You know you’re a runner when…

Good morning and TGIF! I just finished running a very Autumn-y (is that a word?) 7 miles with Alma and Nicole.

46.5 miles so far this week, 26 miles to go! Lately, it seems as though running has taken over my life (well at least more so than usual). I thought I’d share a few of my musings –

You know you’re a runner when…

1) Your social schedule is determined not by family committments or work assignments, but by mileage. The master copy of my running schedule is posted in my cubicle and I reference it at least once an hour. 6pm happy hour on Wednesday? Good thing I’ve got a morning run planned! Stay late in the office tonight? No can do…I’ve got a team workout at 7pm. With the help of my super-organized, awesome runner-friend Megan M., I put together my training plan back in June. However, as you can see from the scribbles and cross-outs, I’ve made quite a few changes since then. I keep an online training log and track appointments on a Google calendar, but there’s something about plotting out my mileage and daily routine on paper that feels so satisfying.

2) Laundry and showers increase exponentially. Or…if you’re like me, you resign yourself to being just a little bit smelly. True story: between my shower on Tuesday morning and my shower on Wednesday morning, I ran 3 times. And if I can find a clean sports bra to run in, it’s a good day. Judge if you must.

3) The reading material, blogs, and conversations you engage in become decidedly running focused. My bedside table is littered with Runner’s World magazines, a map of the NYC marathon course, Matt Fitzgerald’s new book Run and I’ve got countless running blogs and my training log bookmarked on Internet Explorer. Did anyone else get really exited when the ING NYC marathon site started posting their daily tips?!?

4) Every little twinge and ache puts you into a panic spiral. Zomg, when did my calf started hurting? Maybe it’s a strain….Oh crap, this website says that calf strains take 4-6 weeks to heal. *#%&!! And by the way…my shin feels a little sore. Maybe it’s a STRESS fracture….Also, I’m feeling a little sick…dear god, I hope it’s not the flu. Should I cross-train? See a doctor? Drink my sorrows away? 

Thankfully, after taking a rest day….you realize you’re going to be totally fine. Phew.

5) All non-essential energy expenditures are nixed. For example – I became irrationally irritated when the escalators in the subway station stopped working this morning. I just ran 7 miles, damn it. A flight of stairs is just too much to handle. And I’m sure if I had a car, I’d circle the parking lot at least 12 times looking for the closest spot. I’m only sort-of kidding.

In other news…

Oh haiii rain and wind! When I saw the forecast for Thursday evening, I was less than thrilled about the workout I had planned for 7pm. I had done a 3-mile shake out run during my lunch break, but still had 10 miles on tap for the evening (including 4 miles at tempo pace). Yesterday’s tempo run was a bit soggy, but you know what? It might rain on race day. So I think it’s important to practice running in all sorts of conditions (even wet, windy, and cold ones….womp, womp).

CPTC Workout:
4 mile warm-up 35:30
4.05 mile Tempo run in 28:49 (~7:06 pace)
2 mile cool-down in 17:30

I felt pretty good, especially during the workout warm-up. So much energy! I attribute this to the snack I had immediately prior, although note to self: lay off the fiber. A Quaker Oats chocolate fiber bar was probably not the best pre-workout choice. My stomach sorted of hated me by the cool-down.

After 10 miles in pouring rain and 50 degree temps, I was more than ready for a hot shower + soup. Luckily, I had made a big batch of potato and leek chowda the night before. I paired my soup with a piece of buttered bread and a sample of herb & garlic cheese that I received from Cabot Creamery. I really liked this flavor! I also tried the habanero variety and while it was flavorful, I found it to be almost overwhelmingly spicy.

Potato & Leek Chowder


  • Tbs olive oil
  • 1 bunch of leeks, cleaned and chopped
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 2 Tbs flour
  • 3 cups of milk + 1/2 cup water or broth
  • 1 lb of potatoes, quartered
  • 1/2 bunch of kale, chopped
  • 1/2 cup corn kernels (defrosted if frozen)
  • 1/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • salt, pepper to taste


  • Heat the olive oil in a dutch oven or soup pot and saute leeks and garlic until softened, about 4 minutes
  • Add flour, milk, and water to pot, add potatoes and bring to a simmer
  • Simmer potatoes for about 10 minutes or until they are fork tender
  • Add kale, corn, and cheese to the pot and cook for another 2-4 minutes, until soup is warmed throughout
  • Season with salt and pepper to taste!

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1/3 of recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 300
Calories from Fat 55
Total Fat 6.1g
Saturated Fat 1.2g
Cholesterol 7mg
Sodium 965mg
Total Carbohydrates 48.4g
Dietary Fiber 5.4g
Sugars 16.3g
Protein 15.3g
Vitamin A 90% Vitamin C 105%
Calcium 41% Iron 12%
* Based on a 2000 calorie diet

Like most of the recipes I post, you can easily make substitutions. Use broth instead of milk if you’re lactose intolerant or replace some of the milk with cream for a more indulgent take on the recipe.

Replace the kale with spinach, add sausage or white beans for more protein, get creative!

Fill in the blank – You know you’re a runner when…..

  • Awesome Post! So True! Another thing: You know you are a runner when your monthly budget includes “Race fees”.

