Caper’s Training Log — 7.5.15

  This was a frustrating week on the training front, one that reminded me that there is so much more to life than running, as I experienced a lot of joy in my personal life.  Hard downhill running with poor form, heel striking an entire downhill mile on the 11th of a 20 mile training run last Sunday, left me with plantar fasciitis that left me unable to run hard this week.  But I more » Read more

Cilantro’s Black Hills 50M Race Report

To be clear, the Black Hills 50-mile ultramarathon is only 50 miles. And yet, I ran 55. But I think I am getting ahead of myself here, so I will start at the beginning. I registered for Black Hills shortly after choosing Burning River as my first 100-mile attempt because it fit into the time that my training plan called for a 50-mile race, and it was within the 500 more » Read more

Badwater and Cystic Fibrosis: Why I’m Breaking my Rule and Running for Charity

I’m running Badwater for charity, and it’s not an entirely easy decision.  I’ve long struggled with fundraising and running for charities, and here’s why: A number of years ago, DB and I asked my mother to stop getting us “things” for birthdays and Christmas.  In truth, being that we are in that reversed financial position where we are better off than our respective parents, we didn’t want gifts at all, more » Read more

Clove’s Badwater Training Log – 6.26.2015

It is strange, a bit, to post training logs in arrears.  Since I am feeling the present (rainy, again) day, I will start by speaking of today.  I am exhausted.  Just completely worn out.  Still not overtraining, which is almost disappointing, because then I’d get to back off before the taper.  But I’ve come this far, and with only 12 working days before the taper starts, I can finally see more » Read more

My Running Philosophy

When I first began running (again), I just ran. I wanted to get faster, and I thought to do that I had to run more. And sometimes that is true: if you’re a novice runner, often adding mileage will help you run faster. But eventually the newbie gains fall away and you have to try something different. But I didn’t know this. I just knew that, for most runners I more » Read more

Caper’s Training Log — 6.28.15

The second week of 20 in my fall marathon training plan focused on base building and finding new places to run, both to boost my enjoyment of summer running and to prevent overuse injury from too much sameness in muscles used during high mileage. The best part of the week was a beautiful 20 mile run across the George Washington Bridge and through the beautiful Palisades which are along the more » Read more

Readers Roundtable: National Anthem at Races

Two days ago I was standing in Central Park with Honey, packed in like sardines with 5,000 of our closest friends waiting for a NYRR race to start. In the midst of the jumping to stay loose, the stretching, the watch setting, barely anyone noticed as the national anthem was introduced. Back in the middle of the pack as we were we could hardly hear the announcer over one another’s chatter. But then more » Read more

Lake Wobegon Marathon Recap

This was the race I had exactly zero intention to run. Which I think is the opposite way one normally approaches a marathon, considering that it is slightly longer than a 5k, which is the last race I ran on a whim. However, because of my training to run across America prior to getting sick (or while getting sick), I had the fitness to run the marathon, so it was more » Read more

Less Running, More Biking and Swimming: Will I Still Be 100-mile Ready?

As I alluded to when I posted about having to defer my Run Across America dreams, I have been cleared to run and train for my upcoming 100-mile race at Burning River (also my very first 100M race, although not my first ultramarathon, I have done two 50-milers and one 50k). However, even though the doctors say I can run as long as I feel up to it, based on more » Read more

A Low Iron Case Study: How I Discovered and Recovered from Anemia

Iron is one of the most critical nutrients for runners. It makes red blood cells, which carry oxygen to your muscles; it’s like the gas to our aerobic engines. But some of us, particularly women runners, don’t get enough iron to keep up with our athletic body’s demands. Iron deficiency occurs when the body has low iron, and anemia occurs when the body has a low red blood cell count. more » Read more

Marion Rotary Marathon Race Report

I traveled to Iowa once. I remember it being relatively flat, beautiful actually. That year we had traveled to a small town called Bloomfield for the wedding of our two good friends, Rick and Emily. A few years later, Rick and Emily moved 2 hours north, near Cedar Rapids. It only seemed fitting that we visit again. I decided to tie in a trip with a spring marathon. I researched more » Read more

Racing with a Stroller

This Saturday, I ventured out to semi-race my first 5k equipped with a jogging stroller and a 23 pound 11 month-old. My take-away from the experience? Racing while pushing a stroller is a completely different animal from racing without one! However, racing with the stroller can be great way to enjoy the camaraderie of a race and share the experience with your little one. Bonus: you can race without a baby sitter! more » Read more

Oregano’s Race Recap: Trail Factor 50k

Race morning dawned cool and overcast. I took a hot shower to loosen up and put on my race clothes, which were set in an orderly pile the night before. I filled my camelbak water bladder with Nuun (tri-berry flavor), and double checked the other stuff I had in my pack “just in case”: a band-aid, eight gu gels (in a variety of non-fruit flavors), a map, my ID, $10, an more » Read more

Badwater 135 Primer: Everything You Always Wanted to Know (or Maybe Not)

So, Clove I’ve been reading your crazy training logs and I’ve seen you drop Badwater like a hot potato over and over and over again, but there’s just one thing … Uh, what exactly is this Badwater thing, anyway? With a broad swath of readers here on Salty Running, I’m guessing that some of you know what it is; some of you have heard of it; and some of you, more » Read more

Caper’s Training Log and Next Marathon Training Plan — 6.14.15

This past week, I completed my post spring marathon recovery phase, ran in some interesting places and came up with a training plan to prepare for the NYC Marathon on November 1.  Here is how the week came together. Monday — 8 gorgeous, hot, slow miles (10:21 avg pace, 145 avg hrt rate) on dirt trails in Arizona’s Sonoran desert at the crack of dawn.  I had planned to run more » Read more