It’s like a dream come true. {I’m on Runner’s World!!}

During a recent workout roundup I mentioned that I had something exciting on the horizon, but I couldn’t release any details yet. Well as of yesterday this big surprise is live and I can blast it all over the Internet as much as I want. Which trust me…I’ve been doing.

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See that second story? THAT’S ME. On the front page of the RUNNER’S WORLD WEBSITE. 

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So you may be asking yourself, “How the hell did Salt get a story on Runner’s World?” Well I will tell you…

I was contacted by the journalist, a wonderful lady named Diann, a couple weeks ago. She had been tasked to write a story for Zelle, which is a section of Runner’s World that has a focus on women. Knowing my history she wanted to know if I would like to be featured.

Would I like to be featured. In an article on Runner’s World.

Why yes…yes I would.

Diann and I have “known” each other for a long time. Years ago I had a different blog and she interviewed me for a Bombshell Bride story where I talked about how I was using yoga to de-stress before my wedding. After that we stayed in touch and I can’t even express how honored I felt when she approached me for the She Runs piece.

Some of you may have seen it already because we are Facebook friends or because you follow my Run Salt Run page, but if you haven’t here it is (the picture is the link):

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I feel like I’m having a really good dream right now.

Happy Thursday, everyone!

xo,

Salt

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Running Strong {A Book Review!}

I mentioned recently that for what seems like the first time in as many years as Betty has been alive, I’ve been able to occasionally sit down with a book and read it without being interrupted every 30 seconds. It seems that the folks at Runner’s World are a bunch of psychics because it was right around that time that I received an email with a great opportunity to read and review a couple new books! And I was lucky enough to be picked! 

The first book I had the pleasure of reviewing is Running Strong: The Sports Doctor’s Complete Guide to Staying Healthy and Injury-Free for Life by Dr. Jordan Metzl (and with Claire Kowalchik).

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If you’ve been reading my blog over the past couple weeks I’m sure you will agree that this could not have come at a better time for me. If you haven’t, here’s a summary….I’ve been having a really hard time “staying healthy and injury-free”. Actually that would be a huge  understatement.

In Summary

Dr. Metzl is an athlete. As a 32-time marathoner and 12-time Ironman triathlete, he knows what it’s like to push your body to the limit. With all that under his belt, he is also obviously no stranger to injury and as a sports doctor he is no stranger to treating injuries that many of us are all-too familiar with. That’s why he became a doctor…because he knows how terrible it is to be sidelined from the sport you love.

I liked him immediately.

As the title suggests, Running Strong highlights everything that I would ever want to know about staying injury-free, but it is SO MUCH MORE than that.. Dr. Metzl profiles different types of runners and what each of these could expect to take away from the book. I saw myself in a couple of these categories and after reading further was so thrilled to find that he was right.

The book begins anatomy lesson and overview of healthy running mechanics and how the way that you run could be damaging your “kinetic chain”. We then visit a comprehensive list of common injuries, covering everything from shin splints to black toenails. It’s presented in an easy-to-follow format complete with illustrations, suggestions of exercises that you can do at home to help heal, strengthen, and prevent further injury to the affected area, and even uses the brand new Blipp technology. Blipp allows you to scan pages with a free phone app and suddenly it’s like you are transported directly to Dr. Metzl’s office! Running Strong is the first running/fitness book to utilize this awesome video technology and it can be found on many of the pages throughout.

Running Strong has sections on nutrition, the importance of sleep, foam roller exercises, maximizing your running (even catering specifically to women and men because we all know there are some major differences to how we run), how to best prepare for race day and how not to bonk when you get there. He introduces the IronStrength Workout for Runners: an intense full body workout specially designed to train your muscles with running-specific movements with each exercise illustrated with diagrams and Blipp video. I’m excited to add IronStrength into my routine.

He even has training plans for various races distances and every ability. And that doesn’t cover all of it. This book truly has everything I would have ever wanted to know and then a whole list of other things I would have never thought to ask.

My Thoughts

If you couldn’t guess, I think Running Strong is the best thing since sliced bread. Dr. Metzl rocks. It’s written in a friendly,  easy-to-follow style that I had a hard time putting down; I even read up on a bunch of injuries that don’t apply to me right now and I hope never do. So if anyone has any questions about Plantar Fasciitis let me know.

One of my favorite things is that it encourages active recovery from injury. For someone that finds sitting down to be impossible,  but is constantly being told by my entire family to stop moving around so much, I felt relieved that Dr. Metzl wants me to keep moving.  I’ll take a break from running if I have to, but there are so many other things I could be doing and he has lots of options for me.

It is the kind of book that will live within easy reach of me at all times. I have an e-copy on my phone and over the past week I’ve found myself using it on numerous occasions. Now that I’m trying to rework the end of my marathon training plan a bit to make room for all my current problems, I’ve been referring to the training plans, suggestions for pain relief, workout modification and the strengthening exercises.

