20 Things You Know When You’re Dating a Runner (Recipe: Balsamic Vinaigrette Chicken Over Greens)

Oh my goodness. I thought this was hilarious.

And totally true!

20 Things to Know When You’re Dating a Runner:

1. Their birthday/anniversary/Christmas wish lists consist of new running shoes or the latest running gear. Unfortunately, this doesn’t mean you’ll save money because you’re not buying fancy jewelry or the hottest tech gadget. [Or cross training gear! A got me a bike trainer for Christmas last year!]

2. You are often at happy hour solo because your S.O. is running. They might show up at the bar post-run—albeit sweaty, stinky and glistening with sweat. [Or go to happy hour with you and not drink because they have a LR the next day–I have done that MANY times.]

3. Your vacations are often in conjunction with a destination race. Because who doesn’t love to push your body to its limits while on vacation?

4. Speaking of vacations… Just because a runner is on a trip doesn’t mean they’ll take a break. It’s actually more fun to get out for a run in a new city—more exploring! [Yup! I totally do this almost everywhere I travel!]

5. You know not to make plans on race day. You’ll be found at various points along the course, ideally, with a cowbell and clever motivational sign. [And lots of pictures and videos and sweaty kisses and hugs!]

6. You consider it a special treat when she puts on a real bra. Because running tights and sports bras are not only functional, they are COMFY.

7. A passionate night at home might include massaging their sore calves or shin splints. #soromantic [This has totally happened.]

8. The closet has more running clothes than street clothes. All those post-race finisher T-shirts have to go somewhere.

9. Laundry day means an entirely separate load for just running clothes. Or maybe two.

10. You’ve learned to appreciate their, um, well-worked feet. Calluses, blisters and runner’s toe, oh my! [I just mentioned to A today that I might be losing a toenail!]

11. Sometimes you try to run with your sweetheart. It usually doesn’t work out.

12. Yet, other times, couple runs can make the perfect date night. And memories are made.

13. You find ways to preoccupy yourself while your S.O. is out on one of their many long runs. Because a Netflix marathon is just as legit as a real marathon. [Or your S.O. is awesome and bikes alongside you like A has done! :)]

14. YOU wake up when THEIR alarm goes off for yet another morning run. No going back to sleep now. [I will say I am super quiet when I wake up, and A falls back asleep nearly EVERY morning.]

15. Your house/apartment is littered with headphones, water bottles, watches, running belts, etc. Accessories on accessories on accessories.

16. So. Many. Socks. #SockGameStrong

17. Don’t mess with their pre-race meals. A PR depends on it.

18. But you’re more than happy to join them for post-race meals. Spectating is exhausting, amirite?

19. You are now oddly attracted to compression socks. Compression is the new black.

20. Regardless of the quirky things your partner does, you’re proud of your runner. Your love goes to the ends of the earth. Your S.O. will run there.

Nearly all of these are 100% true. Reading this simply cracked me up.

Oh! I forgot to tell you that last week Carin and I went to Paint Nite! Neither one of us are inspiring artists, but we had a blast! You have to be able to make fun of yourself if you go to events like this. Here is the progression of our masterpieces.

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1 year ago: Plyometric Workouts (Recipe: Banana Crumb Cake)

2 years ago: No DNF Here! (Recipe: Gullah Peach Cobbler)

Quote of the Day:

“When you’re tired, it’s a sign that you’re almost at the end of your fight.” -TD Jakes

A and I made this chicken recipe tonight. It’s super easy and quick. It’s also pretty tasty and healthy at the same time!

Balsamic Vinaigrette Chicken Over Greens

Balsamic Vinaigrette Chicken Over Greens



  • balsamic vinaigrette, divided
  • 4 (4-ounce) skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
  • 8 cups salad greens

Balsamic Vinaigrette:

  • 1/2 cup basil leaves
  • 1/3 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped shallots
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper


  • Make the vinaigrette: place all of the ingredients in a blender; process until smooth.
  • Combine 1/2 cup of the vinaigrette and the chicken in a ziplock bag and refrigerate for one hour or overnight.
  • Preheat broiler.
  • Remove chicken from dish, discard marinade. Place chicken on broiler pan coated with cooking spray; cook for 6 minutes on each side or until done.
  • Combine remaining vinaigrette and salad greens.

Courtesy of Cooking Light

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