To Marathon, Or Not to Marathon? How Do You Know You’re Ready to Run 26.2?

That is the question. I recently had an epic run, during which I broke through my mileage plateau without suffering any immediate ill effects, I can’t help but wonder if I should just go ahead and do it. I know darn well I can run a half-marathon, albeit maybe slower than I would like, but could I run a marathon this coming February? I have plenty of time between now more » Read more

Coriander’s Akron Marathon Race Report

In January the Salty bloggers shared our New Year’s goals for 2013 in one roundtable post. I actually had three, but shared one: to run a sub-4:00 marathon. The other two were to finish my first hundred (check!) and to run a fast 50 miler as another Western States Qualifier.  That last opportunity is coming up at The JFK 50 in November. I didn’t realize it then, but I was in more » Read more

Winter Vinecki Part III: Hear From Her Coach, Mark Hadley

Over the last few months, I’ve introduced you to the young activist athlete, Winter Vinecki.  I shared some insight into her training for 7 marathons on 7 continents before she turns 15 years old – all while training with an elite aerial skiing development team. I’m happy to report that Winter is continuing to rock her goals.  She ran her 3rd marathon on March 30, and during that race, she more » Read more

Why Female Marathoners Are Like a Fine Wine

This morning we talked about one of the youngest marathoners around, 14 year-old Winter Vinecki. While she’s doing some amazingly cool things, when we think of the best marathon performances, we think of a woman a little older, probably in her early to mid-thirties. Why do we think that? Deena Kastor. Kara Goucher. Shalane Flanagan. Paula Radcliffe. They have all hit that 30 year barrier and BOOM! Dropped crazy fast marathon times. more » Read more

Winter Vinecki Part II: 7 Marathons in 7 Continents Before the Age of 15

A few weeks ago, I introduced you to 14 year-old Winter Vinecki.   She has some seriously big goals and I, for one, find her to be an incredibly inspiring young woman. Her greatest goal is to defeat prostate cancer. But she has a lot of other exciting plans too, which we want to tell you all about. Winter is currently attempting to set a world record by becoming the youngest more » Read more

What You Need to Know if You are Training for the Boston Marathon

It is that time of year.  The buzz of the Boston Marathon is starting to increase among marathon runners as Patriot’s Day draws closer.                   Are you ready? If that question provoked a profound sense of joy and terror deep within you simultaneously, I know  you are training for and greatly anticipating this year’s Boston Marathon. CONGRATULATIONS!  It’s not easy to qualify more » Read more

I Must’ve Missed the Punch Line: The Run Free Race

I’ll be the first to admit that sometimes I take my running seriously. And yes, I definitely take it too seriously sometimes. But, that’s o.k. I love running and I’m not ashamed to admit that it matters to me and I like to talk about it … a lot! And yes, I’m well aware it bores the pants off of most of my friends and family and that I am more » Read more

A Salty Guide to Yasso 800s

Here at Salty Running you may have heard us talking about something called Yasso 800s. Some of us have talked about doing them in our training logs. And some have referred to them in their posts. Cilantro’s a big fan of them and so is Clove, who wrote a whole post about doing a set of them on a treadmill next to the man who invented them!  Maybe these posts more » Read more

Choosing a Training Plan That’s Right for You

While there are many things I hope to accomplish this year, there’s only one goal that really matters to me when all is said and done: to qualify for Boston. And if you’re wondering what “Boston” is, you’re reading the wrong blog. In fact, I bet you understand that when I say “qualify for Boston,” that’s Runnerese for I’m aiming high and need a solid training plan to get me more » Read more

Coriander’s 2013 Goal: Running a Sub-4 Marathon

I started running three and a half years ago. In that time I’ve run tons of races, ran longer and longer and gotten so much faster than when I started. As one of Salty Running’s resident ultrarunners, most of my 2013 goals naturally have to do with running further. But there’s one running milestone that I’ve always wanted to achieve: run a sub-4 marathon. 2013 is the year for a more » Read more