Overcoming Hardcore: When to Know if You’ve Gone Too Far

We serious runners like to be hardcore. When it comes to mileage we value more. When it comes to pace we value faster. When it comes to rest we value minimal. Prizing the hardcore has helped many a runner become successful, but it has been many a runner’s downfall too. Some runners can thrive on pushing themselves to limits that would break many others–and that’s great for them!–but being someone more » Read more

Surviving Your Winter Running Season (Even if You Hate It)

I have always loved the cold winter months!  You might think I’m crazy; my dad sure used to:  he would come in from yet another shovel duty in the driveway look at me on the couch with my homework and sigh, “When you have to shovel the stuff you won’t think its so much fun.” These days I shovel for myself, but my heart hasn’t changed.  So when I met more » Read more

Measure Any Course in Moments!

We all know it’s important to practice holding consistent pacing mile after mile so we don’t crash on race day.  But when you practice your marathon pace or your 10k pace or your lactic acid pace how do you know you are at the right pace? Maybe you rely on a GPS watch that jumps around wildly between paces. Maybe you drove down your street to estimate the distance with your more » Read more

The 10/2: My Favorite Lactate Threshold Interval Workout

  And just like that, the holiday season came and went! Lucky for us, Salty Running is the gift that keeps on giving. Today I’m excited to share a little post-holiday present with you: my all-time favorite interval workout! It’s something that was handed on to me just over a year ago, and I can’t help but want to re-gift it as much as possible. Interval training can be challenging, more » Read more

Catnip’s training log – week ending 1/11/15

I went back to work after a nice 10-day break this past Monday and was accompanied by frigid winds and loads of snow. Thanks to my trusty treadmill, I managed to complete all the miles in my rough plan, although I skipped a planned 5k on Saturday due to -25 degree windchills. I think I made the right choice there. Monday: 8.3 miles @ 8:26 average pace on the treadmill more » Read more

Running, Nothing Compares To You?

It’s been seven hours and fifteen days since you took your love away. Actually, it’s been five hours and 14 days since you, achilles tendon, prevented me from running. And much like we all experience, the first few days of surrendering to an injury were not fun. Not only because I couldn’t do that which keeps me sane but I ended up getting this one hit wonder stuck in my head more » Read more

Letting Go of the Numbers Game

What defines you as a runner? Is it your finish times in races, or placing in your age group? Could it be your mileage totals, or the number of races you’ve completed? Are you a runner who meticulously logs workouts to see if this week’s speed intervals are faster than last week’s? During a conversation between two runners, you can bet at least one of these topics will come up, more » Read more

Find Balance! Train the Total Athlete

My hamstrings are sore again. They’re getting worse.  I know I should stretch more, but I always forget until I’m running late and then I don’t have time. I started running because it was cheaper than other exercise.  I can’t afford a massage! Where does she get off suggesting the gym to me?  I’m a runner! I’m fit enough. Ugh, cross training?  But I don’t like other kinds of exercise! more » Read more

Treadmill Tip of the Week: Learning to Love the Treadmill

All right, runners. Before we go any further with our treadmill tips, let’s tackle the biggest, thorniest issue facing us runners when it comes to the treadmill: we hate the god-forsaken thing. Many of us will do anything to avoid having to run on it, including long runs on the snow and ice and bundling up in a bazillion layers to battle -20+ windchills (I’ve done it!) We might even run outside more » Read more

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