The Case for Moderate Mileage Marathon Training

The term “High Mileage” means different things to different runners. For a long time I thought I was doing oh-so-much training, until social media made me realize I really was doing far less than others I knew. I’ve talked about it before, but a majority of my success has been achieved by running and training at a level many people would consider low/moderate. That made me wonder what high mileage actually more » Read more

Factors That Affect Your Marathon Training Mileage

You did it! You registered for a marathon! Whether it’s your first or your 50th, the next step is usually formulating a plan of how you are going to get to the start and finish lines. Enter the training plan creation stage or, if you have a coach, the conversation about how things are going to look for the next few months. Even if you are a veteran marathoner, each training cycle more » Read more

Heat Adaptation: Training for a Hot Race

Summer is here and sunny days and warm temperatures make most of us smile as we dig out sunscreen and tank tops and stow away our tights and gloves. The bad news? If you have a race planned soon you might be dreading the potential of a scorcher on your big day. As Pumpkin reported in her Fargo Marathon Race Recap, hot conditions took a serious toll on her both physically and mentally. more » Read more

Lactate Threshold 101: How to Find Yours

  We introduced you to Lactate Threshold, so you should be all fired up to find your very own LT and add it to your endurance arsenal! Currently, there are 3 ways to determine your Lactate Threshold. The first requires sweat and math, the second requires sweat and blood, and the third requires three hundred bucks. UGH! Hang with me! You’ll be glad you did. Find your Lactate threshold after more » Read more

The Truth About Side Stitches

Stitches suck and they don’t limit themselves to kids running laps in gym class after guzzling too much Hi-C at lunch. Stitches can affect even the most fit or even elite runners among us. Stitches have been a problem for me periodically since I started running and if stitches bother you from time-to-time you know how annoying and painful they can be. Now we’ve all seen the articles: “What You more » Read more

Lactate Threshold 101: The Basics

Hate it or love it, you’re almost certain to be familiar with that burning sensation in your legs during a hard effort. The “running through molten peanut butter” feeling that plagues the homestretch of races and workouts. The sharp stab of exhaustion that makes even one more step feel nearly impossible. Endurance athletes spend a lot of training time looking for that sweet spot just before they cross into the dreaded burn more » Read more

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