Staycations are wonderful! I have no idea why on earth I never tried this before - one week off from work with absolutely no plans. I’m sure I’ve had weeks off before without major traveling, but there’s always something - a party, wedding, day trip, housework. Not this time though. Just plain ol’ relaxing for this stay-at-home vacation.
I’ve been on a bit of a domestic kick this week. Some things I’ve done:
- Juicing - made fresh vegetable & fruit juices
- Almond milk - made almond milk from scratch and it was good! I actually ate cereal so I could have something to use it on. I saved the almond meal to use in future cookies. (recipe suggestions welcome)
- Hummus - worked on a hummus recipe that I originally found here. I’ve adapted it a little (roasted the garlic, used less olive oil) and added different things for flavor. My last batch had chipolte peppers and it was awesome!
- Avocado pesto pasta - used this recipe to make a fun vegan pasta dish.
Actually, that last one I made the week before, but it was such a fun and easy meal that I might make it again tomorrow, making it relevant to my staycation post. (smile)
I’ve also re-acquainted myself with running. I went on a couple of 4-mile runs and, although I took lots of walk breaks, they felt like strong runs. I had lots of fun “exploring” my new neighborhood - the outer Richmond. Sure, I’ve run a gazillion times in Golden Gate Park, but never with the park as part of my backyard. It made it all feel like new.
I’m excited to start training for the Berkeley Half Marathon in November. A recently converted twitter-to-IRL-friend, Meg, has taken on the lofty task of keeping me motivated through this training cycle. She’s created a schedule (which honestly has more miles than I intend on running, but shhhhh, don’t tell) and we’re going to encourage each other through twitter/email/instagram.
Tomorrow is Day 1 of training. Happy Labor Day!