Sunday, December 20, 2009

Birthday Run

Yesterday I celebrated my 32nd birthday.  I had to work this weekend, so I decided Friday would be the day for my birthday celebration run.  I had been looking forward to a nice, easy run all week.  Unfortunately my cold had other plans.  Regardless, I slept in until about 7:45am and headed out for an 8 mile run.  Since I wasn't feeling fantastic, I thought I'd run the same route as my last 8 mile autopilot run.  I was hoping to have the same experience, but it didn't quite happen.  I noticed every single little incline in my legs and my lungs were huffing and puffing to keep up!  I'm ashamed to admit that I actually had to stop and walk a few minutes towards the end.  I just didn't have it in me.  Luckily hubby had taken the day off and was decidedly in charge of the kids for the day.  I came home, showered and crawled into bed....and remained there until it was time to get ready for my family birthday party at 4:45pm!  Hubby and the kids even brought me my lunch in bed.  It was fantastic and I felt 100% better by the end of the day.

As for my birthday gifts, hubby didn't disappoint!  I had requested some running items and that's exactly what I got.  Last winter I bought a good jacket and some tops to run in.  This year I requested some nice, warm pants and a vest for the spring/fall.  I had to do some exchanging, but I ended up with:

This vest from LOLE
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These Saucony ViperLite XPT pants
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This Saucony neck warmer....for those chiiiiiilly days in Ohio
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More of my favorite socks (for summer)....Smartwool PhD Run Ultra Light Micro

and

New Pearl Izumi gloves, to replace mine that had ripped.

I love new running gear....gives me that extra motivation to get out of bed in the morning.  I have no excuse now, not to get out there and get my runs in!   Hopefully this week I can get over my cold and get back to enjoyable running!

9 comments:

RunnerGirl said...

I really like that neck warmer, and need to get one for myself!

Rookie on the Run said...

If I wore that neck warmer here, people would think I was a burglar. A sweaty burglar. :D

It sounds like you had a wonderful birthday, in spite of your cold. Awesome job doing your eight miles! What a nice treat for you to be able to sleep after your run and get lunch brought to you! Big points for your husband. :)

TMB said...

Happy Birthday! That gear is sweet!

Mile Posts by Dorothy Beal said...

Happy Belated Birthday!! Love your Saucony gear :)

Morgan said...

Happy Belated and score 10 brownie points to the hubs for coming through with some great presents! Woo hoo! Happy running and feel better!

B Sue Fly said...

Happy Birthday! Those clothes look fantastic, maybe if I had a few nice things that would keep me warm I might be more inclined to head outside to run rather than always using my treadmill :-) Glad that you had a good day!

Teamarcia said...

Happy belated birthday! Looks like you made a good haul. Enjoy!

lindsay said...

happy belated birthday! nice gifts! the neckwarmer thingy sounds wonderful for a winter run - i'll have to check those out :)

Marlene said...

Looks like you got spoiled with awesome running gifts! Happy Belated Birthday! I hope you're feeling much better by now.