Vacation! Get Away Without Throwing Your Training Away

You cross the days off of your calendar in anticipation. You start to pack, make a list of things you need to pick up at the store, and begin to plan each day’s activities. If you’re going to the beach or some place warm, your bag is probably pretty empty; flip-flops and bikinis don’t take up too much space … unless you’re a runner. If you’re a runner, half of your 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

Tricking My Inner Lazy Runner

This may sound pretty obvious but… I love to run. A good heart-pounding, blood-pumping workout or relaxed, flowy mileage-builder can just really hit the spot sometimes, and I always feel better for having gotten it done. I’m sure you can relate. Heck, running is fun! Except when it’s not. About once every week or two I know I can count on having one of those days: I’m all dressed in my more » Read more

The Middle of Marathon Training Guilt

If you’re anything like me, the beginning of March means you are now well into your spring marathon training cycle. If you’re anything like me, you’re also beginning to experience those nagging feelings that start to intensify when you’re in the middle of a marathon training cycle. For once, I’m not referring to nagging feelings of injury; all is smooth sailing on the injury front. [*knocks vigorously on wood*] What’s really more » Read more

Readers Roundtable: Running at Work

I used to be a professional. I’d head to work at the tall office building downtown in my suit and pumps, but I didn’t carry a briefcase. Instead, I carried a gym bag full of running clothes, make-up and other sundries I needed to catch some miles during lunchtime and transform from a hot sweaty mess back into my lawyer suit. I didn’t think I was any kind of expert on 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

Run a Sub-3 Hour Marathon in Just 13 Short Hours a Week!

So you want to get faster, maybe break three hours in a marathon or maybe … just maybe qualify for the Olympic trials. No matter where you are in your running career, you can. But, Jasmine! A lot of these competitive women train a whopping 80, 90, 100 miles or more per week. I don’t have enough time to do that. How can I ever be that fast? You can. I more » Read more

5 Reasons I Love Stroller Running

Many competitive runners prefer to run without the encumbrance of a stroller. “It messes with my form,” they say. “I can’t run fast with it,” they say. “My running is my me-time,” they say. And, well, they have a point. Running with a stroller is not all sunshine and rainbows. There’s the inevitable sprint-to-the-car-with-the-screaming-hungry-infant-stroller run. And the run-an-extra-two-miles-searching-for-the-priceless-hand-knit-hat-that-the-kid-chucked-out-of-the-stroller run. Or the OMG-when-did-this-route-go-all-uphill stroller runner. Among others. Even so, I love stroller running more » Read more

How to Survive a Career-Driven Break from Running

If you’re a Salty fan, you probably know what it feels like for running goals to be at the top of your list of priorities.  But you also know that, for nearly all of us, running can’t be the top priority.  Sometimes life happens and you gotta take a break. It seems to me that most breaks from training come when our bodies dictate a need, like during an injury more » Read more

How to Train Yourself to Become an Early Morning Runner

Sometimes it feels like there are simply not enough hours in the day.  We work all day long, come home to take our kids to their sporting events, make dinner, help out with home work, catch up on laundry, and before you know it, it is bed time.  But wait, what about that hour or more we need to get in our run? It isn’t always easy to find.  For more » Read more

The Loneliness of the Competitive Running Mom

There are moments when I’m acutely reminded why it’s so unusual for nursing mothers of three small children to attempt to become elite amateur athletes. Is it just me, or is the time of life when we are parents of small children a time when we actually have every excuse in the book for throwing our hands up and surrendering the fight? To quit the hobbies that make us ourselves. more » Read more

Clove’s Training and Fertility Treatment Log: Week 3, Cycle Two

I realize that my week 3 log and report is coming directly on the heels of week two, but there was a lot going on in week two – and immediately thereafter, when I should have been doing my report. So this week was a bit less eventful – eventually.  It got off to a rough, then rougher start before fading into a more even keel by week’s end.  Running more » Read more

Faking It: The Guide to Morning Running for Non-Early Birds

I am sooo not a morning person. I know some people say that and still manage to be somewhat tolerable in the wee hours, but I assure you, I really mean it. During my teen years I referred to anything before noon as “the butt crack of dawn,” I’ve been known to growl at people before a certain time of day and the short time that my husband and I more » Read more

Running Errands – Literally!

One of the side effects of working long days is having to cram all my errands into the weekend alongside my long runs. Laundry, appointments and shopping absolutely must take place on one of my few days off, and I prefer to get them all at once if possible. So how to fit in all the weekly tasks and a 9 miler? Running errands! Read more