Birthday Week

Happy Birthday TO ME! My birthday was this week, so I’m taking this moment to celebrate me on the blog 🙂

I was able to celebrate with the family last weekend – we went out to dinner, had a mini-staycation in a hotel, I got a manicure, and I got lunch with a friend. I also was able to get in a snowy birthday run! Would I have rather it been 50 degrees and sunny during my run? (That’s a rhetorical question – you should know the answer by now) But it was snowy and somewhat pretty/not slippery yet (it was FRESH snow), so it really wasn’t that bad. And, it’s exactly how I would want to start my birthday!

Here’s what this week looked like: 

Sunday: 4 treadmill miles, some free weights and pool time!  — We had a family staycation downtown at a hotel with a pool, so I got in some hotel gym time, followed by hotel pool time with the family. While we were there it started snowing heavy, so I was glad to be inside, though bummed we couldn’t take a walk.  It was serious snow, and I don’t think the kids would’ve lasted more than a few minutes without getting stuck/frustrated/etc.


So nice to have a nearly empty gym!


Monday: 5 outdoor birthday miles and ab workout — It had snowed most of Sunday, so the snow was still fresh Monday morning with some flurries still coming down. I hadn’t run outside in nearly a week and was dying to get outside for some fresh air. I bundled up, got on my Yaktrax and enjoyed my birthday run!


Tuesday: 4.16 outdoor  miles and ab workout  — It was another snowy morning, so I put on my Yaktrax again. Some parts of the run were perfect, other parts were a little slippery. At one point, I felt my foot get caught on something (I thought) and almost did a faceplant on the ground. Somehow I caught myself and kept running. I decided to stop for a second to inspect my shoe/Yaktrax to make sure they weren’t broken, and that’s when I noticed one was missing! My Yaktrax got caught and it fell off my shoe! If anyone has a pair of Yaktrax, they know how hard it is to put on and I was about 1.5 miles away from home. So I paused the run, walked around and found the missing Yaktrax, and somehow managed to shimmy it back on my shoe, tighten the strap, and ran home. 

Wednesday: 4.54 miles and ab workout — I got in a few miles outside in my Yaktrax, but then it started snowing so I ran back in to do my last little bit. We got in a few more inches, ugh! 

Thursday: 5.5 treadmill miles and 2 ab workouts — Once again, I split the workout – 4 mi in the morning and 1.5 mi and abs during lunch.

Friday: 4 treadmill miles and ab workout – I woke up to snow again. It had rained then turned into ice and then snowed. I decided to stay inside again, but was tired. I mostly walked, half asleep, before finally waking up to run a few miles before getting ready for the day.

Saturday:   2.8 treadmill miles and 1.5 mi walk.  We had another morning/afternoon of kid activities, so I was just grateful to get in a workout before it started. After the kids were all down for naps, I got in a short walk by myself, which was great. Fresh air always perks me up.

Total mileage:   30 mi

Questions for you:

  • If you wear Yaktrax or something similar, have they ever fallen off while you were running? 
  •  Do you have a winter birthday?

 l am linking up with Deborah and Kim for the Weekly Run Down.

14 thoughts on “Birthday Week

  1. Nice to get away a bit for you birthday! Yes, I have had my Yaktrax fall off and I thought it was me bc I don’t get to use mine that often. Way to get in all those miles this week! Happy Birthday

  2. Happy Birthday! Starting your birthday with a run is always a good thing. Glad you were able to get away for a bit and celebrate. My birthday is March 21st and when I lived up north, I always loved how my birthday was the beginning of spring.

  3. Happy Birthday (a few days late)! Great mileage…you definitely get a lot more use out of your treadmill than I could ever hope for (especially now that she’s died, LOL).

  4. Happy belated birthday! It sounds like a fun one — as does the family hotel stay. I would have loved that as a kid, and it looks like your kids enjoyed themselves in the pool!

    My bday is in mid-November, so it’s culturally but not meteorologically in winter. 😉

  5. Happy belated birthday! Sounds like you had a fun little getaway.

    Oh wow, I can’t imagine a Yaktrax coming off on its own, especially considering how hard it is to get them on. I’m glad you found the missing one, though.

    • Right?! They usually take me a few minutes to put on. I somehow was able to get it back on my shoe with ONE hand while standing in the snowy street and make it home. I thought I was going to have to sit down and get wet/gross to get it back.

  6. Happy belated birthday! A getaway with the family sounds like the perfect was to celebrate to me!

    Last winter, one of my YakTrax broke on the trails, and lo and behold, as I was running with only one Yak, I spotted a lone one hanging from a tree branch! I thought it was meant to be, so I popped in on, and off I ran!

  7. Happy belated birthday, Melissa! What a nice way to celebrate it, with a gym and pool and a birthday run too. I also have a winter birthday, mine is in two weeks. Not sure how we’ll celebrate it! Probably just a dinner out or similar.

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