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Happy birthday, Mark!

25 Aug

Today is a very special day for a very special person – it’s Mark’s birthday! We have been celebrating him all weekend and I want to add to that by honoring him with his very own blog post.

Happy birthday to a wonderful husband who works hard but loves harder, enjoys life with passion and laughter, and is not afraid to dream while keeping his feet on the ground. He is my best friend and biggest supporter and I am so grateful for all the things he is and does!

Markbdaydinner rbbHe is a great coach. Whether it is biking alongside on long runs, encouraging me to stick to my training plan, checking my stats, making up songs to keep me going, or giving me a much needed high five during a race, he’s always there.

coachmark wmHe supports my passion for running in so many ways. When I’m thinking of a race he always tells me I can do it, never complains (even when we have to get up at 3:00 AM to make it there), takes hundreds of photos, and greets me with a huge hug at every finish line.

postracehubbyHe’s helped me through the most difficult times as well as shared with me the happiest adventures. He has brought such love and joy to my life and I look forward to spending the rest of forever with him.

roadtrip rbbHappy birthday to my love, my husband, my best friend.  Here’s to many, many more celebrations to come as the years go by!


Birthday fun (parte dos)

3 Feb

For the final birthday festivities we met a few of my friends  last night at Boca Bistro, a Spanish tapas restaurant that I’ve been wanting to try since it opened in Summer 2012.

20130203-124516.jpgIn one word, this place is AMAZING. First, the decor has a rustic vintage feel and the ambiance was warm (it would have been warmer if the door didn’t keep opening and letting in the cold air!). Second, the food is beyond incredible and the sangria is delicious!

20130203-124442.jpgA table full of tapas

We filled the table with a big variety of tapas (traditional Spanish small plates), white sangria, wine, beer, and bread and olive oil.

20130203-124452.jpgOn my plate: chorizo pomplona (sausage), manchego cheese with almonds and quince paste, berenjenas fritas (eggplant fries) with sesame honey drizzle, broccolini, and huevos fritos con chorizo y patatas (fried egg with sausage and potatoes). Absolutely everything was delicious. I was in heaven with all the great flavors and textures.

20130203-124502.jpgDessert was a crema Catalana – caramelized custard with citrus and cinnamon. We also snagged a few bites of our friends’ churros.  To. Die. For.

After we finally finished polishing off every last crumb of food and dessert off our plates, we headed to The Wine Bar to relax with one more drink.

20130203-124539.jpgI didn’t have time to take a picture of my fancy birthday hair and makeup before leaving the house, so this is the best I can offer:

20130203-124529.jpgIn case you were wondering (admit it, you were), I curled my hair all in ringlets and then bobby pinned it all to one side and topped it off with a black feather fascinator. My eyes were smokey purple with black eyeliner, but you can’t really tell that from this photo. Basically, I looked awesome.

20130203-124554.jpgArtsy wine glass shot

It was a relaxing evening with some of my best friends and I honestly couldn’t have asked for a better way to start off my 28th year! 28 truly is great and I’m looking forward to what the rest of the year has in store!

Today’s run: an easy, late morning, sunny run. The kind where you pass by several people walking, running, or taking their dog around and everyone smiles at you and says, “Good morning.” Perfect Sunday run.

3.45 miles | 30:53 total time | 8:58 avg pace

Now, we’re making these homemade sea salted caramels and getting ready for a all-you-can eat Super Bowl party!

Birthday fun (part one)

2 Feb

I had a lot of fun celebrating my birthday in various ways yesterday. Birthdays are a wonderful thing because it’s so nice (and necessary) to have a day every year that’s all about you and your fabulousness.

I celebrated myself by starting my 28th year with a solo run.

itsmybirthdayirunSpecial thanks to my friend and fellow runner, Jaimie, for sending me this yesterday!

I joined my friend Dee for a birthday movie date to see Silver Linings Playbook starring Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence (AKA Katniss). This movie intrigued me because it shows the real-life side of someone recovering from mental illness – it’s messy, complicated, scary, hopeful, exciting, and even romantic. The acting was great and I really found myself rooting for Bradley Cooper’s character.

silver linings playbookI also ate about 3/4 of a giant bag of my all-time favorite candy, Swedish Fish, during the movie.

20130202-113823.jpg“It’s my birthday, I do what I want!”

Later in the evening, we had dinner with my family (my mom, stepdad, brother, his fiancee, and her 2 year old daughter). It was nice to see everyone, catch up, talk and laugh. I also enjoyed chocolate peanut butter pie for dessert. (It didn’t last long enough for a picture, whoops!)

Mark’s mom sent over these super cute cupcakes, an itty bitty chocolate cake, and a bottle of wine. These are pretty much the cutest cupcakes ever…


After dinner, we met up with my friend Erin for a birthday drink. I had a delicious glass of moscato with a side of conversation and laughter. All in all a great time!

As I’m writing this, I’m really wishing I took more pictures. I’ll keep that in mind for tonight as the celebrations continue!

This morning, I was really slow to get myself going and ready for a run. I had a headache for some reason (no, I was not hungover) and felt sleepy. So I took some ibuprofen, guzzled some nuun, and warmed up with some stretching until my head cleared a little.

I’m really glad I didn’t talk myself out of this run. It turned out to be really fantastic and I feel a lot better having done it. I started around a 9:15-9:30 pace and felt stronger as each mile came on. I actually started saying to myself, “Each mile, I feel stronger and stronger.” And as mile 4 came to an end I was going at an 8:12 pace. Positive affirmations FTW!

salty sneakersWinter running = salty sneakers

4.16 miles | 37:26 total time | 9:00 avg pace

I topped it off with a 5:00 ab workout. Now, I’m trying to decide what to do with myself before getting ready for tonight’s festivities. I think this will do for a little while:

20130202-113843.jpgPost-run recovery snack and reading