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

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 Running Has Taught Me About My Body That I Want My Daughter to Know

As I watch my daughter bloom from a toddler into a spirited, willful little girl my heart yearns for her to maintain the absolute lack of body self-consciousness and self-judgment that she enjoys right now. I watch her twirl without the fear of what others might think, I see her put together outfits and crazy jewelry combinations, not to impress anyone, but simply because they make her happy. She picks more » Read more

To My Running Buddy’s Partner: It’s Only About the Running or I Would Never Hit That

Most competitive women runners train with men at least some times. If you took running out of the equation, there would be no argument from me that spending hours sweating half-naked with heterosexual members of the opposite sex is at best odd, or at worst, inappropriate. Hey honey, I’m getting up at 4:30 tomorrow morning to hang out and talk with Bill, Fred, and Tom for three hours. That would be weird, more » Read more

Should You Bring Your Kids to an Important Race?

Any parent with a big race on the calendar has faced the question of whether or not to leave the kids at home on the big day. On one hand, we want our kids to be a part of our lives and share in our experiences. On the other hand, we want to arrive at the starting line having had some sleep and not having to worry about whether we adequately packed more » Read more

The Spouse as Running Coach: How to Make it Work

We’ve all been warned don’t mix business with family or friendships! Dual relationships can lead to some messy situations, but sometimes mixing roles is unavoidable or happens anyway. Maybe your landlord happens to be your father, your sister is your boss, your teammate is your massage therapist, or maybe you’re dating your landscaper and are training partners with your hairdresser.  Balancing these different roles is something I know well, because, for over ten years now, and 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

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

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

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 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

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

A Parent Runner’s Savior: Race Day Childcare

Does your partner ever give you a hard time about watching the kids so you can race? Do you and your partner have to take turns racing so one of you can be there with the kids? Do you arrange for early morning childcare only to have the prospective sitter call you the night before to cancel, at which time you immediately gulp as the training efforts and race costs more » Read more

Jessica Odorcic Runs to Overcome

On September 21, 2013, two days before she was supposed to run one of the biggest races of her life and where she would attempt to qualify for the Olympic Marathon Trials, Jessica sat beside her husband at the Seidman Cancer Center in Cleveland, Ohio, trying to digest devastating, heart-wrenching news that would ultimately steal away her Tommy. In August of 2012 Jessica’s best friend and husband had been diagnosed more » Read more