No running but interesting times

Looking forward to a planned 8-mile run tomorrow night. Not been near my trainers since Saturday morning and I am full of the fidgets.

This week I started a new job as Senior Research Librarian for the London office of Reed Smith Richards Butler. It’s been tiring learning a whole new set of systems and figuring out who does what, how, and where; as well as being brought up to date on a raft of databases I haven’t used before.

It’s been fun, but hasn’t left me any energy at all to run. I’ve been really grateful for the slow cooker – coming in to a lovely smell of casserole and then having a healthy, nutritious, hot supper just there for the taking. Beats M&S ready meals into a cocked hat.

Slow cooker, slow runner

Just back from this evening’s running shenanigans. I discovered that the hat I received as a Christmas present is far too efficiently warm (great for long walks, though, so still a brilliant present Mum!) but that the new socks prevent blisters.

We did four laps of the two-mile circuit, taking 1.28 – including a Paula Pitstop back at Mark’s house. (My watch isn’t good enough to have been able to pause the timer). So I reckon that we did fairly steady just-over 10min miles which I am pleased with.

It was great to come back home to a big pot of bolognese sauce that has been cooking in my new slow cooker all day. Granted, the 13hours was a bit longer than normal but it was still very yummy and really showed the difference between instant food and that which has a chance to have a decent amalgamate…

I may have to think a bit differently when I shop for food – from ‘what can I have ready in less than ten minutes?‘ to ‘things that can happily simmer all day‘ but I am looking forward to cooking up some very interesting things to come home to.