How NOT to pick up a runner

I am amazed by how many people are doing this wrong. Maybe I’ve just been more aware of  it lately. I usually do a pretty good job of ignoring people when I run, so there’s a good chance that I have just been oblivious.

My favorite running-creeper story goes back to last summer though. I was running near my parents’ house and I was in a terrible mood for whatever reason. This care full of boys drives past and they slow down next to me and roll down their windows. Being angry, I flipped them off (reallllll classy of me, I know) and kept going. They rolled up their windows and drove off. A few minutes later, they turned around, drove past me and all 3 of them rolled their windows down and flipped me off. 5 fingers in the air (one hand still on the steering wheel). It was deserved and hilarious.

 

1. Drive realllllly slow right next to me and stare creepily out your window. Not attractive. At all. My first thought is almost always that this is how bodies end up in the woods.

2. Rev your engine like you are going to blow a red light and turn me into roadkill. You are just scaring me and that’s not a good first impression. Please just come to a complete stop.

3. Yell anything that remotely sounds like “Run, Forrest, Run”. I promise, I’ve heard that one before! I

4. Tell me about how your sister/mother/father/random friend ran “a 5k marathon”. That is not a thing.

5. Yell anything out your car window on a windy day. If it’s windy, I’m angry. And you wouldn’t like me when I’m angry…

6. Yell out your car window, period. Seriously, what do you think is going to come of that? Man, what that guy yelled at me was so beautiful and inspired and really meant a lot… I hope he pulls over so I can profess my new-found undying love for him… this must be fate! 

The exception to this is if I know you… If you see me out running and we know each other, please honk, yell, whatever. It makes me happy to see you 🙂

 

Better ways to pick up a runner:

1. Feed me. Pancakes. Bacon burgers with sweet potato fries. Avocado. Coffee. All of the above.


2. Anything suggested here: Hey Runner Girl

thanks, Majo Tinoco
3. Let me know that you are passing me on the left if you are biking past me. Audible signals are great, people. Much appreciated. But go easy on it – too much of a good thing really is too much.

4. Give me the “hey, I see you and I’m not going to murder you at this intersection” wave. That’s real nice too. This is different than the “oh heeeeeeeeyyyyyyyy” creeper wave; this one says “I see you, I value your life, I want you to know that I’m going to sit here and wait for you to cross the street”.

5. Run with me. We’ll see how your creeper face holds up after the first 14 miles. You learn a lot about someone when you run with them, especially if it involves early mornings or long distances or both.

6. Say something nice and encouraging. I will occasionally run past people on the locals trails/ sidewalks who tell me to “keep up the good work” or “way to go”. Those are especially nice in the last few miles of a long run when I feel like melting into the sidewalk. (P.S. if someone looks like they are simultaneously running and dying, that’s not a good time for a pickup line)

7. Volunteer at a race! Some of my favorite people have been those who line race courses and cheer their hearts out and have awesome signs.

 

Any others you would add?

Clean eating when you have no time for that cooking nonsense

It has been a bit quiet on the blog-stead lately. Can I call it a blog-stead? Like a homestead, only a blog. Whatever. I have been totally swamped and life has been kicking my butt over the last two weeks. It is mid-semester crunch time and I have been more or less completely consumed with school. The only writing I have done recently has been academic (gross) and the only cooking I have done involves pressing buttons on my microwave. Complicating the matter is that I am doing a Whole30 and I need to be very intentional about what I am eating. It is good that I’m not a picky eater; I’ve eaten some odd combinations of random leftovers just because I don’t care and I’m hungry. I think I finally got it figured out though and this week is looking much better!

How to eat well when you don’t have time:

1. Slow cook. Everything.

A lot of recipes call for a bunch of prep work before the slow cooking part. I think the whole point is zero prep work. If I have to use more than my slow cooker, a cutting board, and a knife, I’m not interested. I often skip steps like browning meat before hand. I might miss out on flavor, but the time payoff is worth it. I just throw everything in there and go.

