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I have been a diligent worker bee today!  I’ve got a good outline of my article done.  It’s a nice change to work from my mom’s office instead of my own. 


(In case you’re wondering, my mom has a photo of a Whopper on her desk because she used to work for Burger King headquarters… ironic, considering she’s also a vegetarian.)


For lunch, I decided to raid my mom’s fridge and turn a bunch of leftovers into a lovely casserole dish.  My mom lives alone and tends to buy and make too much food, which leads to a lot of waste!  I made this casserole with her to show her that you can almost ALWAYS transform leftovers into something new and delicious.


The recipe is loosely based on my Santa Fe Casserole recipe.  I used brown rice and baked tofu as the base…


And added in milk, cheese, two eggs, onions, red peppers, and broccoli.  Honestly, you can’t screw up a recipe-less casserole as long as you add enough rice and cheese!  🙂


After baking at 400 degrees for 40 minutes or so, we had one lovely casserole!


I had a pretty generous serving. 🙂


On the side, I had a salad with sprouts and tomatoes with some balsamic vinegar.


So far, my exercise for today involved shoveling snow off my mom’s patio, but I think it’s time I hit gym for a run and swim combo.  I would REALLY like to run outside (I hate the dreadmill!), but there are so many loose, big dogs in the countryside.  I’m terrified of being bitten (the last time I was here, I had to fend off the dog with a big stick!).  I can’t go more than a mile without running into some huge, angry pup.


If you work out outside, what is your primary safety concern?  I don’t really worry about being mugged or attacked, but I am very nervous about cars.  I assume all drivers don’t see me unless they wave!  Don’t forget to carry ID with you on the road!!



  • megan February 3, 2010, 1:43 pm

    I worry about dogs too! My husband always laughs…when we run or walk together, i jump every time I hear a dog bark!

  • Heather (Heather's Dish) February 3, 2010, 1:43 pm

    what a great leftover casserole! i love doing something like that…it saves time and money! i always carry an ID on the road, and wear something reflective if out at night 🙂

  • Tonyne @ Unlikely Success Story February 3, 2010, 1:44 pm

    Cars! I live on a golf course and I swear someone is paying people to hit joggers at night. I’m usually fine in the morning, even before the sun comes up, those people are paying attention, but at night they just zip right through and I have to jump up onto the course to avoid being hit.

    That casserole looks yummy! 🙂

  • Runeatrepeat February 3, 2010, 1:44 pm

    I carry pepper spray to ward off dogs mostly. Where I used to live in CA it was super tragic and there were always pit bulls out. I also brought the spray on walks with my dogs to defend them just in case.

  • Estela @ Weekly Bite February 3, 2010, 1:45 pm

    I kind of worry about the dog thing. Sometimes when I go for a run they start to run with me cause they think I’m playing. I worry becuase I don’t want them to go too far from home.

  • Jessica @ How Sweet It Is February 3, 2010, 1:49 pm

    That looks like a delicious casseroles, and I am not usually a casserole person. I rarely work out outside, but I’d worry more about being attacked.

  • Evan Thomas February 3, 2010, 1:49 pm

    Lol! I love that Burger King fact.

  • Lauren February 3, 2010, 1:51 pm

    Thanks for reminding everyone to carry an id! Road ID is awesome.

  • Cat February 3, 2010, 1:52 pm

    My main safety concern is tripping! Might seem silly, but I tripped while running a trail in a San Francisco park 2 years ago and broke my finger badly and dislocated my other fingers!! 2 months of healing and rehab! It took me awhile to get back into running, but now that I do and I run on the streets of SF with hills and all sort of other trip hazards, I’m constantly thinking about my foot fall and avoiding things 🙂

  • Sara @ ActiveGal February 3, 2010, 1:52 pm

    The only fear I have is in the early morning when it’s still dark. I live in a safe neighborhood but I don’t think you can ever be too careful. I stick to this tiny little loop near my apartment so I don’t go far and I just repeat the loop. My pet peeve is cars that honk while your back is turned. This has happened to me and my boyfriend. It’s not funny! It is scary and if you aren’t paying attention it could cause you to get hurt! Ok, so maybe I’m over reacting but I strongly dislike when people do that!

