Why I’m Throwing Out My Marathon Time Goals

Lots of runners have great big marathon time goals, like going sub-4:00, qualifying for Boston, going sub-3:00, or running an Olympic Trials qualifying time. I used to daydream about goals like these. I fantasized about coming through the finish chute, seeing a particular time on the clock and weeping in elation as the confetti fell and a rainbow broke out across the sky. That’s right; I used to dream about more » Read more

8 Tips to Guarantee You Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions

We’ve all been there. It’s the beginning of a new year and we have a list of lofty goals for ourselves. Stick to our strength training plan, stop eating second (or third) desserts, or simply run faster. But like normal people, we runners are prone to fail at keeping our resolutions. In fact, 92% of humanity is back to their old yous by February. As a pal, I’d rather you join more » Read more

An American Runner in Paris

Am I still Bergamot if I don’t run a race this year? Am I still … a runner? Dun, dun, dun!!!! Cue the horror music. I asked myself these questions, sitting on the couch in sweatpants at 3:00 p.m. Oh, the life of a freelancer, or rather, my current life. Over the summer, Cilantro covered the impact of changing identities and how she dealt with her evolving identities as an more » Read more

North: Showing Up in Strongsville

“Hey, it’s a salty! … Hey, Cinnamon!” I heard Vidhi’s voice singsong as I wove through the masses of parents and young siblings and packs of high school kids warming up. I turned the corner around a brick wall and hopped down an embankment to find her with Lydia, Calina and Caitlin, waiting in line for the bathroom. As Vidhi showed me the team’s latest in a string of injuries–an infected more » Read more

Readers Roundtable: What’s Your Big Dream Running Goal?

I’m a dreamer. When I’m bored, I like to sketch out my running goals. I always have immediate short term goals for my current training cycle, but those are just stepping stones to reaching the big dream goals. My big dream goals have changed as my life and I have, but I always have some running accomplishment I find comfort in fantasizing about. With the fall season on the horizon, more » Read more

The Mind of the Anxious Runner when Choosing a Fall Race

It’s time, again, to choose your fall goal race. Ok, unless your a super-procrastinator like I am, you’ve probably already picked your fall goal race. Why does fall race season bring out the worst in my procrastinating self? Maybe it’s because it’s the perfect racing season, reminiscent of cross-country for those of us who ran in high school or college, and it rewards us with crisp air and pretty leaves  after training through more » Read more

Mindful Goal Setting for Runners

If you are well-studied in the art of mindfulness, you may find the title of this post misleading. And you would be correct. Mindfulness has no goal. I first introduced this concept in a primer post on mindfulness and running. Often referred to as nonstriving, when we are mindful we enter an experience open to whatever that experience presents. A better word for goal would be intention but, if I titled more » Read more

Running Goals & Positive Manifestation

Approximately one year ago I decided I needed a major change. I was feeling very dissatisfied with many aspects of my life. I hated my job. I enjoyed my city, but I was no longer feeling fulfilled there. My roommate was less than desirable. I was tired of dating men who didn’t take me seriously at all. Even my running goals were stagnating. One night when I was feeling particularly anxious, I more » Read more

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