Go Big or Go Home

And don't even THINK about going home!

And don’t even THINK about going home!

They say, “Go big or go home.” Four days out from my goal marathon – the one I hope to go from a solid mid-packer to a sub-three marathoner, the one for which I ran multiple 80 mile weeks and way too many miles at 6:52 pace – it’s too late to go home. So, all I can do is go big. 

Of course, when you go big, even when you do everything right, you might not meet your goals. But that’s ok. It’s scary to go for a big goal, especially when you announce to the entire internet what your goal is. But the fun and the learning all take place in the going big part, not in the briefest of moments when you cross the finish line. Read more

How to Spectate at a Cross Country Meet

The official symbol of fall!

The official symbol of fall!

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 and being a spectator is a must do! Now’s the time to check out a meet and relive those days!  Already running cross country this fall? Then pass this guide along to your friends and family! And away we go… Read more

Opting Out of Running in Makeup

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If I had to guess, I’d say this is not a woman scanning the horizon for a stretch of road to do her strides. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Running all made up, with a face full of makeup. I have never done it, but many of my friends do. I am always amazed. It is hard enough for me to make sure that I have on matching socks at 4 a.m. There is just no way I could put on eye liner, mascara, and lip gloss before walking out the door, which is why I get my clothes out the night before. I do not even wear earrings while running, but I seem to be in the minority here. Heck, Salty Running already has a post about runnable make-up. And don’t get me started on the trend of trying to look good in race photos!

But, yeah, running in make-up is something I just don’t get.
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Running for Innocence

Public defender and avid runner Lisa Kavanaugh is running the 2014 New York City Marathon to support her work with the CPCS Innocence Program

Public defender and avid runner Lisa Kavanaugh is running the 2014 New York City Marathon to support her work with the CPCS Innocence Program

Fall marathon season, with its legion of charity-linked races and runners, reminds us of an important role running has assumed for many Americans – a vehicle through which to support meaningful causes.  Recently, I caught up with Lisa Kavanaugh, an avid runner and Boston-area trial and appellate lawyer, who is using her life-long love of running to support one of her other passions in life: her work with the CPCS Innocence Program.

The CPCS Innocence Program is a unit within the statewide public defender agency in Massachusetts, and was created to focus on defendants who were wrongfully convicted and are trying to return to court to demonstrate their innocence. Many of these cases have already been passed over by trial and appellate courts without consideration of the factual or scientific errors that led to the convictions. Lisa directs this program and collaborates closely with the New England Innocence Project, a non-profit organization with the same mission that examines cases throughout New England. She is running the 2014 New York City Marathon to raise awareness and funds for these worthy organizations. Read more

5 Mid-Run Potty Spots

Is there any runner on Earth who has not found herself, at one point or another, in the middle of a run wishing a bathroom would appear RIGHT NOW! You frantically scan the horizon for port-a-potties or civilization and, at last resort, a secluded spot where passing motorists won’t see your butt. A year ago, Salty wrote a post about the secluded last resort spots. But before using Salty’s tips, try one of these 5 potty spots! Read more

Dutee Chand and the Case Against Hyperandrogenism in Women’s Running

Dutee Chand in the heat of competition. Image via dnaindia.com

Back in the news again this week,  Indian Sprinter, Dutee Chand is appealing the Athletic Federation of India’s ban on her competing as a woman. Chand became a national champion last year in the 100m and 200m at the age of 18 but was barred from competition by the Athletics Federation of India when her testosterone tested in the male range. She has the option of lowering her testosterone level and returning to women’s competition. Instead, she filed an appeal with the Court of Arbitration for Sport in September fighting the ruling. It’s my view that if Chand’s appeal wins and she is allowed to compete without treatment, it erodes the integrity of women’s sports. Here’s why. Read more

7 Habits of Highly Effective Runners

7habitsI 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 that makes them so successful.  Sure they all train hard, but don’t we all? No, there are some things they do that make them more successful than the average runner. In fact, 7 things.

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Running and Breastfeeding: Mastitis

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Boobs: not just for being smushed by sports bras! (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

About a year ago, Salty wrote a information-laden post about breastfeeding and training: Got Milk? Running and Breastfeeding . Since that post appeared, I’ve had my own baby and have been exclusively breastfeeding for the past three months, which has brought me back to reading this post several times. I want to ensure that my milk supply and quality are not being affected by my desire to train for a half marathon. Being a first time mom, and grasping for any and all advice that’s out there, Salty’s post gave me the confidence that I could continue to train at a moderate level without affecting my milk supply or milk quality.

