I’m thinking work might be a welcome break from the jam-packed, wine-filled, celebration bonanza that was my weekend. I love birthdays, but it’s a good thing they only come once a year. Here’s a little recap of some of the highlights!
A Birthday Wish Come True
I got some very cool presents for my birthday. New running shoes! New yoga clothes! A new wine aerator! A new Magic Bullet that I’m going to use to smoothie every damn thing in the house! All these things are awesome, but the one thing I really REALLY wanted for my birthday was something that wouldn’t cost a dime, but would be completely priceless to me:
I wanted to run.
The plan was to wait until after I see Dr. D again on Tuesday, but when I got to the gym on Saturday morning my leg was feeling pretty normal. I decided to try a mile just to see how it went. You guys, I was so scared. Not just because of the possibility of re-hurting myself, but also how it would negatively affect the rest of my day if I did experience a lot of pain. I tried to keep my expectations low as I fired up the treadmill.
Guess what? It felt okay. Definitely not perfect, but not bad either. 1 mile turned into a 5K where I made myself stop so I wouldn’t overdo it. I finished up my last mile at a 7:30 pace, stretched for a good 1o minutes, and hopped on the bike for a little while to get some different movement into my muscles. The endorphin rush was better than birthday cake. And trust me, I ate A LOT of birthday cake this weekend.
(There I go with the shoddy treadmill phone photography again!)
As I’m writing this my calf is a little sore, but nothing that a couple Advils shouldn’t be able to take care of. This was truly the best birthday present I could have gotten after 2 solid weeks of rest. Oh running, how I have missed you.
A Bouncy Party
This year we had decided to have Betty’s party at that bouncy house place because planning her first birthday had been so stressful. I figured that the less things I had to worry about, the less anxiety I would have. Well as it turns out, not really having to do any planning of a birthday party is also stressful for me. I was a ball of nerves. It was all for nothing though because everyone had a great time! Especially the birthday girl who once again powered through with next to nothing in the nap department.
We had the venue for 2 hours and it flew by. I probably could have really used a nap afterward, but instead opted for more coffee, shortly followed by wine, a margarita, and later on drinks out with friends. What? Bouncing around made me really thirsty.
I don’t think I have to explain why I had a rockin’ headache when I woke up, but I also felt like I might have been fighting something off. (Skimping on the sanitizer at all these kid germ factories I’ve been visiting lately, I guess.) I had almost entirely lost my voice and was feeling pretty vile. I pushed myself through a morning yoga class, both because I knew I needed it for my leg and usually inversions make me feel better, but we still ended up missing another bouncy house birthday party that we were supposed to attend that afternoon. With the time change and everything, B was better off not missing another nap anyway.
At 4pm though I got a real treat…for our anniversary my husband booked me a massage appointment, letting them know that I had a leg injury and to pay special attention to that area. I knew I married him for a reason.
The masseuse was GREAT. I’m pretty sure there was a puddle of drool on the carpet under my face and I caught myself starting to snore several times.
Then from there it was dinner with my family and enjoying the fact that the sun didn’t set until after 7pm. I love springing forward. Which brings us to this morning…
Remember when I said I thought I might have been fighting something off? Apparently “something” was a stomach virus which is why I’m posting this blog now and not in the morning. I think I’ve been awake for a total of maybe 2 hours today and I’m feeling at least slightly better now than I was so let’s hope a good night of sleep tonight will have me back to normal tomorrow. It’s supposed to be in the 60’s and I’d really like to go for a run.
Ever Wondered What I Sound Like?
Now you can hear my annoying voice! A couple weeks ago I was interviewed for a podcast called The Lifestyle Accountability Show. It was a lot of fun, even though I felt like I sounded totally stupid. Well my interview went live yesterday! So if you want to listen to me talk about running, my fitness, my blog, stuff I eat, my kid, and why my nickname is Salt, you can check it out here.
Wanna know something else exciting? The Hydrapak SoftFlask giveaway ends tonight at midnight! So if you haven’t entered yet and you want to, CLICK HERE. Winner announced tomorrow!
I still owe Ben a picture of me doing a bite valve demo while standing on my head. I didn’t forget!!
I hope you have all had a much better day than I did!