sarah 1, morning darkness 0
i stepped out into dimness yesterday and ended up having a great run. it was such a relief not to run in the heat and humidity, and jess, i did indeed see a lovely sunrise. afterwards, i felt energized all morning. i’m planning on another AM session today!
reader question: on lunch
anonymous asks: “Just wondering what lunch bag you might recommend for taking lunch to work? (this is a male reader, and although I am sure there are some male fans of orla. . . ) any ideas would be appreciated, trying to make a concerted effort to take a health(ier) lunch to work.”
interesting that you ask this! i love bringing my lunch to work, but my lunch bag is very well-used and nearing a year old and despite attempts to clean it, it is getting to be a little bit disgusting. i’ve actually been contemplating a new one myself, so i’m glad you gave me the excuse to (virtually) shop around!
unfortunately, orla kiely does not yet make a lunch bag, so that isn’t an option for either of us. instead, here is what i found:
this REI lunch pack looks like a solid choice. roomy, insulated, and definitely not frou-frou.
by kelty, also available at REI. i sort of like this one’s cubic shape.
ecolunchbox shown in its compact form . . .ecolunchbox shown open. i like the stainless steel idea, but i need something larger and with more insulation. aesthetically pleasing, however, and good for those averse to plastic.
i have always loved these laptop bento-style lunchboxes. they are expensive ($37 on the link!) but look so functional, modular, and cute. they come in all kinds of colors.
hope that helps! one tip i have for packing lunches is to do the bulk of your packing either first thing in the morning (while making breakfast) or the night before (ie, while cleaning up from dinner). i just threw mine together now because i know i won’t have much time after my run!
workout: i’m so glad i headed out for the sunrise run yesterday! the cooler temps (and perhaps last week’s laziness?) contributed to some faster times on my normal route as i aimed for tempo pace. the splits:
mile 1: (warmup, and slightly uphill overall) 9:01
mile 2: (tempo, and somewhat downhill) 8:02
mile 3: (tempo, relatively flat) 8:23
mile 4: (tempo, somewhat uphill) 8:23 again
mile 5: (tempo, slightly downhill) 8:12
cooldown x 0.25 mi
overall – 5.25 mi @ 8:28/mi average. and i carried a mild endorphin rush with me to work that lasted for hours. i love running!
doin’ time: this is the second time i tried to make martha’s cobb salad, and the second time i screwed it up! specifically, i can’t seem to properly hard boil eggs to save my life. the instructions in her book — bring eggs to a simmer, then turn off heat and let sit x 12 minutes — well, i have decided they do not really work, because my eggs always end up way underdone. this particular batch didn’t even qualify as soft-boiled, and i’ll admit i was infuriated about it and not very zen at all.
josh saved the day and fried up 2 eggs to accompany the salad, and they tasted good even though the yolks broke and made them fairly unattractive. the whole mess was an excellent combination of flavors (avocado + bleu cheese . . . mmmmm) but not all that pretty. oh well!
reading: an article about one of my favorite pediatric endocrine topics:
and, it all makes sense. this is why i love endocrinology:from contemporary peds, april 09 issue