Introducing Cardamom!

Elle at Wineglass Half in 2013

Getting back into running was one of the best things I ever did!

Hi Salty Readers! I’m Elle, but you can call me Cardamom! I’m a runner/blogger/academic living out my New York cliché dreams by marrying a banker and living in Brooklyn. Somehow I survived dating in New York City; believe it or not, I found my husband online. Unfortunately it was not through Amazon because that would have been too easy.

Although I’ve been running on and off for several years (a story for another day), for this recent revival of my running career I’ve been running for the last three years. I may live in the Big Apple now, but don’t be fooled. This girl is a die-hard Californian who thinks Mexican should be its own food group. Read more

Racing with a Stroller

Keeping hydrated for his first 5k debut!

Keeping hydrated for his 5k debut!

This Saturday, I ventured out to semi-race my first 5k equipped with a jogging stroller and a 23 pound 11 month-old. My take-away from the experience? Racing while pushing a stroller is a completely different animal from racing without one! However, racing with the stroller can be great way to enjoy the camaraderie of a race and share the experience with your little one. Bonus: you can race without a baby sitter! As long as you’re prepared for the different challenge racing with a stroller poses, it’s great! Read more

Oregano’s Race Recap: Trail Factor 50k

The start! Photo cred: my mom.

The start! Photo cred: my mom.

Race morning dawned cool and overcast. I took a hot shower to loosen up and put on my race clothes, which were set in an orderly pile the night before. I filled my camelbak water bladder with Nuun (tri-berry flavor), and double checked the other stuff I had in my pack “just in case”: a band-aid, eight gu gels (in a variety of non-fruit flavors), a map, my ID, $10, an extra pair of contacts, toilet paper, an extra layer in case it started raining (the sky looked questionable). I got a cup of coffee and oatmeal, my go-to race morning fare, and headed out to the course.

As I drove in I reviewed my goals… Read more

Introducing Toffee!

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Elite athletes are just like regular folks! We take selfies!

Hello Salty Readers! Nice to “meet” you all! My name is Tina Muir, and I am a British elite runner represented by Saucony (in addition to other wonderful sponsors). I live in Lexington, Kentucky with my fiance Steve. I am honored to become a part of this group, and I look forward to sharing my adventures with you. I am sure you have a picture of me in your head right now. The moment I said elite runner, I am sure your mind started wandering to a gazelle like figure, flowing along at the end of the race, making it look easy. Am I right? Well, I am here to tell you that it really is not as easy as it seems.

I love to share the REAL insights into life as an elite athlete, and I am here to share them with you. We go through many ups and downs, and I like to be honest with you about them. I believe that the struggles and challenges lead to even greater rewards and accomplishments, and I am here to show you how my experience has helped me overcome them. I pride myself on being real, and I hope you can see that through my posts and my blog. Read more

Introducing Dandelion!

The road right now is uncertain, but I'll pave it with gratitude and faith.

The road right now is uncertain, but I’ll pave it with gratitude and faith.

It’s kind of funny that I’m a big fan of bullet points considering it usually takes me eighteen words to say what Webster’s can define in four. Maybe my obsessive compulsive disorder (figurative) likes the perfectly round placement. Or maybe the little bullet points provide insta-structure for my rambling. Today, they can sum up my life in three little dots:

● On Monday, after months of post-op recovery after a debilitating injury, I, in my best J-Lo voice, said Enough and signed up for a fall marathon with the not-so-secret-anymore goal of a BQ.

● On Wednesday, my husband/partner of 14 years, straight out of the Carolina blue sky, said he was leaving, moving out, separating … tomorrow.

On Sunday, I completed my first well-paced long run and then un-hydrated some more as the flood gates opened. Again.

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Badwater 135 Primer: Everything You Always Wanted to Know (or Maybe Not)

DB, Badwater and Me!

So, Clove I’ve been reading your crazy training logs and I’ve seen you drop Badwater like a hot potato over and over and over again, but there’s just one thing … Uh, what exactly is this Badwater thing, anyway?

