Death Valley Days = Badwater Training Gut Check

This past weekend was the LA Marathon, and since the Clif Bar Pace Team handles the pacing chores, DB and I were out west.  What better opportunity, we thought, to add in a visit to Death Valley, and re-visit the course we’ve now played on six different times. I’ve written before about what it’s like to run in Death Valley, specifically about the time that DB and I created our more » Read more

Clove’s Big Announcement!!!

I’m going to need bottles.  Lots of them. So let’s let the cat out of the bag, and quickly.  I won’t be needing baby bottles, I’ll be needing water bottles.  Lots of them.  ‘Cause Clove’s been accepted to run BADWATER. Yes, the Badwater 135, the mysterious, storied, painful, beautiful, at times completely unfathomable, Badwater.  135 miles across Death Valley, from the lowest point in the continental US (the Badwater Basin) more » Read more

Coriander’s Oil Creek 100K Race Report

Two years ago, I was a pretty inexperienced ultra runner. I had done a handful of 50K’s, one 50-miler and was supposed to run my first 100K (62 miles) at Oil Creek in Pennsylvania the second weekend of October. My training leading up to it was kind of a joke. I had done a few 20+ long runs and PR’ed the Akron Marathon. The week before Oil Creek, I decided more » Read more

Coriander’s Mohican 100 Race Report

It was nearing 4 a.m. on June 21st and I was ready to go: shoes on, bug spray and body glide applied, watches set, pack filled. All I had to do was get out of the chair, hop in the car, drive the 10 minutes to the start line and run for the next 24-25 hours or so. That was it. “Are you OK?” my friend, Erin, asked me. “I more » Read more

Catching up with Coriander … and Scott Jurek!

I’ve been on a bit of a hiatus from Salty Running. The past few months or so have been a whirlwind, including a breakup, career change and move to a new neighborhood. And with all of that going on, I’ve still had time to run a few 50Ks (and do very well at them), train for my second 100 miler and start dating again. When I first started at my more » Read more

Coriander’s Green Jewel 50K Race Report

It took me a while to figure out what I wanted to accomplish in 2014. I had such an amazing year last year, how could I possibly top it? I set a few competitive (and maybe a little aggressive) goals for the 50K, 100 mile and 100K distances and got very selective in which races I picked. I wanted to start the season with the Green Jewel 50K, in which more » Read more

Ultra Training Has Stolen My Heart

This isn’t going to be a sappy post about how ultramarathon training is testing my limits and shows me that my body is capable of so much more than I thought it was, although it definitely has done both.  No, instead this post is about why ultramarathons are the best kind of races for a runner like me. Read: slow, kind of lazy, and injury-prone. Related PostsAll About Ultrarunning: A more » Read more

Treadmill Tip of the Week: Treadmills are for Ultrarunners Too!

There’s one place where most ultra runners refuse to run. We love our trails, hills, mud, rocks and roots. We have our favorite parks and routes where we spend our weekends running, training and getting ready for our spring races. No matter what the weather, we’re there. It makes us tougher, stronger, more prepared for whatever the longer races throw at us. But that one place we refuse to train more » Read more

Coriander’s JFK 50 Mile Race Report

My 2013 racing season has lasted a long time. I raced from March until the end of November, with just a short two-month break between my first 100 miler and last marathon. It’s been a long and exhausting season and I’ll have to admit, leading up to my last race, I was feeling a little tired and burnt out. In April, I registered for the JFK 50 Mile in Maryland. more » Read more

My First Ultra and the Last Thing on My “30 Before 30″ List!

I don’t know about you, but when 30 started creeping up on me, I made a “30 before 30″ list of things I wanted to accomplish. Wednesday, I realized that I was going to accomplish every single thing on my “30 before 30″ list with the exception on one thing: an ultra-marathon. I quickly got on the ol’ internet and discovered one more ultra in North Dakota scheduled in 2013, Bonus, more » Read more

So This Road Runner Walks into a Trail Race …

As I explained in my last post, I am taking a break from formal training and “just running.”  To make this time feel more productive I’ve given myself some goals. Of course, these are not the usual goals I’d make for my running. Instead of hitting race time targets, my to-do list looks like this: 1. Strengthen core (make core work more of a habit even if it means running more » Read more

Clove’s Secret: The Things That Running Cannot Heal

Nope, this one’s not about infertility. Those of you that follow me may have noticed that I dropped off the radar after the failed pregnancy push earlier this year.  I did exactly as planned; trained up as best I could over five weeks and ran Burning River.  There should have been a race report.  Actually, most of the race report exists, but it became too painful to finish.  I need more » Read more

Snakes on the Run

As if it’s not enough to worry about human predators while we’re running, there’s a whole other species to watch out for in summer:  snakes. Runner’s World says it’s rare to encounter snakes on a run, but the editors must be spending too much time in the city.  I’ve leapt over three on the trail in the past month alone.  In New England, where I live, we’ve had a lot more » Read more

Coriander’s Mohican 100 Race Report Part 2

This is the second of two posts recapping my first 100 mile race. Catch up on part 1 here.  Last I left you, I was at mile 54 and a little over thirteen hours into the race. A lot can happen in 46 miles, especially when those miles come after 13 straight hours of running! Related PostsBurning River 100: Wish Me Luck Read more

Coriander’s Mohican 100 Race Report Part 1

In January, I signed up for the longest race of my life. A very intimidating, 100 miles at Mohican State Forest, the same race where I did my first 50 mile race. Before I knew it, six months of training was over and race day came and went. I had my struggles, sure, even considered dropping down to the 50 mile distance. But after an amazing 344 mile month in more » Read more