Author Elizabeth Clor on Overcoming Mental Barriers to BQ

Are you a runner who, despite running marathon after marathon has struggled to qualify for Boston? Perhaps you’ve been plagued by one injury after another? Have you become fixated on the amount calories burned on the treadmill? Or have you been so hung up on race times that when conditions have not been right you have lacked the confidence to execute what your training has prepared you for? If you can relate to any more » Read more

Get Off the Track to Get Faster

Earlier this summer when I went to the track to do a workout, but when I got there it was closed due to construction. Already lacking motivation for the workout in the blistering heat, I drove back to my house because driving around to the other tracks would have zapped whatever mojo I had left. Back at home, I improvised. I quickly logged into Garmin and made an automatic workout more » Read more

Readers Roundtable: Do You Buy Race Photos?

With the exception of this year’s Flying Pig, where the photos simply do not capture just how completely food poisoning ruined my life that day (long story), I always wind up throwing down for pictures of each season’s A-race. I never really thought too hard about it until a recent chat with Poppy. She told me she bought race photos only once as a gift for her parents. For someone who’s been more » Read more

Foggy in Philly: An RnR Half Marathon Race Recap

My goal race for the late summer was the Rock ‘n’ Roll Philadelphia Half Marathon on September 17. I’ve done this race two times before; the first time in 2002 and the second time in 2013, so I know very well how fast the course can be. Additionally, Philly is relatively close to us, so it’s an easy trip to make for a great race event. I thought it was more » Read more

‘Tis the Season for Cross Country Racing

Despite the occasional 90 degree day here in Boston, it’s starting to feel like fall. Longer nights, cooler mornings, and the scent of decaying leaves make me think of one thing: cross country. Like many people who started running in high school, cross country was my first exposure to the sport of running. The sounds and smells of fall invariably bring me back to that first exhilarating season, toeing the line more » Read more

Let’s Call This a Comeback

I raced a 5k last Sunday, two years since my last solid race, two years since I felt strong and capable and fit, two years since a race was exhilarating rather than inspiring mixed emotions. During these years, my attitude has ranged from hating running, to missing running desperately, to complete indifference. Many of my friends and family don’t understand why I care so much about running or even why I more » Read more

Surviving the Marathon Training Gauntlet

“Just four more weeks and I’ll be on the start line, and I won’t feel this bad!” I said to myself once a minute during every run last week. But four weeks is a long time and I am so so tired. There are some days, even a week or two stretch during the throes of training that make me want to chuck my trainers into Green Lake and call it a more » Read more

Cryotherapy for Runners: Needless Torture or Panacea?

Last week, Cinnamon explained how ice baths can impede the adaptation process our bodies go through after hard training. However, there are some circumstances when the benefits of cold therapy like ice baths, spot-icing, or cryotherapy may be worth the trade-offs. While the evidence suggests cold does not actually improve recovery, it may reduce post-workout pain and make a runner feel more recovered. The evidence is not clear whether this is simply a more » Read more

Falling In Love with the Process: My Erie Marathon Race Report

I’m a firstborn. As a firstborn, we tend to be stubborn know-it-alls. I find it hard to listen to instructions, from putting together furniture to someone explaining how to play a board game. I always assume I’ll figure it out. Most of the time I eventually figure things out, but it often takes longer than necessary and this time is filled with one too many cuss words. This trait goes against all of more » Read more

North: The Brecksville Dip

“It’s the middle of the [race], when the excitement of the starting gun is a dim memory, and the joy of the finish line is a distant dream.” – Seth Godin They all knew it was coming. After nailing season or personal bests in every race so far this season, the North girls knew the Dip lay ahead and their streaks were likely coming to an end on the hills more » Read more

Supplements, Doping, and You: What the Average Runner Needs to Know about Dope

When Olympic swimmer Lilly King waved her finger at a camera and accused Russian competitor Yulia Efimova of doping, it inspired conversations about how athletes respond to negative allegations against competitors, but also how exactly it was that Efimova allegedly doped. Most recently, she, along with fellow Russian tennis player Maria Sharapova and others, tested positive for the heart medication melodonium, prescribed to them by doctors. Efimova’s ban for this, her second offense, more » Read more

To Race Well, You Need to Get Real: My Stanky Creek 25k Race Report

The story behind my Stanky Creek 25k race is much longer and, frankly, more important than the actual race itself. For the most part, the hardest part of a race isn’t the actual race: it’s the months or years of training that lead up to it. But since I started running, and possibly with the exception of my very first marathon and 50 miler, I have struggled with meeting my more » Read more

How Yoga Can Actually Help Your Running

When it comes to yoga, I’m a streaker. Wait, that didn’t come out right. What I mean to say is that I tend to attend a bunch of yoga classes all at once, usually during a break from running, and then attend sporadically when my training ramps back up. Balance, you know. I love yoga (yes, not all of us here at Salty Running hate it). I love it for the more » Read more

Readers Roundtable: Racing and Watches

Watches and racing. It seems like something so simple, but deciding whether to wear one, which one to wear, and what setting to put it on if you choose one with multiple settings can be a maddening process! As my husband prepped his race-day gear for his annual half marathon this weekend, he asked me what watch he should wear. We looked at the old Garmin, the new Garmin, the more » Read more

When It Comes to Running, What Is Easy?

Easy runs aren’t the sexiest topic. They don’t generally impress anyone. There’s no ego boost when you jump off the treadmill having never clicked the accelerate button more than a couple of times. Heck, sometimes you hardly break a sweat. The worst is when you’re behaving and running really easy and some dude comes up behind you breathing loudly and slobbering with his feet slapping on the ground as he passes you more » Read more