Sanjuanita Martinez, Cornell Running Star, Protests on the Track

Imagine working for years to be at the top of your sport and finally earning a spot as one of the favorites for an NCAA title. What, beyond a debilitating injury or illness, could possibly inspire you to give up on chasing that once in a lifetime dream? Sanjuanita (Sam) Martinez, a senior cross-country and track standout at Cornell College in Iowa is a 5-time All-American, one of the top 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

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

Don’t Be a Speedist: We Are All Runners

Faster people snubbing slower people is rude. This we know. But how often has a slower person said of a faster person: I can’t talk to her because: … she’s too fast. … she’s kind of addicted. … have you seen her PR? … she’s totally obsessed. … she wears those buns-things. … she’s too ______. How often have you been at the starting line at a race, and gazed at 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

What Is the USATF, Anyway?

This USATF thing is certainly all over the running news, but every time we at Salty Running start talking about it behind the scenes we aren’t exactly sure how to take a stand because, well, USATF is complicated. We know it makes the rules in the USA for Track and Field; it measures race courses, puts on races, certifies track coaches, and has a handy route-mapping app on its website. Beyond more » Read more

Readers Roundtable: What’s “Mom” Got To Do With It?

Have you heard? A lady who has children did something impressive! You can’t miss these headlines, especially in the running world – hello #motherrunner! Of course there are impressive dads out there, but there’s no hashtag, and rarely a “dad” headline. By labeling accomplished women, but not men, according to their parental status, are we reinforcing the outdated tradition of women being primarily responsible for the home and kids? And further, does the “mother” label divide more » Read more

The Chain That Links Us

It was the fall of 1998, my freshman year of college. I don’t remember what class I was in, probably Tools for Engineering or something equally as cool as that. I looked at the girl in front of me and went into total fan girl mode. I tapped her on the shoulder and asked, “You’re Eva Horvat aren’t you?” She laughed nervously and said, “Yes … why do you know my more » Read more

5 Ways To Be an Asshole Runner

When you’re at a group run or a race, there’s always that one group of people, the ones who just make you cringe and wonder where they went wrong in life. They compliment each other, make time to help one another, and they are always telling stories about how they get up crazy early to run, or how sometimes they skip a run all together just so they can be there for more » Read more

CrossFit Stole My Running Buddy or Don’t Drink the Shake

It began innocently enough. You missed a long run one Saturday and when we got together the next week, you casually mentioned that you bought a Groupon for a month-membership to the CrossFit place in town. I snorted, “CrossFit?! So how long before you contract MRSA and slip a disc doing burpees or bungees or kippers or whatever?!” You laughed, and promised you’d only push the small tires around the more » Read more

Catnip’s Guide to Track Meet Spectating

I love the track. I love indoor track and I love outdoor track. I love training on the track and I love racing on the track. You know what else I love? Spectating at the track! People have called me a track evangelist and I’m happy to make it official here on the interwebs! I’m currently in the process of applying some friendly pressure to a few buddies to join more » Read more

On the 9th day of Christmas Running Gave To Me: Opportunities for Giving

My adult running “career” came about after realizing running was my strongest of the three triathlon sports. It all started when I trained for a triathlon with Team in Training and raised money for cancer research along the way. Maybe it’s because of this philanthropic start that I almost never say no to an opportunity to give back to the running community. I’ve been fortunate to be able to support my more » Read more

On the 6th Day of Christmas Running Gave to Me: a Great Group o’ Runners

It all started with a hat. Have you ever noticed a cute little sign as you’re leaving your local running shop? What goes through your mind?  “Awesome!  I’ll be there!” or do you think “Yuck, I hate new people.” Or perhaps you think “I’m afraid to go, what if there is no one in the group that I run with?” Or, “Who needs more friends?” To many people, like me, reading more » Read more

On the 1st Day of Christmas Running Gave to Me: the Best Friends Ever!

Behind the scenes at Salty Running, we do a lot of brainstorming and when the idea of sharing our version of “The Twelve Days of Christmas” came up, I was so excited I clawed at the first slot! Leading up to our break from regular posting (December 24 – January 4), some of us Saltines will be sharing our personal stories about what running has given us. I know many of you more » Read more

R.I.P. Running Times

There was a time when a Running Times on your coffee table meant something. Back then, Runners World was for newbies, joggers or fitness enthusiasts. There wasn’t anything wrong with it per se, but if you paid attention long enough you realized they recycled the same articles month after month, and they really didn’t offer much for a runner who was concerned with performance. On the other hand, a Running Times more » Read more