    • Caitlin February 3, 2010, 1:53 pm

      i agree – it always startles me!

  • Kara (@ Kara's Marathon) February 3, 2010, 1:58 pm

    I worry about creepers jumping out of the bushes and attacking me or something, which is why I don’t run at night here (NYC) if I can help it, and stick to busy, well-lighted routes.

    I also worry about speedy cyclists running me down!

  • Michelle @ H.E.R. February 3, 2010, 1:58 pm

    Caitlin, to avoid cars -start running on trails! And with vibram 5 fingers shoes! Salad looks yum

  • Tara February 3, 2010, 1:58 pm

    That is too funny about the whopper… can I ask what your mom did for Burger King? I’m a food scientist and used to work for a company that supplies them!

    • Caitlin February 3, 2010, 1:59 pm

      she was in charge of their workers compensation claims 🙂

  • Hangry Pants February 3, 2010, 1:59 pm

    Well, because I fall down a lot when running, my primary concern is falling and hurting myself really badly or falling in the street. I now keep my insurance info and Mark’s phone # in my shoe wallet. 😀

  • Katie@ Two Lives, One Lifestyle February 3, 2010, 1:59 pm

    I get really nervous about slipping on ice outside at this time of year. I have a BlackBerry and it is sort of big to carry around so I let someone know when I leave and when I should be back.

    Loose dogs are so scart! Once by my parents house, a dog started chasing me. I stopped and it just stood there looking possessed, acting weird, growling, and foaming at the mouth. It was the luckiest moment ever that a cop was driving by (especially since it was a side street). He told me to get into the car slowly and called animal control cause he thought it looked rabid. My first (and only ;)) ride in a cop car though!

  • Kristie February 3, 2010, 1:59 pm

    I used to feel pretty safe running around my neighborhood, but recently there have been a couple of attacks on runners – one at gunpoint even! One at 10:30am and one at 7:30pm… both times I would have felt safe running. So I’m just being a little more cautious and not running with any music for now.

  • Alisha February 3, 2010, 2:00 pm

    I probably don’t worry enough about my safety when I run outdoors – my husband and family do enough of that for me. Honestly, I have worst luck when it comes to me being off on my own. I’m the type of the person that gets pick pocketed or lost, robbed, followed home, and once I was hit by a car by an old lady when I was crossing the street (legally, she just didn’t see me). I don’t know why I’m not more careful because I remember as a kid having so many fears, but it just doesn’t occur to me in the moment that what I may be doing could be dangerous. I like to run the highways, they are flat and go on forever, they are the perfect track. The high way that I run cuts through what use to be all woodland and I often see bears when I drive it, but it doesn’t occur to me that I could run into one, haha.
    The only thing that concerns me when I’m outdoors running is stomach or bladder problems – I’m not a do my business behind a bush type of girl, haha.

    • Caitlin February 3, 2010, 2:04 pm

      i cant believe you were hit by a car!!!

      • Alisha February 3, 2010, 2:12 pm

        haha, it’s not really as bad as it sounds, it could have been, but still, I was hit by a car. The lady was really old and I don’t know why she didn’t see me, but as I was crossing, she must of took her foot off the break to get ready for the light to change, almost as if she was easing out, and I was right in front of her. She knocked me over and when I stood up, she had no reaction on her face, I really don’t think she knew what she did. I find this story funny and when I laugh, it makes my family nuts with frustration. I probably should be more careful 😛

