The Lowdown on Marathon Training with McMillan Running

Here at Salty Running, we’ve talked about a myriad of ways to train in our training logs and recently in our popular marathon training plan reviews. So far we’ve taken a look at Hansons, Pete Pfitzinger and Lydiard training plans. Now, we’re going to talk about Greg McMillan. I know quite a bit about Greg McMillan’s theories about optimal run training, because I’ve been training with McMillan Running since 2013, under one of Greg’s more » Read more

Running and Faith

In college, I ran 12 track races that were PRs, most only by a second or two, but over 25 that weren’t. I ran about 10,000 miles in college, including miserable workouts that left me rereading my training log and wondering why I was bothering to put myself through this, terrible long runs where I found myself in the middle of hilly suburbs desperately needing a toilet, but also a lot more » Read more

Should You Do a Workout in a Race?

The perfect race scenario goes something like this: You’re in the middle or at the end of a hard, satisfying training cycle. You’ve had this race on the calendar for a while and now you’re rested up and ready to go. The weather forecast looks great, and you’re prepared to leave it all out on the course, experience a little race day magic, and nail a huge PR.  A lot more » Read more

Pete Pfitzinger Marathon Training Plans

You did it!! You just signed up for your (1st, 10th, 147th) marathon. Once you hit submit for your online registration and receive that confirmation email, it’s final. Sometimes we sign up for races a long way out and other times we sign up the week of. Regardless of how far out, some form of training plan is suggested. It’s kind of hard to wing 26.2 miles. NOW WHAT?! Naturally, running comes more » Read more

Getting High: The Effects of Running at Altitude

My happy place is the mountains. I dream of owning a mountain home and spending my summers backpacking, hiking, lake lounging and kayaking. This summer, I had a taste of mountain life. I spent a lot of time in the Sierras, which was interesting as I’ve also been following a rigorous 50-mile race training plan. As you might imagine, running at 8,000 feet has been slightly more difficult than running at my usual sea more » Read more

To Run Faster, Is There Any Benefit to Cross-Training?

Storied coach Jack Daniels once said, “The best way to become a better runner is through running.” This concept, that the best training to improve yourself in something is to do that thing in training, is called “training specificity” and is supported by science. So why practice the trombone if you’re a tuba player (I’m a musician, remember)? Maybe your tuba is in the shop getting fixed so the only more » Read more

4 Reasons Why You Should Try a Treadmill Studio Class

“Come to a treadmill class with me!” she said. “Um. What?” I replied. I’m a runner, and I have been for more than half my life. I’ve run on teams, I’ve run on trails, on tracks, with training groups. I’ve gone to spin class and Zumba and cardio kickboxing, so I’m also no rookie to fitness classes. But “treadmill” and “class” together? That was new. I don’t hate on treadmills more » Read more

Hard Work! Sacrifice! Dedication! But Was it Worth it?

Watching the extreme emotions of the athletes at the USATF Track and Field Olympic Trials earlier this month, from the excitement of making the team, to the heartbreak of falling short, left me wondering if any of them questioned if it was worth it. “It” being the years of sacrifice and dedication all for those few seconds or minutes of racing. Katie Mackey, who finished sixth in the 5K, summed it more » Read more

10 Tips to Play Pokémon Go AND Get in a Good Run!

In case you’ve been hiding underground like a Diglett, Pokémon Go is an insanely popular augmented reality game in which people wander around their neighborhoods searching for digital creatures to capture in “Poké Balls,” which they collect at various “PokéStops” throughout their city. There are a couple of different ways to play the game. You can simply focus exclusively on catching all of the 142 Pokémon characters available in the US, or you can more » Read more

5 Reasons to Run with Faster Runners

So you’ve completed a few races and you’ve started to think about getting faster. A BQ? A PR? You know how the story goes: to get somewhere you’ve never been, you have to do something you’ve never done. You do speedwork on your own, you pick up the pace in your long runs, but your race times still aren’t where you think they should be. You know of a few faster running more » Read more

Introspection and the Online Training Log

It’s the first thing I do when I open my laptop. Before I check my email or look at Facebook or the weather or anything else, I sign into my online running log to add that day’s miles to my weekly total and capture any of the run’s details before I forget. I started the practice of logging in the spring of 8th grade, when I wrote each date I more » Read more

How to Make And Break Running Habits

A while back, I wrote a story for New Scientist about the neuroscience of habits: how they are formed in the brain and why they are so hard to break. The context matters a lot with habits; when we’re in the same environment, doing the same routine, it can be hard to change things. One of the best times to break a bad habit or start a new one is during a major more » Read more

The Case for Moderate Mileage Marathon Training

The term “High Mileage” means different things to different runners. For a long time I thought I was doing oh-so-much training, until social media made me realize I really was doing far less than others I knew. I’ve talked about it before, but a majority of my success has been achieved by running and training at a level many people would consider low/moderate. That made me wonder what high mileage actually more » Read more

Factors That Affect Your Marathon Training Mileage

You did it! You registered for a marathon! Whether it’s your first or your 50th, the next step is usually formulating a plan of how you are going to get to the start and finish lines. Enter the training plan creation stage or, if you have a coach, the conversation about how things are going to look for the next few months. Even if you are a veteran marathoner, each training cycle more » Read more

Heat Adaptation: Training for a Hot Race

Summer is here and sunny days and warm temperatures make most of us smile as we dig out sunscreen and tank tops and stow away our tights and gloves. The bad news? If you have a race planned soon you might be dreading the potential of a scorcher on your big day. As Pumpkin reported in her Fargo Marathon Race Recap, hot conditions took a serious toll on her both physically and mentally. more » Read more