The Difference Between Running and Racing a Marathon

My coach is fond of saying that I have only raced a few marathons. What, you may ask, was I doing the other 20-some times I toed the marathon line? According to Coach I was just running. Is there really a difference between running and racing a marathon? I think so. I know countless great runners who do not race their marathons; they run a few marathons year after year more » Read more

Marathon Mania is Setting In

[Editor’s Note: Mint wrote this a week ago, and she’s running her marathon as you read this. Go, Mint, go!] It’s true.  I am checking weather forecasts, race time predictors and pace charts.  I am thinking about my racing shoes and my race day wardrobe.  I’ve ordered some gels and have restocked my Bodyglide supply.  It’s almost race time,  baby.  And I can’t wait. This is a very newfound feeling, which more » Read more

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

2013 is the Year I’m Qualifying for Boston!

In 2012 I accomplished my biggest running goal so far – a completed marathon.  I went on to complete two more marathons and astounded myself with a PR of 3:47 in the Salt Lake City marathon. It was and is an amazing feeling, especially since over five years ago I weighed over 200 pounds and couldn’t run a step.  But the 3:47 PR made me think that maybe I could do better. Like more » Read more

Marathon Recovery Plans: Running vs. No Running

Two weeks ago I completed the Seattle Marathon – and the race was tough. It was mostly uphill and cold so my quads and hamstrings were shredded by the time I finished (or by mile 18). Unlike past marathons, when the soreness really kicked in 24-48 hours post race, I was pretty beat up the rest of the day Sunday and had to stick to flats for Monday and Tuesday more » Read more

Faster Olympic Trials Standards: Yay or Nay?

Last week, the USATF made news when they announced a new set of Olympic marathon qualifying standards for both men and women. To qualify for the 2016 trials race, men will have to run a ‘B’ standard time of 2:18 and women will have to run a ‘B’ standard of at least 2:43. The ‘A’ standard time for both men and women has also been decreased, to 2:15 for men more » Read more