  • Freya @ foodfitnessandfreya.wordpress.com February 3, 2010, 2:00 pm

    My big safety things is snow or ice :s I’m always so worried I’ll slip! At uni there are pavements so cars are no worry, and at home I live in the middle of nowhere, so cars aren’t a problem there either!
    Haha shovelling snow, you’ve had your workout, that job is HARD! But eek, poor you with the dog!! Big dogs frighten me 🙁 chihuahua size is plenty 😛
    Good call on the casserole too. My stepdad always makes too much and throws it out – I hate waste!
    Have a great afternoon 🙂

  • Shelly February 3, 2010, 2:05 pm

    I live in New Orleans, so I worry about being mugged or assaulted. I run in a pretty safe area (through a college campus and a park) but you can never be too careful. If I run in the evening, it is with a friend- and we haven’t really been running all that much during the week b/c neither of us really like the dark. We limit our runs to the campus when it’s dark b/c even the park can seem a little scary. I feel less worried during my long runs b/c there are usually a lot of other runners in the park and it’s during the day.
    I also always feel nervous walking my dogs after dark and I make my fiance walk with me. I have mace my dad gave me but it’s the biggest freaking bottle he could find- so it’s really inconvenient to juggle a stupid quart sized container of mace while dealing with 2 dogs and trying to pick up their poop, so I don’t carry it all that often. My dad equates big with safe (don’t get my started on how annoying he was when I was car shopping!) and doesn’t understand that if things are too big to be dealt with conveniently, they won’t be used.
    I guess I should just buy my own little keychain sized mace, but I never think to do so.

  • Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine February 3, 2010, 2:09 pm

    The leftover casserole looks delicious! I’m less afraid of dogs and much more afraid of being mugged! The picture of you at the desk strikes me as really funny for some reason- in a good way!

  • Christie @ Honoring Health February 3, 2010, 2:09 pm

    Sprouts. Ya know, I forgot how much I like them until this post. I need to add them to my shopping list!

  • Ali @ Food, Fitness, Fashion February 3, 2010, 2:10 pm

    I am nervous about being attacked. It happens often enough in Boston that it is on the news a lot and it freaks me out.

    Good Job with the casserole! Looks yummy!

  • Erin (Travel, Eat, Repeat) February 3, 2010, 2:13 pm

    I love leftovers! Funny because as a kid, they were disgusting but now they totally make life easier.

    I do worry about getting mugged or attacked, which is why I always run during the day and try to stay on major streets. We have some beautiful parks here in DC and with a friend, it’s fantastic, but alone I wouldn’t go near them.

  • Stina @ Girl Can February 3, 2010, 2:15 pm

    I’m probably not as concerned about safety as I should be. I run on sidewalks, and I limit the number of major intersections I cross on my routes so I don’t worry much about cars. I do try to be as aware of my surroundings as possible. If I’m listening to music (which I don’t do after dark), I keep the volume low enough that I can hear traffic and outside noises over it.

    Honestly, I tend to worry about the sidewalks being cracked and uneven more than anything – especially at night. I’m pretty proned to tripping and falling so an uneven sidewalk could definitely result in me taking a serious tumble.

  • Stephanie February 3, 2010, 2:20 pm

    I live in NYC, so I guess I have all the typical city fears…being raped, murdered, attacked… the usual haha. Central Park is NOT safe in the dark, so I only do that if I’m running with a friend. I also refuse to watch the local news because there are constantly stories about creepy people in the parks approaching runners. Spring needs to hurry up so that it can still be light out when I get out of work!

  • Heather February 3, 2010, 2:25 pm

    my biggest concern is being kidnapped/raped/murdered when I’m running on the trail.

    Please note this is not actually any sort of rational fear. It didn’t appear until an all day Criminal Minds/CSI/Law&Order SVU marathon on a sick day a few months into my running. I always think that people on the trail look JUST LIKE one of the unsubs/perps. [file this under “TV has ruined me”]

  • Wendy February 3, 2010, 2:25 pm

    I watch carefully for cars, too, and make sure they see me before crossing the street. When I run the country backroads where I live, some of the dogs can be scary, but I know most of the local ones, and they’re friendly. Once in college I went for a run around my subdivision and got chased by a rottweiler. Scared the you-know-what outta me, especially when I felt his wet nose on the back of my knee! I also have this weird paranoia about crossing railroad tracks. This time of year I also watch really carefully for ice patches. Thanks for the ID reminder, I keep forgetting mine lately!