Recently, I experienced something related to running and breastfeeding that Salty didn’t cover: mastitis. Mastitis is an infection in a milk duct and it is one giant literal pain in the boob! I know I’m not the only nursing running mom to experience this so I thought I’d share what I’ve learned about running and mastitis.  Read more

Love to Run AND Write? Then We Want YOU!

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Who doesn’t love running, writing and … uh … spices?

The Salty Running spice rack is full of seasoned bloggers (get it? Har!) What I mean is that we’ve had mostly the same bloggers for a long time, bringing you the great posts you have come to know and love week after week – and boy do we love them for it! But, with a seasoned crew comes the need to add a few new spicy flavors to the mix. That means we’re looking for some new bloggers to add to the spice rack!

Are you a runner living outside the U.S.?

A track specialist?

A competitive grand master?

A competitive runner trying to get pregnant?

A runner new to racing?

A runner with a demanding career?

A runner with a big crazy dream?

A person who has an otherwise interesting perspective on running and life?

We want you!

If you or someone you know is a talented writer and a passionate runner and might be interested in sharing your unique voice with the Salty Running community, read on! Read more

A Friendly Guide to the Running Feet

Helping me to nurse my sore feet

Helping me to nurse my sore feet

Every runner has her proverbial Achilles heel, and for me, that chronic problem body part is my feet.  During my time running as an adult, I’ve been graced with many of the common runner’s foot ailments: plantar fasciitis, tibialis posterior tendonitis, peroneal tendonitis, bruised metatarsal heads, blisters…the list goes on.  In my quest for healthy feet, I’ve discovered a lot of good resources and picked up some wisdom in the process, which I will now share with you!

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5 Places You Didn’t Know You Could Chafe

trackIt’s October and that means we are right smack in the middle of marathon season. I, myself, entered The Akron Marathon last week at the last minute. To my surprise, I did not blister or have any bathroom problems nor did I have any thigh rubbing thanks to good ol’ Vaseline. However, I did not know until after the race that there were some other places I should’ve greased up. Talk to enough marathoners and you’ll learn of all kinds of weird places you might chafe! Read more

Everything Every Runner Needs to Know about Jack Daniels

Jack Daniels is currently the head coach at Wells College in upstate New York. How awesome would it be to be able to say he was your coach in college?! Image via wells-express.com

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 serves as the training bible to runners and coaches. It’s an incredibly complete reference on all aspects of training for middle and distance running. He is incredibly influential on my and many other runners’ training and has influenced just about every other running coach around.

Whether you’re a running veteran or a newbie, super fast or looking to leave the back of the pack, Jack Daniels’ training philosophies can help your running. Read on! Read more

How to Keep Spirits High When VO2 Max Tanks: An Injured Runner’s Guide

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“We all have had injuries and disappointments.  It is a part of running.  It can bring us down and at times be overwhelming when we see how far we have to go.  But I encourage you all to take your time, stay inspired and focused.  Instead of stressing about how far behind we are, we need to focus on the progress we are making and continue to make.”

Kara Goucher, in her post “The Return

I read Kara’s wise words a few hours after receiving confirmation that I have a metatarsal stress fracture. Though I’d made it tear-free through a week with a 20:0 ratio of ice baths to miles, the simultaneous no-running, no-crying streak was about to come to an abrupt end. I dunked my foot further into the bucket of ice and sobbed, carrying out the Debbie Downer version of the ice bucket challenge. Not exactly a photo op that makes it to Facebook. Read more

My Best Running Buddy: The Podcast

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Podcasts are a great way to keep your brain engaged while your legs are moving! (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Do you ever wish that you could run with a really smart, funny friend who could take your mind off long, tedious, and sometimes painful miles, and who would keep you company on even the most inconveniently-timed runs? Do you like learning new things?  Do you ever have trouble tearing yourself away from a good story you’re reading or watching to get out the door for a run?  Do you ever get tired of the songs on your running playlist?

If so, I’d like to introduce you to one of my very best friends: the podcast!

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