May 17, 2012

Small running world and packing lunches

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Workouts so far this week

Monday: 5 indoor track miles, 7:42 average pace
Tuesday: 3 indoor track miles, 7:34 average pace, BodyPump class, 3/4 of a Cxworx class (hardest thing I have done in a long while -- may have pulled an ab muscle on the easiest level)
Wednesday: spin class, 5 miles at the Trak Shak run

First, why the heck does Les Mills have to spell and capitalize everything in an impossible way? It's like they are just trying to make it as messed up as possible so that you only have a 10% chance of ever getting it right. That's really pet peeving me right now. My gym pretty much only does Les Mills classes, which can get a little repetitive, but that CX howeveryouspellit class really kicked my tush in a new way. If you are into looking really awkward but at the risk of getting fit, you should try it. I will be going back because I was super great at the looking awkward part.

Second, the running world is small. Tonight I went out for the Trak Shak run because the stars aligned and my husband miraculously (or just left in the middle of a meeting) made it home from work in time for me to go. When I didn't see any of my potential running buddies at the start, I decided to head out solo, but I caught up with a girl who had a map of the route. Score because I didn't know where I was going and double score because then I didn't have to run alone. When I told her where my husband worked, she said that her sister worked there too, and I thought that it was definitely a long shot that they would know each other. It's not a small company. Turns out that her sister is the one person in the office that I have heard a lot about because she runs marathons (with the sister who was running with me tonight). My husband has been trying to set me up on a run date with her for forever. And they run under the tutelage of this awesome blogger, who I just recently found on the interwebs. Running world equals small, and I love it.

Third, did you wonder if I was back to eating chips from that time when I was about to run a marathon and wasn't eating chips in the weeks leading up to the race? After the five bags I bought at Trader Joe's to serve at the pity party I had for myself because of the crappy race, I would say that I'm back on the chip wagon, but my last bag is only a quarter full so things might get ugly around her really soon. Especially if I end up with more dip than chips. Worst.

If you cover your chips with enough other toppings, people might not even realize that they are there at all. The purplish chips even blend in with the spring mix.


On to the last random tidbit. When I was in Los Angeles last summer, I stocked up on amazing lunch boxes and accessories. If you need the best lunch boxes and you live in LA, hit up Little Tokyo. Or if you live in Alabama, go to Amazon.com.

This rice mold also works for mashed potatoes. 



And we are obsessed with these boiled egg molds too.

Source

My 8 and 6 year olds pack their own lunches, but sometimes I get in the mix with a heart-shaped potato splat. And if you are wondering, they have to follow a pattern for packing lunch. Must haves: one fruit, one vegetable, one main dish. They have freedom to choose their main dish, and they are only allowed to pack a dessert if they ask permission. They just started packing their own lunches this year, and even though my son has occasionally packed only a carrot stick and a slice of bread (without a container, just floating in his lunch bag), I think it is working out. Plus, now he'll already be prepared for college student eating.

Do you pack a lunch? Does anyone else in your family pack a lunch? 

What are your must-haves for packed lunches? Cuties and string cheese

Who is the coolest person you've met through running? 

18 comments:

  1. I was about to run at Trak Shak last night but end of school year crap has me busy. I use to run every Wed night...but then I went on sabbatical from running and now when I go, I don't know a soul.
    Al is great...

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    1. Will you be back out this summer? I'm hoping to start making it out more often!

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  2. Those are the cutest little molds! I think my friend does things like that.. I'm not that clever, or creative.

    I have been in the habit of packing my breakfast and lunch for the past few months. I can eat the same thing every single day so right now my must have's are Omega 3 bread, peanut butter, vegetable soup and Fage with cherries. Yum!!!

    Now I must go check out those molds. Next time I have a hard boiled egg, I'm gonna wish it was in the shape of a car!!

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  3. I pack a lunch every day for work. I'm a teacher, and don't have time to go out and grab something. That's a good thing, because it allows me the ability to plan what I will eat ahead of time and make healthy choices...also saves money!

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    1. The money saving part is awesome! And BTW, teachers are awesome.:)

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  4. At the risk of sounding like a complete stalker/weirdo, I'm pretty sure I saw you last night prior to the run. I was running late from work, as per the usual, and I think you may have been on the phone pacing in front of the karate studio?? Regardless, I was thinking I don't know how to approach that situation anyway..."Hey...are you 'Yo Momma'?" Hmmmm....:)

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    1. That was me! Were you with your dog? I was waiting for my husband to swap the kids with me, and he was running a little behind so I was there for a while. Do you usually go out there on Wednesdays? I want to meet you!

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    2. I have just started going to the Wed. runs since the spring...I probably make it out there 2-3x/month depending on my ability to leave work at a decent hr, etc etc. Would definitely love to meet though! No...I wasn't with my dog...I had on a grey running skirt, Auburn tank and huge sunglasses.

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  5. Cute molds. I told Kevin if we can't go home for lunch next year, I'm getting us some bento boxes!!!!!!

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  6. When I worked (which was up until last week) I always packed a lunch. I get so aggravated when I get hungry and have nothing. It varies but it is usually fruit (banana, watermelon, pineapple, strawberries, grapes are the usuals), granola and yogurt, celery and peanut butter or hummus - or carrots with the hummus, cheese, and sometimes I'll pack a sandwich of some sort and 1 serving of chips (which isn't much, but it meets the need). ;)

    I have met a TON of cool running peeps and I LOVE how the running world is so small. I look forward to meeting my fellow bloggers at some of our local races. If you are in B'ham, I'm thinking it could happen. :)

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    1. That would be so fun to meet up!

      Are you going back to work after the baby is born?

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  7. Way to get in some speedy miles! I pack lunch for my youngest almost every day. If you can believe it, he loves peppers in his lunch. Red, yellow and orange!

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    1. My oldest loves peppers too, but the rest of the kids will not touch them. They are so great! (the kids, but also the peppers)

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    2. Or reverse that. The peppers, but also the kids. Freudian slip.

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  8. Your salad looks delicious!!! GREAT Workouts! I think my leg is almost healed and I cannot WAIT to get back on the road runnign! I am dying without it! I'm a lunch packer!! I pack one for myself every night I work and actually find bento lunches for kids really interesting and bought a bunch of molds and stuff too. I only do it once and a while when I have time but they love it!!!

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    1. I'm sending healing thoughts your way!:) It's nice to be at a point where you crave running because it has been the opposite for me before, where I dread completing that week's training plan.

      Since I've had the kids start packing their lunches, they hardly ever use the cute containers. What???!!! So I have to intervene sometimes to force the cuteness on them.:)

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