TED for Runners: Make Prerace Anxiety Your Friend

Over the winter, I discovered the joy of watching TED talks while getting in my treadmill miles. Almost every time I watched one I’d think darn, this applies to running! I should write a post about this! So guess what. I am. In this new occasional series, I’ll be bringing you a TED talk and will discuss how to apply the message of the talk to your running. Our first talk is more » Read more

Jasmine’s Pittsburgh Race Plan

Wednesday night was time to put together a race plan. Unlike last time, I just didn’t have enough training data to do it with all that much confidence, but I took my best shot. Race conditions look like they will be 52-deg start and a 63 deg finish, dry and sunny. With warm race conditions and a fair training cycle, I reduced the original target of sub 2:55 to 2:58:30. My more » Read more

Jasmine 4 Days Out from Pittsburgh!

See that. That’s my serious Ethiopian face. We just opened the Ethiopian coffee at my office last week. I might not drink coffee, but it helped get me back into the badass running spirit. Sunday is the Pittsburgh Marathon. The elite lineup was sent out on Wednesday and, well, it was exciting and terrifying. I’m seeded eleventh behind the Kenyans, Ethiopians, last year’s winner, and a bunch of women who more » Read more

A Master Class on Competition

When we think of competition in running what do we think of? Tactics meant to outwit or demoralize an opponent? Elbows flying at the start of a track race? Fist pumping in triumph as a winner passes a despondent loser? Competition means one person basks in the thrill of victory, while another experiences the agony of defeat. Right? Despite these widespread views about competition, the word itself comes from a more » Read more

Dear Boston, It’s Not You, It’s Me.

Five. That’s how many times Meb stopped to lose his lunch before he reached the storied Boylston finish line. I suppose I should be grateful, then, that my stomach never followed through on its threats to hurl my Honey Stingers. I know that Boston is a privilege–one for which so many mid-packers like me fight tremendously hard. What I didn’t know was that my fight wasn’t over, that it would more » Read more

Reader’s Roundtable: What’s Your Favorite Race Distance?

Here on Salty Running, our bloggers run a wide range of races. From short stuff on the track to 100 miles or more, we cover all the popular race distances! This week, as spring racing season peaks, we’ll be bringing you several race reports, prerace jitters and lots and lots of racing talk! So, naturally, our Readers Roundtable this week asks you about your race preferences. Specifically, we want to know what your favorite race distance more » Read more

Fandom and Our Obsession with Winning

Marathon season recently kicked off with the granddaddy of them all, Boston. For me and many of you, watching this race is no different than watching the World Series or the Super Bowl. Come to think of it, it is our World Series and Super Bowl. So it’s hard not to feel a little down when your team comes oh so close to winning but falls off at the end. All more » Read more

Racing Superstitions: What’s Luck Got to Do with It?

Luck. Juju. Magic. We runners tend to be a ritualistic bunch. Chances are that your race day essentials include not only safety pins and Bodyglide, but some kind of lucky charm, whether it’s a part of your outfit, a particular pre-race tradition or just a talisman you have on hand. A little pre-race superstition never hurt anyone, right? Sassafras and I have teamed up this week to discuss the use more » Read more

5 Ways to Ensure Your Race is an #epicfail

Race day nerves are just part of the drill, right?  In the days before a big race, adrenaline buzzes around your body, hopefully surging at the right time to bring you home to a PR.  But what happens if you use that adrenaline unwisely, by going out too fast in the first couple miles?  Or what if that adrenaline misfires even before the gun goes off, or worse, before you more » Read more

Beginners Guide to Choosing a Goal Race

Whether it’s your very first race or simply a distance you’ve never raced before, the primary goal of any beginner runner should be crossing the finish line intact.  As a beginner myself, I know just finishing that first distance race is a hard concept to swallow; all I was thinking during my first 5k was, “Am I there yet? What’s my time?”  What I wasn’t thinking about was that, in more » Read more

#RunningLikeaGirl Isn’t Always Pretty

I love getting that email notification telling me my race photos are in. Surely this time I will look like the powerful lithe running goddess I am, I think to myself! And then I click on the link and sink further in despair as the slideshow proceeds. My hopeful thoughts quickly turn to self-loathing. Do I really look that manly? Why is that stuff flapping over there? Do those shorts even more » Read more

Learn to Race Your Best 5k!

Though a long-time runner, I am somewhat of a newbie racer.  Nearly a year into my tenure as a competitive local road racer, I still find myself learning things about how to race the 5K, my distance of choice, every single time I do it. Yes, I wrote “learning how to race.” For, much to my surprise, it turns out racing a distance is not only about bolting at the more » Read more

Should You Use a Race as Your Long Run?

During the last weeks of 2014, without any goal races on the horizon, I started getting comfortable with 5-6 mile runs, and the thought of going longer seemed awful.  I found myself really struggling to do long runs!  But it’s a new year, and my first goal race of 2015 is the New Orleans 70.3, a half Ironman, so I know I have to somehow get out of my funk more » Read more

The One Sentence You Should Never Say About Your Race

I don’t know many people who don’t enjoy recapping their race experience. Whether it’s a local 5k or a major marathon, don’t we all love to give the play-by-play on the group cool-down, in our training logs or in a formal race report? Even when things don’t go as well as we hoped we like to do a postmortem to figure out what we did wrong and when things go more » Read more

Adventures in Pacing!

They’re at every big half and full marathon, carrying their signs for many, many miles and helping innumerable runners achieve their big goals. But have you ever stopped to wonder what the pacers you follow in races are thinking or doing?  Have you ever thought about being a pacer yourself? I recently had my first opportunity to pace the 2:00 group at the Madison Half Marathon and it was a great more » Read more