I had a rather busy weekend (or Saturday, I should say).
Working towards that half marathon goal, I decided to run at the park about 20 minutes from me (at least that’s how long it takes to drive there at the time I did).
I woke up and cut up some fruit I had bought the previous day. I was going with a group of ladies for a small brunch spa day, and prepared the fruit for that. I also brought some small croissants (not home-made, store-bought; though I think croissants will be on my “perfecting recipe” list from 101).
Anyhow; I put on my running gear and headed out of the house around 6:45 to arrive at the park.
It was slightly chilly (mid-50’s), but felt nice. I found out the other day 80+ degree weather is not what I am used to running in. My pace is very slow. My goal is to complete the half marathon; not necessarily run the entire time, or make good time. Finishing, that’s the goal. So, a slow pace is alright.
The park was really pretty in the morning:
I ended up taking about 40 minutes for 3 miles. Which was faster than I had been doing. I was very pleased; as I took a run-walk approach, and not a “just run.” I would run while listening to a song; then queue up another while walking. I would say it was about 3-4 minutes running; 30 seconds-1 minute walking. I need to set up a playist on my iPod. I had to queue a song because I have all kinds of music; and while I enjoy them, ballads and Christmas music is not something to help my pace while running.
After the park, I drove a very short distance to one of the local farmer’s markets. This was the Worthington Farmer’s Market; and their opening weekend. I arrived at opening (8am); so parking wasn’t bad.
It had been awhile since I had been to a market; so I wasn’t certain really what to expect. And, seeing as I’m a complete novice at seasons for gardening & farming; I didn’t realize that they wouldn’t have carrots, squash or zucchini (three things I had wanted to buy). So, instead, I ventured around and picked up some other items.
I bought a jar of Raspberry Champagne Jam from Sweet Thing Gourmet. I’ve previously tried the strawberry champagne and really like that. I figure I’ll add this to some dessert since I’m not really eating toast with jam in the mornings anymore. Or maybe, I’ll add to a almond-flour biscuit; or cream cheese pancake (both recipes I am wanting to try, so stay tuned).
I perused the different booths and came upon this guy:
He was visiting with his family. What a cutie! And he has good taste; his nose pointed him toward the Lululemon bag!
I also picked up some skirt steak from Oink Moo Cluck Farms. I was planning on (and did) grill that the next evening for dinner. Dinner for “Game of Thrones” night.
I didn't catch the name of the place selling cheeses, but I bought the aged cheddar. I really like this type after first trying it on a burger at Walt Disney World’s Le Cellier restaurant. I’ve come to learn they no longer serve said burger (complete travesty for foodies), but I have re-created at home, so that makes it a little better.
And my final buy was some lettuce and asparagus from Northridge Organic Farms. I had a salad with said lettuce yesterday for lunch, and there is quite a variety in there. I’ll have to pick up my research on plants; cause I couldn’t tell you what was what, but it was good.
I haven't made the asparagus yet. I think I'm going to wrap and bacon and grill it outside tomorrow evening. The very nice lady I talked to said they had just picked a bunch that morning - the first of their season.
Because I had a spa day, I didn’t really spend a whole lot of time really exploring the market. I hope to visit again once we get more into the summer (or perhaps I’ll venture to another market in the city).
Stay tuned for information about the rest of my day; and Sunday’s “Cinco De Mayo” fiesta dinner.