How To Take A Cutback Week

Spring marathon season is coming to an end and many of us are already signing up for fall races and laying out our training plans! I don’t know about you, but I get excited when my coach’s training plan arrives loaded with solid chunks of mileage and challenging workouts. But I also like to look ahead to see when I might get a little break from the effort, the little more » Read more

Should Runners Track Heart Rate Variability?

Heart rate. It’s one of those things runners either track obsessively or scoff at the mere thought of thinking about it. While I’m not quite obsessed with tracking my heart rate, I do find tracking it very helpful. For me and many others, tracking resting heart rate, if not while running but at the very least first thing in the morning, can reveal a lot about how our training is going or our overall health. more » Read more

What the Heck Are Strides?

It took me years of consistent training before I made a big breakthrough with running and broke into the sub-elite ranks of the sport. Sure, I ran a lot of miles, I did long runs and tempos and intervals, but I chalk a lot of my success up to something you might not suspect. My favorite secret to getting faster? Strides! If you’ve perused our training logs you’ve seen that more » Read more

What Overtraining Taught Me About Running

There is no PR, no amount of running success, no breaking of the tape worth the constant physical and emotional pain of overtraining. Running is a joy, a gift and a symbol of health, vitality and humanity. Running is like the brightest sharpest Instagram filter for life. Or it’s supposed to be. When overtraining starts creeping, every run hurts. Wincing in physical pain through many many miles is one thing, but, more » Read more

Racing Your Training Runs: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

If you’re a regular reader of Salty Running, I bet you might be a little competitive, which can be a great quality for a runner to have. At races, of course, where the point is to do your ultimate best and to place as high as you possibly can, it can come in very handy. When we tap into our inner competitor it can give us that extra boost we need to more » Read more

Running Archaeology: Analyzing a Training Cycle

Here at Salty many of our writers publish our training logs for everyone to see. We may not put every detail in them, but it allows other Salties and you to get a better idea of how we train. One of the beneficial aspects of keeping training logs is being able to look back at a training cycle to compare workout paces, long run progressions, mileage consistency, and how you felt more » Read more

Forget About Mile 20: Hitting the Marathon Training Wall

Week one of my marathon training cycle, I remember it like it was yesterday. Picture my fresh legs, big dreams, and heart full of joy and happiness. I couldn’t wait to get started on my path to dominate my next marathon, so I started my training a day early. As I looked ahead on my training calendar, eighteen weeks seemed like an eternity. Naturally, the mileage and big workouts deep more » Read more

10 Minutes to Better Recovery

We can all breathe a sigh of relief that we have finally found the other side of winter, which means it’s peak training time for upcoming spring and early summer races. As our miles increase and the workouts become more specific, it becomes increasingly important that we keep up with those little extra recovery things we do, like core work and foam rolling, so it all comes together on race day. more » Read more

Running 101: Perfecting Your Snot-Rocket

When I first started running in 2008, I had some shoes, a pair of cotton capris, a purple sports bra that I still wear, and Claire Kowalchik’s book The Complete Book of Running for Women. That book was my bible, really; it taught me how to breathe (in two steps, out three), gave me a basic understanding of running jargon, and by following the three marathon training plans got me to Boston more » Read more

Tricking My Inner Lazy Runner

This may sound pretty obvious but… I love to run. A good heart-pounding, blood-pumping workout or relaxed, flowy mileage-builder can just really hit the spot sometimes, and I always feel better for having gotten it done. I’m sure you can relate. Heck, running is fun! Except when it’s not. About once every week or two I know I can count on having one of those days: I’m all dressed in my more » Read more

Pronators, Supinators, Neutral Feet, Oh My! How to Choose Shoes

Everything is better with science! How nice would it be to get running shoe choice down to a universal and infallible equation where, to choose a shoe, all we would need to do is plug in a few variables to diagnose how each of us runs and then solve for X. Bam. Done. For years, running shoe companies and running stores have worked to do just that using a diagnosis technique called gait more » Read more

Caper’s Week 12 Boston Marathon Training Log – 3.6.16

I had a great training week: I got to run with my Vizsla dog Deena three times, my college aged son once and am finally starting to get the hang of the appropriate effort levels for my harder runs.  What’s better than that? Monday – 6.8 recovery pace (9:44/128 bpm) miles on CP dirt bridle path at sunrise with Deena doggie. Went on a weird rare eating rampage that I more » Read more

Caper’s Week 11 Boston Marathon Training Log — 2.28.16

I am excited and a little scared. Excited that everything from marathon paced effort to easy miles is faster than it has ever been. My Garmin has increased its estimate of my VO2 Max to 53. But I am a little nervous that I will over reach and screw things up. So I am paying close attention to recovery and this week ran the minimum I thought I needed to more » Read more

TMTOTW: Your Treadmill Is a Tool; Use It Like a Pro

The winter rages on, and as I scroll through my morning news feed, the treadmill articles seem to be on repeat and it’s all the standard fare: tips to ward off boredom; workout ideas; and seventy-four variations of whether running on the treadmill is real running. Sigh. Although I know it will never happen as long as certain running publications need to recycle the same old articles every year, I’d love more » Read more

Dill’s Training Log 02.08.16 to 02.21.16

With all the excitement of my marathon last week, I completely forgot to do my training log. (that and there wasn’t a lot of training happening.)  There wasn’t much training going on this week either, so I’ll just combine them here. This was the final week of taper.  I really focused on getting rest, rather than getting runs in. I found myself so tired at the last few start lines.  I more » Read more