A Quarter of a Century Old

Hi guys! Welp, I’ve officially joined the quarter of a century club. The big 2-5 was yesterday.
Sorry I skipped on posting yesterday, but I was busy celebratin-g!

Speaking of celebrating, I have LOTS of shenanigans to tell yaโ€™ll about. Grab a snack and your kombucha of choice, because I got a lot of writing ahead.

It started on Friday when I was done with work (which was a looong afternoon!) I grabbed the hubski and we headed out to meet some friends at Gill St. Bar:



It was one of my friend’s birthday, too. So we celebrated with a beer with her. But we didn’t stay long, because we had some plans…

Like going to the (only!) vegan restaurant in town!

The Coffeehouse!
This is in the Uptown section of town, very close to the university.

I used to walk down this street ALL the time to go to different shops (and perhaps a few pubs ;)) when at ISU. Memories…

However, for some crazy reason, I’d never been the Coffeehouse – this was my first time!
It’s very eclectic, and had such a variety of patrons. I felt I could be very much myself here.
We found a quaint little table in the back and looked at the menu.

It was SO hard for me to choose, but I ended up going with theโ€ฆ

Falafel pita:

and a hummus plate…

and oven fries…

ok well we shared those two ๐Ÿ˜‰
The hubski got some vegan chili:

And EVERYTHING was delicious. They also had vegan baked goods:



But thatโ€™s for another trip ๐Ÿ˜‰ I wanted to go back for lunch yesterday LOL. Oh but I will be back, for sure. The prices are amazing and so is the food!


Perfect birthday Eve dinner ๐Ÿ˜€

Came home and it was relaxation time. I almost decided to had a glass of wine, but I had my 10 (!!) mile run planned the next day, so I went with some tea instead. Yes, I ran 10 miles on my birthday. It sounded good up until the night before. Then, I thought, why? why would I plan a 10 mile run on my birthday?!

The Looming 10 Mile Run

I woke up feeling the same way, but there was no way out of it. It was mid forties and sunny, but windy, and damnit I was gonna do it.
Cooked up some breakfast for a little fuelage:



Banana oats w/ raw almond butter and organic jam!

And a few hours later, I was getting ready to head out to the trail.
This little guy helped me get some motivation:

One of Shane’s birthday presents to me:D
And while we’re on the subject, he also got me a BOSU trainer:


and a (pink!!) golf bag!


However, I think the golf bag and set is partly a present to him. He’s been asking me to play golf with him forever. I guess this is the summer! haha We’re not an active couple or anything… ๐Ÿ˜‰

I was so excited to use my CamelBak on my run. I filled it with about a liter of water, and also stowed some Clif shot bloks and my car key in it:



Ready, Set, GO!

I ran on the trail because I knew the trees would help block out the wind. And boy I’m glad I did, because the wind was a-howwwling! The first couple miles I was kind of a downer and the number 10 just kept intimidating me. But by mile 3, I had gotten past my 2-mile-hump and had a good groove going. And around mile 5, I saw a sign for the David Davis Mansion (the house Abe Lincoln lived in when he lived in Bloomington) so I ran around the circle drive of the mansion. It was super cool – I had never been there before either. I wish I would have brought my camera. Next time Iโ€™ll remember to do so ๐Ÿ™‚ Around mile 6, I remembered why I saved my 10 miler for my birthday (or it just so happened to be on my birthday, but I digress..) I was elated! Breaking a record and enjoying nature. Love, love, love it.
Around mile 7, I got a really bad cramp in my right calf, and stopped to stretch, ate three shot bloks, and then kept on going. Though the cramp didn’t go away, it faded a little. However it’s definitely painin’ today. I had a 4.5 mile recovery run planned for today, but I think I’m going to take it easy. Plus, I may or may not have a slight hangover, as well. What? You can’t judge a girl for having a few brewski’s on her birthday! More on that belowโ€ฆ ๐Ÿ˜‰

Ended up finishing in 1:37:03 with an average pace on 9:42

My Splits:

Mile 1: 9:44
Mile 2: 9:44
Mile 3: 9:53
Mile 4: 10:00
Mile 5: 9:57
Mile 6: 9:14
Mile 7: 9:47
Mile 8: 9:41
Mile 9: 9:41
Mile 10: 9:23


10 miles, baby!!!

Phew! I was glad I kept my average pace under 10 minutes, but I wasn’t as speedy as last week’s long run. Next week is 10 again, so we’ll see if the pace changes then.

Directly after showering, dressing, and green monstering:


1/2 banana, ice, almond milk, Amazing Grass, frozen cherries, hemp protein powder
I headed out with the hubski to get some THAI food!!! Can you believe I’ve never had Thai food either? We were first going to go to Flavors of India, our fave Indian restaurant, but apparently they’re closed for renovations :-/

Not to fear, we decided to hit up a Thai place:


Shane got a sampler, but it was all meat-based, so I sat there while my stomach ate my back bone for an appetizer.

And THEN came the grub:

I got the tofu pad thai and it was out of this world delicious. I love Thai food!!!

Somehow the afternoon FLEW by, and it was already time to head into Peoria to meet some friends for dinner and drinks.

note: shortly before I wrote this post, ALL of my pictures from last night got deleted somehow. I started freaking OUT, and then remembered my husbands a technology genius. He was able to recover MOST from last night. The rest Iโ€™ll steal from the other people who had cameras ๐Ÿ˜‰

A big group of friends got together for mine, and my girl Mel’s birthday for dinner at Granite City.

