So Many Metrics for Runners!

This morning, 57.7 percent of me was water. My resting heart rate was 57. And I averaged 184 steps per minute on my run. Fitness tracking and wearables are a huge market, and you might even have a device on your holiday wish-list. Pretty likely when I mentioned resting HR, you thought about checking yours on the device on your wrist. I’m a data junkie: most of my training is more » Read more

Do Runners Really Need Strength Training?

Many of us assume that with all our running we don’t need to add more to our workout routine, that running alone will keep us healthy from head to toe. You might have heard that strength-training can help us avoid injury, but maybe you’ve been lucky enough to escape injury sans strength work. There is another reason that it’s important, though: muscle mass starts to decline as early as age 30. more » Read more

Readers Roundtable: How Do You Handle Running in the Rain?

Why is it always on the day that I passed up running in the beautiful crisp morning that it starts pouring right before I finally manage to head out the door? Ugh. Running in the rain happens, and while the meek may run screaming for the nearest treadmill or even skip a run altogether, some of us don’t have any option for packing in the miles except sucking it up, more » Read more

Running with Wheels: How to Train with Your Running Stroller

Over the past 4 years, I’ve done most of my training pushing a running stroller. On average, I’d say about 85% of my running is with the stroller. While at first I resisted (ugh, how can anyone get in a workout with this huge thing?), it’s now so natural I don’t even question it. Even while training for the last Olympic Trials, every run except long runs and track workouts more » Read more

Get Off the Track to Get Faster

Earlier this summer when I went to the track to do a workout, but when I got there it was closed due to construction. Already lacking motivation for the workout in the blistering heat, I drove back to my house because driving around to the other tracks would have zapped whatever mojo I had left. Back at home, I improvised. I quickly logged into Garmin and made an automatic workout more » Read more

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