I’ve had a crazy few weeks hence my lack of updates. After my brother came to visit for my birthday celebrations, I had 7 straight work shifts, so had time for little else, at times I even struggled to prep and put food together for the week which is totally unlike me!
After the 7 days straight of work, my parents came to visit for the pre-Easter week, and they hired a car so we have done lots of little day trips and visited loads of nice places. The weather could have been better but at least it was dry!!!
We went to a little fishing village called Howth on the tip of North Dublin, it was really quaint and we enjoyed mooching round the streets, I even saw some seals, which made my day! We did a good walk/hike to the top of the Howth summit which had great views all around. After that we headed to the Country Market for lunch, it was a health food shop/deli with a lovely little cafe upstairs. I had a delicious red pepper soup with some marinated veggie salad and a 3 bean salad, it was really good! The soup was just what was needed after the cold weather! In the evening we went to Konkan , a little Indian in Dundrum and had a lovely Indian meal, I got the tarka dahl-same as always!-and it was delicious!
The next day we headed to Avoca handweavers in Wicklow, I’ve been before, but only briefly as part of a tour group so it was nice to explore it ourselves. We had hot drinks and my parents shared a huge hot cross bun in honour of Good Friday. We had a lovely browse around the shop-I could have stayed all day!-and I picked up some bits for our dinner in the evening which was just kind of picky bits, the yam nuggets were amazing!
In the afternoon we continued to Greystones, where I finally got to visit the Happy Pear , it was buzzing with people as it was Good Friday. We had some lunch there, I had a yummy soup and salad, and followed it up with a raw energy bar. I had a little look around the shop and bought KABOCHA! Yay! Finally. Only lived in Ireland for a year, and this is the first time I have bought any!! I also got some veggies for our Easter roast dinner, and got some organic plums and strawberries, fresh medjool’s-which were amazing-and some raw chocolate treats as my Easter gifts!
After that we headed to Bray where we had a lovely (but cold) walk along the promenade and then walked most of the way up Bray head before we headed home.
On Saturday we headed off to Kilkenny, I’ve never been before and I loved it. It was such a cute medieval city, lots of cobbled winding streets, lovely boutiques and cafe/bar/restaurants. We had a wander around the historic castle and then stumbled upon Cafe Sol, a bistro which was packed out with people, but they managed to squeeze us in. We had a lovely lunch, I had a salad which was topped with marinated veggies, olives and sunflower seeds, it was pretty good though could of used some beans/tofu or something to bulk it up a little!
Post-lunch we carried on our wander round the shops and streets and then visited the church where we climbed the tower, I cannot put into words how terrifying going up and down the staircases of this tower was!! So scary. Late afternoon we went to Cafe Mocha which was a lovely vintage style cafe/restaurant. My parents and Nick all had hot drinks and cakes. I had a lovely soya hot chocolate and tucked into a Clif builders bar as I was a bit peckish! We had a great day in Kilkenny, I just wish it had been a few degrees warmer!
My parents left early this morning so I have been having a relatively lazy day, getting some chores done and cooking up a mega roast for me and Nick. We don’t have roasts very often so they feel quite special when we do. I roasted up some kabocha, and had it alongside some tofu, asparagus, corn, broccoli, parsnips, carrots and stuffing. So good! Nick had lamb, which he enjoyed!
I had a great run this morning, over 6 miles for the first time since November! I love building up my mileage again, although I found today’s one quite tough going. I’ve had a hard week with lots of great but tough workouts alongside lots of sightseeing which is exhausting in itself so I was feeling quite tired throughout my run though I got it done. I had some raw chocolate covered Inca berries post lunch as an Easter treat. Me and Nick did quite well on the egg front!!
My training is going pretty well right now, I’ve been doing the LiveFit workouts and just finished Phase 1. I am not doing it to the set schedule but just 3 times a week. I have been combining some of the shorter sessions together, for 3 strength sessions of 45 minutes-1 hour per week, plus my 3 runs which I am amping up to 4 from next week as my training increases towards the Flora mini marathon in June.
How did you do on the Easter front?
Any travel plans, or have you been anywhere nice lately?