Should You Bring Your Kids to an Important Race?

Any parent with a big race on the calendar has faced the question of whether or not to leave the kids at home on the big day. On one hand, we want our kids to be a part of our lives and share in our experiences. On the other hand, we want to arrive at the starting line having had some sleep and not having to worry about whether we adequately packed more » Read more

The Key to Short and Sweet (and Inexpensive!) Runcations

Here is my logic: If you are a woman who loves to run and travel and you have lady friends who also love to run and travel, why not make a short and sweet trip out of it? A run-cation! A runcation is a short vacation centered around running. It usually involves a race, but need not. The best runcation will be easy to get to and affordable. In 2015 I more » Read more

Going the Distance: Pros and Cons of Destination Races

Yeah, I know everyone’s going back to school, but I’m not ready to give up thoughts of summer vacation. Sleeping in, long days, lazy picnics, and maybe cashing in those frequent flier points. Summer always puts travel on the brain. For me, as a teacher, I like to get far away (usually far, far away) from the places of my daily grind. And as a runner, I’m not a sit-on-the-beach-all-day-with-the-latest-E.L. James-book more » Read more

5 Reasons Maine is Perfect For Runners

In the summer I just can’t get travel out of my mind, and after Sage’s recent post about great places to run in the West, I figured the East could use a little love too!  So this weekend I’m headed as far east as I can go in the continental US – Maine! When you take off on the road it’s great to run new trails and check out the more » Read more

5 Western Trails Worthy of Your Next Running Vacation

Traveling is great, but as you’ve probably experienced, it can certainly interfere with training. I planned on spending the summer in Boulder, running along Boulder Creek Trail, Wonderland Lake and Coot Lake, hiking the numerous trails in the Indian Peak Wilderness, cycling on Left Hand Canyon Road, reading books and starting some new writing projects. Instead, we sold our home there in June and have spent much of the first more » Read more

Oh, Canada! Honey’s Toronto Women’s 15k Race Report

I love to travel and I love running, but I might be finally ready to accept that traveling and racing like a boss don’t exactly go well together. I just got back from running a women’s 15k race in Toronto. I signed up for this race because 1) Toronto is close enough to New York City that I could do it in a quick weekend 2) I have a friend more » Read more

5 Things About Beach Running

I recently returned from a vacation at the beach. Ahhhh, vacation! Fruity drinks, relaxation and fun in the sun. At least that’s what normal people think of when they think of a beach vacation. Us runners, though? Shoot. How am I going to get my training in? You know you’ve been the secret vacation buzzkiller kind of dreading days at the beach because it might interrupt your regularly scheduled training plan. You more » Read more

A Quick and Salty Guide to Running in Chicago

Going to Chicago for the weekend? In the middle of marathon training? Like cities where people drink… a lot? Great. You’ve made it to the right place.  Chicago is known for its deep dish pizza, friendly Midwestern people  and 15 professional sports teams. Though as runners we know it as the city that hosts The Chicago Marathon. Since its inception in 1905, the race has been one of the major more » Read more

Running in Nashville: A Quick Guide for Visitors

Do any of you Salty readers have country music on your iPod? How about a road trip to Nashville? I put a few thousand miles on my legs while living in Nashville earning my M.S. from Vanderbilt. Although deservedly famous for the music scene, Nashville has a great running community as well! Whether you’re there to stay or just there for a short trip, I’ve got the skinny on the best way to have a more » Read more

Sucking Wind: Running at Altitude

A few weeks ago it was February vacation week here in the Northeast, which for my family meant our third annual trip to the Canyons Ski Resort in Park City, Utah.  I did some running while we were there and marveled as I always do at how challenging even a 30-minute easy run seemed at 6,800 feet elevation.  On our second day there, returning from a run winded, sweaty and more » Read more

Hit the Road: Fitting in Your Running While Traveling

It’s that time of year when so many people are hitting the road, whether it’s for year-end business, vacation or trips home for the holidays.  As I have mentioned in my logs the past couple of weeks, I recently snuck away for a mini beach getaway (and a family visit, too).  The good news is that while I was gone I managed to stay on track with my training, which more » Read more

A Visitor’s Guide to Running in New York City

You’ve made it, baby!  New York, New York! The city that never sleeps! Home of the hot dawg, Broadway theater, the Mets and the Stock Exchange. Where rents are as high as the skyscrapers but you can get a slice of pizza as big as your head for a buck. No matter what brings you to the city–THE City, as we residents call it–as a Salty reader you’re probably going more » Read more

Clove’s Olympic Adventure: When It’s More Than Just Running

I was nine years old in 1984.  The Olympic Games were held in Los Angeles and I watched Mary Lou Retton with the fixation of cat-to-mouse.  I was too young to know that the Cold War was raging on, with Russia boycotting our Olympics as payback for our boycott of the Moscow games four years prior.  I was too young to know how big the world really was, and that more » Read more

It’s How Much? Making Races Fit Your Budget

We’ve all heard that saying about running being cheap; all you need is a pair of shoes. Well, if you’re just running around your neighborhood that might be true, but if you’re running races, the costs can add up quickly! Think about it: the race fee itself, gas or airfare and a rental car, new shoes, a hotel and don’t get us started on managing an injury … it’s all more » Read more

Running Abroad: England

They say that each time you travel, a part of you changes. You go somewhere new to learn something new, about yourself. My recent trip to England was not without a few lessons, many of which I’ve applied to my running. My boyfriend, James and I had the amazing opportunity to go to England for nearly two weeks for not only a beautiful wedding but to also see some amazing more » Read more