What Are Junk Miles?

Whether we run 100 mile weeks or 35 mile weeks, we run a lot and when we run we believe that every mile, in fact every step, is in furtherance of our goal to become faster. Is it possible that some of the miles we run are doing us no good or worse, *gasp* making us slower? Could you, yes YOU, be logging junk miles? If you’ve read enough about running more » Read more

Pre-race Rituals

Recently I heard someone mention pre-race rituals. I got to thinking about them. At first I did not think I had any pre-race rituals. After all I am not superstitious. I do not cross myself or even pray at the starting line. I do not have anything lucky that I must wear such as a special pair of underwear, a hat, gloves, or socks. I do not carry a rabbit’s more » Read more

The Marathon That Wasn’t: Mint’s Chicago Marathon Race Report

Race reports are so easy to write when you have a big win, hit a PR, have a great race. The crappy ones?  Not so much.  Those are a lot harder to document, to rehash, to reflect upon.  But, alas, they are important parts of the journey too.  And it really is all about the journey. When I started running marathons almost ten years ago, a more seasoned running friend more » Read more

Basil’s Training Log – 10.26.14

The last two weeks have been tough both from a life and training standpoint, but things are looking up on all fronts. The longer I go without being able to run the more aware I become of how much I rely on running to help me deal with anxiety and relieve stress. I’ve missed it so much in the past five weeks, and it will take a good deal of more » Read more

Coriander’s Oil Creek 100K Race Report

Two years ago, I was a pretty inexperienced ultra runner. I had done a handful of 50K’s, one 50-miler and was supposed to run my first 100K (62 miles) at Oil Creek in Pennsylvania the second weekend of October. My training leading up to it was kind of a joke. I had done a few 20+ long runs and PR’ed the Akron Marathon. The week before Oil Creek, I decided more » Read more

Going Big: Jasmine’s Columbus Marathon Race Report

The Columbus Marathon was one of those days where everything came together. Before I go any further, I have to say: thank you to everyone who sets a good example, sets the bar high, and encourages [formerly] relativity average runners like me to work for big dreams. I will never be as fast as many of you, but you inspire me to work really hard to try to be as more » Read more

Quieting the Quakes: How to Deal with Pre-Race Anxiety

Recently I ran my fall goal race, the Cambridge Oktoberfest 5K, and I experienced a full-blown case of pre-race anxiety.  Starting about a week before the race, every time I thought about it I felt sweaty and sick to my stomach.  Though I always feel somewhat anxious in the days leading up to a race, this race lead-up was particularly bad because for the first time I was racing with more » Read more

Salty Book Reviews: 80/20 Running and Build Your Running Body

Running and reading are two of my passions, and reading about running makes me one happy Salty!  My two latest reads are 80/20 Running by Matt Fitzgerald and Build Your Running Body by Pete Magill, Thomas Schwartz, and Melissa Breyer; both are well worth your time (and money if you buy them). Here’s a sneak peak and short review of each one, just to whet your reading appetite. 80/20 Running more » Read more

Beware of Cars: Blue Ox Marathon Recap

I wasn’t sure if I should write a recap of the Bemidji Blue Ox Marathon that I ran on Saturday. As a general rule, I like to keep things positive when it comes to racing, and I usually try to stick to the “if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all” mantra.  But I also think it is important that I am honest about my more » Read more