  • Laura Georgina February 3, 2010, 2:38 pm

    I’m scared of big dogs (most people around here walk or run with big sticks) and of dodgy people. I live in a really nice neighborhood and stick out quite a bit, so I always worry that someone will figure out my routes or follow me, etc.

  • Laura @ Strong and Steady February 3, 2010, 2:39 pm

    Wild dogs?! Whoa scary!

    Ditto to everyone’s stuff about cars and bad guys (I also am scared of bikes hitting me – they usually don’t have headlights).

    Another thing that worries me is my own poor night vision! I’ve tripped over tree roots and curbs and been whacked pretty badly in the face by a branch on night runs, and, if I don’t see something dangerous coming my way (bike, person, dog, etc.), how can I avoid it?

  • Steel City February 3, 2010, 2:45 pm

    Curbs!!! I wiped out a little over a month ago when I wasn’t paying attention while running with my dog..my ankle is seriously f-ed up now!! I had to limp home bloody and crying…I bought a treadmill shortly after. Curbs are scary dude!

  • Meredith February 3, 2010, 2:49 pm

    Three days a week I have to run before work in the dark at 5:30am. I’ve started carrying runner’s pepper spray to make me feel safer. Also there have been wild coyote sightings in my town for the past few months. And I don’t even live close to the countryside!

    Aside from that I love how quiet it is when I run in the morning in the dark. Especially when it’s just snowed like this morning. And I don’t have to worry about too many cars and bad drivers.

    • Sarah February 3, 2010, 3:19 pm

      Don’t worry about coyotes, they’ll be more scared of you then you are of them… Unless they’re rabid I suppose, yikes!

  • Lisa February 3, 2010, 2:57 pm

    great use of leftovers!!

    My biggest worries when running outside are the rabid raccoons in Central Park (it’s true) and being attacked (unfortunately). I try my best to run when I know there will be quite a few others out, or, run on streets that have doormen or a bit of traffic so someone is always around (in that case, I do worry about vehicles).

  • RhodeyGirl February 3, 2010, 2:59 pm

    I’m paranoid of someone attacking me. If I run early in the morning apart from PB I carry my keys in my hand with the sharpest key sticking out, in case anyone was to attack. I also catch up to other runners and run near them so that I am not alone on the path.

  • Heather @ Side of Sneakers February 3, 2010, 3:03 pm

    I’m scared of cars too. And right now–ice!! I always always wear my Road ID, and if I’m going to be gone awhile, I find a way to bring my cell phone. (I learned that one the hard way after my bike broke down on the side of the road)

  • Therese February 3, 2010, 3:04 pm

    I worry about being seen so I wear lots of reflective stuff. I live, and run, in the city (Toronto) and so unless I’m on a trail in the summertime I stick to sidewalks regardless of how bad they are for you. And I also don’t run if it’s after 8pm.

  • Julie February 3, 2010, 3:08 pm

    I live in Baltimore and despite its recurrent role on the most dangerous cities list, I’m not that worried about getting mugged or attacked. I’ve heard so many stories from people who know people who have gotten mugged or worse, but maybe I’m just niave or in denial. I still run outside on my own, although I don’t *usually* run at night. My biggest fear is the same as yours….dogs! I am scared to death of big, mean looking dogs that bark at you and start running after you when you’re running. I hate the startled feeling when you’re into your music and your run, and then all of a sudden you realize you might be getting chased. Ugh, not fun!

