Quieting the Quakes: How to Deal with Pre-Race Anxiety

Recently I ran my fall goal race, the Cambridge Oktoberfest 5K, and I experienced a full-blown case of pre-race anxiety.  Starting about a week before the race, every time I thought about it I felt sweaty and sick to my stomach.  Though I always feel somewhat anxious in the days leading up to a race, this race lead-up was particularly bad because for the first time I was racing with more » Read more

The Runner’s Biological Clock: Age Grading

Last week, Salty wrote a great post about how to define a PR.  This concept can become tricky when you’re an older athlete.  For some who started focused training later in life, many PRs may still lie ahead because you weren’t training or keeping track when you were younger.  However, if you ran competitively in your youth, you may never again be able to run the same absolute time over more » Read more

The Difference Between Running and Racing a Marathon

My coach is fond of saying that I have only raced a few marathons. What, you may ask, was I doing the other 20-some times I toed the marathon line? According to Coach I was just running. Is there really a difference between running and racing a marathon? I think so. I know countless great runners who do not race their marathons; they run a few marathons year after year more » Read more

Race Report: Newburyport Yankee Homecoming 5K

In my very first training log post on Salty Running, I outlined my six-month training plan, which culminated in a goal 5K road race at the end of July.  It seemed so far away at the time, especially given the state of my fitness, confidence and mindset when I wrote that post.  But here we are at the end of July, goal race day has come and gone, and I’m more » Read more

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