Two weeks ago at this time, social media timelines, feeds, and stories were filled with smiling faces—notably primarily smiling white faces—pictured next to the portrait of a murdered Black man. Ahmaud Arbery. Today, 14 days after the seemingly massive outcry from the running community, I have seen one or two posts about Ahmaud and the racial divide in the running community and beyond. Have we forgotten his name already? Read more >>
I'm a student of law and life. A Jill of all trades, master of none. But I'm hoping to master something, sometime. ;) Preferably a sub-23 5k and a sub-4 marathon!
When I sat down to interview Molly Bookmyer in a local café, I felt like I was sitting across from a human sunbeam. She is so positive and upbeat; it was refreshing and contagious. The core of her running is her community—from her husband, to her family, to her coaches, friends, and several local runners. Bookmyer’s greatest goal in running is to give back to the community that has given her so much.
Bookmyer has been running for as long as she can remember. She walked onto Ohio State University’s cross country team in 2009, at the encouragement of her dad and coach. Although only a senior in high school at the time, Bookmyer had already struggled with injury and almost gave up the sport. However, the universe had a lot left to throw at her. Read more >>
Two months before the Columbus Marathon, I messaged my fellow Saltines to solicit encouragement to sign up. (What is wrong with me??) I live here, it’s my favorite race, and I have serious FOMO if I don’t participate. I hadn’t been running a lot of mileage, but I was running consistently. I convinced myself that I could run/walk Columbus for fun. I literally meant I would walk huge chunks and run only 14-16 miles total.
Ultimately, I made the wiser choice and decided to skip 26.2 this year. I signed up for a trail 10K instead. Trails are a challenge, and 10K is much more in my ballpark mileage right now. Read more >>
Last week I went for a run after class. It was supposed to be an easy run. All my runs are easy runs currently. You could say they have a presumption of easiness. Easy until proven ready. Last week I was ready.
In the first five minutes, I decided I would run a fartlek. I finished my 10 minute warm up, and quickly googled a fartlek sequence since I’m a bit out of practice. I chose one, standing at the top of the hill by the train tracks. I reset my watch, and for the next 20 minutes, I enjoyed the challenge of speed play by the river. When I was finished, I ran my cooldown back toward the city skyline and felt satisfied – with my efforts and with my decision. At the end of my spontaneous fartlek, I felt, and I still feel, optimistic.
It’s taken a long time for me to reach this place with running. Read more >>
Three professional runners recently spoke out against Nike for the way it treated them during and after their respective pregnancies: Alysia Montaño, Allyson Felix, and Kara Goucher. If you’ve followed these stories, you may be wondering how an international corporation like Nike can get away with these seemingly obvious cases of pregnancy discrimination. I’ve been clerking for a Plaintiff’s employment law firm for over a year, and I’ve done a decent amount of research on Title VII pregnancy discrimination claims. I’m going to break each legal option down for our readers, but please know that I am not an attorney at this time, and this post does not constitute legal advice. If you feel that you are being discriminated against for any reason, please consult an employment attorney.
The main issue surrounding pregnancy is the amount of time that women need to take off work for childbirth and recovery, as well as bonding with their newborns. While pregnancy-related illnesses, childbirth, recovery, and infant-caretaking are very separate phenomena, they are often lumped into one category for legal purposes: maternity leave. Generally, there are three basic avenues for women seeking legal protection during pregnancy. Those include Title VII claims, Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) claims, and state anti-discrimination laws. Pregnant employees can usually rely on these avenues when their employers do not have an internal maternity leave policy.
I grew up playing piano. Like, really playing piano. I was obsessed. In my teens, I even created my own arrangements for recitals. I used to be able to practice and perform under any circumstances—my baby sister would be running circles around me, shouting overhead at our mom, and I would keep playing, completely unfazed. TV blasting, phone ringing, vaccuum roaring, others in my house roaring at each other … I would keep playing. I loved it so much that I could block out everything else and focus on the piano only. When I played, I was only vaguely aware of the TV, of the appliances, of the screaming.
