Hilary Dionne on Pursuing Excellence in Running and Life

While she holds blazing fast PRs of 16:41 (5k), 34:50 (10k), 1:14:01 (half marathon), and 2:34:45 (marathon), you may know Hilary Dionne as the runner who held hands with Meb at the 2015 Boston Marathon. Needless to say, she’s so much more than that! She’s a Dartmouth grad and a Boston-based runner who competes for Craft Concept Racing, works full-time for Jobcase Inc., and competed in the 2016 Olympic Marathon Trials. more » Read more

Nick Symmonds is Leaving the Sport Better than He Found It

Nick Symmonds is a guy who knows how to get attention. If you don’t know him as the guy who auctioned off his skin as ad space twice, or the guy who passed on joining the U.S.’s World Championship track and field team because he wouldn’t sign the contract limiting his ability to promote his sponsors, then you might know him as that runner guy who dated Paris Hilton, that runner guy more » Read more

Race Offerings for Sub-Elites

Behind the elite athletes on the front of the line of races like the 2016 U.S.A. Half Marathon Championship at the Cap City Half are sub-elites trying to chase them down. Last week I explained who sub-elite runners are, but now it’s time to tell you what is available for those of you who are currently in that group and those of you with the goal of making it into more » Read more

AthleteBiz: Connecting Running Fans with Running Stars

Would you like to grab a burger and shake with Alana Hadley? Have your kid tutored by Olivia Mickle? Shoot the breeze with Esther Atkins? Maybe even receive a home-brewed ale from Camille Heron? There’s a website for that! Have you heard of AthleteBiz? It’s an online platform dedicated to introducing U.S. world-class track and field athletes to fans and potential fans. Each athlete can craft her brand on her own AthleteBiz more » Read more

5 Moments from JAX That Will Make You LOL For Realz

Here at Salty Running we take running very very seriously. Elite runners are also people who take running very very seriously. Put Salty Running and elite runners together and surely such an event would be of the utmost in seriousness, with conversations about lactate thresholds and glycogen depletion and … real talk: whether men should race in briefs too. Of all those things we only discussed one of them. Guess more » Read more

Why Should the Average Runner Care About Elites?

So we went to Jacksonville and now you know our reasons, but perhaps you are left wondering why a back or middle of the pack runner would care about Jacksonville. About elite runners. How are these fast women connected to you? Why should you care? To dispel any myths here: my first race had a mile pace of 15 minutes and my last race had a pace of 7:45. I’ve been the slowest more » Read more

76 Minutes in Jacksonville

The plan was even 5:41 splits for 13.1 miles, delivering her pack as close to 1:14:30 as she could. If anyone could do it, it was Brianne Nelson, aka “the human metronome,” a woman reknowned for her even pacing. She’s also one of the few women for whom 5:41 pace is relatively pedestrian. Brianne is also not someone who runs for glory; for her, it’s all about the pursuit of excellence. more » Read more

Hopefuls Employ the Power of the Pack for Last Chance at the 2016 Olympic Trials Marathon

This weekend, Olympic Trials qualifiers and hopefuls will converge in Jacksonville, Florida for the JAX Bank Half Marathon. Noted race director and running super fan Richard Clark Fannin hatched up a plan to bring some of the country’s fastest runners, runners who have already secured their spot at February’s Olympic Trials Marathon, to pace those who have yet to qualify. On January 3, 2016, this crazy idea will come to more » Read more

Run a Sub-3 Hour Marathon in Just 13 Short Hours a Week!

So you want to get faster, maybe break three hours in a marathon or maybe … just maybe qualify for the Olympic trials. No matter where you are in your running career, you can. But, Jasmine! A lot of these competitive women train a whopping 80, 90, 100 miles or more per week. I don’t have enough time to do that. How can I ever be that fast? You can. I more » Read more

Run a Sub-3:00 Marathon in Just 10 Short Miles a Day!

I raced the Columbus Marathon last week. Unlike last year, I didn’t get stressed out about the race. I was very, very ready (or at least I thought I was) when I showed up on the starting line. I knew it was just a matter of getting there with the right gear, a solid race plan and some good fall marathoning weather. I went after a 2:50 race, but landed on a 2:54, more » Read more

A Reluctant Elite: An Interview with 2xOTQ Caitlin Smith

An image of a young gazelle greets me as Caitlin Smith walks into the tiny coffee shop in Montclair Village above the hills of Oakland. She presents herself like the dancer of her childhood: lithe and delicate, yet strong. She is a two-time Olympic trials qualifier in the women’s marathon, boasting a 2:41:37 personal best. If being one of the country’s best marathoners wasn’t enough, she’s also an ultra runner, placing more » Read more

Read This Book Now! The Silence of Great Distance

I always sensed the silence as I ran amongst the towering redwood trees, the trails covered in lichen and fallen leaves, the softness of the morning light surrounding me while my legs fell one foot in front of the other. I was a neophyte in the late 1970s, running unencumbered, without pressure, only my dog and me on forested trails, yet there was a phenomenon brewing of which I was more » Read more

5 Marathons to Follow This Fall

When you think of fall you probably think of pumpkins, leaves, the colors orange and brown, hay bales, and more pumpkins that beg to be spiced and placed in our food, candles, and lotions. My local taco joint joked that they are now serving pumpkin spiced tacos. It wouldn’t surprise me if someone was willing to try. I must admit, I’m a fan of the pumpkin spiced everything but there’s something more » Read more

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