Birthday and the first runs of 26

I had a fabulous 26th birthday! My boss decorated my desk area with some fun stuff. 🙂

Aaron sent me an Edible Arrangement of chocolate-covered strawberries!! YUM! My co-workers and I ate a few before I took this pic.

So good.

Aaron also treated me to a nice dinner at Purple Cafe & Wine Bar.

We shared the creamy basil pesto linguine and the pappardelle with lamb and prosciutto meatballs — both to die for. We also destroyed a few loaves of bread with whipped butter. Clearly, there’s no such thing as Paleo on my birthday!

I even had a glass of red wine. Oooh, cuh-razy! This was the first birthday in my twenties that I didn’t celebrate by getting drunk. Maybe that makes me officially old and boring, but I really didn’t miss it at all.

Aaaanyway, on to the running! My eight-mile run on Wednesday was kind of a strugglefest. You’d never know it by the splits, but I had to bargain pretty hard with myself to not call it quits at five miles.

I wore the Cumulus 15s and they just didn’t feel quite right. I had to stop several times in the first three miles to re-tie them because they felt too loose, then too tight, then too loose… urghhh.

I finally got them tied correctly, but then I couldn’t relax for the rest of the run. My shoulders and upper back were super tense for some reason. Maybe the shoes were throwing off my whole body? I’ll give them one more run, and then probably return them. Sad times. 😦

For tonight’s hilly run, I went back to my trusty Brooks Ghost 4s.

Yup. That elevation chart looks about right for how my legs feel. I skipped hills for two weeks, so it was a little rough returning to them.

My left ankle (the one I sprained a year ago) has been giving me a little trouble lately, too. I don’t feel it while I’m running, but it feels swollen after I run. Time to party with some ice, methinks.

Rest day tomorrow. 12 mile run on Saturday.

Did you know I only have three long runs left before the marathon??

12, 20, 12. Then I taper. WHAT.

Excited! Nervous! But mostly excited!

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