  • …you think nothing of picking at your “peeling” feet while watching TV. Much to the chagrin of your non-running SO.

    …you look at salt as a form of fuel.

    …you actually wash and blowdry your hair, and put it in something other than a ponytail, and you think, “Wow, I clean up well!”

    …there are six pairs of running shoes in your entryway, in various states of dampness.

    Love this post 🙂

  • You know you are runner when your car is in the shop and you think nothing of heading to work (5.5 miles away) by foot with a shower bag on your back!

  • Kristan

    You know you are a runner when your significant other is shocked, and even mildly alarmed, when you smell good or even do something crazy like wear perfume, since you normally smell like “running.”

  • you get so excited to see a show you watch with your hubby and he finally gets to see what running is kind of like. I’m talking about the League on FX. They talked about the chicago marathon. Pretty cool

  • Please GOD do not let it rain on Race Day. I attempted my first marathon ( and was foiled by a tornado warning and torrential downpour. I was diverted to the finish at Mile 20. I will cry if it rains on Nov. 7!

    I am totally going to copy your recipe. LOVE potato soup!

  • Kimberly

    …when switching out the seasonal wardrobe also applies to your running duds 😉

  • Andy

    …you can’t wait to throw down that tasty recovery drink that you’ve tweaked to make extra tasty (e.g. hammer recoverite citrus flavor with 2/3 orange and 1/3 water)

    and my wife and has decided that the showers need to be cleaned (by me) more often because my nasty self is in there more often…grrr

  • Kimberly

    PS, Emilia–I ran the tornadic Nashville Half and I felt to bad for all the marathoners who got diverted!! Hope this time around is better for you.

  • Jessica

    I can’t believe you ran in that rain last night. I seriously considered…and then when I was already soaked and freezing just getting home in my work clothes, nixed and opted to shower and watch Project Runway instead.

    I wholeheartedly second the inclusion of “race fees” to my budget. You know you’re a runner when
    …your christmas and birthday wishlists consists entirely of running apparel, gear and/or reading material.

  • Thanks Kim! I ran the half in 2009. Had to make the trip to combine my two greatest loves, country music and running! 🙂

    **That should have said I attempted it *in April.* 🙂

  • -GU/Gel is part of your breakfast on race day
    -plan out your running schedule in advance
    -plan out your vacations with running involved (race etc)
    -feel like crap if you dont get out for a run
    -getting yelled at by all the angry bikers

  • rain + wind = no bueno. but way to get that run in. i’m impressed and you’re so right that it might rain on rain day. and you’ll be wicked prepared 🙂

    and amen to finding a clean sports bra to run in. i repeat my running clothes so much it’s probably something i shouldn’t admit to hahah!

  • …when you think spending $30 on a shirt is expensive but don’t blink at $150 for a new pair of shoes or other running equipment!

  • Jennifer

    You get so excited for football season, not for the football, but for all the hundreds of port a johns that get put out all around your usual running trails!

  • I love this post! Almost taper time 🙂 I will add:

    …when you think nothing of wiping your nose on your sleeve, blowing snot rockets and talking about running-related GI issues

    …when you don’t consider running as something you “do”, but rather something you “are”


  • I love the bowl you’re using, it totally reminds me of my grandmas house… awesome! Chowders are perfect for rainy weather.

  • …when you are super-dedicated to ensuring that a proper bowel movement happens before any longish run. (And when that subject becomes a perfectly acceptable topic of conversation among your running pals.)

    What an enjoyable post — I was nodding along the whole time!

  • you’re afraid to get a pedicure. O_O

  • …you find yourself having to do a run FROM work and have enough clothing stashed away to do so

    …your new favorite social media tool is

    …you justify not showering for the fishies

  • You know you’re a runner when you visit more than once a day, hoping for a new blog entry. lol

  • Thetreadmilldiaries

    Fabulous post – I can totally relate. In fact, I think our running mileage calendars could be sisters. They look a lot alike. 😉

  • Sheesh! You’re running a LOT! I guess what they say, work hard, play hard and it looks like you combine the two which most people can’t do so kudos!

  • Janine

    You know you are a runner when
    – your wine fridge is called the Gatorade fridge by your kids and is filled with a case of Gatorade and Zico water
    – your favorite care package ever contained a foil packet of Immodium which you thought was such a super special treat
    – you are so excited in your amazing discovery and can’t wait to tell your friends that Gu mint chocolate TOTALLY tastes like Girl Scout cookies
    – you completely freak if work or life forces you to take an unplanned rest day

  • Astrid (funrun)

    You know you are a runner when…
    …you think in min/miles instead of miles/hour.
    …you get new running shoes nearly every month.
    …never travel without your running shoes.

    I love this blog!

  • Megan

    You know you’re a runner when…
    $60 dollar compression socks seem like such a good investment that you kind of want another pair.
    You are tempted to order two entrees at brunch
    You look forward to the weekend b/c it means nothing will prevent you from going to sleep at 10PM.

    Bhahaha thanks for the shout out. and the run this morning. even though I almost died…

  • You know you’re a runner when you will do laundry just so you can wear your favorite socks or sports bra on your long run