In the blogosphere it’s easy to portray the image that everything is like so great all the time. I am soooo happy and everything is perfect. All. The. Time.
While there is so much to be grateful for in all the Salty Bloggers’ lives, we’re all still human. Including me. To prove it (because I know you’ve all been secretly wondering) I want to share a (probably irrational) fear I have about my running. Read more >>
Earlier this week Ginger with a J posted about faith and running. Today I’d like to talk about a different kind of faith: having faith in your coach and your training plan.
Last year was a tough one for me. I had a couple of good races, but most of the year was spent dealing with burnout and injury. As I struggled through 2011 there were many variables that resulted in my eventual breakdown. Many of which were mental. A worrier and over thinker by nature I let myself get the best of me. A major issue was that I wanted control of this one thing in my life: running. I mostly listened to my coach and followed his program, but all along there was this side of me that had doubts. Some small and some big doubts and I let others influence those doubts and they grew as I faced injuries and struggled with workouts. By fall I was convinced that I needed to be in charge of myself and that I needed a break from coaching. Read more >>
Let’s talk taper. As I mentioned in my intro post, I am in the thick of my taper before toeing the 26.2 line for the 13th time at the Wisconsin Marathon.
Most runners scale back their running for the 2-4 weeks prior to their goal marathon. This is critical to ensuring that we are rested and in peak form on race day. There is some consensus on how it should be done, but it always leaves us runners thinking obsessing about it pre-race since we have more time on our hands then we are used to and we are getting fired up for our key race. I have tapered many a good taper and have compared notes with many running buddies who have different taper styles than I.
So today, I am going to throw some of my observations and practices out there. I am very interested if you have the same or different experiences. Indeed, the taper was discovered by accident (an elite runner was sick and could not train up until race day, then all were amazed at how fresh he was; Voila = taper became a staple), so we may as well perfect it by sharing what we found did or did not work through our own trials and errors. Read more >>
Since I’ve been coming back from a little injury, I haven’t had an opportunity to write about getting fast. So with all this extra energy, I’ve found myself waxing philosophical lately.
Faith. I thought it was just something to have to ease pain and sorrow, a mechanism for escaping the reality of life; a life that will end. Last weekend, my mind was piqued during a poignant discussion with James. Both raised Catholic, but now having two separate viewpoints, we pushed each other’s spiritual buttons for the first time in our two and a half year relationship. We probably avoided this topic because neither of us are active participants in our beliefs. Prior to our discussion, I assumed spirituality was only for the religious or those at least believing in something. Read more >>
Let’s talk about poop. Why not? We’ve already discussed sex and boobs this week. Might as well discuss that other tmi topic while we’re at it.
When I began upping the volume and intensity of my running during the winter, I started spending significantly more time in the bathroom after each run session. Not to get into too much of the dirty details, but I will say that at times blood was involved. And my stomach would act up the rest of the day or into the night.
Awareness about stomach issues, such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome and Celiac Disease, has increased tremendously in the last decade due to better research and education about the human body and nutrition. I didn’t think my symptoms were serious enough to warrant any of these conditions but I thought that if I tried a few of the nutritional recommendations I read about that I could at least rule out the causes of my stomach woes. To my surprise, I haven’t had a stay longer than 5 minutes in the “john”, unless I was reading a good article. More importantly, blood hasn’t made an appearance either.
So, what are these nutritional changes you ask? Well, let’s take a look! Read more >>
I have something on my chest that I’d like to discuss, something very close to my heart. Two somethings, in fact. What I’m going to talk about today is a factor that weighs heavily on some of us but is a light topic for others. I’m sure you’ve been sore on the subject and wanted to keep it locked up, but maybe you’ll feel better if you just…let it all out.
Dear readers, sit back, relax, take your shirts off if you like and join me as I investigate something many have explored but few have conquered. Let’s talk about boobs. Read more >>
It’s wellknown, and much discussed behind closed doors, that runner’s race better if they engage in a certain activity the night before the race. Or it could just be a myth made up by non-running significant others to get us weary runners excited after a long week of workouts…
Be warned, when you click *Read more* the content will be adult in nature!Read more >>
One of the reasons I was so excited to join the Salty Running team was that we have such a wide representation of backgrounds and abilities in our group. I love that our writers aren’t just “fast marathon runners.” But it’s not only the time spectrum that’s well-represented. We have single women and married women. Women with kids and women that don’t have children. Women that work traditional jobs, women that work not-so-traditional jobs, and women that work from home. And as with every group of runners, we each have very different, but deeply personal reasons for how and why we run.