In adulthood, I’ve lost that precious, childlike ability to focus in compartmentalize and hyper focus on a single task without melting down about my surroundings. In fact, I am totally aware of everything swirling around me at all times. The closest I’ve ever come to that focus since childhood? Running, obviously.
Perhaps less obvious is that my inability to tolerate the swirling vortex of chaos without running is exactly why I had to step away from it. Or so I thought.
I always say that I’m going to hop back on the log train, pun perfectly intended. Then I write one or two and fall back into the black hole that is law school. I agreed to hop back on, but only under duress. 😉
I had a surprisingly successful and fit academic year, and my grades weren’t so bad either! I ran the Columbus Half Marathon in fall semester with a decent time which was adjusted for the warm conditions. I ran the Cap City Quarter Marathon at goal pace, roughly 8:00/mile. I ran the first three at an average of 7:59 and the last 3.55 at an average of 8:09. That’s a win for me! I’m actually pleasantly surprised that I could sustain that for so long given my spotty winter training. I also don’t want to undermine my progress because I worked my ass off in many aspects. I ran 25-30 mile weeks for 6 weeks in the middle of the semester. I tried to have at least one good workout a week, and I forced myself out into the awful conditions in February and March, many times overdressed. I couldn’t take the wind any longer, and if wearing a windbreaker got me out for 40 minutes, then so be it. Whatever it takes.
I have marathon fever, and I have for awhile. I feel like at my current fitness level, I could certainly train to PR. My first and only marathon time is 4:13:09. I have a range of easier paces I could aim for to PR. I feel like my legs and heart are ready to tackle the distance again, but my reality isn’t…quite. This summer, I’ll be working two part time jobs and taking night class. When that ends, I’ll take a little trek to Europe for a month-ish, and then I’ll come back in time to settle back into my new legal job (!!!) and a 14-credit hour fall semester. I’m nervous and giddy and happy about all of it, actually.
I want to make progress but maintain my sanity. Unfortunately the marathon will have to be postponed another year. This will be my 2L year, and salty readers (and Salty herself) have told me not to train for a full during 2L year. I trust that advice. For now, I’ve got a shorter stuff to tackle! Plus I want to get back to doing yoga every day and incorporate more walking into my warm summer evenings.
Week of 5.20
Monday- 7 miles at 10:30 pace. 15 minutes of yoga. 1.5 mile evening walk.
Tuesday- 4.75 at 10:30 pace. Yoga after class.
Wednesday- Evening walk + yoga.
Thursday- 5 trail miles, 10:51 pace. Holy trail that was hard. Those trail hills were my workout of the week.
Saturday- 5 easy
Total- 21.75 run, 60 minutes walking, 40 minutes yoga.
I’d like to increase the amounts of all of the above.
Week of 5.27
Sunday- 8 total. 2WU, 4×800 at 7:55 pace, 2CD. Average of 9:25 pace. It was 90 degrees at 7pm, and I was depleted. It didn’t feel too hard though. Just hard enough. Good sign, no?
Monday- Memorial Day rest.
Tuesday- 5 miles total at 10:25 pace. 2 on the treadmill, 3 in the nasty heat and midday sun (that was my only window of time to run).
Wednesday- 4 miles at 10:15 pace.
The rest of the week is a surprise. 😉 See ya next Thursday!
Cardi B? On a running blog? Yep, you read that right. The newly-minted rap queen does run this sh*t like cardio after all.
Cardi B’s success story is famous to her followers. She started her career as a stripper to make ends meet, and ended up becoming successful enough at that to support herself while investing in her true passion: music.
This review is in partnership with Running Warehouse, which provided products for testing. Salty Running receives a commission on sales made via our Running Warehouse affiliate link, used throughout this post.
I’ve been eyeing Hokas for years, but have been reluctant to say goodbye to my “traditional” soled running shoes. However, Running Warehouse may have done the impossible: I think I’m a convert! With over a month and at least 100 miles of training on these shoes they show very few signs of wear. The Napalis are cushy and durable, like my new relationship with them.
The Hoka Napali is a neutral shoe with a 5mm drop. It remains lightweight despite its thick cushioning. They run true-to-size!
