

Over the past 4 years, I’ve done most of my training pushing a running stroller. On average, I’d say about 85% of my running is with the stroller. While at first I resisted (ugh, how can anyone get in a workout with this huge thing?), it’s now so natural I don’t even question it. Even while training for the last Olympic Trials, every run except long runs and track workouts more » Read more

Women-Only Races: Awesome or Awful?

Decades ago, women-only road races made sense. Societal notions on the athletic abilities of women left them banned from participating in most road races up until the 1960s and 1970s. Women-only races emerged as a beacon of the women’s running revolution: if we couldn’t participate in road races, then we would make our own. That victory has long since been won. Women are no longer tackled when they run the more » Read more

On Why You Can’t Quit

It took less than a week before you dragged your heavy limbs through the door and mumbled, “I hate cross country.” You were too tired to shout it. Your shoes were soaked with creek water. Your face, though you hid it from me, was soaked in tears. You had your reasons, and they were good ones. Running hurts. It isn’t fun. It’s every man for himself. It’s not a team sport. more » Read more

Why Do Women Still Run Shorter Distances in Cross Country?

Not too long ago, the thought of women running was enough to give everyone the vapors. But trail blazers like Babe Didrickson, Doris Brown, Bobbi Gibbs showed the world that not only could women run, they could run pretty fast and pretty far while keeping their uteri intact. We may laugh now about the sheer absurdity of these misconceptions, but there are still instances where women run shorter distances than men. This more » Read more

7 Life Hacks to Make More Time to Run

I’m six weeks out from my next marathon, training 12 hours a week, and running most days before the sun comes up. I’m surviving on McDonald’s unsweet tea and sleeping in my running clothes. Also, I’m gainfully employed despite the fact I keep showing up with dirty hair. I’ll admit, I don’t have kids or pets. I don’t claim to be the busiest person out there; I know I’m not. But I more » Read more

Internal Versus External Rewards: How to Find Lasting Satisfaction from Running

Despite having a low income, my father proposed that for every “A” I earned, he’d give me $20. I interpreted this in two ways: It had to be important to do well in school if he’d pay me the little money he had for good grades, and I was more motivated to learn when there was a price attached. Pay-for-A’s is external motivation. It’s easier to get driven by external more » Read more

Surviving the Marathon Training Gauntlet

“Just four more weeks and I’ll be on the start line, and I won’t feel this bad!” I said to myself once a minute during every run last week. But four weeks is a long time and I am so so tired. There are some days, even a week or two stretch during the throes of training that make me want to chuck my trainers into Green Lake and call it a more » Read more

Start Chopping! 5 Meal-Prepping Tips for Runners

This might be bold for me to say, but I consider myself a master meal prepper. I’ve been meal prepping on and off for the past seven years. I started in 2009, after finishing grad school when I realized that living on garbage for the past few years had taken a toll on my health. To fix my predicament, I started running and then I stumbled upon fellow Canadian and fitness more » Read more

North: Mentor Cardinal Classic

All ten North girls, decked out in their new team warm-ups, descended from the bus on the first chilly morning of the season. In spite of a lingering cough, Sydnie slipped back into the role of leader for her team. Fellow-senior Ashleigh, done with her last summer obligations, was ready to kick off her farewell season. Lone freshman Cheyenne was sufficiently recovered from mono to make her high school cross-country more » Read more

My Experience with Racing After a C-section

I came on board Salty Running late last year to share my experiences with returning to running after recovering from a Cesarian birth. I shared my first few training logs and three posts about running and C-section recovery: 8 Rules for Running after a C-Section Does C-Section Recovery Time Apply to Runners C-Section Complications and Runners Now that it’s been a year, I wanted to share my experience with racing more » Read more

North to South

Late August summer mornings are made for cross-country, with their damp warm air, piercing sun from the east shining down on lush, freshly mown grass. Though this particular late August morning wasn’t as hot as some, it was still hot. The course for the day’s race meandered through the mostly unshaded grounds of South High, either North High’s sister or rival school depending on who you talk to. After the starting shots rang more » Read more

Dear Non-Runner Who Wants to Date a Runner

Dear non-runner who wants to date a runner, I’ll admit it: running is a huge part of my life, much more important than you might understand. I feel very lucky that I have a family who supports me 110% and a group of best friends who cheer me on when I succeed and pick me up when I don’t. However, when it comes to dating, I’m open to dating you, more » Read more