Treadmill Tip of the Week: Build Mental Strength with the ‘Mill

As I sit here writing this article, it is -20ºC (-4ºF) outside. This is normal for Canadian winters. There is part of me that thinks it’s more hardcore to go outside, but there’s a much bigger part of me that wants to stick to the treadmill. It’s probably smarter to stay inside. After all, there was that one time I ran a half marathon in -35ºC with the windchill and got frostbite. Sure more » Read more

A Mantra for Every Runner

Here at Salty Running, whether trying to break five hours or qualify for the Olympic Trials, we’re always looking for an extra edge in our training and racing. Many of us already use mantras. I have been using them in my training and racing since I was in college. Mantras are definitely not just for yoga or self help cassette tapes anymore. Originally grounded in Hinduism and Buddhism, mantras are either a more » Read more

5 Fun Challenges to Improve Your Running Mind

Everyone knows there are no shortcuts to running success, or at least they should by now. If we want to race our best, we have to work hard training our bodies and our minds. When it comes to mental training, most of us think of things like visualization exercises and mantras. These are great, but they get boring. I want a way to train my running brain that’s fun and effective! I was inspired more » Read more

On the 1st day of Christmas Running Gave to Me: a Ton of Dirty Laundry

It’s time for one of our favorite features of the year: Our Twelve Days of Christmas!  Leading up to our holiday break from regular posting (December 24 – January 2), some of us Saltines will be sharing our personal stories about what running has given us. You can check out last year’s series here.  Housework is usually far down the list of “things I want to be doing right now”. 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

When Your Running Identity Changes

Lately, I have been struggling with accepting and publicizing that I am really only running because I don’t want to have to purchase a new wardrobe. I have been mostly silent about it here, but since starting my career in academia, running has quickly become a different part of my identity. Ultrarunning, at least for now, has become a less salient part of who I am, in identity development terms. “Cilantro the more » Read more

Running Goals & Positive Manifestation

Approximately one year ago I decided I needed a major change. I was feeling very dissatisfied with many aspects of my life. I hated my job. I enjoyed my city, but I was no longer feeling fulfilled there. My roommate was less than desirable. I was tired of dating men who didn’t take me seriously at all. Even my running goals were stagnating. One night when I was feeling particularly anxious, I more » Read more

Advice to My Teenaged Runner Self: Fixed vs. Growth Mindset

Pick any classic New England fall Saturday between 1988 and 1997: cold, crisp air, blazing foliage, the smell of woodsmoke, and a mass of nervous teenage girls in polyester singlets that never lose their funk, standing twitchily behind a chalk line on a muddy field. I stand with the few other girls on my cross-country team, hopping from foot to foot and trying to ignore the dread roiling my stomach. more » Read more

Visualize Your Way to Success

I ran the Olympic Trials marathon course dozens of times before I ever made it to LA. The repetitive loops, the water stop navigation, the turns through the University of Southern California, the elation of the finish. I ran it all in my mind—never having taken a step on the streets. On race day, my mind was as prepared to handle the grueling 26.2 miles as my legs. Visualization is more » Read more

Feeling Like a Fraud: Imposter Syndrome and Running

Yesterday, on my way out of the gym, I held the door for another woman who was also on her way out. “Thank you!” she said,  “And by the way, you run REALLY fast!” I didn’t know how to respond so I nervously laughed and said, “Oh! Thanks, but–” She interrupted, “I saw you run 7.5 on the treadmill and I think I would blackout if I ran that fast!” more » Read more

Mile Training: Spend Time on Speed

Speed-work: we do it to train for every race distance. It’s our chance to practice running at our target race pace, taking on the challenge in small pieces before stringing it together into a race on our big day. I thought I had plenty of experience with hard speed workouts training for the 5K and the10K, but I was completely unprepared for mile race speed-work. For mile training, speed work more » Read more

On Making Comparisons: Your Mileage May Vary

This week, I posted my first training log with a little bit of hesitation. You might look at my training and think it’s a lot. But sadly, I look at it and think it doesn’t compare to what my peers are doing. It’s the Internet’s fault. I’ll be scrolling through other runners’ Twitter, Instagram, or blogs and suddenly come across posts/photos/workouts that make me feel really bad about myself. How can more » Read more

The Mindful Competitive Runner

The mindfulness movement has been around for ages, but it’s only recently that it’s made its way into the mainstream. Mindfulness is defined as intentional awareness, or intentionally paying attention to the environment around you. It involves observing your environment through the five senses and more importantly, not judging the thoughts and feelings as good or bad as they occur. Instead of reacting to a thought or feeling, we learn through mindfulness to more » Read more

Are You Sabotaging Yourself with Race Day Woes?

I recently found myself standing on the starting line of the 44th annual Portland Marathon. Along the journey to that moment, I did all the right things. I signed up with a coach and followed her workouts to a tee. I pushed myself to hit paces in my workouts that I used to think were unreachable. I believed I was capable of running a 3:25 marathon, which would be a ten minute PR. more » Read more

Why The Pros Are Pros and How YOU Can Learn to Think Like One

Professional athletes have to handle immense amounts of pressure and stress. In fact, at the most recent Track and Field World Championships in Beijing, many American athletes with high expectations didn’t fair as well as they had originally planned. In particular, Molly Huddle had arguably the biggest heartbreak in the 10,000 meters after she failed to run through the finish line thus allowing fellow American Emily Infeld to nab the more » Read more