5 Charities that Give the Gift of Running

Good news, Salty readers! While you may be finished shopping for all the good little girls and boys on your Christmas list, you can keep the giving going in a meaningful way.  No, you don’t have to revisit Amazon or, worse, hit the mall. And the recipients of this giving won’t get bored with your gifts within a few weeks. And better yet? This way you can give the gift more » Read more

What Happens on the Run Stays on the Run

“What happens on tour stays on tour” is a phrase that has struck fear into the hearts of significant others’ everywhere. It is something that I got to thinking about when I was writing about the running group I recently joined. Given that I am a new member of the group, I figured I should send out a message asking whether it was okay for me to write about the members more » Read more

10 Reasons I Can’t Live Without My Running Buddies

Running is often touted as an individual sport, and while it’s true that on race day it feels like each runner is an individual competitor, challenging her own physical and mental limits, I’ve learned in the last nine years that running with other people not only makes me a better runner, but it makes running a more fulfilling, healthy, well-rounded part of my life. I highly recommend training with other people. I know that it more » Read more

Moms RUN This Town Might Just Be the Running Group for You

When I had my first son last June, I coincidentally noticed a Facebook Group called ‘Moms RUN This Town‘ on my sidebar. Because I was curious and trying to meet as many new moms as possible as I wiped the sleep from my eyes and the spit up from my shoulders and clicked on the link. I’m so glad I did, because I now have a group to run with more » Read more

The Politics of Group Running

If someone were to ask me, I would probably describe myself as a solitary runner.  I get inordinately happy when I have a chance to run out of the house unencumbered and be alone with my thoughts, the pounding footfalls and rhythmic breathing.  I even have no problem with going down to the track alone and stomping out intervals. I don’t need other people to drag me along and I 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

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

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

The Case for Meeting our Neighborhood Runners

Mark Matthews, an author and Salty friend, recently posted a hilarious essay about his reaction to strangers running through his neighborhood. “Yes, if you run by my house, my nose will detect your scent, I’ll watch you like a junkyard dog, my spidey sense will tingle, and I’ll be thinking, ‘Wait, why don’t I know you? You are a bit of a stranger here? Did you just move into this more » Read more

5 Ways to Make New Friends at Your Next Marathon

It’s a theory of mine that running is “the anti-sport,” in that even on a team you do it alone, and you are your own greatest adversary.  This makes it particularly well-suited to those who have a little social anxiety, or aren’t really great at making new friends.  If you know me, you think I am not one of those people, but let me tell ya, sister, I’m just really more » Read more

More than Teammates: How My Training Partner Became One of My Closest Friends

Running is typically seen as an individual sport. Many people spend years training alone. Even on a team sport like cross country, emphasis is still put on the top 10 to 15 individuals. But just because you may compete alone does not mean that running can’t bring you valuable friendships — and I’m here to tell you about someone I would not have known if I hadn’t begun running: Sarah. more » Read more

Why YOU Should Care: Competitor Group Leads the Race to the Bottom

Competitor Group’s decision to cut it’s elite athlete programs and redirect the funds to increasing back-of-the-pack participation has been met with the reactions you would expect. Either Competitor is an evil anti-elite runner corporation or made a sensible business decision because no one but elites and a handful of LetsRun readers care about elites, anyway. There is also the alternative view posited most notably by Josh Cox that elites deserve more » Read more

Elite Running is Hard, and Competitor’s Corpo BS Just Made it Harder

As was first reported on RunBlogRun, this weekend Competitor Group, Inc. (CGI), owner of the Rock and Roll race series, the Carlsbad 5000 and numerous running, cycling and triathlon-related publications (including Women’s Running Magazine) announced they are cancelling their elite athlete program for the North American races in their series, effective immediately.  Meaning right now.  Meaning athletes who were all set to race in Philly in two weeks have had more » Read more

Runners are Not Special – Until They Make Others Feel the Same

Yesterday, a friend of mine posted an article on Facebook that resonated with me.  So much, in fact, that I immediately realized that our own community could use some similar reminders. Kristen and I met more than ten years ago.  She was training for her first marathon and I had just moved to Columbus.  We had some fun times running and going out with friends until she moved away (boo), more » Read more