It feels great to be back on the streets! Don’t get me wrong, I totally enjoyed my post-race recovery. But getting out of a routine can feel pretty strange. I weirdly love my early-morning habits.I just feel like I can get so much done in the mornings, while everyone else is asleep. Pre-work activities for me include running (obviously), grocery shopping, laundry, cleaning, catching up on emails, and online shopping. I’m pretty useless after about 5 p.m., so it’s good that I can take care of my life in the wee hours.
Speaking of groceries, I splurged on some fancy eggs this week. Okay, actually, I had a coupon so I didn’t splurge at all.
“Now! For Your Nutritious Diet!” I feel like this box is blasting an infomercial at me every time I look at it.Which made me curious about all these labels. I haven’t done a lot of research, but I can tell that the cage-free organic eggs look different… but honestly, to me at least, don’t taste much different. So, why buy them? As far as I can tell, there are two arguments to buy them: the “how happy was your hen” argument and the “how healthy is your egg” argument. For the first discussion, you can easily find many articles on what different labels (e.g., “cage-free” vs. “free-range” vs. “free-roaming”) mean. Here’s on from the US Egg Industry — from what I can tell, looks like “certified humane” would make for the happiest hen conditions. Interestingly, “free-range” seems to be a pretty loose term that has a lot of grey areas in terms of standards.
On the nutrition front, it was harder to find any real proof that cage-free, organic, or free-range eggs are better for the consumer than your average egg. This Men’s Health article sums it up quite nicely: basically, the only guaranteed nutrition indicator you could look for on an egg carton is an Omega-3 notice (like the one on the carton I bought). This means that the hen had a diet high in Omega-3s, which Americans typically don’t get enough of. All of the other labels mostly indicate how a hen was raised, not necessarily what it ate. “Vegetarian-fed” is another label that can be confusing — on one hand, it assures you the hen didn’t eat animal byproducts; on the other hand, it could very well mean that the hen ate a bunch of soy, soy, soy, and corn. And more corn. Which isn’t exactly great, as Shape magazine points out.
So, interesting. Seems to me like I might as well stick with the cheap eggs for now until I am strongly convinced to purchase otherwise.
In other, less confusing news, it’s FALL!
Miriam and I took an easy 4-mile jog this morning. We both raced over the weekend so were definitely taking it slow, which was wonderful. Unfortunately my camera was acting up so I didn’t get a shot of us today. But luckily I have a picture of her with a mattress from a few months ago, hehehe.
We spent 100% of the run re-capping our races. She busted out a 3:29 — a PR AND BQ — this weekend! She is the bomb. PR = Personal Record, BQ = Boston Qualifier. GO MIRIAM!
I just realized I spent way too much time researching eggs and have thus made myself late for work. Story of my life.
- what kind of eggs do you buy? why?
- what’s your usual morning routine?
- what’s your marathon, half-marathon, 10k, or other distance PR?