Ask-A-Salty: Should I Ask My Friends to be Spectators?

We recently received a question from Jess, who is ready to race her first Ironman very soon!  (Major kudos to you!)  She has a very supportive spouse who has been with her every step of the way and plans to be there for every minute of the race.  She is wondering if she should also enlist the support of her other friends to help her through the day.  Here’s her more » Read more

Five Signs You’re Too Nice to Race Like a B*!@#

A couple months ago when I was sidelined by an injury and couldn’t run, much less race, I voiced some of my frustrations to a friend. I was trying to explain how running is one of the few things in life that I do solely for me–an area where I can focus on myself and my goals and give that annoying overly-competitive part of me an acceptable outlet. But it more » Read more

Fast Food: Coordinating Racing and Breastfeeding

OMG, friends! Can you believe Salty Running has been silent on the topic of boobs for almost a year now?! We are certainly overdue to break that streak! Salty’s already given us the low-down on training while breastfeeding but racing is an additional logistical challenge. How do we deal with the boobs so that baby gets his milk and mommy gets comfortable to race? Related PostsSalty’s Postpartum Running Update – 22 more » Read more

Respect the 5K

I will admit that I did not always respect the 5K. I think I did when I first started running, but recently I discovered that I had turned into a running snob. You know, one of those people who only run certain distances because anything else is beneath them. I run a 10 miler every weekend. I run marathons, half marathons, 10Ks, and blah blah blah. Any less than 3 more » Read more

4 Classic Mistakes that Sabotage our Race Performances

“If you want to win a race you have to go a little berserk.” – Bill Rodgers, former American record holder in the marathon So, I’m never going to win a large race, but I did go a little berserk last month during my most recent half marathon. By berserk, I mean I went out at 10k pace to see how long I could sustain it, in the hopes I more » Read more

A Case of the DNFs

The first race of the outdoor season brings with it excitement and worry, as it’s time for me to gear up for my main event, the 10k, which only takes place on the outdoor track. As we traveled down south for our first meet, I was excited to get a chance to run an 800m race and a 5K. On Friday, I ran a middle leg of the 4x800m relay. more » Read more

Going Stag: Do You Race Alone?

I had a conversation with Cinnamon recently about racing alone. She mentioned that, being single, she looks around at the end of races to folks reuniting with their cheering squads after the finish line and feels a little bit left out, like everyone has someone there except for her. I know she’s not alone in feeling that way and she’s also not alone in racing on her own. Loyal Salty more » Read more

Zen and the Art of Fun Running

So, remember that girl who ran the NYC Half and took a #selfie featuring an unsuspecting hot dude every mile? Don’t get us wrong, we thought that was totes creative and adorable, and we certainly salute her mad skills in the ways of taking consistently flattering action-shot selfies, but our girl Wasabi (me) has really taken it to the next level when it comes to elaborate mid-race photo shenanigans. I 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

Basil’s Fake-it-till-you-make-it Race Report

Last week, we discussed the tune-up race dilemma: what to do when your plan calls for a practice road race and there’s nary an organized run within a thousand miles.  Although Alaska provides an ideal setting for holiday card photos, the winter racing scene is unfortunately not nearly as picturesque. I’m not exaggerating when I say it’s much easier to find an actual reindeer around here than it is to more » Read more