As the primary ultrarunning voice in the group, I thought one of my first posts should be a sort of “primer” on ultrarunning for those not as familiar with life beyond 26.2 (or less). Things can get a bit crazy over here on the dark side, so allow me this brief attempt to establish my sanity – before I immediately undo all my own hard work. Ready? Read more >>
Greetings fellow runners! I am so excited to be part of the Salty Running community!
I first met Salty about 6 years ago. At that time, we were both rather new to running competitively (at least I was) and we were both complete marathon newbies. We stumbled upon each other while we were both trying to gather up as much information possible to do our very best in our first marathons. At that time, it was very difficult to find much information on marathoning, high level training for amateurs or women-specific running/life issues. But, there was a small niche on a site called Cool Running, where we swapped training stories and race reports for quite some time. Years and many big life changes later (job changes, marriage, babies), here we are. Still running and still navigating the crazy course of life. Read more >>
Ladies (and maybe a gentleman?), I am so pleased to introduce Salty Running’s newest blogger: Mint! This Wisconsinite is a full-time attorney, mom to two awesome kids (who train with her!) and one hardcore skirt-wearing runner! She’s currently gearing up for her lucky 13th marathon. When she’s not working, parenting or running, she’s rockin’ out at her husband’s band’s gigs and coaching for her local Girls on the Run Chapter. She’s one busy lady, but even so she’s found time to share her story with us!
And despite having so much going on all the time, Mint always has a great attitude. One thing I’ve always admired about her is that this positive attitude shines trough in every race photo. I have seen a lot of her race photos over the years and I have never once seen one without a smile. That’s one post I insist on: how to take good race photos. I certainly could use a tutorial!
For as long as I can remember, I’ve been pretty sensitive to pain. So when I had my very first chiropractic appointment two weeks ago, you can imagine that I was a little bit worked up, sitting on the edge of my seat in the waiting room. Hanging above my head was a framed picture and interview with the Solon Spine and Wellness Center owner, Dr. Noel Abood. In one of his answers, he replied that the human body’s ability to heal on its own is more powerful than we think. This quote stuck with me as I walked over to see his partner, Dr. Tim Keyes, for my session. Read more >>
I did this as early as the 90’s running for my high school cross country team. We had these rad neon orange outfits and for Regionals we all spray painted our hair orange with that Halloween type spray.
For Boston in 2010 I added some fun red streaks for speed. Note this resulted in stained white clothes, hair color does bleed some times!
Think coloring your hair is just for fun runners? Think again! Miss elite Anna Pierce rocks out some of the most rad hair color for big track events to match her Nike kit!
2) Faux Hawk!
While your coach may prefer that you get attention with your speedy times sometimes it is fun to make a statement with your hair. If you look spunky you may just run spunky too!
3) Don a Tiara!
I reserved this tactic for my 30th Birthday but many runners don a tiara or a crown and let me tell you the spectators loved it! The tiara was light weight, I had fun, and I ran pretty fast!
4) Funky Headband
There are so many great headband company’s for running out there. Bondi Band, Sweaty Band etc. My gold headband made a huge splash at Columbus and Boston! Hot pink’s a good headband color too.
5) Au Natural!
Skip the pony tail and pig tails and let that lion’s mane run free! My hair is just in that middle ground space where it is too long for the faux hawk (without some serious product) and too short for pig tails. sometimes it is fun to go sans headband and let your hair fly. It makes for exciting race photos when caught at just the right moment!
Bonus: Tiny Hat.
Ok. Maybe this one’s not such a great idea.
WHAT DO YOU THINK?What fun things have you done with your hair for race day?
Hi. I’m typing in bed. I’ve just returned from my morning puke. It’s hard typing in bed, so excuse any typos. Normally, I’m up before my kids and hacking away with my coffee. But not these days. Baby number 3 has different plans.
I’m in the depths of the first trimester. I am enjoying such awesome delights as constant nausea with occasional marathon puking session a lá this morning, unending fatigue, constipation like I never ever have, all made complete by my oh-so-pleasant irritability. As a SAHM, I’m not doing a very good job. I am barely getting through the day. So, as you can imagine, running isn’t a top priority right now. That little pee-on-the-stick thing really changes everything!