These are seriously some of my favorite people in the world, and it means so much to me that they all came out to help me celebrate ๐Ÿ˜€

Before dinner, I had some sort of fruity drink. It had chambord in it, so I was sold ๐Ÿ˜€ I had one, and then switched to some water with dinner…which was:

A portabella melt with some grilled asparagus. It was aight. Not stellar, but I definitely ate it all :D   

My girl Kim, who you’ve met during my cruise posts, and who now has her own blog, Sunny State of Mind (check it out! She’s just started a new Gluten Free diet/lifestyle and she’s writing about it, her fitness, eats, and fun ๐Ÿ™‚ ) got me THREE Alternative Baking Co. cookies:


And a shirt from Destin that says "Peace, Love, and Sandy Feet" which is SO me. I have awesome friends. Just sayin’.

After dinner we all headed out to a bar for some more shenanigans!

Gah. Love these girls!

I probably only had three beers (only?) but I also had some birthday shots. I’m typically not a shot girl, so I’m not feeling the hottest as I write this post ๐Ÿ˜‰



For some reason, we say โ€œpruneโ€ instead of โ€œcheeseโ€ after a few drinks ๐Ÿ˜€ hahah

The mens..including the hubski who was my wonderful DD for the night:D         

CONVAR29We headed out around midnight and Shane and I made the drive back to Normal.

I couldnโ€™t resist eating half err a third of one of my birthday cookies on the way home ๐Ÿ˜‰


I have a couple new clients tomorrow, so Iโ€™m off to Borders to get some paper work and plans done! Later on, my mom, dad, brother, and SIL are coming to visit and go out to dinner ๐Ÿ˜€ The celebration continues!!

Hope youโ€™re having an absolutely fabo weekend!!


25 Responses

  1. First off Happy Birthday!!!
    Second…NEVER had thai?? OMG!!!! Sinful
    may I offer a few suggestions:
    Spring Rolls…YUM!
    Pad Sew Ew…YUM! ( I have with chicken but you can have tofu or just nothing and its still verrrry yummy!)
    Also Coconut Cury Chicken (again I am sure you can substitute)
    I am a bit addicted to thai ๐Ÿ˜‰
    Looks like all in all was a great day!

  2. happy birthday!!! looks like you had a great time !

  3. We’ll all be on our way in about an hour to tie up the birthday celebrations with you and your hubby. However, your brother can be the DD today:-) Since this is officially YOUR birthday dinner with all of us, Shane, Dad and Mike can’t pick Fiesta as the restaurant, YEA!!!
    Niko is in my lap as I write this, and I bet you want us to return her to you????

  4. i love thai food too. when i was in thailand, weirdly, it made me high?! like there was an herb in it that made me light headed and giddy.

  5. Happy Birthday!!

  6. Happy late birthday girl! Congrats on the PDR. So awesome!!!

  7. Glad you had an awesome birthday!!! ๐Ÿ™‚ And great job on the run. Your bday presents look perfect for you. ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Congrats on the ten-miler! What a birthday! Best wishes for the year to come =)

  9. Happy birthday, and congrats on the 10-miler!

  10. Happy belated birthday!

  11. Happy Birthday! Great job on the 10 miles!! ๐Ÿ™‚

    great run!
    great pics AND eats!
    you are beautiful!

  13. Happy birthday! Great job on the 10 miles!

    PS – 3 beers definitely counts as “only” when it’s your birthday!

  14. omg the nite out with your girls looks sooo fun! ill say prune with you hotties anytime ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY (belated). Sounds like you had all kinds of fun. Way to rock through those 10 miles- I hate running in cold wind, so I totally feel for you. The meal at the veggie friendly coffee house looks best to me. yummy. I’d be there every weekend. Hope you have a good Monday.

  16. Sounds like you had an amazing birthday! I love how you guys say prune instead of cheese. Too funny!

  17. I wish we would have gotten more “supplies” for you at Sam’s last night. With everything you do, I don’t know when you have time to shop during the week!!
    It is supposed to be a beautiful week though, so try to get a few outside runs.

  18. HAPPY BIRTHDAY! YAYAY March baby!! my bday is this wed ๐Ÿ™‚ looks like you had an amazing time with amazing food! oh and love your running outfit, that camel back is CLUTCH for those longer runs!

  19. Happyhappyhappy 25!!! AND mucho congrats on the 10 miles – that’s HUGE!!! Awesome presents too. I love my camelbak. I look like a dork, but at least I’m a hydrated dork ๐Ÿ˜‰ Have a blast with the new clients!

  20. YAY! so glad you had a fun bday and got awesome gifts. my favorite line in this post? “I sat there while my stomach ate my back bone for an appetizer.”

  21. Happy Birthday! and Congrats on the 10 miler! That is so awesome!

    I can’t believe you’d never been to The Coffeehouse before. That place is probably the one thing I actually MISS about Normal! I used to go up there every Tuesday (I think) for their poetry slams. I also spent countless hours “studying” there. The Coffeehouse was without question my favorite place!

    Now you’ve got me all sentimental and mushy. ๐Ÿ™‚

  22. Great birthday presents! I’ve had a BOSU for four years now and I love it!!

  23. Yummy pictures! Happy belated birthday, too! Those are awesome splits; I can’t pace myself that well!!

  24. […] Itโ€™s a fantastic day here in central Illinois, so the husband and I are planning on riding our bikes to a cute little vegetarian restaurant downtown. Havenโ€™t been there since my birthday! […]

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