    • rebecca February 3, 2010, 3:12 pm

      I used to live in Bmore and would run alone, in the dark, with no fear. Then, I went and moved to the suburbs and am terrified of being attacked. I think in the city I felt more comfortable because it always seemed like there was at least one other person running or walking their dog, etc, whereas in the ‘burbs you can go forever without seeing someone else.

  • Kelly February 3, 2010, 3:11 pm

    I love leftovers! In fact I would almost always argue that 90% of everything taste better as a leftover!!

  • Kelly February 3, 2010, 3:12 pm

    I love leftovers! In fact I would almost always argue that 90% of everything taste better as a leftover!!

  • Sarah @ The Foodie Diaries February 3, 2010, 3:13 pm

    Casseroles are so perfect for leftovers… that looks incredible!

  • Molly @vegandorm February 3, 2010, 3:13 pm

    I’m so fearless when it comes to animals…growing up on a ranch and raising horses and a wolf-mix does that to you I guess! I have a friend who can’t stand running past dogs but I don’t blink an eye. I guess I’m de-sensitiized!
    I don’t like running in certain areas at night for fear of being mugged, but really my runs are pretty fear-free.

  • Sarah February 3, 2010, 3:15 pm

    I’m “new” to running (I call it “wogging” cause I only walk/jog) and I don’t go far, so I take my Jack Russel Terrier with me. She’s very protective so she warns me about other dogs/people right away. So that makes me feel better, but my husband still doesn’t want me out when it’s dark, and I’m really paranoid so I agree.

  • Carrie H February 3, 2010, 3:27 pm

    My biggest worry is definitely other people … scary men, to be exact. I run on a relatively secluded greenbelt near the river in my town, and there really aren’t any houses, stores, buildings (besides warehouses!) or anything around. It is beautiful, but my imagination gets the best of me! I take my golden retriever, mace and my road ID …

    The path starts right near my house, and one time when I was back near the residential area, a second golden retriever started following my dog and I! He was nice and I couldn’t figure out where he was from (he had a tag with a number but no owner name… bad owners!), so I took him home and he spent the night with us. He was so cute and my husband and I started calling him “Other Roman” (our dog is named Roman)! Anyway, we found his owners from the number on his tag the next day, but that was my non-scary experience with a strange dog while running … I have had other big scary dogs come up to us barking, and I’ve had to kick at them and yell to get them to go away!

  • Courtney February 3, 2010, 3:28 pm

    I’m worried a panel van is going to pull up and someone is going to grab me and throw me in the back. Apparently I have a pretty high opinion of my sweaty, stinky, red-faced self being a target for kidnappers out in the middle of the country where I live!!! LOL
    adventures in tri-ing

  • Holly B February 3, 2010, 4:03 pm

    Hey Caitlin-

    I made the Santa Fe Casserole last week and it was ah-mazing (I think I commented after making it as well), but my bf and I have a little friendly debate going on over the recipe. Is the rice measured cooked or dry? If cooked, then the rice-to-cheese ratio is 1:1 and that didn’t seem right to me (but I bet it would taste good).

    Thanks for the clarification!!

    • Caitlin February 3, 2010, 4:53 pm

      it is measured cooked… i like a lot of cheese. LOL

  • Heather (The Single Dish) February 3, 2010, 4:19 pm

    I love your casseroles, they are my favorite. I love when people say “there is nothing to eat (as they look into a full fridge and cabinet” and then I come up with some crazy casserole using every item in the fridge!!! there is always something to eat 🙂
    I get scared when I run in the city and someone stops and tries to talk to me-I always assume they are going to hurt me but usually they only want directions !!!

  • Jessica February 3, 2010, 4:20 pm

    I worry about slipping on all this darn snow and ice we’re uncharacteristically getting here in the DC area!

  • Catherine February 3, 2010, 4:27 pm

    I don’t fear dogs at all. People do scare me. I used to live in a quiet little town near Orlando called Longwood. I would run around my subdivision at night and think nothing of it.

