Birthday Celebration and My Plan for a Great Run

Happy Friday!

Today is my 32nd birthday and it has been a wonderful day.

We don’t really eat out anymore, but since today is my special day we went to breakfast.


This is the main reason why we don’t eat out much. My husband and I get a small little corner of the table to eat. The kids love to grab everything. If something is in arms reach, it either goes in their mouth or on the floor or both. We seriously need to start sitting at a 6-8 person table.

After breakfast, we went to TJ Maxx and spent too much money. My husband found 2 bottles with 2 vanilla beans for $5.99 each. A definite steal. At the grocery store, a bottle of 2 vanilla beans cost $18.00. I already have a buttercream recipe in mind for one of those vanilla beans.

Instead of cake this year, I decided I wanted several different scoops of Baskin Robbins ice cream. We picked out 7 different scoops of ice cream. Yum. I cannot believe I haven’t thought of this sooner. Ice cream is my favorite dessert.


Next stop, the grocery store for my birthday celebratory booze. My husband bought Fat Tire beer, Beaulieu Vineyard Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon and Franciscan Estate Chardonnay. We like to celebrate our birthdays for at least a few days.


The cabernet sauvignon will pair nicely with the delicious steak dinner my husband is making me tonight. My husband makes the best steaks. 


Last Friday, my husband surprised me with a Kindle Fire. I love it. We buy just about everything through amazon so it’s perfect.

Today’s song--- It’s a Great Day to be Alive by Travis Tritt.


Lately, I have been having awful runs, but not tomorrow. Tomorrow’s run is going to be great.

My plan is to follow a checklist before I leave the house. Now this might seem silly, especially since I have been running for the past 18 years, but I really need a good run.

  1. Think positive.
  2. Run on an empty stomach or have half a banana.
  3. Wake up at least 45 minutes before I run.   
  4. Warm up. I never warm up and I hardly ever stretch.
  5. Drink some water.
  6. Wear new shoes.
  7. Wear a running hat, french braid my hair and wear a running skirt. This is to cut down on annoyance factors.
  8. Blow my nose before I leave.
  9. Make sure my garmin and mp3 player are charged. 

I almost always do all 9 of these things before every run, well except for warming up. Maybe that is what I need to focus on, warming up before my runs. 

I hope this works. 

Either way, I’m not giving up. I’ve been running for too long to let a few bad runs stop me.

And it’s my birthday weekend. That means I’m guaranteed a great run, right?

Here is a link to a good article on bad runs, Running Times Running Battles: Anatomy of a Bad Run.

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I had to include some cute baby pictures.

Have a great weekend.

Birthday cake

Do you ever have any bad runs or workouts? How do you overcome them? 

What do you like more cake or ice cream?


  1. Happy birthday to you.
    Sorry i am 3 days late...

  2. Happy belated birthday! Hope you had a great birthday run!

    1. Thank you. I did have a great run.



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