Homemade Kombucha, Starting my Garden & Marathon #2?

My weekend started off the way every weekend should - a big package on my doorstep! The folks at Apera bags asked if I wanted to try out one of their bags and I was on the market for a new bag to use now that I'm going to the gym on campus twice a week. I went with their Active Pack since I have that whole 'scoliosis' thing and I try to avoid putting uneven weight (like from a heavy purse or duffle bag) on my shoulders. 2014-02-07 16.31.12It's definitely the nicest backpack I've ever owned. I was worried it would be a bit big for me since I' 5'2" but it fits perfectly and has SO MANY cool compartments to it. I'm going to primarily be using it for the gym but I'm hoping to get a few small hiking trips in this Spring and I'll be bringing this along then as well.

The other best way to kick off the weekend? With coconut popcorn, of course. I drizzled coconut oil over air-popped popcorn, and sprinkled stevia and cinnamon over it. Doesn't it sound divine? It was. 2014-02-07 19.39.49I got up early Saturday and set out for a long run. I'm getting a major marathon itch. I found two possible contenders for marathon #2, the Zydeco Marathon in Layfette, Louisianna on March 30th, and the Country Music Marathon in Nashville, Tennessee, on April 26th. The Zydeco marathon would be significantly cheaper (registration is cheaper, and would only require 1 hotel night) but the Nashville marathon would be a total vacation for me since I've always wanted to visit Nashville. Aside from the time/money aspect I wanted to see if I was anywhere near ready for either so I aimed to do 15 miles Saturday. 2014-02-08 07.50.42-1 With a nice slow pace of 11:15 I was able to hit my goal! I was feeling pretty good at the end of it. I took a quick shower and headed out to meet a friend for lunch. I couldn't decide what I wanted so I got two things of the kiddie menu at Hub Staceys, toasted PB&J and a grilled cheese. I eat ALL the foods after long runs!

2014-02-08 12.27.17After lunch we hung out in the park for a while. I impressed him with my mad plank and handstand skills, and he impressed me by being able to get into crow pose on his first try (and he's done yoga twice his whole life.)2014-02-08 13.07.25I went grocery shopping later that day and thought I wasn't very hungry while I was at the store, but the amount of snack food in my cart would argue otherwise. I never, ever buy chips or rice cakes, but I apparently I zoned out while shopping and run-hungry zombie Erica made atypical food choices. #yolo 2014-02-08 15.13.44The rest of the day was spent catching up on reading outside. It  was sunny and in the 60's all weekend so pretty much the perfect weather situation. 2014-02-08 15.59.02-2That night I ended up going to bed at like 8:30, but couldn't fall asleep for 2 hours. I was exhausted, but my legs were throbbing and the pain kept me up for a while, and then woke me up about every 2 hours once I fell asleep. The same thing happened when I ran my marathon. I didn't think I was that sore from the run so I was pretty surprised. I got up Sunday and went downtown to go for a walk to loosen my legs up. 4 miles later and I was feeling back to normal! 2014-02-09 11.27.09

That bird is a liar. #ImBrianFellows

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Sunday afternoon something snapped in me and I suddenly felt the urge to be as hippie as possible. I started with phase one of making my own Kombucha. I'm following the guide by one of my favorite bloggers, Lindsey, who explains how to make Kombucha using a store bought  bottle. It's a fairly easy process, but does take a couple of weeks. Considering Kombucha at the store is $3-4 a bottle it's worth a shot!2014-02-09 16.17.42I'm also slowly building up my herb garden again. When I lived in this massive Victorian mansion downtown years ago I had about 15 herbs that were thriving in pots in our backyard. I don't think I'll end up having that many again since I only used a few of them, but I really miss having plants to take care of and use for teas/cooking. I'm starting with lavender, rosemary, and my first attempt at growing fruit - a strawberry plant! As I was looking at them at Lowes I had a guy come up and start explaining gardening to me (further proving my hypothesis that a girl should never go to Lowes/Home Depot alone unless they want to be hit on.) He told me, as I've heard from many others, that growing strawberries can be extremely difficult down here. I have low expectations, but the thought of being able to go in my backyard and pick some fresh fruit for breakfast was just to enticing!2014-02-09 16.18.25I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! I can't believe it's Monday already, again. I'm already counting down the days to Spring Break (which isn't for 6 weeks) and I'm not sure what I'll be doing during that time. If the stars align maybe a camping trip and a few day trips to Seaside or Fairhope. If the stars don't align maybe binge watching Saved by the Bell and eating healthy junk food in bed all week.

I'm so torn on doing marathon #2 this Spring! Should I? Which one?

Do you grow any herbs/fruits/veggies?