A Runner’s Guide to Inflammation

AHHH! Quick! Get some ice! Get some NSAIDs! Elevate the problem area! Hurry! Wait … why are we hurrying? Relax, dear runner. Inflammation doesn’t have to be a gremlin. In fact, if you take care of it well and don’t feed it after midnight, inflammation can be a protective little guy who helps keep you running right.  Read more

Anatomy Trains and Running: Fascianating Stuff!

Hey everybody! Here comes the choo-choo! I’m talking anatomy trains; connected muscle systems that run up and down our bodies, also commonly called “kinetic chains” or “fascial lines.” Have you ever gone into the chiropractor, PT, or for a sports massage, told the person your foot hurt, only to have them start working on your hip? Aha! The problem in your foot could be the squeaky caboose of a long line of problems in your body. It’s all more » Read more

Overcoming Hardcore: When to Know if You’ve Gone Too Far

We serious runners like to be hardcore. When it comes to mileage we value more. When it comes to pace we value faster. When it comes to rest we value minimal. Prizing the hardcore has helped many a runner become successful, but it has been many a runner’s downfall too. Some runners can thrive on pushing themselves to limits that would break many others–and that’s great for them!–but being someone more » Read more

A Friendly Guide to the Running Feet

Every runner has her proverbial Achilles heel, and for me, that chronic problem body part is my feet.  During my time running as an adult, I’ve been graced with many of the common runner’s foot ailments: plantar fasciitis, tibialis posterior tendonitis, peroneal tendonitis, bruised metatarsal heads, blisters…the list goes on.  In my quest for healthy feet, I’ve discovered a lot of good resources and picked up some wisdom in the more » Read more

Move Well to Run Well

As competitive runners, either in spirit or in practice, we can be counted on to rattle off our latest PR, our optimal target heart-rate, how many calories per hour we need during a race…name your statistic.  But if I asked you if you have adequate shoulder mobility or rotary stability, would you know?  My guess is you wouldn’t; you might not even know what they are, and these are two more » Read more

The Niggle Conundrum: Can I Run Through It?

A few weeks ago, Salty, Allspice and I had a conversation about whether or not Allspice should continue running through a niggle she had developed.  This led us to ponder the classic runner’s dilemma – it hurts, but can I run through it?  Because most of us who love to run would give up any material good we own rather than miss a few days of training, many times we more » Read more

An Insider’s Guide to Injury Prevention

What’s the most dreaded word in running? No, it’s not poop (although that’s pretty bad). It’s injury. And, boy, am I familiar with that word! I have had at least 3 stress fractures, 1 year long injury and countless other little niggles that have kept me off my feet for a few days to a few weeks over the past 20 years. At the beginning my injuries were mostly caused 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 EliteMarathoning.com: 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

Measuring and Tracking Your Resting Heart Rate

Last week, I told you why you need to start paying attention to your resting heart rate. This week, I’ll talk about some specific ways you can both measure and track that information. Personally, I’ve known for years about how helpful taking my resting heart rate can be, but I’ve only recently started actually paying attention to it. The reason? I couldn’t figure out a good way to actually get more » Read more

Avoid Injuries: Run from Gators

We hear so much about repetitive-stress injuries, like carpal tunnel, tennis elbow, or the latest, iPod finger.   For runners, just about any injury could be called a RSI, because what is running but repetitive stress, both literal and figurative?  As the late, great Bill Bowerman said, all training can be summarized in this:  “Stress. Recover. Improve.” Too much stress on any body part, of course, can have catastrophic consequences … not more » Read more

M.E.A.T Is Good For You!

For as long as I can remember, I’ve been pretty sensitive to pain. So when I had my very first chiropractic appointment two weeks ago, you can imagine that I was a little bit worked up, sitting on the edge of my seat in the waiting room. Hanging above my head was a framed picture and interview with the Solon Spine and Wellness Center owner, Dr. Noel Abood. In one of his answers, more » Read more

5 Simple Tips for Happy Muscles

“Listen to the whispers or soon you will be listening to the screams.” -Elizabeth Gilbert  When I heard that last Sunday in the wake of an epic hamstring fail all I could think was “I wish I’d listened to my body when it was whispering!”  With both Ginger and me on the injured list I figured now is a great time to talk about prevention methods. And no, I’m not more » Read more

5 Easy Ways to Avoid the Most Common Running Injuries

I’ll admit it: I have injuries on the brain. It’s hard not to when the literal pain-in-my-you-know-what reminds me every waking moment of the day. But like any good friend I want to spare you from experiencing a similar fate.  So read on about the most common running injuries afflicting women runners (I think I’ve had all but one of them at some point, yikes! I need to go in more » Read more

Diary of an Injured Runner: Introduction

Just as I began the process of starting up Salty Running I became injured. My injury has at times blunted my enthusiasm to dive head-long into all things competitive running. It’s hard to be excited about much while moping around and not running! For weeks now I thought I was just one ART treatment or rest day away from getting back up to speed with my training, but as the more » Read more