I like thickly cushioned shoes, but with their signature extra-thick soles, I thought Hokas would be too thick for me and was concerned about my feet feeling clunky as I ran, but I was so wrong! My Napalis arrived on a rainy, slushy day, and I ran in wet conditions for the first few runs. Not only did they offer a smooth, cushy ride, the height of the shoe actually helped keep my feet dry when running through puddles.
Hey! It’s almost spring. We’re gonna make it!
Side note: Since you liked my Venice photos last time, they’re back! I haven’t taken any spectacular photos during runs this month.
I’m in my third week of 10K training, and I’m also in the peak weeks of the semester. The last two weeks were not pretty, but I made it work. I had a midterm coupled with a research project due in the same week. That will happen again next week. But after that, it’s spring break!
Week of 2.12
Tuesday- easy 4
Thursday- 4 miles with 1 at half marathon pace (8:15)
Friday- easy 4
Saturday- unplanned rest. I worked and studied the majority of the day, and test anxiety got the best of me.
Sunday- Roughly 6 miles ending with coffee after a productive morning. This was such a great study break, I want to make it a ritual.
Total: 18 miles
Week of 2.19
Monday- easy 4 miles before school took over.
Tuesday + Wednesday- rest
Thursday- 4 mile tempo (8:15 pace again)
Friday- 5 easy
Saturday- 5 easy, rainy miles during which I was splashed by three drivers. My Friday and Saturday runs were a 9:30 pace, which is on the quicker end of my “easy” spectrum.
Sunday- 7 @ 9:20 average.
Total: 25 miles
Extra Salt: Both weeks I had to take an extra rest day due to anxiety or fatigue, and I am totally okay with that. Law school, and life really, sometimes makes it impossible to maintain any normal schedule, so I prioritized sleep during these days. I was in bed before 11:30 almost every day, which is a big deal for me! I really shot for 11, and sometimes I made it in before then. The extra sleep has made a huge difference in my mornings! Thanks for the inspiration, Maple!
Starting this week, I’ll be incorporating speed and strength.
The 2017 Columbus Half Marathon coincided with my first semester of law school. If I had to sum them up, separately but also together, I would say, “What a ride.” Wow.
I had always been told that law school is a different beast from undergrad, and that I couldn’t or shouldn’t even try to run. However, I’m stubborn, and I registered for a half anyway. I told myself that Columbus is my favorite race ever, and even if school caused me to toe the starting line a little less than fit, I would do it anyway because I enjoy the race.
The Berg is back.
Okay I couldn’t resist saying that. I’ve been listening to a lot of Elton John. I promise I don’t normally refer to myself like that. After a long semester of law school, a few weeks in Italy, and a couple mental breakdowns (to be written about soon), I’m back to training. I haven’t run regularly since October, and I’m just getting back into shape and a routine. I eased in with 23.15 miles this week. Some were on the treadmill, and some were outside. I had forgotten how tough winter running can be. Despite the cold, I was happy to be outside. The following 23 miles were easy. I’ll start adding speed work in toward the end of next week. I’m doing something I’ve never done before and planning for a fast 10K in the spring. I’m currently aiming for straight 8:00s, but something in my gut tells me that may be too conservative. 🙂 We shall see!
Wednesday- rest. I’m following the Hansons Method FYI!
Sunday- 6. My longest run in a long time! It felt pretty good.
I have a secret. When I break free from the confines of grad school and take to the track, I transform from a mid-packer to an elite. I treat tempo runs like a day at the office. It is my job. I’m getting paid for it, after all: I’m sponsored. Wait… Aren’t you in law school?
You caught me. In reality, I’m slightly above average at best. But in my imagination, I’m a lot faster. This fun mental trick has helped me approach running with a childlike perspective. My colorful imagination took me so many places as a child, and thankfully, running gives me an opportunity to use it again!
On the trails, my ponytail flies wildly behind me as my sinewy legs power me up the hills. My perfectly trained core assists me on those mountainous ascents because I train at altitude in Colorado, obviously. 8 minute miles become my easy pace instead of my tempo pace. In my imagination, I run with all of the effortlessness exuded by the elites.