    Then I moved to Jacksonville. About a week after I moved there, I was running at night in a pretty commercial area. Suddenly some dirtbag guy came out of nowhere, exposed himself, and chased me down the sidewalk! I ran towards traffic and started waving my arms to get someone’s attention. As soon as I did that, he bolted in the other direction. A woman stopped and let me get into her car to call 911 from her cell phone. The cops gave my case to the sex crimes detectives, but they never caught him. Jacksonville is infamously dangerous (I know that now!) but truthfully, crappy people like that exist everywhere.

    I’m really vigilant about taking my cell phone on my runs now. I recently had to call 911 again while trail running in San Diego, but it was because I found a biker laying on the ground with a gaping wound in her head. She took a bad fall and even though she was conscious, she couldn’t remember anything.

    On a lighter note, that casserole looks sooo good!!

    • Caitlin February 3, 2010, 4:53 pm

      ahhh thats scurry!!

  • Lindsey @ Eat, Read, Run February 3, 2010, 4:27 pm

    I live in NYC, so my primary concern is crazy, strange people. I don’t run at night, but I usually feel pretty safe running during the day – within certain areas. In the suburbs, I tend to worry more about a lack of sidewalk and being hit by a passing car.

  • Paige (Running Around Normal) February 3, 2010, 4:28 pm

    I worry about cars, too. From time to time I’ll worry about getting mugged if I’m running alone or in a sketchy area.

  • Tami February 3, 2010, 4:33 pm

    living and running in the woods, i am afraid of bears and fox i was 200 feet from a moose this summer

  • kate February 3, 2010, 4:55 pm

    i agree cheese makes everything better!

  • Joey February 3, 2010, 4:55 pm

    the casserole looks delic! i have too many concerns when working out outside – cars, people, etc… plus i’m self conscious & think ppl are looking at me thinking what is she trying to do?! lol!

  • Amanda February 3, 2010, 4:58 pm

    I worry about dogs, weirdos and cars. I’ve been chased by 3 dogs and 1 weirdo so far. I keep pepper spray in my hand while I’m running alone unless I’m in an area that I am VERY familiar with, or in a park. I’m looking in to ordering a Road ID. My husband and I both want one, but I’m not really looking forward to dropping $40 on it. But I think its probably necessary.

  • Katie @ Health for the Whole Self February 3, 2010, 5:00 pm

    In regards to the meal you made, I’m very impressed with your creativity in using leftovers! I really struggle with this, perhaps because I’m just starting to learn to cook. I love it when you share the ways you “throw together” impromptu meals to ensure that food gets used up!

  • Lisa (bakebikeblog) February 3, 2010, 5:15 pm

    Great work on the leftovers.
    I hate running when I know that it is bird swooping season – at least it makes me run faster though hehe

  • Allison K February 3, 2010, 5:31 pm

    I don’t get scared about dogs (maybe i should?) but since i Run or walk in the morning (in the dark in the winter) I’m always scared of whatever my imagination can come up that might be lurking in the dark.

    This halloween, my neighbor had this creepy little lawn decoration. It was a 3 foot statue of dracula. I nearly pooped myself the first morning I saw it. It was creating a big creepy shadow on the house!

    I also carry my Road ID and my phone when I run.

  • Morgan @ Healthy Happy Place February 3, 2010, 5:42 pm

    Your moms house looks so nice! I’m glad you are having a good time.

    I totally agree with you about scary big dogs. My aunt and uncle had a little chihuahua/terrier mix who died after a huge dog attacked him last year. It was terrible. Keep your dogs SAFE and away from the meanies!

  • Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca) February 3, 2010, 5:58 pm

    I am not scared of anything if I run in the day … or in the evening with my husband (well, unless you count the cold in the winter or the mosquitos in the summer 🙂 )

  • Shannon February 3, 2010, 6:04 pm

    My biggest running safety concern is creepy people. I live by a BEAUTIFUL running trail, but every once in a while there’s a story about creepy guys harassing girls there. I never run outside unless I’m 100% certain I will finish before dusk.

