I ran a half marathon last weekend. Holy cow - this was the least trained for race I've ever done, but I did it! I was super anxious I was going to end up walking the whole thing - why I don't know - I would have been ok with that, but it ended up being a good day for me. Now I can breath a sign of relief that is is over and I can move on.
My weekends after a race weekend are always kind of the best. Training season is officially over and I can workout when I want, how I want, and do what I want with my weekends. Just knowing I don't "have" to get up early and do a damn thing is so comforting to me. I know I sign up for these events every year, and I love doing them, but at the end of it, I am SO glad they are about to be over and I can have my time back to myself and try and enjoy a little laziness.
Of course being lazy, sitting in my PJs on my couch binge watching Mindhunters on Netflix all day sounds SUPER appealing, but in all actuality, my anxious, non-stop brain/self cannot sit in one spot for more than an hour at a time. Because - life. There is stuff to do! That unplanned time eventually has to get planned!
The truth is, I have to really try at relaxing and staying still. It is an on-going practice for me and can be super challenging. That's why I am always doing something - being still is just a little uncomfortable. I know this of myself. I've gotten a better over the years and I feel like I am a work in progress.
Sometimes I purposely plan for one busy weekend day so I make sure to take it easy on the other. This weekend Saturday was our laid back day where we stayed at home most of the day and took a walk down Broadway for ice cream and the Halloween parade in the evening. It was the first time they did this Halloween parade...and....well...you could kind of tell. It was fun, and small. The caravan of old hearse were my favorite. But it looked like any one could put on a costume and walk down the road. Or even not wear one. It was just loads of folks cruising down the street - but I got ice cream out of it!
Saturday I also worked on some food prep for the week because I knew Sunday was a full day. This time of year I am roasting up a storm in my kitchen and one of my absolute favorite things to make is this delicata squash - have you tried it before?? I usually get mine at Trader Joe's and they are 99 cents each. Typically I have at least two on hand all through the winter. They are great with eggs in the morning or even in a frittata , perfect on a salad, or just as a side dish. I like delicata the most because it is one of the easiest of the winter squashes to prepare considering you can eat the skin. And this helps me embrace my llaziness - you see, it all comes together now. So all you have to do is some scooping of the guts, and slicing of the squash.
- 1 delicata squash
- olive oil, to coat
- salt & pepper
- red pepper flakes