With a broad swath of readers here on Salty Running, I’m guessing that some of you know what it is; some of you have heard of it; and some of you, unexposed to the ultrarunning world, don’t know much about it at all.  Today we bring you the Badwater 135 primer: some history, a bit of course description, and a little more insight into why I’m training like there’s no tomorrow. Read more

Introducing Tarragon!

Meca and I during the New Orleans Mardi Gras Marathon 2014.

Meca (right) and I (left) when she gave me 8 miles of running course support at the 2014 Mardi Gras Marathon in New Orleans.

Greetings, Salty Runners! I am from Nashville, Tennessee, pursuing a sub-20:00 5K. I work days as a fundraising strategist for a nonprofit hospital, and I go home to my cat Cordelia. I live next door to my younger sister, henceforth referred to as Meca, who works at Nashville Running Company, our local running store. I began running in earnest in late 2012, and after a brief medical mishap (another post for another time), I am finding local success. I hope you’ll read along as I train on the track and in my mind toward my 5K goal.  Meanwhile, some background. . .

I was always a dancer who occasionally ran for fitness around my suburban Nashville hometown. When I went to the University of Alabama to major in dance, I would not be the best in class for the first time in my life. The other dancers in the program had far more training than I, coming from performing arts schools or internships with professional companies. I spent college trying to become one of them. I came close one season. Read more

Readers Roundtable: Supplements or Performance Enhancing Drugs?

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Hmmm, what’s really in that nose strip? (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

While we didn’t have the same hard hitting journalism and expert witness testimony as the famed investigative reporter David Epstein had in his fascinating piece on PED use by coaching giant Alberto Salazar, we did cover this ever looming hot topic last year. After Epstein’s breaking news report was shared this past week, the inter webs and message boards went crazy.

“FINALLY!”

“I knew it.”

“The whole sport is dirty.”

and my personal favorite,

“The Rupp-certified Saladbar is going down.”

What Epstein shared isn’t particularly new information, although possible testoreone use by Galen Rupp as a teen or Salazar giving his athletes prescriptions not prescribed to them is new and at the center of much of the controversy. Even so, the question has been looming for ages in all of sports as to where that grey area of supplement use crosses over to the black and white realm of performance enhancing drug (PED) use.

So, what do you think? Where is the line crossed in PED use?

5 Lessons from LeBron and the Cavs

fri5cavsI admit that I am the most fair weather of fair weather fans. I mean, I like doing things, not watching other people do things, so I don’t really spend much time watching big-time pro sports. But as a born and raised Clevelander, I have to say, I’m hooked on the NBA play-offs! Not only am I cheering for my home team, I’ve repeatedly come away shocked by how inspiring I find these games. Seriously! Here are 5 lessons I’ve learned from watching the Cavs during the play-offs.  Read more

Clove’s Badwater Training Log: 6.5.2015

Beautiful British Columbia was a real treat to finish out the training week!

Beautiful British Columbia was a real treat to finish out the training week!

Back to the nitty-gritty of the training posts, so Salty figured we should put this on the front page and catch everyone up on my shenanigans. And yes when I say nitty-gritty, I mean it: things are most definitely getting gritty.  This was week three of a heavy push, but I knew I just had to make it through this third week to get to my step-back week.  Continuing to feel strong but exhausted; the exhausted, however, isn’t one of overtraining.  It’s a heavy workload to be sure, but so far, I seem to be fueling it well. Read more

Introducing Sage!

I was a mother runner back in the 80s! With my then 3-year old son in 1986.

I was an original mother runner! With my then 3-year old son in 1986.

I am a senior grand master runner (this sounds so bold!) and excited to join this wonderful community of women runners. In 1976, when I was twenty-five, I started running. It was still eight years before the women’s marathon was an Olympic event! I was self-taught. I wore baggy cotton shorts, tee shirt and Keds shoes. I was often the only woman in the male bastion of joggers at the Polo Field at Golden Gate Park in San Francisco. Regardless, I loved running, the freedom, the ease of movement, and the friendships made.

