5 Reasons to Cheat in Your Next Race!

By now, any runner with an internet connection has heard about Tabatha Hamilton and her ill-gotten win at the the Chickamauga Battlfield Marathon last weekend.  Prior to Tabatha, there was the tale of Kip Litton, the man who cheated in dozens of marathons, including Boston, before he was finally figured out (if you haven’t read the New Yorker piece about Kip, now is the time; it’s a great read!). Both cases more » Read more

In the Long Run

The best is yet to come, and babe, won’t it be fine…. For many adult onset runners, this isn’t just a catchy Sinatra song. It’s the truth, backed by solid research as well as a heap of inspiring anecdotal evidence. By now, you’ve probably heard the 10 year/ 10,000 hour rule touted by researcher Dr. Anders Ericsson as the slowest but surest road to success in any one discipline–spanning the more » Read more

Ginkgo’s First Postpartum Half Marathon

If you kept up with my posts last spring and summer, you may have realized that my world has been flipped and turned upside down as of late. Our first son, Connor, was born on June 22, 2014, and my priorities, including my running, have all changed significantly in the past couple of months. Finding time to train with a four month old isn’t exactly an easy task and functioning more » Read more

A 365 Day Full Circle: My 2014 Akron Marathon Race Report

Last year I lay defeated. I hit rock bottom and then some. Sure, September 28th is just another date and September 28th, 2014 is 365 days since September 28th, 2013. But what happened on September 28th, 2013 will always be in the back of my mind. And what happened in the 365 days since then will always blow my mind. In theory, I understood that life could come full circle, but more » Read more

Running for Innocence

Fall marathon season, with its legion of charity-linked races and runners, reminds us of an important role running has assumed for many Americans – a vehicle through which to support meaningful causes.  Recently, I caught up with Lisa Kavanaugh, an avid runner and Boston-area trial and appellate lawyer, who is using her life-long love of running to support one of her other passions in life: her work with the CPCS more » Read more

Dutee Chand and the Case Against Hyperandrogenism in Women’s Running

Back in the news again this week,  Indian Sprinter, Dutee Chand is appealing the Athletic Federation of India’s ban on her competing as a woman. Chand became a national champion last year in the 100m and 200m at the age of 18 but was barred from competition by the Athletics Federation of India when her testosterone tested in the male range. She has the option of lowering her testosterone level more » Read more

Running and Breastfeeding: Mastitis

About a year ago, Salty wrote a information-laden post about breastfeeding and training: Got Milk? Running and Breastfeeding . Since that post appeared, I’ve had my own baby and have been exclusively breastfeeding for the past three months, which has brought me back to reading this post several times. I want to ensure that my milk supply and quality are not being affected by my desire to train for a half more » Read more

How to Keep Spirits High When VO2 Max Tanks: An Injured Runner’s Guide

“We all have had injuries and disappointments.  It is a part of running.  It can bring us down and at times be overwhelming when we see how far we have to go.  But I encourage you all to take your time, stay inspired and focused.  Instead of stressing about how far behind we are, we need to focus on the progress we are making and continue to make.” – Kara more » Read more

Running with the Blind

The other day my running partner decided to bring a friend to our run who was training for the Savannah Half Marathon.  Imagine my surprise when they arrived and I discovered his friend was blind!  I will admit that for the first few minutes I was a bit apprehensive; I’m not sure why, but I was.  I mean, I knew blind people can run. Marla Runyan has been one of my more » Read more

On Comparison, Coaching and Unlikely Mother’s Day Gifts

“Everyone asked me what I got you for Mother’s Day,” my husband said the next morning. He’d been at work when most families were treating mom to a lovely late afternoon lunch. “I guess they thought I had a deficit to make up, leaving a 9 year old in charge of making the Mother’s Day dinner.” “What did you say?” I asked, hoping he’d made up a story about flowers more » Read more

Group Runs: Why You Should Join In and How to Get Started

The first mile of a new group run sometimes feels like a date. It’s slightly awkward as you try to figure out the right speed or how to line up (all in a row? some ahead?). Things get a little more comfortable as you find topics of conversation that are interesting to all. If you’re lucky, by the end you have found a new friend or two and make plans more » Read more

My Daughter Says, “I’m Fat”

I am a runner. It defines me. Whether I’m kicking my training plan’s butt or in a running rut, I’m still a runner. So when it comes to my body, I am more into what it does than how it looks. Even so, from time to time when I step on the scale I still critically examine my muffin top in the mirror, and go to drastic measures (like skipping more » Read more