Oh hello. I thought I’d pop in today with some random discoveries around the internets that inspire me, things I’ve enjoyed and found interesting. Apologies for going AWOL last week–I was putting in the final training for my first half-marathon upstate. I ran it successfully, coming in at my goal time for all 13.5 miles (yes, apparently I didn’t start at the front of the starting line). I certainly could run faster, but the biggest takeaway from the race was that at the last minute I thought it might be cool to have people cheering for me so I enlisted my dad, the only one willing to wake up at dawn to drive me to the race and then hang around in the rain for a few hours. Never having run an individual race before, I actually didn’t think it would be important to have people cheering me on because I’m such a lone ranger all the time, but when I rounded mile 7 lost in my thoughts, pushing myself in the rain and I saw my dad there with his cell phone camera ready and cheering me on I was so happy.
At mile 11, running up Purgatory Road (aptly named, probably for the huge hill) I unexpectedly ran into my old neighbors from growing up. I used to babysit for their kids when I was a kid. They were volunteers to guide the way in the race. As I ran by I recognized them through their rain coats and hats. I couldn’t believe they were there. For perspective, of the 50 people that we had at our wedding a few years ago, they were two of our invites. It gave me the energy to get up the hill.
When I was finally in the homestretch, I heard footsteps behind me. Someone had saved their energy for the last mile and was trying to pass me. I’d never actually run more than 11 miles straight, but I certainly wasn’t going to let anyone eclipse me at the last second. I picked up the pace despite my aching legs and ran through the finish line triumphant (according to my own made up running standards). But I couldn’t find my dad. I was kind of sad that I had no one to cheer for me, but then I heard him yelling my name and he caught me in a rare emotional moment holding the medal. Then we took some selfies and I ate the hot veggie pasta and oatmeal cookies the wonderful volunteers provided while we watched some other finishers come in. We got in the car before we started to freeze. As we pulled into my parents house, my mom and husband were getting out of their warm beds — just in time for real breakfast. I’ll have to attempt the waffles my mom served.
All in all it was a memorable experience and I plan to do it again. There really is a meditative joy in running.
I know I keep teasing you with my new flour mixes. I’ve been testing a few fall recipes as well as some baked goods. As a little hint we’ve got some squash-related main dishes coming up and some Turkish-inspired mains. Now that the race is done and some of the fall holidays are out of the way, I’ll be back in the kitchen, keeping the place warm and cozy.
Before the race we went to my cousin’s wedding in Cape Cod and shot a thousand pictures of that magical place. I’ve shared a few here. Below you’ll find a trail of my internet inspiration. Have a wonderful weekend! I’ll hit you up next week with a new recipe.
- I may be late to the avo toast revolution, but late is better than never. How is this a trend that took me so long to adopt?
- Speaking of trends, I’ve been a little bit skeptical of late with regard to the ubiquity of bullet proof coffee. As one who is particularly conscious about heart health I can’t understand how this could be good for you long term. I emailed my cousin who is a heart surgeon and he didn’t dismiss the idea completely, though he wasn’t agreeing with it. I did a little more research and it looks like the argument might be that inducing ketosis, which happens when you eat a high fat, low carb diet, might increase lipid particle size and affect certain ratios, among other things, which may be more accurate indicators of heart health than LDL alone. I just worry that a guaranteed elevated LDL may not be a sustainable plan for long term health.
- Did you ever wonder if we were living in the Matrix? Every once in a while I do wonder about our place in the universe, but dismiss the idea that we’re the characters in a dream or someone else’s video game. Elon Musk thinks we are living in a simulation.
- I’ve been thinking a lot about dedicating more time to wellness. I’ve found myself torn between wanting to be my own boss in this area and having a career in the corporate world. While I no longer measure success by the corporate standards thrust upon me by the legal field, I know I have some self-limiting beliefs, whether they’re grounded in reality or not, they inhibit certain risks that could lead to positive change and I grapple with that.
- Have you ever seen a whale breach the surface? I haven’t, but this video was both scary and beautiful.
- I’ve listened to Dr. Neal Bernard talk on the Rich Roll podcast, but his new book expands upon the Blue zones that Dan Buettner talks about for longevity. He was also on the podcast.
- And lastly is it better to invest in things or experiences. This guy puts his Vitamix and Lin Manuel Miranda to the test.
More recipes next week! xo