Being hurt is terrible and I wouldn’t wish it on anyone, but I’m so glad to have received this book when I did and feel confident that his claims in the title are true. I could definitely see myself staying healthy and injury-free now that I have this resource and I think any runner regardless of fitness level could benefit greatly from it!

If you are interested in purchasing a copy of Running Strong: The Sports Doctor’s Complete Guide to Staying Healthy and Injury-Free for Life for yourself, it can be found HERE.

For more information on Dr. Jordan Metzl, you can visit his website at www.Dr.JordanMetzl.com and he can also be found being awesome all over social media on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Have you read this book? What did you think? Have you ever heard of Blipp technology before? (So cool right?!)

xo,

Salt

Runner’s World provided me with a copy of Running Strong to review. All opinions expressed in this post are my own.

The Streak Goes On!

Well Christmas is officially behind us and it made a half marathon seem like a piece of cake. EXHAUSTING! I hope that everyone who has been celebrating over the past couple days has been having a wonderful time! The best part for me was definitely watching my daughter open her presents on Christmas morning.

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Not even 2 years old and already has her own Benz. What a baller.

Throughout this holiday madness/fun my best Helly and I have been keeping up with our streaks and today it’s STREAK PARTY TIME again! As if we all haven’t been doing enough partying over the past few days.

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If you have read any of my other recaps, you might recall me being all “OMG this run streak is so great and easy and just the best thing I’ve ever done”. Well Week 4 took a little bit of a toll and I’m not trying to be a Pointy McFingerpointer or anything, but I’m looking at you, Saturday long run.

Here’s a little recap of what I’ve been up to over the past week:

  • December 19: I decide to take to the streets for the first outside run I’ve done around my work in awhile. The sidewalks are still a little icy in patches, but I finish my 5 miles strong. This is the day when I will go nuclear upon my return to the office when I realize someone has stolen all my milk.*
  • December 20: Fridays have quickly become my Wear An Inappropriate Streaking Outfit Day. Last week it was skinny jeans. This week I’m going to a Christmas party so I show up at the gym in the outfit pictured below. I do swap out my boots for my running shoes, but the pearls obviously stay on.

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  • December 21: Saturday Long Run. I decide to take advantage of the “warm” weather that has moved into the area and go for my longest run yet (if only by like .4 miles). I finish up 14 miles feeling fantastic. This feeling will be relatively short lived.
  • December 22: I stop by the gym to run 1 mile before heading to my yoga class where thankfully our regular Sunday instructor has returned. She informs us that she heard we did a lot of arm work the previous week while she was away and so this week we are going to do LOTS OF LEGS. I almost start to cry.
  • December 23: It’s raining and I don’t even feel like dealing with it. I run 7 ugly-feeling miles on the treadmill and decide that I’m not loving this whole Streak thing very much right now.
  • December 24: Speed day, my hip hurts, and I’m feeling like a total Debbie Downer. I pull it together for my usual 5 miles of 800m repeats and then practically limp my way out of the gym. Later in the evening, my husband and I exchange our gifts and he surprises me with NEW YURBUDS! Maybe it’s the delicious martinis I’ve been slugging back, but suddenly I’m not in as much pain anymore and I can’t wait to go running tomorrow. Funny how things can change in an instant.
  • CHRISTMAS DAY: I had only planned to do 1 mile, but I really want to break in my new headphones. I put on a silly pair of Christmas socks, throw together a playlist of some of my favorite Christmas tunes and head out for 5 miles because running more miles is definitely what you should do every time you’ve been in pain for a couple days. I know…I’m kind of an idiot, but guess what? It was fun! There were lots of people out and about for me to wave to and smile at. I could tell everyone really liked my socks. I mean, how could you not?

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  • December 26: Usually I would be posting the Streak Recap, but instead I will be chasing my toddler around all day which is a workout in itself. I get outside for a 10K run before my husband goes to work, making sure to start off slow and take my time. I realize later that Santa has brought me a slightly belated Christmas gift…the beginnings of Runner’s Toe. It’s funny how whatever feelings of disgust I might have had in the past about my toenail starting to turn black have been replaced by a feeling of pride.

Total Streak Mileage So Far: 147 miles and change.

I AM SO EXCITED THAT IT’S A REST DAY. I plan to run my 1 mile on the treadmill so slowly that I will practically be walking. Today marks the 34th day of my personal Streak and I have decided to keep going until I hit 52 days for a couple of reasons:

1) 50 would have gotten me to a Sunday, which is normally a rest day. I already run on Mondays and Tuesdays and I’m not going to stop at 49 because that would just be crazy.

2) 52 happens to be one of my lucky numbers, so it all works out for the best anyway!

Are you still Streaking? We want to hear about it! Link up with Helly and me and we can keep each other company!

Click here to join the Streak Party with Helly & Salt!

* Milk Story Update: I FOUND OUT WHO TOOK IT! It was a good friend of mine who used it by accident and also just so happened to not be here when I freaked out (but heard all about it…I think I’m infamous at this point). She feels so terrible about it and wants to replace my milk. I’m not even mad anymore, but I think it’s pretty awesome that she fessed up. 🙂