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 c–e–l–e–b–r–a–t–i–n-g!
Speaking of celebrating, I have LOTS of shenanigans to tell ya’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!
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 the…
and a hummus plate…
and oven fries…
ok well we shared those two 😉
The hubski got some vegan chili:
And EVERYTHING was delicious. They also had vegan baked goods:
But that’s for another trip 😉 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 😀
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… 😉
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 I’ll remember to do so 🙂 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 below… 😉
Ended up finishing in 1:37:03 with an average pace on 9:42
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 I’ll steal from the other people who had cameras 😉
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 😀
Before dinner, I had some sort of fruity drink. It had chambord in it, so I was sold 😀 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 🙂 ) 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 😉
For some reason, we say “prune” instead of “cheese” after a few drinks 😀 hahah
The mens..including the hubski who was my wonderful DD for the night:D
I couldn’t resist eating
half err a third of one of my birthday cookies on the way home 😉
I have a couple new clients tomorrow, so I’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 😀 The celebration continues!!
Hope you’re having an absolutely fabo weekend!!