My 1st 26.2! Cardamom’s Wineglass Race Report

When I was trying to decide when and where to do my first marathon, I carefully considered all the different factors. I wanted my first marathon to happen someplace special to me and to be as beginner friendly as possible. I used to live in Toronto and the marathon route goes right past my old neighborhood and all the different places that I used to work and hang out. This made more » Read more

Caper’s Training Log — Week Ending 10.4.2015

I’m in love with running in Boston! And I finally had a breakthrough in hard training this week   Here’s what happened: Monday:  6.25 easy/recovery paced miles (10:05/142 bpm) listening to To Kill a Mockingbird Tuesday AM: 8.7 miles, with 2×3 miles with 2 min rests in humid 73 degree weather.  Run turned out to be 1×3 mile (7:42/178 bpm), 1×1.4 miles (stop to puke dry heaves), 1×1.6 miles (7:42). more » Read more

5 Marathons to Follow This Fall

When you think of fall you probably think of pumpkins, leaves, the colors orange and brown, hay bales, and more pumpkins that beg to be spiced and placed in our food, candles, and lotions. My local taco joint joked that they are now serving pumpkin spiced tacos. It wouldn’t surprise me if someone was willing to try. I must admit, I’m a fan of the pumpkin spiced everything but there’s something more » Read more

Perfect Your Marathon Performance with a Dress Rehearsal

As we discussed on Monday, fall marathon season is upon us! Cinnamon and I are targeting PRs in New York. Jasmine, Catnip, and Ginkgo are going for it in Columbus. Ginger’s doing a little half late in the fall. Cardamom is taking on Wineglass and Sage is taking on Portland … this weekend! No matter what fall half or full you’re targeting, it’s time to get serious about getting yourself more » Read more

Caper’s Training Log — Week Ending 9.27.2015

Among this week’s ups and downs were a Half Marathon race that was both a first place age group finish and an eye opening look at a real weakness my training. Up until this point, I have felt good about my training: a 76 mile week, some decent length runs at goal marathon pace and a handful of 20 milers under my belt. But my the race results of my more » Read more

Chipotle’s Big Revel Cottonwood Marathon BQ Attempt Race Report

Since we’re talking about big fall A races today, let’s talk about mine. File this one under some runs are just not as awesome as others. I have said that over and over and over again. There are those races when the wheels fell off. That happened to me during the Big Revel Cottonwood marathon in Utah. I was not expecting the wheels to fall off at all. That had never happened to more » Read more

Reader’s Roundtable: What Are You Training For?

Unless you’ve been regularly checking out my training logs, you might now know that after years of chasing PRs, I’m formally taking a break from training and racing. It might sound terrible, but it’s actually exactly what I need right now and I am enjoying my freedom from the grind of training. Usually. But right now, as I type I feel the fall racing season heating up right before my more » Read more

Caper’s Training Log — Week Ending 9.20.15

During week 14 of NYC Marathon training, I made it through three quality workouts spaced out by only one rest day in between, ran 73 miles and, with a lot of careful attention to recovery, remained injury free.  Hooray! Monday 9/14: 9.3 miles easy (9:29 average/144 bpm/60 degrees).  I ran the entire workout without a break listening to “The Long Run.”  Loved running in cooler weather. Tuesday 9/15 AM: 9.1 more » Read more

Why The Pros Are Pros and How YOU Can Learn to Think Like One

Professional athletes have to handle immense amounts of pressure and stress. In fact, at the most recent Track and Field World Championships in Beijing, many American athletes with high expectations didn’t fair as well as they had originally planned. In particular, Molly Huddle had arguably the biggest heartbreak in the 10,000 meters after she failed to run through the finish line thus allowing fellow American Emily Infeld to nab the more » Read more

Readers’ Roundtable: How Long is Your Longest Training Run?

Marathon season is in full swing, and it seems like every year I hear the same braggadocio about just how long everyone’s long run is.  Saturday, one of my friends reported doing a 24 miler – SIX weeks out from the NYC Marathon on 11/1.  Another friend said he was following the Hal Higdon book, but decided to add mileage to his long runs, because he was worried they weren’t more » Read more

The Flying Nun: Sr. Marion Irvine and the 1984 Olympic Trials

When you think of the Olympic Trials, you probably don’t picture a fifty-something nun lining up on the starting line, yet in the first U.S. Women’s Olympic Marathon Trials in 1984, there was Sister Marion Irvine anxiously awaiting the gun in the crowd with Joan Benoit Samuelson and other younger – much younger – speedsters. “There was the grey of the overcast skies and the hair of 54-year old Sister more » Read more

Reviewing the Extend Nutrition Bar

A couple of weeks ago I agreed to try some energy bars and report back on my findings. We here at Salty Running were interested in these bars, because like the GenUCan products, these bars claim to provide a stable release of carbs that won’t cause a sugar crash. If nothing else, it’s always good to know what products are out there besides the ones that seem to be best more » Read more

Airbnb and the NYC Marathon: Is Airbnb Out to Hurt Runners?

Before I go any further, I just want to say that I love Airbnb. Any time I travel, they’re my go-to site for accommodations. I’ve used it to stay in the bustling center of Sao Paulo, as a triathlon home base a block from San Francisco Bay, and as a weekend getaway in the Adirondack foothills all at a fraction of the cost of traditional hotels or resorts. Even more than that, I more » Read more

Caper’s Training Log — Week Ending 9.13.15

I hit a personal record of 76 miles during Week 13 of training for the NYC Marathon! I have been diligent about keeping up with strength work and recovery, and feel better than I expected. Reaching my 2015 goal of an 80 mile week before the taper is in sight; here’s hoping I can stay strong and injury free to reach it.  Here’s how the week went: Monday 9/7:  8.8 more » Read more

5 Signs You’re Too Nice to Race Like a B*!@#

A couple months ago when I was sidelined by an injury and couldn’t run, much less race, I voiced some of my frustrations to a friend. I was trying to explain how running is one of the few things in life that I do solely for me–an area where I can focus on myself and my goals and give that annoying overly-competitive part of me an acceptable outlet. But it more » Read more