Jasmine’s Training Update: Back in the USA

Alright folks. I owe you an update. In fact I owe you several weeks of updates, this is just a teaser. For the last few weeks I’ve owed Salty an article… something… anything. I’ve kind of been stuck because I don’t know what to write. So I’m just going to dive right in from where I am right now. Coming up in the not-too-distant future will be some features on what more » Read more

An Inside Look in the Hottest Trend in Group Exercise: Treadmill Studios!

Runners are, shall we say, opinionated about treadmills. Ask any runner, from marathoner to gym rat, and they’ll tell you they either love ‘em or hate ‘em. (There are certainly plenty of Salty opinions here.) Now, these once maligned machines are enjoying a moment in the sun. Owing to the overwhelming popularity of group fitness classes like spinning, boot camp, and barre variety, runners are now getting their own boutique experience. more » Read more

Clove’s Recovery/Badwater Prep Training Log: 4.4.2015 – 4.10.2015

This week was still a no-running/recovery week from Umstead, but it involved more active recovery and less sheer gluttony and laziness.  The biggest news is that I began my sauna sessions; I’ll be going on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday and working my way up to a full hour between 180 and 200 degrees.  I also started my uphill walking workouts in preparation for Badwater’s longest and steepest hills, combining a relatively more » Read more

Readers’ Roundtable: Do You Experience Phantom Injuries During Taper?

Lots of us are tapering for our big spring race, myself included.  No, unfortunately it’s not Boston.  It’s New Jersey!  Everyone’s second choice!  (Badabing!) But seriously, I’m excited for my third marathon on the beautiful Jersey Shore!  My goal is conservative, but that doesn’t mean I’m taking training any less seriously.  I’m approaching my taper with a little more experience under my belt, and if this is like last time, more » Read more

Honey Training Log 4.5.15

With an insanely busy spring that combines working extra hours with a couple big races, I’ve been wondering about how I can maximize my training. I’m thinking the answer is in the Rule of Three. Three workouts that is. One speed workout, one tempo run, and one long run. Monday/Tuesday – Sloppy weather and after work meetings made me take a couple of rest days. Wednesday – Speed. 1.5 mi warmup, three sets of more » Read more

WTH? Warm Down to Maximize Testosterone Production!

Every runner, whether you’re a newbie or a veteran, is familiar with the terms “warm-up” and “cool down.” But what about the “warm-down”? Yes, that’s actually a thing, and if you think about it, it makes perfect sense. A warm-down should take place after a hard workout is over, but before you cool-down. While working out, the body not only produces that lovely burning lactic acid, but also testosterone. Yup, more » Read more

How to PR a 100 Miler: The Good, the Bad and the Bloody

They always say you can’t control the weather, but you can control your attitude.  Challenging as it was at times, the weather could have been much worse.  Mother Nature, however, still had some fun plans for me, and decided to inform me of said plans at about 4 pm the evening before the race.  I was resolute – after all, I’ve been doing this thing for some 25 years now more » Read more

Juniper’s Training Log – 03.29.2015

March is almost over and it’s officially Spring. If you’re from Cleveland or anywhere near it, then you know both of these things mean absolutely nothing! But I’m a die-hard CLE runner, and those arctic spring temps got nothin’ on me…and my many, many layers of insulated clothing. Monday: CrossFit This was one of those workouts where I left a little disappointed. We did power cleans, and I doubted my more » Read more

Deadlift Dos and Don’ts for Runners

Do you deadlift? It may well be one of the single best exercises for runners, and if you don’t, you should! Most runners could benefit from strengthening their posterior chain – the muscles in the back of us like our glutes and hamstrings. These help propel us forward, and are necessary for good speed and stability while running. The deadlift can also help with core strength and stability. Mastering it more » Read more

Death Valley Days = Badwater Training Gut Check

This past weekend was the LA Marathon, and since the Clif Bar Pace Team handles the pacing chores, DB and I were out west.  What better opportunity, we thought, to add in a visit to Death Valley, and re-visit the course we’ve now played on six different times. I’ve written before about what it’s like to run in Death Valley, specifically about the time that DB and I created our more » Read more

Jasmine’s Training Log — Live from Belgium Week — 3.15.2015

  Travel wasn’t on my list when I signed up for the elite starting line of the Pittsburgh Marathon. While I’m trying to stay on track  to make this another sub-3 performance, it is not going to be the massive ass-whooping I was worried it would be. On flat, snowless, outdoor terrain, my easy pace is now well into the mid and low 7-min-mile range, and the mileage isn’t leaving me more » Read more

Racing Superstitions: What’s Luck Got to Do with It?

Luck. Juju. Magic. We runners tend to be a ritualistic bunch. Chances are that your race day essentials include not only safety pins and Bodyglide, but some kind of lucky charm, whether it’s a part of your outfit, a particular pre-race tradition or just a talisman you have on hand. A little pre-race superstition never hurt anyone, right? Sassafras and I have teamed up this week to discuss the use more » Read more

Tri-Curious? Go for an Indoor Tri!

At one point in your running life I bet you thought you were a strictly one sport kind of girl. But maybe you got injured and had to spend some time on a bike or in the pool which got you thinking that maybe, just maybe, you might enjoy a triathlon. But then you never got up the nerve to actually do one. Until now that is! Enter the indoor more » Read more

Basil’s Portlandia Training Log – 3-8-2015

This week was a cut-back week for me, and should have been super easy. Buuuuut notsomuch. It was more of a freak out week. And those fun little emails from the BAA saying “only 42 more days until Boston!” didn’t do my already anxious little heart any favors. I’m at the stage where I’m not excited about the race, so much as I am scared out of my pants that more » Read more

The One Where I Broke up with Marathons

Salties, break ups are hard to do. But sometimes even your favourite relationships become unhealthy and destructive and turn you into a crazy person. I became a crazy person. So this last week, in the middle of the Durban Marathon, I broke up with marathons and ultrarunning, so that I could become less loopy and more mellow. I think my family needs it. Who am I kidding? Hell, I need it! more » Read more