Chasing the Best-Race-of-My-Life Feeling: Coriander Returns to the Roads

Two years ago, I ran the best race of my life, but since winning the Oil Creek 100K in 2014, a lot has changed. Over the last two years I’ve longed for the same race experience, but I also met my now-husband, moved in with him, adopted a cat, started graduate school, got promoted at work, got married and bought a house. Before all of that, running was something I was getting more » Read more

More than Lipstick: How Avon Brought the Women’s Marathon to the Olympics

Early last Sunday morning, we huddled around our computers and TVs to spectate the ultimate in women’s running: the 2016 Olympic Marathon. We watched amazing athletes from across the globe run 26.2 miles at paces many of us can’t even hold for one. The race culminated with a stunning finish, Kenyan Jemima Sumgong crushing Bahrain’s Eunice Kirwa with her finishing kick. In the team showings, for the first time ever, three members more » Read more

Where to Run in Rio

With the Olympics starting next month, our eyes will be fixed on each nation’s strongest and fastest as they compete in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. I am not one of those athletes, but that didn’t stop me or the nearly 4,000 other runners that finished the Maratona do Rio de Janeiro in 2013. Sure this race was three years ago, but I learned something that might come in handy for anyone traveling more » Read more

So You Want to Run a Canadian Marathon, eh?

Happy Canada Day Eve, Saltines, and Happy early 149th birthday, Canada! As Canada’s southern neighbours, some of you may have considered running a marathon in the True North. As the Canadian voice of Salty Running, I wanted to commemorate Canada’s birthday by counting down six of the most eh-mazing 42.2 kilometre races. A Mari Usque Ad Mare (Canada’s national motto, “from sea to sea”), these races will give you a taste of different more » Read more

Pimento’s 2016 Newport Marathon Race Report: Slaying the Mental Beast

It’s been a long time coming, but I finally slayed the marathon mental beast. Before we get to that, let’s back up a little bit. After my NYC Marathon debacle in the fall, I decided I needed to reevaluate and come up with a plan for actually making progress toward my 3:10 goal. First, I enlisted the help of my running dad, Lonn, and asked him to coach me. Second, I more » Read more

Do Marathons Have Personalities?

Sunday is Marathon Day here in New York City. I’ll be along 5th Avenue, under the golden fall foliage, watching about 52,000 runners will themselves through the last three miles through Central Park. It’s such a great day that connects all five of Gotham’s boroughs. On another level, the marathon itself might be perhaps a great metaphor for this city: a multinational event that’s big, expensive, and rooted in competition. This is quite more » Read more

Ask-a-Salty: Marathon Strategy for Carrying Gels and Hydration

And we’re back with our second installment of Ask-a-Salty: the feature where…surprise! you ask questions and we answer them for you. If you have a question you’d like to ask, check out this page! Today’s questions come from Jen P. who asks: Hi Salties! One thing I have been thinking about lately is how do many racers carry their gels?  I was curious what the Salties might have to say. more » Read more

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