The inspiration for my running alter-ego comes from a saying of my beloved high school band director, who taught me that to achieve success in anything, you must finesse your performance. Just like professional dancers, actors, and singers make their respective disciplines look effortless, elites have that graceful form that makes running look so simple. When I imagine that I have a graceful form, my form does get better. When I think faster, I get faster. Do you remember my post on positive manifestation? This is another flavor of willing oneself to achieve a goal.
Obviously I’m not willing myself to be elite, but I am willing myself to be better than I am now. And better does not necessarily mean faster. Better means diligence, patience, practice, and pushing myself. I make more time for yoga and strength training. I make a little extra time for rest. (Because I’m getting paid to run, duh). Instead of approaching workouts intimidated by what’s on paper, I see what I can do as Elite Bergie. Super Bergz! When I step away from the seriousness of training, it almost becomes easier. My imagination has helped me break a mental barrier I didn’t even know existed. This year I achieved a big half PR, and more importantly, hit and held tempo paces I never thought possible while training. I used my imagination and ended up challenging my real self.
I have no hopes of being an Olympian, and I doubt I’ll ever win a marathon. However, my running alter ego may help me get there one day.
Do you have a secret running alter ego, too? Does your alter ego help you achieve goals you never thought you could?
After a year and a half in Spain, I recently moved home to Southern Ohio. As an Ohioan with strong family roots, I never planned on moving to Spain. Similarly, as a lifelong musician who chose arts over sports in school, I never planned on becoming a runner. Being a traveler and a runner were aspects of my life that grew from pain, baggage, and a need for control. Both are integral to my being, so leaving those behind to do some soul searching on long runs in Spain was not an easy feat.
I started running when I decided to train for my first half marathon in the middle of a body image crisis and while in the throes of an eating disorder. Admittedly, at that time I was not into the running for pleasure part. Train for this half, and you’ll be on a quick plan to being skinnier and no one will ask questions about it, was more my thinking. I trained on the country roads along the Ohio River, on an overgrown track behind my high school, and eventually moved my routes to the big(ger) city streets of Columbus. Somewhere among the water and the wild flowers, I realized that I, body and mind, deserved more than diet, exercise, and punishment. I learned to love running as soul food, not a punishment for eating food. Then, that’s when I became a runner. Read more >>
I’m back in the US and preparing for law school! And a quick 131-mile relay run from Columbus to Cincinnati! 😉 I will be on a team of 8 people for the C2C Run, an American Cancer Society event benefiting the Road to Recovery program in Columbus. I like this event because the money raised directly benefits cancer patients in my city. I will be running in memory of my grandfather and so many others. If you’re interested in donating to my cause, here’s my fundraising page! My personal goal is $300, and I’m a third of the way there!
I took 4 weeks off of running while traveling in the US with my boyfriend. It was refreshing. I started running again just in time for Salty Camp in July! Last weekend I ran an impromptu 5k in 25:50. I won my age group and along with that, a beer and glass, pizza, and socks! A great time was had by all- especially me, since I went out at a 7:30 pace and ended with a 9:30 pace and vomited. 🙂 Lolz.
Week of 7.23 – Return to Running
Sunday- 5ish miles at Salty Camp
Monday- 3 easy miles, no watch
Tuesday- 5 miles total, 4×400 at 5k pace, 4×200 sprints
Thursday- 4 mile progression run averaging at 8:30 pace
Saturday- local 5k!
Total- 20 miles roughly
Week of 7.30
Sunday- 7 miles easy
Monday- 3.8 miles easy, 2 miles walking with a friend!
Thursday- 5ish miles with hill repeats, no watch!
Friday- unplanned rest. Law school thing with lots of driving.
Saturday- 6 miles
Total- 21.8 miles
Overall my runs have felt pretty good considering my time off. I feel like I’m picking right back up where I left off. I’m hoping to start ramping up mileage to unofficially train for the Columbus Half in the fall. A few wise Saltines have told me to chill with racing in grad school, but I’m a little stubborn. Maybe I’ll experiment with Run Less, Run Faster. We shall see!
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