Cryotherapy for Runners: Needless Torture or Panacea?

Last week, Cinnamon explained how ice baths can impede the adaptation process our bodies go through after hard training. However, there are some circumstances when the benefits of cold therapy like ice baths, spot-icing, or cryotherapy may be worth the trade-offs. While the evidence suggests cold does not actually improve recovery, it may reduce post-workout pain and make a runner feel more recovered. The evidence is not clear whether this is simply a more » Read more

North: The Brecksville Dip

“It’s the middle of the [race], when the excitement of the starting gun is a dim memory, and the joy of the finish line is a distant dream.” – Seth Godin They all knew it was coming. After nailing season or personal bests in every race so far this season, the North girls knew the Dip lay ahead and their streaks were likely coming to an end on the hills more » Read more

How Yoga Can Actually Help Your Running

When it comes to yoga, I’m a streaker. Wait, that didn’t come out right. What I mean to say is that I tend to attend a bunch of yoga classes all at once, usually during a break from running, and then attend sporadically when my training ramps back up. Balance, you know. I love yoga (yes, not all of us here at Salty Running hate it). I love it for the more » Read more

When It Comes to Running, What Is Easy?

Easy runs aren’t the sexiest topic. They don’t generally impress anyone. There’s no ego boost when you jump off the treadmill having never clicked the accelerate button more than a couple of times. Heck, sometimes you hardly break a sweat. The worst is when you’re behaving and running really easy and some dude comes up behind you breathing loudly and slobbering with his feet slapping on the ground as he passes you more » Read more

Pilates and Running: How I Learned to Stop Slouching and Love my Core

It’s a Saturday morning ritual: leisurely breakfast with the fam, followed by a jog through the park to the Pilates studio. An hour later, my core strengthened and stretched, I emerge relaxed and in a 200% better mood than when I went in. I’ve been doing Pilates weekly since last Christmas, and I give it a lot of credit for reviving my running at a time when it seemed to be in more » Read more

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