Shuffling Schedules for Busy Runners

I get it. You’re busy, like can’t-take-a-shower, did-I-brush-my-teeth busy. Or, maybe all you are busy with is healing after an illness or injury. Whatever the case, missing runs during a training cycle is normal and expected, but how does one re-arrange his or her schedule to retain fitness? How long is too long to take off before giving up your goals? Is it possible or advisable to make up these more » Read more

Goal-Setting Alternatives to Time- and Mileage-focused Objectives

On Tuesday, Lemongrass discussed SMART goal making, and this got me thinking about goals. Chances are that if you are a runner, you, like me, have some specific goal numbers in your mind. I’d bet serious money than many of those numbers end in :59  or are a nice round integer like 30, 45,  or (gasp) 100 for the week. There’s always that one special number with that cruel .2 dangling off the back. more » Read more

Ginkgo’s Baby Story

“I know there is a lot of stigma and really, the word is ignorance, behind pregnant women and exercising […] and the truth is, it’s good for the mom and the baby.” -Alysia Montano, after running an 800-meter at the USATF championships in Sacramento at 34 weeks pregnant. Alysia Montano, an American middle-distance runner and five-time USA Outdoor Champion who has conquered the 800 meter distance in a sizzling 1:57.34 more » Read more

The Smart Runner Girl’s Guide to SMART Goals

All of the World Cup craziness lately has me thinking about goals. In soccer, it’s easy to see whether or not you’ve achieved your goal: your team wins, the crowd goes crazy (or in the case of the U.S. your team loses to Germany and the crowd still goes crazy), and the commentators infamously scream, “GOOAAAAL!” But how can runners achieve that same sense of pride if we don’t win more » Read more

The Run Less Run Faster Experiment – Final Countdown

Well, well. 14 weeks have passed and this Friday I will toe the line to test out this Run Less Run Faster Experiment. At the conclusion of the race, I will write my review of the Smart Coach Training Program but for now, I wanted to update the Salty blogosphere with how the final weeks went in my training. Related PostsThe Run Less Run Faster Experiment – Week 2 The more » Read more

Who Are You? The Importance of Self-Image to Running Success

Picture yourself running. What are you wearing? Where are you in relation to others? Are you happy? Are you struggling? Are you who you want to be? Recently, I started training with my elite development team again.  Because I’m just returning to fitness, I’m struggling to keep up with my teammates. Then the other day, I noticed I’ve labeled myself: the old slow one. When I picture myself in workouts, more » Read more

Basil’s Training Log – 06.08.2014

Let me just start by saying–I love living in Alaska. Being fair skinned and preferring to be too cold over being too hot–this climate is perfect for me. It hasn’t reached higher than 70 degrees for the past two weeks, and every single day could be described as perfect running weather! Even the rainy runs aren’t so bad–just a little misty or showery, rarely a downpour. This week I turned more » Read more

The Run Less Run Faster Experiment – 4 Weeks Left

It’s time for another check in and we’re getting down to the wire. I just completed my final “down” week of the training program. This program featured two down weeks, where there are no workouts or long runs. This past down week, I felt like I was getting sick so I took an extra day off from the program. I didn’t quite hit the mileage the way the program suggested more » Read more

Why Do We Do This to Ourselves?

Why do I do this to myself? I don’t think I know a single runner who hasn’t asked herself this question at some point during her running career. For all the post-PR elation and the super fun group runs, there are many low points during training and racing that make us question our sanity for choosing to allocate our precious time to the endeavor of getting faster. I am most more » Read more