Happy Birthday to Me

Yesterday, I had a good time spectating the Disney Princess Royal Family 5K.  My eldest daughter finished in 26:30 and my wife finished in 34:25.  My PR is safe for now.  I felt a little like a tourist pack mule lugging around the still camera and the video camera along with various food items.  Afterward, we hurried home for eldest daughter’s birthday party.  Her birthday isn’t until March 23rd, but she was splitting the party with another classmate and we had the party early planned and it was planned by a local high quality event production company.  It was a good time and I had a little too much Maker’s Mark, so when we brought 6 of the party goers home with us to spend the night, I let them write their birthday wishes to me on my head at the stroke of midnight, when I turned 33.

By the time I woke, I had forgotten that it was my birthday and completely forgotten that I had various messages written all over my head in green marker.  I headed out for a 10 mile run.  It was a little iffy thanks to a small hangover, but as I found out in Las Vegas, there’s no better cure for a hangover than a long run.  When I returned home and removed my hat, my wife noted the green streaks all over my head.  It was then that I remembered the previous night’s head writing.

Throughout the run, I kept thinking about my 23rd birthday and how I couldn’t run 10 miles when I was 23.  So, that was kind of cool.  Otherwise, it was kind of an uneventful day.  The older you get, the less special birthday’s become I think.  That is, of course, until you get so old that people are afraid you’re going to die so they throw you big birthday parties because it’s an accomplishment that you’ve survived that long.  So, I guess I’m in the “in between” zone – which is fine by me.  In any case, I finished the 10 miles in 1:21:59 – an 8:12 min/mile pace.

I managed a total of 42 miles this week:

Monday:  1200 m intervals – 7 miles

Tuesday: Easy treadmill – 5 miles

Wednesday: Tempo – 7.5 miles

Thursday: Easy treadmill – 6 miles

Friday: 400 m intervals – 6.5 miles

Saturday: Off

Sunday: 10 miles

Total: 42 miles


  1. Happy Birthday!!!! Atleast you didn’t go to a race like that.

    I like your workout this past week. I need to get something like that going for myself.

  2. happy belated birthday! at least you wore a hat… i was waiting for a story about people who saw you and your forehead running. nice job on the 10 miler, especially considering the hangover feeling!

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