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

More than Lipstick: How Avon Brought the Women’s Marathon to the Olympics

Early last Sunday morning, we huddled around our computers and TVs to spectate the ultimate in women’s running: the 2016 Olympic Marathon. We watched amazing athletes from across the globe run 26.2 miles at paces many of us can’t even hold for one. The race culminated with a stunning finish, Kenyan Jemima Sumgong crushing Bahrain’s Eunice Kirwa with her finishing kick. In the team showings, for the first time ever, three members more » Read more

Pete Pfitzinger Marathon Training Plans

You did it!! You just signed up for your (1st, 10th, 147th) marathon. Once you hit submit for your online registration and receive that confirmation email, it’s final. Sometimes we sign up for races a long way out and other times we sign up the week of. Regardless of how far out, some form of training plan is suggested. It’s kind of hard to wing 26.2 miles. NOW WHAT?! Naturally, running comes more » Read more

Saved by the Marathon

My watch beeped. Glancing down, I realized I had passed mile 23, that this was the farthest I’d ever run. Tears streamed down my face as I realized, “Oh my God. I’m doing this. It’s happening. I’m actually doing this thing!” My path to this place, my first marathon, had been a rocky one. Two weeks earlier I had been sitting in the office a rehab facility, listening to a counselor say I more » Read more

So You Want to Run a Canadian Marathon, eh?

Happy Canada Day Eve, Saltines, and Happy early 149th birthday, Canada! As Canada’s southern neighbours, some of you may have considered running a marathon in the True North. As the Canadian voice of Salty Running, I wanted to commemorate Canada’s birthday by counting down six of the most eh-mazing 42.2 kilometre races. A Mari Usque Ad Mare (Canada’s national motto, “from sea to sea”), these races will give you a taste of different more » Read more

The Case for Moderate Mileage Marathon Training

The term “High Mileage” means different things to different runners. For a long time I thought I was doing oh-so-much training, until social media made me realize I really was doing far less than others I knew. I’ve talked about it before, but a majority of my success has been achieved by running and training at a level many people would consider low/moderate. That made me wonder what high mileage actually more » Read more

Pimento’s 2016 Newport Marathon Race Report: Slaying the Mental Beast

It’s been a long time coming, but I finally slayed the marathon mental beast. Before we get to that, let’s back up a little bit. After my NYC Marathon debacle in the fall, I decided I needed to reevaluate and come up with a plan for actually making progress toward my 3:10 goal. First, I enlisted the help of my running dad, Lonn, and asked him to coach me. Second, I more » Read more

Factors That Affect Your Marathon Training Mileage

You did it! You registered for a marathon! Whether it’s your first or your 50th, the next step is usually formulating a plan of how you are going to get to the start and finish lines. Enter the training plan creation stage or, if you have a coach, the conversation about how things are going to look for the next few months. Even if you are a veteran marathoner, each training cycle more » Read more

Marathon Taper Guilt

Me: “After Boston, I’m going to get in shape.” My husband: “You do know how ridiculous that statement is, right?” Me: “Yes. But I mean it.” My husband: “Ok, as long as you’re aware.” It happens every time during my marathon taper. Every. Time. Let’s rewind for a moment though. There you are a few months ago, staring at your computer screen, credit card clutched in your hand, you double more » Read more

Catnip’s Glass City Marathon Report or Why You Shouldn’t Run A Marathon That Passes Your House at Mile 20

Long story short: my Glass City Marathon finish time of 3:03:07 is disappointing, nowhere close to my 2:50 goal. Even worse, I enjoyed only a handful of the 26.2 miles I raced. However, even just a couple minutes after finishing, I started to feel pretty happy about the whole thing: I faced failure, dueled with the DNF devil and chose to keep working. Now for the long story. Winter training pointed to marathon more » Read more

Who Are the People Running Marathons?

Nearly five years ago, I ran my first and only marathon. In spite of having run regularly for most of my life, training for that marathon proved to be a huge challenge! Each and every long run beat me up, I was exhausted, and I got injured. I made it through the race, but just barely. At the time, and even years later, I chalked my difficulties up to being more » Read more

Running Archaeology: Analyzing a Training Cycle

Here at Salty many of our writers publish our training logs for everyone to see. We may not put every detail in them, but it allows other Salties and you to get a better idea of how we train. One of the beneficial aspects of keeping training logs is being able to look back at a training cycle to compare workout paces, long run progressions, mileage consistency, and how you felt more » Read more

5 Last Minute Tips for the Boston Marathon

The Boston Marathon is on Monday. I repeat: the Boston Marathon is on Monday. Now is not the time to cram in last-minute training or change all your plans. However, maybe you’re waiting to hop on a plane to Boston and killing a few minutes at work because you can’t concentrate on anything other than the big race. In that case, now is a good time for a quick refresher, along more » Read more

Forget About Mile 20: Hitting the Marathon Training Wall

Week one of my marathon training cycle, I remember it like it was yesterday. Picture my fresh legs, big dreams, and heart full of joy and happiness. I couldn’t wait to get started on my path to dominate my next marathon, so I started my training a day early. As I looked ahead on my training calendar, eighteen weeks seemed like an eternity. Naturally, the mileage and big workouts deep more » Read more

Molly Stout is Chasing Down a PR in Boston

It’s been two years since Molly Stout last crossed the finish line on Boylston Street. The 33-year-old will be running her 20th marathon at the 120th Boston Marathon. She’s been running for many years, steadily dropping her marathon time by more than an hour, and is coming off a big PR of 3:14 at the 2015 Philadelphia Marathon. Molly’s life revolves around running and healthy living. By day, she works more » Read more