Homemade Kombucha, Starting my Garden & Marathon #2?

February 10th, 2014 | Posted by Erica House in Fitness | Health | Life

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.
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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?

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26 Responses

  • i say keep listening to your body before making a marathon decision. time will tell, yes? and keep me posted on the scoby!!! xxoo

    • Erica House says:

      I think my body is telling me to go for it! Not to set a PR, but just to have fun running another one.
      I’ll definitely keep you posted on the scoby!

  • I have always wanted to make my own kombucha! And that grilled cheese looks amazing!!

    • Erica House says:

      I’m a hardcore PB&J girl but I definitely preferred the grilled cheese. They seasoned the bread with some garlic concoction before they grilled it…omg so good!

  • What is it with guys and the crow pose? My husband, who does not exercise whatsoever, can hold the crow pose for like 2 minutes. I can’t do one for the life of me, despite plenty of yoga, pilates, etc etc practice.
    I have a friend who also home brews kombucha, and it sounds pretty easy.

    • Erica House says:

      I think it’s the upper body strength. I mean, I thought the balance was the hardest part to it but if two guys now can do it no problem then it has to be their unfair advantage with more muscles!

      I’m *really* hoping this Kombucha turns out. I’d love a glass every morning but that would be about $100 if I had to get it from the store!

  • Carla says:

    CANNOT WAIT to hear about yer Kombucha!!!
    we’re addicts now here…

  • Nashville was the first race I ever did!! I did the half marathon and that’s what got me hooked, now mind you it was raining and I can’t say the race was all that great, but it was the experience :)

  • Angie says:

    Nashville was my first half too and I loved it. Very well organized and it’s an amazing city!

  • I think Nashville would be neat, but I have no marathon experience- I just want to visit the city someday, haha. I have not grown any veggies or herbs. I tried growing some potted plants outside our first summer in El Paso and they all died literally within 2 weeks- I took care of them accordingly, too!

  • Azka says:

    I don’t have a lot of other input but if you go to Seaside let me know and I’d love to meet up with you! I live in Panama City Beach :)

  • Karen Jung says:

    I’d go for the Nashville one if you can swing it. I always think its a neat idea to throw a race into a place you’ve never been too, because what better souvenir is there than some race bling :)

  • Meg says:

    Strawberries require a lot of drainage, but I figure with all the sun y’all get, you should be able to grow some pretty nice ones! I’d be more worried about the lavender. Make sure it gets enough water. :)You should try some cherry tomatoes. They grow like weeds, taste awesome, and don’t require a lot of maintenance. Make sure you stake them, too.

    I’m excited because I just moved to a different growing season and spring starts earlier/fall goes later into the year than where I am from. I’m chomping at the bit to get started.

    Sorry, I’m a bit obsessed about growing things. Good luck with your new plants!

    • Erica House says:

      It’s strange that so many people I’ve talked to have had an issue growing Strawberries, because they are super popular to grow down here. I’d LOVE to grow cherry tomatoes, I eat them all the time and they are so dang expensive! Do they grow well in pots? I’m only growing things that I can pot since I move so frequently.

      • If you can add a bit of sand to the soil and a few rocks at the bottom of the pot, you should have no problem with the strawberries.

        I started my first cherry tomato plant in a pot and it thrived (even through a nasty, dark winter). You should be fine. I started mine from seed, but you can buy one, too. Just make sure to repot it into something bigger, as they tend to like having room to stretch. Do you buy Salem’s litter in a plastic container? Those are perfect — just cut off the top with a utility knife, rinse it out, and you’ll be golden.

        • Erica House says:

          I just potted the strawberry plant but I’ll take it out and throw some sand and rocks in the bottom! I don’t normally buy Salems liter in plastic pails but I will next time (such a genius idea!) I don’t think I saw any tomato plants out at Home Depot yet but I’ll keep an eye out for them. I seriously eat cherry tomatoes like candy.

  • I’m working on making kombucha using the same method. It’s working, but it’s pretty slow, and I’m so impatient, lol. Good luck!

    • Erica House says:

      Yeah mine has made zero progress in 2 days, but I accidently ate a decent amount of the mother in the bottle I bough! Also, I’ve been doing a lot of research online about Kombucha and I’m not sure how much of it I will be drinking in the future. I’ve been having some pretty bad physical symptoms in the last few weeks and I think it’s linked to Kombucha. I’m not 100% sure, and I really love the stuff, but I’m going to try a few things to see if I can eliminate the problem before I try drinking it again.

      • I accidentally drank a mouthful of the mother in my first one too, so I started another one. I hope they aren’t making you worse. I’m not convinced it’s the miracle cure all drink people make it out to be, but I too, really enjoy drinking it. (I like the fizziness.)

  • I’d be tired too if I were pregnant! Have a great weekend :)