Get Faster with Swagger

In the fifteen years that I have been running, I’ve experienced a lot of different adventures. Early on, I was in love with everything about the sport. At seventeen, I started subscribing to Runner’s World and reading DyeStat every night. I wasn’t as focused on running fast times as I was with being a “runner.” To define what exactly is a runner is tough and varies in opinion but to more » Read more

Ask-A-Salty: Easy Run Pacing and Adjusting the Hansons’ Marathon Method

We here at Salty Running love to share our training strategies, opinions on all sorts of running stuff,  and some of the strategies we think have helped or hurt our performance as runners and we especially love it when our readers have questions about this stuff! I’ve written in my training logs a bit about the changes I made to the Hanson’s Marathon Method training plan, which brings us to Mark more » Read more

The Plods: Overcoming a Case of Not-Quite Overtraining

A few weeks ago I was feeling very low about my running. I had a major event, an “A” race, scheduled for the 25th October and I had absolutely no desire to put on my running shoes at all.  In fact, if I was honest with myself, I had been going through the motions with my running programme for about two months up until that point, gritting my teeth and getting more » Read more

Winter Running Options: Our Winter Greatest Hits

Winter is not technically here, but for most of us it sure feels like it! Here in Ohio it was in the 60’s on Tuesday and now we’re down to 20’s and 30’s. Brrrrr! That means it’s time to get into winter training mode. And when I say winter training mode, I’m not just talking about breaking out the mittens and the tights. There’s so much more that goes into winter more » Read more

In the Long Run

The best is yet to come, and babe, won’t it be fine…. For many adult onset runners, this isn’t just a catchy Sinatra song. It’s the truth, backed by solid research as well as a heap of inspiring anecdotal evidence. By now, you’ve probably heard the 10 year/ 10,000 hour rule touted by researcher Dr. Anders Ericsson as the slowest but surest road to success in any one discipline–spanning the more » Read more

The NYC Marathon Happened and I Wasn’t There

The New York Marathon was yesterday, but I wasn’t there to celebrate finishing my first marathon, the race that I spent months preparing for. Injuries are always tough, but when an injury wrecks months of training and postpones or perhaps prevents the completion of one of your life goals it’s an extra-bitter pill to swallow. If this has happened to you, I am so sorry. We are going to get through more » Read more

What Are Junk Miles?

Whether we run 100 mile weeks or 35 mile weeks, we run a lot and when we run we believe that every mile, in fact every step, is in furtherance of our goal to become faster. Is it possible that some of the miles we run are doing us no good or worse, *gasp* making us slower? Could you, yes YOU, be logging junk miles? If you’ve read enough about running more » Read more

Basil’s Training Log – 10.26.14

The last two weeks have been tough both from a life and training standpoint, but things are looking up on all fronts. The longer I go without being able to run the more aware I become of how much I rely on running to help me deal with anxiety and relieve stress. I’ve missed it so much in the past five weeks, and it will take a good deal of more » Read more

Going Big: Jasmine’s Columbus Marathon Race Report

The Columbus Marathon was one of those days where everything came together. Before I go any further, I have to say: thank you to everyone who sets a good example, sets the bar high, and encourages [formerly] relativity average runners like me to work for big dreams. I will never be as fast as many of you, but you inspire me to work really hard to try to be as more » Read more

Salty Book Reviews: 80/20 Running and Build Your Running Body

Running and reading are two of my passions, and reading about running makes me one happy Salty!  My two latest reads are 80/20 Running by Matt Fitzgerald and Build Your Running Body by Pete Magill, Thomas Schwartz, and Melissa Breyer; both are well worth your time (and money if you buy them). Here’s a sneak peak and short review of each one, just to whet your reading appetite. 80/20 Running more » Read more

How to Spectate at a Cross Country Meet

We’re right in the middle of October, which means it’s time for pumpkin spice cross country everything! If you’ve never ventured off the roads, cross-country will wow you. The scenery, the toughness and the team work all make cross country a very special form of running. And for those of you Salty readers who first began your running career as a member of a cross country team, going back out more » Read more

7 Habits of Highly Effective Runners

I often run first thing in the morning and it’s on these morning runs, half awake with my heart pumping through the head-lamp-and-star-lighted streets that I start deep-thinking. The other day, I was running down a big hill and started thinking about some of my running friends who have achieved some seriously huge goals. Many of them were successful despite significant setbacks.  And then I started wondering what they do more » Read more

Coriander’s Training Log: 10.5.14

Yes, I’m actually posting a training log! It’s been so long, I can’t even remember the last time I wrote one, sorry. This week ended another training cycle for me. I’m off to Pennsylvania for the Oil Creek 100K on Saturday. I’ve attempted this race and distance before two years ago, but quit at mile 23 with a knee injury. This weekend’s race has been two years in the making more » Read more

Molasses Training Log – 10.5.14

I have to say it was a good week. I got in four runs and two cross trainings, and I’m feeling like I am back to the point where if I skip more than a day I am pretty miserable. I’m also back to the point where I’m making time to “get a quick run in” even if I know I don’t have the time to fit in a quality workout. It more » Read more

Everything Every Runner Needs to Know about Jack Daniels

Today We’re talking about Dr. Jack Daniels, the man named “World’s Best Coach” by Runner’s World magazine. Daniels was a swimmer and shooter before he was groomed to compete in modern pentathlon bringing home medals in the 1956 and 1960 Olympics. But his mark on the world of running came after he went on to study exercise physiology and conducted the research that modernized middle and distance running training. His book Daniels’ Running Formula more » Read more