7 Things Runners Can’t Stand (Recipe: Sun-dried Tomato Sauce)

Amanda Casanova wrote this article for active.com, and I thought it was quite funny but also true!  So, I am re-posting it here!  (Comments in the *** are my own comments.)  Seven things runners can’t stand:

1. The kid on race day who sprints ahead and then stops in front of you and then sprints again.

It’s great to see children embrace the sport at such a young age. We love to cheer them on, too—that is, until they stop abruptly right in front of you during a race, totally throwing off your stride.  ***hate this–or when runners who do this to you!***

2. The word “jogger.”

Being called a “jogger” is a hit to any runner’s confidence. Most will tell you that even if they’re not speedsters, their achy knees, racing bibs, and muddy shoes all point to being a runner.

3. That car that honks at you.

Having a car horn blare at you doesn’t feel like encouragement for most runners. To a runner, that honk says, “Get out of the way!” And when that honk comes when we’re fatigued and trying to power through the end of a workout, it’s the last thing we want to hear.

4. Animals that scare you midway through your run.

You’re in the zone and have settled into your long run when a dog charges you and starts barking. The surprise sends your heart rate skyrocketing and you end up jumping out of the way, needing a few minutes to recover.  ***sooooo annoying***

5. Your GPS watch dies mid-run.

You’re about to set a PR when you look down and realize your Garmin has been dead for the last few miles and hasn’t tracked your blistering pace. Even worse, it throws off your graphs and charts in your training log.  ***yup–this has totally happened***

6. Losing your keys on a run.

Some running gear comes equipped with hidden pockets to store your car or house key, but that doesn’t always guarantee we’ll come home with it. If you’ve ever had to backtrack four miles to find your car key, you know how frustrating it can be. ***thank goodness I have never had this happen!!***

7. Wind that seems to come from every direction.

Ever spent half your run wondering when that tailwind is going to kick in? It’s easy in theory to start a run into the wind and expect to have it at your back on return, but some windy days aren’t that simple. Crosswinds and wind tunnels between houses and buildings can keep runners from a consistent pace, not to mention just generally being miserable.

I hope you enjoyed these, too!

I had wind coming at me from what seemed like every direction when I went running in Milwaukee this weekend! Geez! Winter needs to be over!


So, this is totally me.  Cheryl and I are planning a trip to Niagara Falls right now, and I have a couple other trips planned for this summer, and these thoughts have entered my mind for every one of them! Ha!

Food for Thought: Ancient Roman leaders were so taken with asparagus that they appointed special ships, known as the Asparagus Fleet, to bring back the fresh harvest. Runners would also transport spears to the Alps, where they were preserved in the snow!

And look at this awesome puzzle A got me for my birthday!  It is going to look awesome framed over the desk in the house!


1 year ago: Skimping on Fat and Running on Empty (Recipe: Pasta with Brown Butter, Cinnamon, Almonds, and Feta)

Quote of the Day:

“Some people feel the rain. Others just get wet.” -Bob Marley

Do you need an easy but tasty pasta sauce?  This is it! I don’t think you’ll be disappointed!

Sundried Tomato Sauce

Sun-Dried Tomato Sauce


1/4 cup packed sun-dried tomato
1 teaspoon olive oil
1 cup chopped onion
2 (14.5-ounce) cans diced tomatoes, undrained
2 tablespoons fresh basil, chopped
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/4 teaspoon black pepper


– Combine sun-dried tomatoes (chopped) and onion in a large saucepan over medium-high heat (about 7 minutes).

– Stir in canned tomatoes and bring to a boil.

– Cover, reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes.

– Remove from heat. Stir in vinegar, basil, garlic and pepper.

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