Life, Training

Birthday Festivities

September 12, 2016 • By

Sharing my birthday with one of America’s greatest tragedies kind of sucks, but my running friends at LGRAW made it better! My friend (and way faster runner), Jessica Smith, organized a birthday run for me at the club (Lake Grapevine Runners and Walkers). And they were all sweet enough to run at my pace in the pouring rain! It was storming in the early morning so I wasn’t even sure if we were going to still meet, but at 5:30 am Jess texted me and said we’d still meet up there and see if it was still doable.

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So we met and although it was still coming down, the lightening had let up and we headed out for an easy 7 miles (I had 17 on the agenda for Sunday). It was just what this runner wanted for a birthday celebration! Post run, we enjoyed (ok they enjoyed) pumpkin spice muffins, bagels, and coffee … and mimosas! Random fact about me: I love post run ice pops and mimosas sans orange juice (more bang for your buck)!!!

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Most of these same friends met up again on Sunday, my actual birthday for another run, my long run day, and joined in for glorious weather and great running! I had a wonderful 17 miler, lots of company and finished the week with 51.5 miles. A great marathon training week under my belt!!!

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Sunday, my actual birthday, after my long run, I came home to homemade cards from the kids and a bouquet of hydrangea (my favorite flowers) and insructions to take a relaxing bath and be ready for a sports massage at 1 pm. Following that amazing massage, Dustin and I went shopping for me (I got some fun stuff I, of course, did not need) and then enjoyed sushi and drinks to celebrate!  It was a wonderful birthday and I love that he accommodated my training.

dustin and jess

What is your idea of the perfect birthday?

XOXO,

Jess

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