The One Sentence You Should Never Say About Your Race

I don’t know many people who don’t enjoy recapping their race experience. Whether it’s a local 5k or a major marathon, don’t we all love to give the play-by-play on the group cool-down, in our training logs or in a formal race report? Even when things don’t go as well as we hoped we like to do a postmortem to figure out what we did wrong and when things go more » Read more

Get Faster with Swagger

In the fifteen years that I have been running, I’ve experienced a lot of different adventures. Early on, I was in love with everything about the sport. At seventeen, I started subscribing to Runner’s World and reading DyeStat every night. I wasn’t as focused on running fast times as I was with being a “runner.” To define what exactly is a runner is tough and varies in opinion but to more » Read more

Adventures in Pacing!

They’re at every big half and full marathon, carrying their signs for many, many miles and helping innumerable runners achieve their big goals. But have you ever stopped to wonder what the pacers you follow in races are thinking or doing?  Have you ever thought about being a pacer yourself? I recently had my first opportunity to pace the 2:00 group at the Madison Half Marathon and it was a great more » Read more

An Interview with Julia Webb

As many of you know from Catnip’s recent post or various other sources, Julia Webb broke the world record for 10k run “pushing a pram” at the Run Like Hell 10k in Portland, OR on October 26 by over four minutes! We were very excited to get the opportunity to talk with Julia about her recent race, running with a stroller, balancing training/parenting/working schedules and many other things! The questions more » Read more

Ask-A-Salty: Easy Run Pacing and Adjusting the Hansons’ Marathon Method

We here at Salty Running love to share our training strategies, opinions on all sorts of running stuff,  and some of the strategies we think have helped or hurt our performance as runners and we especially love it when our readers have questions about this stuff! I’ve written in my training logs a bit about the changes I made to the Hanson’s Marathon Method training plan, which brings us to Mark more » Read more

Race Result Fiascos

I don’t think it’s off base or too much of a generalization to say that as runners, we sign up for races with goals in mind. Sometimes the goal is big and public: I want to PR. I want to win. I want to qualify for Boston. And other times the goal is more personal: I want to run the whole distance. I want to finish strong. I want to more » Read more

The Plods: Overcoming a Case of Not-Quite Overtraining

A few weeks ago I was feeling very low about my running. I had a major event, an “A” race, scheduled for the 25th October and I had absolutely no desire to put on my running shoes at all.  In fact, if I was honest with myself, I had been going through the motions with my running programme for about two months up until that point, gritting my teeth and getting more » Read more

Catnip’s Double DNF Marathon Report

I’ve completed 12 marathons and countless shorter races without a single DNF. If you’re superstitious, the fact that the Columbus Marathon would have been my 13th  might appear unlucky. And attempting another the Indianapolis Monumental Marathon exactly 13 days later would appear foreboding. If you remember, my goal for the Columbus Marathon was to break 3 hours. That time goal was based on 5k and 10k races and some decent workouts. more » Read more

Winter Running Options: Our Winter Greatest Hits

Winter is not technically here, but for most of us it sure feels like it! Here in Ohio it was in the 60’s on Tuesday and now we’re down to 20’s and 30’s. Brrrrr! That means it’s time to get into winter training mode. And when I say winter training mode, I’m not just talking about breaking out the mittens and the tights. There’s so much more that goes into winter more » Read more

In the Long Run

The best is yet to come, and babe, won’t it be fine…. For many adult onset runners, this isn’t just a catchy Sinatra song. It’s the truth, backed by solid research as well as a heap of inspiring anecdotal evidence. By now, you’ve probably heard the 10 year/ 10,000 hour rule touted by researcher Dr. Anders Ericsson as the slowest but surest road to success in any one discipline–spanning the more » Read more

The Champion Mindset

A few weeks ago, I ran the Canton Fall Classic 10K and ran as well as I’ve ever run in my life. Though my time was a significant PR, and I am proud of that, the biggest breakthrough was a mental one. You see, for the first time ever in a race I “went there.” You know that place, the impossible, painful, air-sucking, muscle-burning place of exhaustion. I went there, more » Read more

Ginkgo’s First Postpartum Half Marathon

If you kept up with my posts last spring and summer, you may have realized that my world has been flipped and turned upside down as of late. Our first son, Connor, was born on June 22, 2014, and my priorities, including my running, have all changed significantly in the past couple of months. Finding time to train with a four month old isn’t exactly an easy task and functioning more » Read more

The NYC Marathon Happened and I Wasn’t There

The New York Marathon was yesterday, but I wasn’t there to celebrate finishing my first marathon, the race that I spent months preparing for. Injuries are always tough, but when an injury wrecks months of training and postpones or perhaps prevents the completion of one of your life goals it’s an extra-bitter pill to swallow. If this has happened to you, I am so sorry. We are going to get through more » Read more

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