Roasts, chili, and soups/stews are all great slow cooker candidates. I’ve put chicken breasts in the slow cooker – easiest shredded chicken ever. Same goes for pork loin. You’d be surprised at all the slow cooker recipes out there – I’ve seen some for cake, meatloaf, and everything in between.

 

2. Make big batches.

If you are making dinner, make enough for several meals. Double recipes and throw leftovers in the freezer. If you are busy, there is a good chance that you will have to get used to eating the same thing over and over. So make sure you are making awesome things when you get the time to make something.

 

3. Cook when you can.

Often, I will throw some chicken breasts in my slow cooker overnight and then I have shredded chicken for the next few days. If I am home in the morning or evening, I will often use that time to roast squash or other prep work. It’s totally normal to roast squash at 6am, I promise.

 

4. Make components, not meals.

Cook meat. Cook veggies. Not together. Keep the seasonings simple and then you can combine whatever you want. This is a nice way to avoid eating the same thing over and over and over. 3 proteins + 3 veggies = 9 different meal combos. Meat + veggies + spices/sauces = whatever meal you want. It’s like putting outfits together.

 

5. KISS

Keep it Simple. Super simple. As much as I love to get fancy, a lot of my go-to meals when I am busy are super simple. Baked chicken and sweet potatoes. Burgers. Soup. Or recipes without a lot of “active time”. So maybe it’s some sort of baked dish that takes a little while to cook, but only 10 minutes to throw together. Any “hands off” time can be used to do other things.

A couple of my favorite simple yet delicious meals:

Mustard Salmon Fillet (or chicken thighs)

Spaghetti Squash with ground beef and pasta sauce (check your ingredients!)

Lemon Chicken

Grilled steak and whatever side you want – sweet potato, grilled veggies, salad, whatever.

 

6. The one-pot wonder

Like the slow-cooker, only not. Fewer dishes = less cleanup = more time. Soup is great for this. You can saute any veggies you want, add your protein, add your liquid, simmer. Or any sort of stir-fry.

Here are some great and healthy one pot wonders!  Bonus – most of these are very freezer-friendly.

 

7. Dedicate a prep day.

Do you have a few hours free on the weekend? Spending a little bit of time chopping veggies and meal prepping can save you tons of time throughout the week. If time is the issue and money is not, you can buy pre-sliced veggies to save on prep time.

Maybe you can spend an afternoon making a week’s worth of meals. Check out Once A Month Meals for some great ideas and recipes! They also cater to a variety of dietary needs.

 

8. Make a plan!

Failing to plan is planning to fail. Make sure you have the ingredients you need. Find your recipes. I like to know what the plan is for dinner every night so I’m not trying to come up with something when I get home and am tired and hungry. Or if I need to throw something in the slow cooker in the morning. It is a terrible time when you plan on making something in the slow cooker that takes a while to cook (like a roast) and don’t realize it until you get home and you have no dinner and no back-up plan for something to be prepared quickly. Which brings me to my next point.

 

9. Have a safe plan B.

Is there a restaurant that you know can accommodate your dietary needs? Or a grocery store nearby? I default to the hot bar at my Whole Foods. It is not cheap at all so I try not to do that very often, but it’s nice to know I have an emergency fallback. I also have a couple “safe restaurants” nearby. Do the detective work beforehand so you don’t have to worry about where to find food for those days when cooking is not an option or you forgot your lunch at home.

 

10. Keep some back stock.

Maybe that is an “emergency lunch/dinner” in your freezer. A meal you can just pull out when you are scrambling. I almost always have chicken in my freezer… I know that with a quick thaw, I can have dinner in about 20 minutes. I also keep a small stock of canned salmon and tuna. And that equates to being able to eat dinner in about 47 seconds.

 

What are your tips for eating well when you are constantly on the run?