Basil’s Kenai River Recap: Celebrating the Painful Privilege that Is a Marathon

A year ago, I couldn’t walk without crutches, couldn’t reach my feet to tie my shoes. Today, I laced up and ran a marathon. Eight months ago, I could barely run for 20 seconds at a time. My hip felt awkward and clumsy, as if all my veteran running muscles had abandoned me and left me with clueless glutes and quads. You want us to do what? Sorry, what does more » Read more

Let’s Call This a Comeback

I raced a 5k last Sunday, two years since my last solid race, two years since I felt strong and capable and fit, two years since a race was exhilarating rather than inspiring mixed emotions. During these years, my attitude has ranged from hating running, to missing running desperately, to complete indifference. Many of my friends and family don’t understand why I care so much about running or even why I more » Read more

Back in the Saddle: How to Survive a Return to Running After a Break

When you fall off a horse in riding, the best thing you can do is get back on and ride again. It helps you overcome your fear of falling again. Is the same true for running? Returning to running after a layoff, especially one related to injury, can be tricky. Two things typically happen. You’re either mentally raring to go, but your body takes longer to respond. Or, you’re physically more » Read more

Recovering From Injury? Avoid Being A Helicopter Parent To Your Body

The analogies are endless. Just as a purple bruise initially hurts and then turns a healing yellow, so too does a running injury. Just as a cut initially burns but then begins to close up, so too does a running injury. Just as the storm comes before a rainbow, so too is the process of a running injury. Just as we may fall down mentally and emotionally, a painful experience more » Read more

Why Do We Do This to Ourselves?

Why do I do this to myself? I don’t think I know a single runner who hasn’t asked herself this question at some point during her running career. For all the post-PR elation and the super fun group runs, there are many low points during training and racing that make us question our sanity for choosing to allocate our precious time to the endeavor of getting faster. I am most more » Read more

My Postpartum Running Journey – So Far

Baby JB is almost 12 weeks old! And I’m nearly 8 weeks into my new phase of running. I had a pleasant, “medically boring” pregnancy, running through 35 weeks, but initial recovery from birth was not quite a cakewalk. After a marathon 53-hour labor, I had some significant wounds that made just about everything other than eating quite painful, even requiring my re-admission to the hospital. But as they say, time heals and more » Read more

The Comeback Series Gets Personal

If you’ve been following along with my comeback from having baby #3, at this point you might be wondering what the heck happened to me. I was updating my logs and then I stopped. I alluded to an injury, but never explained what it was. Today I am going to fill you in. Comebacks are not always linear. There are often ups and downs. Setbacks happen and then are followed more » Read more

The Comeback Series Part III: Overcoming Hopelessness

Imagine attempting to climb Mount Everest. Imagine the effort it takes to climb 20 feet, 50 feet, 100 feet. Imagine what it must be like to dodge falling rocks and nearly careen off the side. Imagine making it half-way to your goal, the summit, only to fall off. You take a rest, get yourself together and start back up. On one hand, you’re happy to be back on the mountainside. more » Read more

The Comeback Series, Part II: Easing Back In

We’re back with Part II of our Comeback Series. Today we’re discussing the very unsexy topic of patience. The other day on my Facebook feed, I saw this status update from Mark Hadley‘s Each [comeback] is like a race. Start off too fast by doing too much and you are likely to bonk. This is some kickass comeback advice. When we we’re stuck in a lay-off, we miss what we more » Read more

Post-Layoff Anxiety: And This Too Shall Pass … Right?

Phew! I’m back from a quick 45:00 on the treadmill. I intended to do a 50 minute walk/run (I call it a wog) where I alternate walking and running, but after a 5 minute walk I started running and didn’t stop until 40 minutes into the workout. I felt good. I would have kept going except for the anxiety that I will “overdo it.” I don’t even know what that more » Read more

Salty’s Postpartum Running Update – Week 7

It took me just 7 weeks to realize I’ve been unnecessarily adding a dash in the word ‘postpartum.’ Mommy brain at it’s finest, folks! That’s definitely something any woman, runner or nonrunner, can look forward to after a baby – a sudden decrease in brain cells accompanied by bizarre spelling errors, forgetfulness and other incredibly embarrassing duh-moments. But now I know and even better Week 7 was a good one more » Read more

Why Race If You’re Not in Peak Shape?

This past weekend, I got up early on Sunday morning and went through my normal pre-race routine: small breakfast, attach chip and bib, drag husband out of bed, head to the starting line. I stood around with my husband until just before the start, when I gave him my jacket and then headed into the start corral to huddle against the chill with the other runners. I gave this 3 more » Read more

Fight the Funk: Bust those Running Slumps!

Slumps. We’ve all been there. Mentally. Physically. Slumps at work. Slumps in relationships. Slumps in mood. Why would running be any different. It is no fun being in a running slump. Whether it is a mental running slump or a plateau in performance, running slumps can be grueling. Running slumps can come in all shapes and sizes. Mini and mega. I’ve started to notice a trend in my mega-running slumps, more » Read more

Overcoming Injury And The “I’m Back” Run

“I’ve been waiting weeks for you. Yeah, it was only three miles. And it was slow. But it felt so right. My legs felt light. My lungs felt fresh. Everything came together. Tonight, I had an “I’m back” run.” -Friday, May, 11th, 2012 An “I’m back” run is just that. Whether you are trying to come back from a nagging injury or even mental burnout, it’s comforting to know that more » Read more