Race Report: 37th Annual Utica Boilermaker 15K

Threats of lightning and hail couldn’t keep me and 17,000 runners down this Sunday as I ran the 37th annual Utica Boilermaker 15K race. It was my second time running, and I couldn’t have been more pleased with the experience. Maybe I’m just still reeling from my runner’s high, but I think it might go up there as my favorite race to date! If you’ve never heard of The Boilermaker, more » Read more

Shuffling Schedules for Busy Runners

I get it. You’re busy, like can’t-take-a-shower, did-I-brush-my-teeth busy. Or, maybe all you are busy with is healing after an illness or injury. Whatever the case, missing runs during a training cycle is normal and expected, but how does one re-arrange his or her schedule to retain fitness? How long is too long to take off before giving up your goals? Is it possible or advisable to make up these more » Read more

Ask-A-Salty: Should I Ask My Friends to be Spectators?

We recently received a question from Jess, who is ready to race her first Ironman very soon!  (Major kudos to you!)  She has a very supportive spouse who has been with her every step of the way and plans to be there for every minute of the race.  She is wondering if she should also enlist the support of her other friends to help her through the day.  Here’s her more » Read more

Coriander’s Mohican 100 Race Report

It was nearing 4 a.m. on June 21st and I was ready to go: shoes on, bug spray and body glide applied, watches set, pack filled. All I had to do was get out of the chair, hop in the car, drive the 10 minutes to the start line and run for the next 24-25 hours or so. That was it. “Are you OK?” my friend, Erin, asked me. “I more » Read more

Basil’s Her Tern Half Marathon Race Report

It was a no excuses kind of day.  Partly cloudy, 55 degrees, no injuries or niggles to contend with, and I’d even had a decent night of sleep. Still, I was convinced that when I lined up for the Her Tern Half Marathon, I’d be putting myself through a hundred minutes of pain (or more) with zero chance of a PR. I felt under trained for the distance–a feeling my more » Read more

When Easy’s Not Easy, Make Your Easy Runs More Fun!

Easy running can be boring and tedious. I want to go faster! I have things to do and sometimes running slowly makes me think of all that other stuff – laundry, grocery lists, figuring out what the smell is in the fridge…  And when I snap back to reality I tend to find that I’ve slowed to a near-crawl.  It’s always hard for me to keep a consistent speed, but when more » Read more

Five 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

Goal-Setting Alternatives to Time- and Mileage-focused Objectives

On Tuesday, Lemongrass discussed SMART goal making, and this got me thinking about goals. Chances are that if you are a runner, you, like me, have some specific goal numbers in your mind. I’d bet serious money than many of those numbers end in :59  or are a nice round integer like 30, 45,  or (gasp) 100 for the week. There’s always that one special number with that cruel .2 dangling off the back. more » Read more