Should You Do a Workout in a Race?

The perfect race scenario goes something like this: You’re in the middle or at the end of a hard, satisfying training cycle. You’ve had this race on the calendar for a while and now you’re rested up and ready to go. The weather forecast looks great, and you’re prepared to leave it all out on the course, experience a little race day magic, and nail a huge PR.  A lot more » Read more

I Raced up a Mountain and I Liked It

Last year Steve Taylor, founder of the Collegiate Running Association and head coach of the Richmond Spiders track and cross-country team, invited me to race a 10k that his organization was helping to put on. Sounds simple enough, right? Six point two miles ain’t no thang. Then he told me the important part: the 10k is a mountain 10k, which means you have to run that six point two miles straight up more » Read more

The Brain Freezer 5k: Cayenne’s Ice Cream Race Report!

This past weekend I participated in the Brain Freezer 5k in Burlington, Vermont. This race is unique in that it requires participants to run half of the race, roughly 1.55 miles, eat a pint of ice cream, then run the rest of the way back. That’s right, an ice cream race! You may wonder why a runner with a sub-three-hour marathon goal would choose to do something silly like an more » Read more

The Mind of the Anxious Runner when Choosing a Fall Race

It’s time, again, to choose your fall goal race. Ok, unless your a super-procrastinator like I am, you’ve probably already picked your fall goal race. Why does fall race season bring out the worst in my procrastinating self? Maybe it’s because it’s the perfect racing season, reminiscent of cross-country for those of us who ran in high school or college, and it rewards us with crisp air and pretty leaves  after training through more » Read more

What We Want You to Say to Us When We’ve Had a Bad Race

Have you ever raced with a friend who ended the race feeling horribly disappointed about her performance? It’s the worst. What do you say? What can you do to help her feel better? In the moment, when witnessing your friend experience the crushing feeling of defeat, it’s hard to know what to say or do, even though you know the pain she is feeling and have almost certainly felt it more » Read more

Keep Moving Forward: Pumpkin’s Fargo Marathon Race Report

I’ve been dragging my feet about writing this race report because it feels like I’m about to pen an insane twist-ending to a story that has read somewhat predictably up to this point. If you’ve been following my training logs, you already know that I had an incredible training cycle and felt like I was responding very well to Hanson’s Marathon Method. Over 18 weeks I ran mileage far exceeding anything 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

Paprika’s Bloomsday 12k Recap

There’s no denying it; Bloomsday is one of my favorite road races of the year. I look forward to hurtling my body up and down the rolling hills of the city of Spokane all in an effort to place among the top national and international competition. It’s a tough course for those who don’t shy away from hills with grades that peak to 6.5%. It’s not just the course that more » Read more

Poppy’s 2016 Broad Street 10 Miler Race Report

On Sunday I ran the Broad Street 10 Mile race in Philadelphia. After how well my 10k on the track went a couple of weeks ago, my expectations were high for this one. I haven’t run this race since 2003, but I’ve been down here to spectate the hubs twice in the past four years, both times while pregnant. I knew this can be a fast race if you get good weather and good competition. more » Read more

Spearmint’s USATF Half Marathon Championship Race Report

As most of you probably know, a bunch of us Salties headed to Columbus, Ohio for the Cap City Half Marathon, host of the US half marathon champs, but only one of us was there to race it! This half was a key race for me, but it fell mid-segment so I went in with very little confidence that I would knock it out of the park. My legs felt really more » Read more

On the Suckiness of Post-Marathon Slumps Even When You Expect Them

While many of the other women who competed along side me last February at the Olympic Marathon Trials raced their first big races after L.A. this weekend, I did not. In fact, I don’t think I could race right now if someone paid me. After every marathon, whether race day goes well or poorly, I end up in a slump. I excitedly stuff my face with every baked creation imaginable and that’s fun more » Read more

Reader’s Roundtable: What’s Your Half Marathon Race Strategy?

Congratulations to Tara Welling and Christo Landry, the 2016 USA Half Marathon Champions! Not only was the Half Marathon Championship race thrilling to witness, but it was also an ideal place to learn strategies for racing half marathons from the country’s top distance runners. Of course, within a large group of athletes there were many different schools of thought. For winner Tara Welling, since it was only her second half ever and more » Read more

2016 USATF Half Marathon Championship: Recap City

Many of the athletes who traveled to Columbus for the 2016 USATF Half Marathon Championships came to run their first big race after the Olympic Marathon Trials in L.A. Many of those runners, disappointed by the race conditions, the extended recovery time they needed because of those conditions, and what they felt was sub-par treatment by the Trials host race, were unsure what to expect from the Ohio Health Capital City Half. more » Read more

Back on the Track! Poppy’s Bucknell Outdoor Classic 10k Race Report!

In college I raced the 10k for Bucknell all four of my undergraduate years. However, since we didn’t have any home meets with a 10k race, this past Saturday, almost 16 years after I graduated, was the first time I raced a 10k on the Bucknell track. I’ve been looking forward to this moment since a few years ago when we moved back to Lewisburg, PA, the home of my more » Read more

Gearing up for My First National Championship Half!

The past few months I’ve been buried under miles and Clif Bars in preparation for my next race, which I am super excited about! On April 30th, I’m racing in my first U.S.A. Half Marathon Championship at the Cap City Half in Columbus! I began my training cycle for this race in early February, but a couple of weeks into it and it became clear that something was off. I had little aches more » Read more