Caper’s Training Log — Week Ending 10.4.2015

I’m in love with running in Boston! And I finally had a breakthrough in hard training this week   Here’s what happened: Monday:  6.25 easy/recovery paced miles (10:05/142 bpm) listening to To Kill a Mockingbird Tuesday AM: 8.7 miles, with 2×3 miles with 2 min rests in humid 73 degree weather.  Run turned out to be 1×3 mile (7:42/178 bpm), 1×1.4 miles (stop to puke dry heaves), 1×1.6 miles (7:42). more » Read more

Perfect Your Marathon Performance with a Dress Rehearsal

As we discussed on Monday, fall marathon season is upon us! Cinnamon and I are targeting PRs in New York. Jasmine, Catnip, and Ginkgo are going for it in Columbus. Ginger’s doing a little half late in the fall. Cardamom is taking on Wineglass and Sage is taking on Portland … this weekend! No matter what fall half or full you’re targeting, it’s time to get serious about getting yourself more » Read more

Caper’s Training Log — Week Ending 9.27.2015

Among this week’s ups and downs were a Half Marathon race that was both a first place age group finish and an eye opening look at a real weakness my training. Up until this point, I have felt good about my training: a 76 mile week, some decent length runs at goal marathon pace and a handful of 20 milers under my belt. But my the race results of my more » Read more

Caper’s Training Log — Week Ending 9.20.15

During week 14 of NYC Marathon training, I made it through three quality workouts spaced out by only one rest day in between, ran 73 miles and, with a lot of careful attention to recovery, remained injury free.  Hooray! Monday 9/14: 9.3 miles easy (9:29 average/144 bpm/60 degrees).  I ran the entire workout without a break listening to “The Long Run.”  Loved running in cooler weather. Tuesday 9/15 AM: 9.1 more » Read more

Readers’ Roundtable: How Long is Your Longest Training Run?

Marathon season is in full swing, and it seems like every year I hear the same braggadocio about just how long everyone’s long run is.  Saturday, one of my friends reported doing a 24 miler – SIX weeks out from the NYC Marathon on 11/1.  Another friend said he was following the Hal Higdon book, but decided to add mileage to his long runs, because he was worried they weren’t more » Read more

Reviewing the Extend Nutrition Bar

A couple of weeks ago I agreed to try some energy bars and report back on my findings. We here at Salty Running were interested in these bars, because like the GenUCan products, these bars claim to provide a stable release of carbs that won’t cause a sugar crash. If nothing else, it’s always good to know what products are out there besides the ones that seem to be best more » Read more

Caper’s Training Log — Week Ending 9.13.15

I hit a personal record of 76 miles during Week 13 of training for the NYC Marathon! I have been diligent about keeping up with strength work and recovery, and feel better than I expected. Reaching my 2015 goal of an 80 mile week before the taper is in sight; here’s hoping I can stay strong and injury free to reach it.  Here’s how the week went: Monday 9/7:  8.8 more » Read more

Racing the Bluegrass 10000 and a Training Update

This is first training update that I am sharing with the Salty universe, but that certainly doesn’t mean I haven’t been training.  If you follow me here or on the Runners Connect Podcast, you’ve probably learned I am an elite runner. I love to share the real insights behind running as an elite and I know many runners would kill to run the pace I do, but for me, I more » Read more

Caper’s Training Log — Week Ending 9.6.15

I just completed week 12 of my training.  The days are still hot, but shorter, and fall is approaching.  I am entering the most critical period of my training; the NYC marathon is eight weeks away. Today, I reviewed my training logs from the same point last two marathon cycles.  At this point one year ago, coming off a serious injury eight weeks before the NYC marathon (which I finished more » Read more

Caper’s Training Log – Week Ending 8.30.15

Week 11 of NYC marathon was almost too busy to write about, packed with visiting family from across the country, frantic end of summer activity and unexpected amounts of work. In the midst of it all, I managed to log a confidence building almost 70 mile week, with 5 miles of threshold paced speed work, 8.5 marathon-paced miles and a solid 20 mile run on a sultry Sunday. My hard more » Read more

Sage’s Training Log: 8.23.2015-8.29.2015

This week continued my plan of middle-distance length runs as I contemplate the Portland Half Marathon on October 4. We were in Boulder for the first part of the week where I enjoyed several runs along Boulder Creek Trail. For all the beauty of this area, though, the dusty skies filled with smoke from the Pacific Northwest fires saddened me. Washington state was home for my growing up years, so I shutter at more » Read more

Did I Break My Foot With My Mind? An Update from Catnip

Long time, no write. And now I owe you all a heck of an update. I was last seen around here musing on whether breastfeeding is slowing me down and worrying about increasing plantar fascia pain. Well, my foot got worse and I ended up taking 6 weeks completely off running, not even a test run in that time. What I didn’t mention in those posts was that I was also struggling more » Read more

Caper’s Vacation Training Log — 8.23.15

Week 10 of training for the NYC marathon was all about training in scenic but humid places while on vacation and enjoying a cut back in mileage before a September and October ramp up in mileage and intensity.  I got in solid enough workouts and best of all got to run with my 22 year-old son. Monday: Recover from 20 miler the previous day.  45 mins pool running. Tuesday: 6.5 hot and more » Read more

Sage’s Training Log: 8.16.2015

If you read my training log from last week, you saw that I defaulted on running the Wave to Wine Half Marathon (that *#$ hamstring) and transferred by half marathon bib for a 10k bib. I felt slow: I was in the middle of my Paleo reset diet, which was leaving me sluggish; my hamstring was biting; and I was frustrated. It seemed to be a repeat scenario from May, when more » Read more

5 CrossFit Exercises Every Runner Needs Now!

As every runner knows (or should know), strength and mobility are priceless when it comes to our overall running performance. It’s really a no-brainer: in order to become faster and build endurance, we need to incorporate strength into our training regimine. Of course it goes without saying that strengthening our legs is incredibly important, but runners will often neglect other key areas of the body that are essential in creating more » Read more