Top 10 Funny Runner Terms (Recipe: Crispy Salt-and-Vinegar Potatoes)

So, I get this newsletter from “Active Runner”, and one of their articles this week was on the top 10 funniest runner terms.  And they all came with definitions.  So here you go!

10. PR: noun; 1. shorthand for personal record; 2. the fastest time for a race that a runner has ever run in his or her life; 3. a cause for celebration

9. Hammer: verb; 1. to run hard near the end of a race or workout; 2. to muster a surge or hard effort during a race or workout; 3. to drive a nail or bolt into a solid object

8. Balls to the Wall: adjective; 1. a term to describe the act of running ‘all-out’; 2. to throw caution to the wind and run your heart out; 3. to run so hard that your crown jewels metaphorically break away from your body

7. Hit the Wall: verb; 1. the point in a long-distance race, like a marathon, when a runner’s blood glucose drops significantly and he or she runs out of muscle glycogen; 2. the point in a marathon when a runner begins to feel sluggish and fatigued; 3. the point in a marathon when a runner feels like calling for a taxi to the finish line

6. VO2Max: noun; 1. the maximum volume of oxygen a runner’s body consumes per minute; 2. the fastest rate at which a runner’s body consumes oxygen; 3. the size of a runner’s aerobic engine

5. Trackster: noun; 1. someone who runs a lot on the track; 2. a fan of track and field; 3. the track equivalent of a Star Wars “Trekkie”

4. LSD: noun; 1. shorthand for “long, slow distance”; 2. an easy, slow long-distance run; 3. an illegal drug that causes runners to see and hear things that do not really exist when they run very long distances

3. Singlet: noun; 1. a piece of clothing that runners wear, akin to a tank top, to run a race;  2. a skimpy upper body garment worn to run that is so revealing it shows just how skinny runners can be

2. Snot Rocket: noun; 1. the stuff that shoots out of a runner’s nose when blown during a run; 2. the “unknown substance” that flies through the air from another runner and lands on you while you’re running

1. Fartlek: noun; 1. a Swedish term meaning speed play; 2. continuous runs during which runners pick up the pace at different times, when they reach specific landmarks, or simply based on how they feel, with distances, speeds and recovery periods varied within the same workout; 3. the funny-sounding word that makes high school runners giggle on the first day of cross country practice

I hope you enjoyed those as much as I did!

And because I have more pictures of Callie from Athens…she was infatuated with this handsome fella over the weekend!

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Fun Fact: When you’re new to running, it can be hard to distinguish between a normal ache or pain and the start of an injury. Some overall achiness, tightness, and muscle soreness is to be expected when pushing your body farther than it has gone before. You can expect to feel fatigued in the one to two days after a new workout, especially in the quads. But if you have a sharp pain, one that is only on one side of the body, or one that persists or worsens during or after a run, see a doctor.

Quote of the Day:

“You have brains in your head.  You have feet in your shoes.  You can steer yourself in any direction you choose.” -Dr. Seuss

1 year ago:  Sports Bras and Vet Wrap (Recipe: Wisconsin Blondies)

2 years ago:  The Pain is Back. (Recipe: Pumpkin Tuffles)

So when A was in town the other weekend and we made the Lemon Pepper Roasted Broccoli and the Moroccan Chicken, we also made these Crispy Salt-and-Vinegar Potatoes.  They were good!  I knew to expect salt-and-vinegar (obviously), but they still caught me off-guard a little with the amount of vinegar.

Crispy Salt-and-Vinegar Potatoes

Crispy Salt-and-Vinegar Potatoes


– 2 lb. baby Yukon Gold potatoes, halved, quartered if large

– 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons distilled white vinegar

– 1 tablespoon kosher salt, plus more

– 2 tablespoons unsalted butter

– ground black pepper


– Combine potatoes, 1 cup vinegar, and 1 tablespoon kosher salt in a medium saucepan; add water to cover by 1 inch.  Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer until potatoes are tender, 20-25 minutes; drain and pat dry.

– Heat butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat.  Add potatoes; season with kosher salt and pepper.  Cook, tossing occasionally, until golden brown and crisp, 8-10 minutes.

– Drizzle with remaining 2 tablespoons vinegar.

Courtesy of Bon Appetit

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