Thank you everyone for all of the amazing birthday love!!! I had a great weekend celebrating! I seriously have always loved my birthday. There were a few years in my late 20s when I would get depressed about the fact that I was GETTING OLDER. But now, I just don’t even sweat it. It is what it is! 33 + Fabulous = One happy girl! 🙂 Age is really all relative and I truly believe you are as old as you feel!
Thursday night I went to see Eric Church. I just heart him for forever and ever. And I like to say that I have loved him since before it was “cool” to love country’s bad boy. I would go to the really small venue’s to see him. Now that he is superstar famous, I love that he still has the same connection to his audience that he used to: His stage presence is unbelievable and the energy of the crowds is insane. However…It was like this when he was playing at the small places too. The man is incredible. He sounds even BETTER live that on his cd’s (where he still sounds incredible, in case you are wondering). There is nobody like him. He is a country music badass who is true to his craft, and he doesn’t sell out for anything like a lot of artists end up doing.
—> That was a LOT of eric church info…aren’t you so glad you read this blog about running??? Anyway…Obviously, it was a birthday dream come true to be able to see him the night before my birthday!!! We had AMAZING seats, were chauffered in by my fabulous father in law, & got picked up at the door right after it was finished!! During the show, EC said he wanted to break his record for the longest show ever played–> and he did! HE played 31 songs and it lasted almost 2 1/2 hours!! AMAZING.
Ok i’m done. Just a few pics for you though from my date with my BFF and EC:
So the running.This is a running blog, right??
Monday-7 miles easy, 8:08 avg pace
Wednesday– 8 miles at the track! I did an 800s workout that both surprised and delighted me. I didn’t expect to do so well with my first speed workout post Boston. I LOVE the track, big time. I got up super early and watched the sun come up as I was hitting it hard. I was really delighted that I was able to progress with my 800s : splits were 3:19, 3:20, 3:21, 3:19, 3:13, 3:08, 3:07. ( i wanted to do 8 but I ran out of time!) 5 miles in 34:52, 6:58 avg pace. Halfway through the workout, my body kind of woke up and i thought to myself “I GET to do this. I am so freaking lucky.”
Friday– 7 hilly miles: 54:57, 7:51 avg pace. I have been talking training lately with a fellow runner who took himself from a 3:30 marathon down to a 2:39 marathon. Dude rocks. Anyway, he was telling me some changes he made to his running that helped improve his speeds. One of those things was hill sprints on the day before a big workout. I wanted to see how I felt on Saturday’s tempo run after hitting the hills! The hills I run are BEASTLY and since I was running a route that had continuous rolling hills-I didn’t do repeats, I just kept powering up and over the hills.
Saturday-8 mile tempo run, 1:00, 7:29 avg pace. Super happy with this run. It was comfortably fast with my middle miles being at a 7:00 minute pace.
Sunday-BIRTHDAY LONG RUN. it’s my tradition to do a bday long run. 15-17 miles is my favorite distance to do, but I debated on a 22 miler too. I guess I think that running is crazy fun??? Typically, I do the bday run thing on my actual bday, however I had a lot of things going on this weekend and chose to wait until Sunday. I’m SO happy with how this run went. And because I like to reflect, I took a look back at last years bday run:
Yesterday’s bday run: 16 miles, 2:06:23, 7:54 avg pace
Man i love progress. I was pretty hot and sweaty, too. When I started, it was only 48 degrees, but by the time i had finished the temps climbed up to 72! Time to get used to warmer weather running again!!
46 miles for the week: 7:46 avg pace
I hope everybody had a wonderful weekend! Tell me all about it!