  • Sam (Merit to the Carrot) February 3, 2010, 6:13 pm

    Leftovers = greatest things ever.

  • Amanda @ Cakes and Ale February 3, 2010, 6:36 pm

    I live in downtown Chicago, so I have to be really conscious of everything around me when I run. City streets are busy and taxi drivers are nuts! Also, I am always sure to run in populated areas when it’s dawn or dusk in order to steer clear of weirdos!

  • MLT February 3, 2010, 7:15 pm

    In the city I fear creepy guys who honk and holler at me (yes, even in sweatpants and a my brothers old beanie!). But I’m also scared of dogs, especially in suburbia. It drives me CRAAAZy when people don’t leash their dogs properly and let them roam all over the place. It’s not bad if the dog is really well trained, but a lot of dogs aren’t, and will run after anyone they see. It’s scary when even the owner can’t call them off. Even if you know your dog is nice, stranger’s don’t know that and it turns it into a scary situation!

  • Jenny February 3, 2010, 7:20 pm

    Lovely leftover lunch, you’ve inspired me to be more creative 🙂

    A woman in my hometown actually got mugged while jogging one day in broad daylight. So now both cars and muggers are on my fear list!

  • Jenna February 3, 2010, 8:18 pm

    Leftovers are great! You did a great letover meal!

  • Madelin @ What is for Breakfast? February 3, 2010, 8:33 pm

    My biggest safety concern is pollution. I live in Hong Kong and the air quality is terrible. Some days you can’t see 100m ahead its so polluted. So yeah, running outside in that freaks me out! Especially when I come home coughing up a lung. Sticking to the dreadmill from now on unless it’s very very clear.

  • jessica February 3, 2010, 10:22 pm

    Do guys ever honk at your while running outside in Florida? I actually stopped running in a certain area because there were usually a lot of landscaping trucks and creepy men would honk at me and I felt so uncomfortable. It really bothers me that men think they can do this to young women out running its not only creepy but very demeaning.

    • Caitlin February 4, 2010, 8:49 am

      hahah YES that is something that seems to happen a lot in florida. it NEVER happened to me up north. i think hooting and hollering is deeply ingrained in many hispanic cultures which is why it is so common here. i do think its demanding and creepy but i’ve just learned to ignore it. i do think they think they are giving you a compliment, which makes it even weirder.

  • Melissa February 4, 2010, 12:15 am

    DOGS!!! I got chased by a rottweiler, that luckily turned out to be on a looooooong chain…so I got away before he hit the end of it…but not before I felt his breath on me! I was super peeved and gave the sassy teenage owners a piece of my mind! Then 2 weeks later I was running out in the country, and this other nutso dog came snarling and snorting inches from my ankles…I tried the “don’t look in the eye and move slowly away” thing…but he wasn’t falling for it…I pretty much just started screaming bloody murder until the owner came out and called him off…after which I might as well have curled up in fetal position and sucked my thumb in the road…the lady was nice, “I’ll pen him up so you can finish!” me: “no ma’am…I think I’m done for the day…*sob sob*” I know…not what you’re supposed to do, but it ended up saving my leg bones! 😀

  • Bridget February 4, 2010, 3:25 am

    Drivers, cars, narrow paths, and bicyclists are all things that make running difficult here. Having everything blocked/roped off for the 10K was great!

  • Tasha - The Clean Eating Mama February 4, 2010, 12:25 pm

    That’s awesome that your mom is a vegetarian. I always have to plan when I travel because no one in my family eats remotely close to a veggie lifestyle.

  • Guen February 4, 2010, 3:23 pm

    I actually work out in swamps and woods when I get to be outside. I always carry an ID, business cards, and my cell phone, along with my field gear of course. My concerns depend on where I am. Sometimes it’s bears, other times it’s running across other humans. If I’m by myself I always worry about falling/getting stuck/getting lost and not being able to call for help.

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