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

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

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

Go Big or Go Home

They say, “Go big or go home.” Four days out from my goal marathon – the one I hope to go from a solid mid-packer to a sub-three marathoner, the one for which I ran multiple 80 mile weeks and way too many miles at 6:52 pace – it’s too late to go home. So, all I can do is go big.  Of course, when you go big, even when more » Read more

Running for Innocence

Fall marathon season, with its legion of charity-linked races and runners, reminds us of an important role running has assumed for many Americans – a vehicle through which to support meaningful causes.  Recently, I caught up with Lisa Kavanaugh, an avid runner and Boston-area trial and appellate lawyer, who is using her life-long love of running to support one of her other passions in life: her work with the CPCS more » Read more

The Difference Between Running and Racing a Marathon

My coach is fond of saying that I have only raced a few marathons. What, you may ask, was I doing the other 20-some times I toed the marathon line? According to Coach I was just running. Is there really a difference between running and racing a marathon? I think so. I know countless great runners who do not race their marathons; they run a few marathons year after year more » Read more

How Not to Run a Marathon Infographic

Hey Salty Runners! Recently the folks at Pro-Form (the treadmill company) contacted us and asked us to share an infographic of theirs with you.  We get a lot of requests for sponsored posts and turn most of them away because we think their products aren’t relevant to you, our audience, or because they don’t want us to tell you they’re sponsored (what are they hiding?).  So why are we running more » Read more

Weight, What? Gaining Weight During Marathon Training

Did you know that when training for a distance race it’s extremely common, if not expected, for a runner to gain weight? If you’re anything like me, the goal of losing pounds in the name of getting down to race weight may often entice you to lace up your sneakers. But now, a few weeks of solid training have come and gone, and those mocking, digitized numbers on the scale more » Read more

Marathon Mania is Setting In

[Editor’s Note: Mint wrote this a week ago, and she’s running her marathon as you read this. Go, Mint, go!] It’s true.  I am checking weather forecasts, race time predictors and pace charts.  I am thinking about my racing shoes and my race day wardrobe.  I’ve ordered some gels and have restocked my Bodyglide supply.  It’s almost race time,  baby.  And I can’t wait. This is a very newfound feeling, which more » Read more

Navigating the No-Man’s Land of Marathon Training

When the excitement of starting a new plan wears off just as your mileage creeps steadily up, when your goal race is still too far away to feel real but your tired legs are begging for a reason to skip that tempo run–beware! You may have entered the no-man’s land of marathon training. And your motivation could be in serious danger (if it hasn’t already been snuffed out entirely). Ask more » Read more

Basil’s (First Ever!) Marathon Race Report

Once upon a time (okay, it was last weekend) in a land far, far away (Alaska, so maybe add one more “far”), there lived a neurotic red head with an audacious idea stuck in her head about running a Boston qualifying marathon. Truth be told, it was her Fairy Runmother, Salty, who got her into this mess, leading her to believe it was actually possible to progress from barely finishing more » Read more

Crafting Your Marathon Race Plan

I’m writing this on the verge of running my first marathon. As I close in on race day, it seems surreal–still just an idea in my head, a training plan on paper, a melodramatic blog post, but not an actual thing that I’ll do in real life. (I’m assuming the “feeling real” part will kick in by mile 18, if not sooner.) With tapering well underway and fewer hours spent more » Read more