Monday recap: birthday runs& birthday fun

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! πŸ™‚ 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!


25 thoughts on “Monday recap: birthday runs& birthday fun

  1. Nicole! Happy late birthday – I especially love the slo-mo play-by-play of the beer-drinking exploits! You are such a great example of enjoying life in all its crazy facets. And yes – getting older is the exact opposite of sucking. It’s AWESOME and so are you!

  2. Great job on all of those runs! That is interesting about doing the hill sprints before a hard workout the next day. Maybe so you would be running tired the next day? Any further explanation on that one?
    Nice that you have hills in your area… we have a highway overpass πŸ™‚ (and yes, the whole town has to share it. haha)

    • I believe that the hills build strength in your legs, also yes, it tires them out. I could feel the extra strength in my legs from the hard work they had just done the day before. I might ask him to do a guest post on his wealth of knowledge πŸ™‚
      We have sooo many hills, its crazy! Somtimes I think I would like it a little LESS hilly! I would love to plan a route for a marathon in my hometown area and have it contain all of the hills that I run!

  3. Happy belated birthday!! I too love EC but haven’t seen him live yet… 😦

    You are absolutely killing it post-Boston! You go girl πŸ™‚ I’m still giving my legs some recovery, and absolutely died not getting a long run in with this weather we had this weekend! You inspired me and will be trying to get out for a 15 miler some point this week πŸ™‚

    • go get it! πŸ™‚ I feel fully recovered post-Boston. Probably because I didn’t really give the race “my all”. But I’m okay with that! Have fun with your 15 miler:) πŸ™‚

      I would have died not getting in a long run this weekend….the weather wwas perfection!

  4. killer runs nicole! awesome job with the track and the hills…and way to throw some birthday fun in there too!

  5. Nice solid week Nicole and didn’t ya’ hear 33 is the new 23 lol πŸ˜‰ like Meb I’ve got 40 on the horizon and I feel better now than when I was 25 πŸ™‚

  6. Eric Church is my FAVORITE person to see live. He’s amazing. He is from my fiance’s hometown so he’s really really big around here. I love his badassness too πŸ™‚

    Great running week!!

    That is all.
    Oh and I’m so happy that you had a kickass bday weekend. You make 33 look fanfreakingtastic, there is no other way to say it!

  8. Yay! Happy birthday and 33 … SO not old πŸ™‚ I mean, look at how you’re killing it with running and all of life – this is the prime! Enjoy … and it looks like you did! Loved seeing the IGram pics …

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