I had a fantastic birthday weekend! Saturday was filled with lounging and then heading out to a nice dinner with friends at Thymari over here in Astoria.

Derek and I went there a few weeks ago and loved it, so I figured it was a great choice for my birthday dinner. I got the Vegetarian Moussaka and it was amazing! I definitely made the right choice, it was tasty and full of delicious cheese. We also loaded up on appetizers and cocktails and I even had a ‘Marathon’ beer!

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Sunday morning was the Central Park 10 miler put on by NYC Runs. I was so happy when they announced this race, since I was really hoping to be able to race on my birthday. I signed up immediately and was hoping to be in the same marathon shape come my birthday, but that didn’t happen. It’ s okay though, I figured I would use this race to see where I was at physically and mentally.

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I met up with my friend Jeremy and his girlfriend Kat, before heading to the starting line, which was nice and empty (compared to NYRR races). My plan was to test out 8:45 min/miles, but I just couldn’t seem to get in that groove. I was either going way too fast or too slow. Even so, after about 3 or 4 miles, I realized that I wouldn’t be able to hang onto that pace for the whole race and it was about this time that I ran into Meggie! I caught up to her and ended up running the whole rest of the race with her. It definitely made the miles fly by, so thanks Meggie for keeping me distracted and running strong.

Erica Sara was out there taking pictures, so thanks to her for some of these great shots!

This was right before the finish, where a huge group of our friends starting singing happy birthday to me as I ran by! You guys are the best and really know how to make a girl feel special! πŸ™‚

Finished in 1:31:54

Average pace of 9:11

After the race, a few of us went to brunch to stuff our faces and booze it up on bottomless drinks. I only had 2, but that was more than enough because I left very happy and ready to celebrate the rest of the day. Thanks to Leticia for organizing a fun birthday brunch, it was awesome!

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Derek and I then headed to Target to pick up a few things with our gift cards we got for Christmas, including a new set of weights. Then we headed to our friends house to watch the Patriots game. Happy they won! I’m not a hardcore fan, but, Derek definitely is. The game led into the Golden Globes, so we stayed and watched those too, since we don’t have cable.

It was a nice and relaxing birthday! I usually go out and drink too much every birthday, and this year I just did not feel like doing that. I wanted to feel good and not wake up feeling like crap, I did enough binge drinking in December anyway.

And, like I said I would, I did my first set of Strength Training for the week tonight! I used the weights that I bought at Target andΒ  I’m happy to say that they weren’t too heavy and they felt right. If you are looking for free weights, they are on sale at Target right now, it was great timing for me.

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Did you do your first set of strength training for the week? I know I’m not the only one out there who would celebrate their birthday by running a race, which races have you done on your birthday?

10 Comments

  1. Happy Birthday! What a great set of photos!

  2. glad you had a great birthday! i actually don’t think i’ve raced on my birthday…the past 2 years we’ve taken a trip and i’ve been 100% okay not racing-i usually have the weekend before though!

  3. I’m so happy you had a good birthday! I don’t know how you managed to go to Target – I went straight home and passed out asleep after brunch!

  4. Glad you had such a great birthday!! I’ve never managed to run a race on my birthday, maybe in a few years when it falls on a weekend again.

  5. Happy Birthday and congrats on the race! I’ve actually never raced on my birthday. VCM this year will be as close as I’ve gotten (it’s the day before). I’m hoping that means good things will come πŸ™‚

    Nice job with strength training! Last week was actually the first week in awhile that I failed to do it twice (oops!). Trying again this week with a session tonight.

  6. Happy birthday again! So great to see you, and congrats on the race πŸ™‚

  7. You look so pretty in those running pics. Seriously. That is just not fair πŸ™‚ Happy birthday!! Glad you had such a great day and a fun race!

  8. Nice job on the race! Glad you had a great birthday. πŸ™‚
    Ahhh, I was just at Target last week and all the fitness stuff was on sale. I need to go back to get new weights and a new yoga mat…

  9. I just came across your blog, and I’m excited to follow. I also love food and running!
    And awesome job on the race! I’ll definitely be sure to sign up for some NYC Runs races this year. I was considering running the Vermont City Marathon on my birthday, but I think I’m going to end up staying local and running NJ instead.

  10. I did strength train once this week! It’s a miracle! The kettlebells got dusted off!!! Happy birthday again, glad to see it was a fun one!

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