Is A Coach Worth It?

For a relatively inexpensive report, we all know how quickly we can blow our budget purchasing everything people tell us we “need” or “must have” if we are truly going to be a runner. There is a constant barrage of footwear, apparel, nutrition and gear commercials. That guy in the running group swears by foam rollers, yoga, magical shakes and his Fabletics subscription. That fast chick you see attributes her more » Read more

Cathy Utzschneider: Running Wisdom from a Coach and Competitor

Every once in a while, you meet someone in life who changes your approach to the world. This happened for me on my 40th birthday when I called Cathy Utzschneider and asked if she would coach me. Founder of the coaching practice MOVE!, and then the head-coach of the oldest all-women’s running club in the country Liberty Athletic Club, Cathy is known for coaching female runners. In particular, she is known more » Read more

A Matter of Time

We all know of someone who worked her tail off to qualify for the 2016 Olympic Trials Marathon or 2016 Boston or to break 23:00 in a 5k before she reached 35, but then didn’t make it. Despite having the heart and putting in the work, she heartbreakingly fell short of her goal. Maybe you can relate a little to this or maybe this has happened to you. We make a more » Read more

It’s More than A Goal Time: What Exactly is a Sub-3:00 Marathon?

So many times I hear runners talk about their goal time for a marathon. Having an end goal for your race is awesome! Something I realized though, is that we talk about our time goals but don’t always talk about what they actually mean. What the heck IS a sub-3:00 marathon? (When I say sub-3:00 you can substitute any goal. It’s just the example we’ve been using the last few weeks.) 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

Readers’ Roundtable: Is Humility Minimizing Your Accomplishments?

This week among the Salty bloggers, Sage shared an article about Amber Green, a mother of three who, over the course of 15 years and 31 marathons, reduced her time from 4:23:xx to an Olympic Trials qualifying 2:41:xx, and we all went nuts.  It was pretty unanimously agreed that Green is a badass.  We love this chick. She is awesome. It was also pretty unanimously agreed that she was, as more » Read more

TED for Runners: Should You Announce Your Goals on Social Media?

Today I’m bringing you our second installment of TED for Runners. Last time Salty shared a TED talk that helped us reframe prerace anxiety. This time I’m sharing Derek Siver’s TED Talk about goal-setting. If you’d like to watch the TED Talk before reading the post, you can find it at the bottom of the post, above the comments. *** Imagine that you’ve just come up with a big running more » Read more

Fake It Until You Make It

Together, we’ve taken a big leap: we’ve resolved to dream big and to stop being embarrassed about it. Yeah! But that is just a first step to realizing our big goals. Ladies (and you 2 gentlemen readers), we have more work to do to become the runners we dream of becoming. Today I’m going to put on my self-help guru hat and discuss how the power of positive thinking can more » Read more

Readers’ Roundtable: Revising Running Goals

Happy birthday, Salty!  And welcome to the Masters’ League! While my dear sister was off having a wonderful 40th birthday weekend I started answering some Salty emails.  I came across a question from Salty reader Erin, who wanted some answers about forming a game plan so she could qualify for Boston before her 40th birthday.  And it got me thinking about a post Salty once wrote: Forget Time Limits When more » Read more

Go Big or Go 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 more » Read more

Tiered Goal Setting for Workout Success

Whether the goal is to finish the race or to PR, we train to earn results, and it’s easy to feel like the stakes are high on certain goals.   But hey, life happens, and when it gets in the way of a runner meeting her own expectations for herself, that goal-driven inclination can backfire.  It can be oh-so disappointing to miss the mark. Coming back from a long drought after more » Read more

Goal-Setting Alternatives to Time- and Mileage-focused Objectives

On Tuesday, Lemongrass discussed SMART goal making, and this got me thinking about goals. Chances are that if you are a runner, you, like me, have some specific goal numbers in your mind. I’d bet serious money than many of those numbers end in :59  or are a nice round integer like 30, 45,  or (gasp) 100 for the week. There’s always that one special number with that cruel .2 dangling off the back. more » Read more

Who Are You? The Importance of Self-Image to Running Success

Picture yourself running. What are you wearing? Where are you in relation to others? Are you happy? Are you struggling? Are you who you want to be? Recently, I started training with my elite development team again.  Because I’m just returning to fitness, I’m struggling to keep up with my teammates. Then the other day, I noticed I’ve labeled myself: the old slow one. When I picture myself in workouts, more » Read more

Taking the Long Road: Staying Focused on the Big Goals

I will toe the line this weekend in my seventh marathon, and here’s hoping that seven is a lucky number that day! For this is the day that I go after one of my “big G” Goals: qualifying for my first Boston Marathon. Basil recently wrote about getting through the no-man’s land of marathon training, and it’s been a long 18 week training cycle. However, that’s only at first glance; 18 more » Read more

Running Down a Dream: Radical Acceptance and the Competitive Runner

When is it time for a runner to stop chasing big dreams? Recently on the Letsrun.com forums, runners debated this very question. We’ve talked about these big dreams here too. Of course, we are all for going after the craziest pie in the sky running goals and the easy answer to this question is never. But, something I’ve come to realize, and something the Letsrun discussion got me thinking about was a more » Read more