Today’s episode will be a little different than usual.
Instead of the usual one on one chat, I’ll be talking with seven ladies in a bit more of a round table-esqe discussion.
And the tie that binds? All seven are contributors to Salty Running.
Today, I have the pleasure of chatting with Salty, Cinnamon, Pumpkin, Ginger, Pimento, Catnip, and Bergamot.
A Quick Look at the Salty Running History
It sounds a little crazy, but there weren’t many websites that focused on the needs/wants of the competitive female runner just a few years ago.
Salty, who is the founder and boss of everything Salty Running, said the website came into being because at the time there was a serious lack of information for competitive runners who were either pregnant or who recently gave birth.
Salty wanted to fill that void.
Salty’s sister Cinnamon joined Team Salty shortly after inception, and she handles all things technology for Salty Running.
The next step was to make sure there was always enough quality content on the site, so some calls were made asking friends if they would be interested in writing articles for the blog.
Several women responded, and the rest has been history…
Topics du Jour
Once we got some of the backstory out of the way, we moved into more of the roundtable/questions portion of the chat.
Runner Safety (Especially When Running Solo)
Before our run, I posted a message in the Facebook group asking if there were any topics or questions I should ask.
One of the requests dealt with the topic of safety for women runners running alone.
Several of the ladies were ready and willing to speak up on this topic, and all seemed to be coming at this particular answer in a way that I wasn’t quite expecting.
They agreed that we all need to live our lives without being afraid of what could happen.
Do your best to avoid putting yourself in a dangerous situation by being aware of your surroundings and taking some basic precautions, but when it comes down to it you’re much more likely to be hurt on a run by tripping, rolling an ankle, or getting hit by a car than you are to be attacked by another person.
One thing I’m regularly asked is for race recommendations. While I have big ambitions to run all the races, I really haven’t run that many races yet so my ability to give quality recommendations is limited.
So I asked the Salty Running ladies for their suggestion.
- Pimento recommends the Avenue of the Giants Marathon in rural northern California, the Windermere Marathon in Spokane, Washington, and the Eugene Marathon in Eugene, Oregon.
- Pumpkin is a fan of the Fargo Marathon in Fargo, North Dakota.
- Bergamot recommends the Columbus Marathon in Columbus, Ohio.
- Catnip recommends hitting the track (indoor or outdoor) to compete in the open classes.
- Salty and Cinnamon are both fans of old school/local races that have been around since the 1970’s. Cinnamon really loves the Harlem 5k in New York City because it allows you to see a part of Harlem you wouldn’t normally see and there is great crowd support.
Running Related Frustrations
Let’s face the facts: as much as we love running and the running community there are aspects of the sport that rub us the wrong way. (And I’m not talking about the chaffing either!)
When I asked the Saltines about their frustrations with all things running related, it seemed like all of the ladies were ready and willing to chime in on the topic!
- That guy (or gal) that is full of unsolicited advice (and perhaps full of something else as well! ~Ed.)
- The unknowns/things that you can’t control that impact your race or run
- When a company changes their shoe models (often for no good reason!)
- Too many pink and purple women’s shoes/lack of color options
- The FACT that there are never enough restrooms at a race
What’s Next at Salty Running
To wrap the show up, I asked Salty to shine a little light on any new developments/plans for the future of Salty Running.
She promised some changes and ideas are in the works, so definitely stay tuned!
If you haven’t checked out the Salty Running website before, you are truly missing out! And you can also stay up to date with all things Salty Running by connecting with them on Facebook, Instagram, and/or Twitter!
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