Fandom and Our Obsession with Winning

Marathon season recently kicked off with the granddaddy of them all, Boston. For me and many of you, watching this race is no different than watching the World Series or the Super Bowl. Come to think of it, it is our World Series and Super Bowl. So it’s hard not to feel a little down when your team comes oh so close to winning but falls off at the end. All more » Read more

5 Marathon Videos to Get Your Heart Racing

Fall marathoners, it’s been tough staying motivated to get through the miles in the heat, let me tell ya.  But I’ve got just the thing to get you revved up for a strong long run this weekend; marathon videos! I know Americans often don’t think of running first when they think of exciting sports TV, but considering how hard we runners work toward our races and how much energy and more » Read more

An Interview with Kristin Barry

“Hey—there goes Kristin!”, my friend gestured to the right as a handful of runners sped past our car. “That’s crazy,” I murmured, awestruck. I was a half hour away from running my first 5k, and the idea of running before a race, the idea of running even a yard more than 3.1 miles seemed two strides short of lunacy. Kristin Barry went on to finish that 2007 race in 16:51, more » Read more

How to Request Elite Race Entry

Alright speedsters, let’s talk about elite race bibs. You don’t have to be as quick as Shalane or Molly for this post to be applicable to you. Maybe you’re a perennial front-runner at local races or maybe you’re a NCAA veteran transitioning to post-collegiate running. If you’re someone with big goals or a fan wanting to learn more about the inner workings of the sport, this post is for all of more » Read more

Book Review: When Running Was Young and So Were We

I love running of course, but history…not so much.  So when I received my copy of When Running Was Young and So Were We, it took a huge amount of self-restraint to read the book through rather than skipping straight to the parts about “…training, techniques and strategies that make you a winner, on and off the field of competition.” But a few days later as I finished the last page, I more » Read more

5 Runners Who Can Warm Your…er…Heart

So I asked the Salty gals for some inspiration for this week’s Friday 5, and immediately someone piped up with “VALENTINES!!” Sigh.  Oh yeah.  It’s that holiday I can’t abide.  Not that I don’t like the idea of love, it’s more that I resent corporations convincing us that we’re inadequate if we’re not buying flowers and diamonds for our sweethearts. But then I remembered that Valentine’s Day is also an more » Read more

Elite Running is Hard, and Competitor’s Corpo BS Just Made it Harder

As was first reported on RunBlogRun, this weekend Competitor Group, Inc. (CGI), owner of the Rock and Roll race series, the Carlsbad 5000 and numerous running, cycling and triathlon-related publications (including Women’s Running Magazine) announced they are cancelling their elite athlete program for the North American races in their series, effective immediately.  Meaning right now.  Meaning athletes who were all set to race in Philly in two weeks have had more » Read more

Caitlin Chock: It’s That Runner Tenacity

I recently had the distinct privilege of interviewing Caitlin Chock, or Cait as she prefers to be called. It’s not often I get to interview someone who I could ask about such things as how it feels to break a national record or what’s it like training under Alberto Salazar or to have Kara Goucher as your training partner. Yeah, Cait’s done all of those things. Like Mary Cain, Cait more » Read more

Don’t Worry Mary Cain, We’re All Headcases Until We Turn 25

Someone call Alicia Keys and tell her to change the lyrics to her smash hit because Mary Cain IS ON FIRE. The 16 year-old running sensation is a true prodigy as she has smashed three national high school indoor track records so far in 2013. There was the 4:16 1500 meters en route to breaking Debbie Heald’s 41 year-old mile record in 4:32. Then there was the 2 mile record in more » Read more

Why YOU Need a Running Resume

Here at Salty Running, we are a Spice Rack of multi-taskers. And just like our readers, we each play many roles in our daily lives. Chances are, all of us have written and revised our professional resumes at one time or another. But do you have a resume for any other areas of your life? Specifically, do you have a running resume? Related PostsLearn to Race Your Best 5k! A more » Read more

The Full Girlfriend Experience

She’s a runner. Now she’s a masters runner, but in her prime she was an Olympian. She was at the top of the top. Over the years, she retired from world-class running, settled down and started a family. Now she’s the smiling face of the Disney and Rock-n-Roll races, she prides herself on helping women who struggle with depression discover the healing powers of running,  she’s a successful real estate agent more » Read more

Equal Pay For Women Athletes: Elite Prize Purses

It’s Election Day, and here at Salty Running we’re a binder full of opinionated spicy women! And this spicy lady would like to talk about equal pay. Now that the election is almost over though, I don’t want to get into the candidates’ opinions on equal pay for women in the work force, I want to talk about the dynamics of elite prize purses for professional running and triathlon. My boyfriend more » Read more

Jenny Scherer: Make What Seems Impossible Possible

Twenty-four-year-old Jenny Scherer is what you might call an unlikely professional runner. The Wisconsin native was first and foremost a basketball player, even walking onto the hoops team at Division III St. Norbert College in De Pere, Wisconsin. She didn’t give track a try until college, but when she did, she made a splash! Jenny went on to set school records and win All-American honors nine times during her collegiate cross more » Read more