It’s been sooooo long since I’ve run or even stepped into a gym—almost exactly 5 months actually! But as most of you know, I’ve been doing my best to squeeze in some great short workouts here and there in the meantime. Even though I never considered myself a “true runner”, meaning that I wasn’t necessarily living and breathing in the sport, running found its way into my life the past few years and I actually enjoy it. This morning I was itching to get out in nature and just blast through a park or something! You know that runner’s itch you experience when your muscles and heart chambers are just asking for a heart pumping workout? Yeah, that’s exactly how I felt today.
Then I remembered that the farmer’s market comes to Torrance on Saturdays. I’ve been meaning to visit the farmer’s market more often to purchase fruits and veggies because Target, where I do my weekly grocery shopping now, is an awesome choice for us since we always end up saving some money, but the downside is that they barely have anything to offer in the produce department.
I love my vegetables and Greg loves his fruit! And pretty much 80% of his diet is composed of the latter, so why not spoil him with something healthy that he truly enjoys? Heh!
So through my little “dilemma” this morning I came to the conclusion that all of these things can be done in one single location. Why not feed Selah, drive to Wilson Park, start running till my lungs give out, and shop for produce? It was a brilliant idea, let me tell you! Not only was it a great way to release stress, but also my way to recharge by being around lots of people and being surrounded by nature.
Fortunately Selah enjoyed our run together and didn’t even fuss. I can’t say how how far we got, but from the way that the course felt, we probably ran about 3/4 of a mile with some hills along the way. I know that 3/4 of a mile is pretty short, but I can assure you my heart was about to burst since I’ve been out of running shape and pushing a stroller uphill is a lot harder than I thought. I was planning on doing this boot camp running circuit but when we got there, all I wanted to do was sprint. Well, it turned out to be more like a quick job but it felt gloriously liberating!
Right after our little adventure, we got some delicious food at the farmer’s stands. I certainly didn’t mind being welcomed with all these amazing samples either! I mean, it was Mediterranean dips galore! And of course, my taste buds got the best of me and I ended up buying said dips/spreads. Teeeheee.
The strawberries were so sweet! Only in California can you find sweet berries during this time of year. I also got a big ol’ squash that I can’t wait to roast, some organic apples, a cheesy garlic dip, roasted pepper tapenade, and a mixture of mozzarella and red peppers to pair up with noodles—according to the gentleman at the stand.
For lunch I had a piece of toast with 2 of the spreads and a runny egg, with a side of spinach salad. Mediterranean cuisine is one of my favorites and I’ve missed it quite a bit!
So there you have it. I got to exercise outdoors and shop for produce simultaneously, all while saving some money at Target. We’ll see how long I can keep this up though.
Also, I can’t believe that the time for Selah to eat solids has come! I was hoping to start at 6 months but after talking to some women it seems like between 4.5-5 months is a good time to start. I guess that the whole process of feeding the baby one single food each week, and then finding what she likes with hopes of no allergic reactions can be a pretty long one.
It is obvious now that Selah is ready to start on solids, as she’s been showing an undeniable interest since months ago. It’s so fun to see her laugh and smile really big whenever I eat something, and if I put food in front of her she starts smacking her lips. Too cute to handle! So please send a blessing my way so that the first day goes smoothly, which will most likely be this Monday! Eeeeek!
Have a beautiful rest of the weekend and enjoy!
What are your favorite Mediterranean dishes?
-I love stuffed grape leaves, hummus, and any strong tasting dip.
How do you like to recharge yourself? Through nature walks, being around other people…?