Too Much of a Goo Thing: Is Overuse of Gels Making You Slow, Fat and Broke?

I love walking into my local running store when it’s time to buy energy gels. I feel like a kid in a candy store! How could I not with all those shiny packages and fruity flavors to choose from? They’re fun to buy and they look like astronaut food; surely they will make me fast! When out on the run and feeling tired the temptation to rip open the sparkly more » Read more

Race Report: Cinnamon at the 2013 Wineglass Marathon

“Hey, we’re doing great! We’re right on pace!” the woman next to me said. I laughed; the gun had gone off, but we weren’t even past the start line yet. There were a lot of jokes going around; the pack near the 3:35 pacer was nervous. It was a big pack; lots of women in their thirties were here trying to qualify for Boston. For some reason I’d decided to more » Read more

Intro to Ultras Part 2: Ultra Eating

Last July, while Clove was on her way to an awesome Burning River finish, I was volunteering at the mile 80 aid station. I called out bib numbers as runners came in. As night started to fall, I had to go back to mile 71 to wait for the runner I was going to pace from there to the finish line. He arrived way behind schedule. He laid down and shivered. His more » Read more

Fight the Bonk Part III: What to Eat Before the Marathon

This is it–Marathon season is here!  We’ve been talking a lot about training, setting goals, mental tips, pacing strategies and taper tips because we Salties want to make sure you all have the best possible outcomes on race day.  We’ve also run our “Fight the Bonk” series because let’s face it, no  one wants to bonk in any race.  Today Salty and I collaborate on the subject to discuss how to more » Read more

Caffeine for Marathoners: The Legal (and tasty) Dope!

Having spent many years training with guys who like to run many marathons each year as well as ultra marathons, I have had many anecdotal tips about caffeine use thrown my way. It might interest you to know that several top-level masters marathoners in Ohio swear by taking caffeinated pills in the later miles of a marathon. Others swear by lowering caffeine intake the weeks before a marathon in order more » Read more

Fight the Bonk Part II: Pepper’s Magic Marathon Nutrition Formula

I can honestly say in my 24 marathon finishes (these include races, pacing, and a few trail marathons), that I have never been a victim of the infamous marathon bonk. The closest I have ever come was at the Cincinnati Flying Pig in 2007. For whatever reason that day I did some really stupid things with my nutrition and suffered major stomach issues after the race. I remember hitting some more » Read more

Fight the Bonk! Train to Avoid Glycogen Depletion in Your Fall Marathon

Marathon season is upon us and we at Salty Running know our readers take their marathon performances seriously! So over the next few weeks, we’ll be featuring articles about how to prepare for your fall marathon. From training tips, to picking a race, to what to wear, we’ll be your go-to source of information for your big fall races! Our first topic in the series is how to train to more » Read more

To Gel or Not To Gel, That Is The Question!

They’re gooey. They’re sticky. They can be messy, get all over your hands, and be completely gag-inducing if you pick a bad flavor. You know what I’m talking about: energy gels. Those little foil packets full of  sugars (carbohydrates), usually electrolytes and maybe even caffeine (zzzzzing!). Chances are if you’re a Salty reader you’ve at least heard about energy gels if not already well acquainted with them. You might have your more » Read more