Almost thirty years later, having raised two incredible boys (one with a NYC Marathon PR of 2:44 and the other with Tucson Marathon PR of 3:26), worked as a corporate lawyer, moved more than twelve times with my husband, and with the running world an entirely different beast than in the late 1970s, I ran my first marathon (California International Marathon) at the age of 58 (at that time just a grand master). I finished, qualifying for both the Boston and the New York City Marathons. I was pale, stiff, tired, and cold; yet, I couldn’t wait to run again! Read more

A Big Dream Deferred: Some Things Really Are More Important Than Running

Last you heard from me I was training for and planning to run across America!

Last you heard from me I was training for and planning to run across America!

Hi. It’s Cilantro. I know you must be wondering where I’ve been. My answer to you is where do you want me to start?

While grad school has actually been kicking my butt, that’s not my main excuse. No, something much bigger has been standing in my way. The last you knew, I was ramping up to run across America for sexual violence awareness and prevention. While money and sponsors hadn’t been exactly rushing in (and I had to postpone the run for a year to allow for extra time to raise that money and train), it seemed to be moving forward. I had awesome new coaches and some exciting (and big) new potential sponsors.  And just when it seemed like I was on the verge of accomplishing this big dream of mine, the bottom fell out. Read more

Overtraining: It’s Real, It Sucks and It Can Happen to You

Just because someone else can handle it all doesn't mean you can. Image via wikimedia.org.

Just because someone else can handle it all doesn’t mean you can. Image via wikimedia.org.

Salty runners are strivers. We train hard, we aim high and we’re tough. These are the qualities that enable us to succeed and blow the lid off what we ever thought was possible.

But sometimes these qualities are the exact thing that gets us into trouble. Sometimes we train too hard. Sometimes we aim too high. And sometimes we are even too tough. I think most of us understand this, but the line between striving for our best and overtraining can be a bit blurry.  Even when we think we’re doing everything right–even not doing as much as we’ve done in the past–even then, we might be pushing too hard for our current selves.

Overtraining is a serious condition that can have lifetime repercussions. Every single serious runner should know what overtraining is and what signs and symptoms to look for so she can nip it in the bud before it becomes a chronic problem. Overtraining is not isolated to those running over 100 mile weeks, those training to make the Olympic team or the super fast among us. It can happen to any of us. It happened to me.

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Reader’s Roundtable: Running and Gastro-Intestinal Issues

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Sometimes finding one of these is like finding water in the desert!

One of the most popular posts ever to grace the front page of our site is What to Do When You Have to Poop or Pee but There’s Nowhere to GoThat makes us wonder if there’s a runner out there who dares run a route with no bathroom options at all. I don’t think I know a single runner who hasn’t experienced gastro-intestinal distress at least to some degree while running. And yet it seems like no one has an answer for how to get the ol’ digestive track to cooperate. Let’s get to the bottom of this problem once and for all!

So, today we want you to share your trots tales, your poop scoop, your stool stories (sorry!) Have you experienced inconvenient, uncomfortable or potentially scary poop issues on the run? Do you do anything special to prevent having to poop on the run? If you’ve overcome GI issues, how did you figure out what was causing it and how did you fix it?

5 Kinda-Dorky Things Every Cynical Runner Should Try

fri5Is your catchphrase “I’m not a joiner?”  Do you feel a wave of nausea when you hear the phrase “fun run?”  Do you scoff when you see other runners doing things you think are “dorky?”  You just may be suffering from a common disorder called cynicism.

But have no fear, dear reader.  Like you, I once was afflicted with cynicism in my running life.  But in the last couple of years since my dear sister recruited me to write for Salty Running I have discovered the cure: a heavy dose of doing all the things you think are dorky.  If you try even a few of them, you may even find yourself having a great time and making some friends instead of sneering under your usual snarky storm cloud.

To start you on your journey, here are five suggestions for “dorky” things every runner should try! Read more