Monday, September 13, 2010

My Birthday...or Belated Birthday!!

Yep, this past Saturday was my birthday!!  I turned the big-ole 29!  I have been sick (sore throat, stuffy nose etc) since my 18 mile run, so I was hoping I would feel better by Saturday.  Of course my mom and husband have been pushing me to go to the doctor, but stubborn me just doesn't want to go (even though I work in a hospital and my doctor's office is 2 floors down from where my office is...crazy I know!!)
Anyways, Saturday morning I was scheduled to run a 10 mile run with Beck and Kris.  We were going to meet at 6am to get it in, before the birthday celebration began!
I woke up at 4:45am on Saturday morning and looked at the weather channel...90% chance of rain between 6-8am.  I just didn't know what to do...Did I chance running outside, in the rain with the chance of getting sicker, or do I suck it up and run my 10 miles on the treadmill...Well, I opted for the treadmill!
So, I laid back down in bed until 6:15am (the gym doesn't open until 7am on Saturdays, and I did not want to run on my treadmill in the boring basement)  So, I got up at 6:15, got dressed, ate my whole wheat bagel thin with a little butter and some peanut butter, drank my cup of coffee and some water, and headed to the gym.
Got there right at 7am, and got my two bottles of water, my GU and some fueling jelly beans, and hopped on the treadmill in the media room at Gold's Gym. (If anyone isn't familiar with the media run at Gold's, it is basically a movie theater with treadmills, ellipticals, and stationary bikes in it.  They play different movies throughout the week, and is a great place to go if your worried about people watching you, or if you just need the distraction of a movie to get you through your workout)  So, I hopped on the treadmill and did a warm up walk.  "Liar, Liar" was playing on the screen, so I got to see the very end of it when Jim Carrey is fighting his case, while not being able to lie.
I then began my 10 mile run.  I decided to run 4 miles, and then walk for a few while I did a GU, and then run for another 4 miles, and walk to fuel, and then finish up with only 2 miles to go.
The first 4 miles were OK...I was feeling a little yucky (with the sore throat), but pushed through it.  They did go by really slow.  I was the only one in the media room, so I just watched the movie.
The next 3.5 miles were better (the reason it was 3.5, is that the treadmill shut down on me, and I had to restart it and finish up the last 2.5 miles) 
The last 2.5 miles were really good!  I felt great, was excited that my run was almost over, and that I had my b-day to celebrate that day!  At this point, I had watched all of "Liar, liar", plus the beginning again...a few other people had joined me as well.
I can tell you...anytime I run inside on a treadmill, I sweat like crazy!  I was drenched when I was done.  My shirt was completely soaking, and my hat was all a darker red than it had started out at.  I did feel amazing though!
The rest of the day was spent with family and friends.  We went to a winery...had way to much wine...danced my butt off, and then headed to a piano bar that night where I was on stage...not once, not twice, but 3 times!!!  So fun!
Needless to say, yesterday was spent at home resting and spending time with my little one!

I can tell you this...It was awesome getting my run done Saturday morning..made the rest of the weekend that much sweeter!!!

Here are some pics from the birthday fun!



Emz said...

Yay you!!
Happy birthday!!
Way to go on the treadmill run. Excellent!

Love the pictures too.

Happy Monday.

sTyliSH1 said...

Happy belated birthday to you! You look great even with being sick! Great job on the treadmill also! I get so bored at the gym treadmill's but Bally's doesn't have a media room, I wish they did though :)

Aneta said...

dont know how u do it on the treadmill. i get bored after like 2 miles. ugh.

Happy Birthday!

track coach and adorable wife said...

Glad you had a fun birthday!

Rae said...

Happy Birthday!! Sounds like you had a fabulous day...and a fabulous run!

jamie@sweatyhugs said...

Go you on the TM run! I think having a movie on would make the run more bearable. ;)
Happy Birthday too!

Runners Fuel said...

Happy birthday!!! TM can save the day sometimes.

Carly said...

Happy Birthday! :-)

The (not so) Reluctant Athlete said...

Happy birthday and happy sweaty t-shirt! I love that sweaty cardio!

Harold said...

I could never do a long run on a treadmill. I get A.D.D. bigtime :)

P said...

Happy Birthday!
I L-O-V-E that wineglass!!! Did you make it yourself?

Christine said...

Happy Birthday!!!

Wow, I'm so impressed you were able to run 10 miles on a treadmill. I get way too bored on the treadmill. Good job!!!

Running Diva Mom said...

happy belated birthday, stephanie! I got a very similar mug for my 3-0 this summer! :-) that room at Gold's sounds really cool -- and a nice break from other gyms -- although, i like to people watch!

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