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

Stop the Trots! Is Imodium Safe for Runners?

Experiencing ass issues (assues) while running? You’re not alone. Go on any group run and inevitably the conversation will turn to poop. That’s because, when it comes to running, not many things give runners more anxiety than poop. Raise your hand if you’ve ever arrived at the turn-around of your favorite out-and-back route, the one with no bathrooms along the way, only to suddenly realize you HAD TO GO, suffering as you more » Read more

Readers Roundtable: Do You Study Your Goal Race’s Course?

I spent the bulk of last week in San Francisco. I had a great time running in Golden Gate Park, through Land’s End, past the Golden Gate Bridge, and more. A highlight of my trip was popping into one of our March Madness Sweet 16 stores, A Runner’s Mind, and joining their awesome community for their group run. Before we set off, resident coach Marathon Matt gave a talk on preparing more » Read more

Molly Stout is Chasing Down a PR in Boston

It’s been two years since Molly Stout last crossed the finish line on Boylston Street. The 33-year-old will be running her 20th marathon at the 120th Boston Marathon. She’s been running for many years, steadily dropping her marathon time by more than an hour, and is coming off a big PR of 3:14 at the 2015 Philadelphia Marathon. Molly’s life revolves around running and healthy living. By day, she works more » Read more

Should You Bring Your Kids to an Important Race?

Any parent with a big race on the calendar has faced the question of whether or not to leave the kids at home on the big day. On one hand, we want our kids to be a part of our lives and share in our experiences. On the other hand, we want to arrive at the starting line having had some sleep and not having to worry about whether we adequately packed more » Read more

Lacking Motivation After a Big Race? You’re Not Alone

Have you ever had this happen to you following a big race? After a few days of celebratory with drinks, burgers, and congratulations, a deep nagging feeling of, well now what? surfaces, especially if you achieved a personal best. This feeling may be exacerbated, though, if the training segment went perfectly according to plan, but the dream race didn’t come to fruition. How often are runners told to use a disappointing race more » Read more