The Race of My Life: Cinnamon’s NYC Marathon Report

It was a little disheartening that the taxi driver had no clue what was going on when I said “Staten Island Ferry, please!” I figured he’d just finished a shift of hauling around drunk adults in Halloween costumes, so I wasn’t very surprised. I WAS surprised when my $50 visa gift card got declined and I had a mini-panic while I tried to figure out how to get to an ATM. more » Read more

It’s More than A Goal Time: What Exactly is a Sub-3:00 Marathon?

So many times I hear runners talk about their goal time for a marathon. Having an end goal for your race is awesome! Something I realized though, is that we talk about our time goals but don’t always talk about what they actually mean. What the heck IS a sub-3:00 marathon? (When I say sub-3:00 you can substitute any goal. It’s just the example we’ve been using the last few weeks.) more » Read more

Run a Sub-3:00 Marathon in Just 4.5 Short Years

Over the past four and a half years, I have grown to love the marathon more and more. This doesn’t mean I haven’t struggled along the way, or that I have the whole marathon figured out. However, I have learned a lot through each and every training cycle. In fact, some of my best successes in races have come from looking back and pointing out what worked and what didn’t. It’s more » Read more

Do Marathons Have Personalities?

Sunday is Marathon Day here in New York City. I’ll be along 5th Avenue, under the golden fall foliage, watching about 52,000 runners will themselves through the last three miles through Central Park. It’s such a great day that connects all five of Gotham’s boroughs. On another level, the marathon itself might be perhaps a great metaphor for this city: a multinational event that’s big, expensive, and rooted in competition. This is quite more » Read more

Run a Sub-3:00 Marathon in Just 10 Short Miles a Day!

I raced the Columbus Marathon last week. Unlike last year, I didn’t get stressed out about the race. I was very, very ready (or at least I thought I was) when I showed up on the starting line. I knew it was just a matter of getting there with the right gear, a solid race plan and some good fall marathoning weather. I went after a 2:50 race, but landed on a 2:54, more » Read more

Jasmine’s Columbus Marathon (Not the Pipe Dream) Race Report

Let’s cut to the important part: 2:54:06, 12th place (yeah, this was a really competitive race). That’s a really impressive marathon from someone who two years ago was barely a 1:43 half marathon. But as much of an advance as it represents, it seems like a race that didn’t quite come together. I really thought my fitness level was better than this race. After a fantastic and flawless training season, more » Read more

Marathon Redemption! Catnip’s Columbus Marathon Report

Allow me to state the obvious: Marathons are hard. And after my back-to-back DNF marathons last fall, training for a 2015 marathon was more mentally than physically challenging. So my goal for the Columbus Marathon was to (finally) complete marathon #13 feeling strong and with a smile on my face. I asked my coach, who trained me to a sub-17 5k a few years ago, to write me a marathon plan. He crafted more » Read more

Readers Roundtable: Should I Run with a Pace Group?

Marathon taper doesn’t just mean running fewer miles, it means it’s time to hammer out all of our race day details.  The New York Marathon is my goal race and it’s just two weeks away! I’m busy hammering out my gel and hydration plan, going over my race outfit options, and making sure my legs own goal marathon pace. However, there is one question I just can’t seem to answer myself. more » Read more

My 1st 26.2! Cardamom’s Wineglass Race Report

When I was trying to decide when and where to do my first marathon, I carefully considered all the different factors. I wanted my first marathon to happen someplace special to me and to be as beginner friendly as possible. I used to live in Toronto and the marathon route goes right past my old neighborhood and all the different places that I used to work and hang out. This made more » Read more

5 Marathons to Follow This Fall

When you think of fall you probably think of pumpkins, leaves, the colors orange and brown, hay bales, and more pumpkins that beg to be spiced and placed in our food, candles, and lotions. My local taco joint joked that they are now serving pumpkin spiced tacos. It wouldn’t surprise me if someone was willing to try. I must admit, I’m a fan of the pumpkin spiced everything but there’s something more » Read more

Perfect Your Marathon Performance with a Dress Rehearsal

As we discussed on Monday, fall marathon season is upon us! Cinnamon and I are targeting PRs in New York. Jasmine, Catnip, and Ginkgo are going for it in Columbus. Ginger’s doing a little half late in the fall. Cardamom is taking on Wineglass and Sage is taking on Portland … this weekend! No matter what fall half or full you’re targeting, it’s time to get serious about getting yourself more » Read more

Readers’ Roundtable: How Long is Your Longest Training Run?

Marathon season is in full swing, and it seems like every year I hear the same braggadocio about just how long everyone’s long run is.  Saturday, one of my friends reported doing a 24 miler – SIX weeks out from the NYC Marathon on 11/1.  Another friend said he was following the Hal Higdon book, but decided to add mileage to his long runs, because he was worried they weren’t more » Read more

The Flying Nun: Sr. Marion Irvine and the 1984 Olympic Trials

When you think of the Olympic Trials, you probably don’t picture a fifty-something nun lining up on the starting line, yet in the first U.S. Women’s Olympic Marathon Trials in 1984, there was Sister Marion Irvine anxiously awaiting the gun in the crowd with Joan Benoit Samuelson and other younger – much younger – speedsters. “There was the grey of the overcast skies and the hair of 54-year old Sister more » Read more

Airbnb and the NYC Marathon: Is Airbnb Out to Hurt Runners?

Before I go any further, I just want to say that I love Airbnb. Any time I travel, they’re my go-to site for accommodations. I’ve used it to stay in the bustling center of Sao Paulo, as a triathlon home base a block from San Francisco Bay, and as a weekend getaway in the Adirondack foothills all at a fraction of the cost of traditional hotels or resorts. Even more than that, I more » Read more

Ask-a-Salty: Marathon Strategy for Carrying Gels and Hydration

And we’re back with our second installment of Ask-a-Salty: the feature where…surprise! you ask questions and we answer them for you. If you have a question you’d like to ask, check out this page! Today’s questions come from Jen P. who asks: Hi Salties! One thing I have been thinking about lately is how do many racers carry their gels?  I was curious what the Salties might have to say. more » Read more