Birthday weekend

by Kim on April 22, 2013

Happy marvelous Monday, friends!

We had an awesome, relaxing weekend over here. It was my birthday yesterday, but the bday perks kinda extended through the whole weekend. Can’t complain.


First things first, though: the winner of the Endure tank top is…


Congratulations, Katie!!

Please email me your info (full name, mailing address, tank top preference, color, and size) at

Now, on to the weekend picture vomit!

On Saturday, I got to spend a good chunk of the day writing at Barnes & Noble again. When I got home, Brent had a few early bday surprises waiting for me, including a Wendy’s frosty (!!!! – my favorite) and these beauties:


He also gave me another awesome surprise, in the form of some unexpected good news: Mason’s finally eating finger foods!


Apparently, overnight, his gag reflex settled down, and he woke up Saturday a hungry hippo. He’s not eating steak and potatoes or anything, but apparently he ate over a dozen of these freeze-dried fruit/veggie melts I got him. (I’ve been putting them on his tray, watching him completely ignore them, and throwing them away for weeks and weeks now.)

He’s also eaten some chunks of pear and some sausage (of all things). I want to try making these allergy free pancakes for him next. Fingers crossed this trend actually sticks!

I was planning to get my long run in Saturday night, but we were also planning on watching Django Unchained. Around 7 PM, as I was about to hit the treadmill, we realized the movie was almost 3 hours long. Since we’re old, the thought of starting a 3-hour movie after 9 PM is basically horrifying (our 21-year-old selves would be mortified).

Guess which one went out the window??

…Well, the movie was great! (In a Tarantino way.) There was also wine and cheese involved, plus these babies, which I picked up at TJ’s last week:


On Sunday, Brent got up with Mason while I slept in until 9:30 (HEAVENLY).

Then, I got to open my birthday present from Brent, my parents-in-law, and my sister- and bro-in law. Behold:


I was SO excited. I’ve been wanting a Garmin for SO long (as you probably knew, if you’ve been reading this blog for awhile) and I can’t wait to get outside on a run with it! It’ll be so nice to be able to check my speed without dealing with my big, clunky phone. Plus, now I’ll actually be able to pace myself during races!

After a leisurely cup of coffee, I headed to the Body and Sole class I signed up for through Sweat this City. I had NO idea what to expect from this class, other than the fact that we were supposed to be barefoot.

The gym (Orange Shoe) specializes in personal and small-group training, and it was the tiniest I’d ever seen—just one room the size of maybe half a basketball court. It had a very personal, neighborhood-y feel, with people’s names and fitness goals/progress scribbled on white boards throughout the room.

We started out by massaging our feet on balls the size of tennis balls, while the teacher (who was very preggo!) shared some facts about feet. For example, she told us we have 19 tendons, 26 bones, 33 joints, and 107 ligaments in our feet. At that point, my brain was going, “This is going to be cake.”

Naturally, I was dead wrong.


After our warm-up, we partnered up to rotate through 4 different stations around the room, doing each one 3 times (circuit A above). Then, the trainer introduced 4 completely new stations, and we did each of those 3 times (circuit B). We did the final circuit—circuit C—as a group, and then cooled down.

The exercises themselves reminded me of the Biggest Loser workouts, with things like kettleballs, lunges with weights, and those heavy ropes. There were also two things that were completely new to me:

–Resisted sprints and jumps

resisted sprint(source)

These were sooo fun. The sprints were pretty easy—except for the fact that we were doing them barefoot—but the jumps were tough because the band would yank us right back. I kept feeling like I was going to flip forward.

–The TRX bar

TRX bar(source)

Basically, this is attached to the wall, and you just push it out as far as you possibly can and hold it. As you can imagine—looks easy, isn’t. Obviously, it’s mostly working the inside arm on whichever side it’s on, so you have to switch sides.

On the way home, I stopped to make a little purchase at the mall, using birthday money from my parents.


I’ve been drooling over these super-soft throws at PB for months. Of course, I wait until the weather’s warming up to finally get one. Oh well.


When I got home, I made the most gigantic fruit and protein smoothie ever, knowing that I still had that long run on my To Do list. (I know, what kind of freak works out twice on her birthday…which is why the original plan was to do the run on Saturday…)


My legs were a little shaky from the morning, but I told myself that all I had to do was complete the miles (I planned on 6), not necessarily run the whole time.

So when Mason went down for his afternoon nap, I ran to the video store to rent some long run entertainment in the form of a chick flick (I ended up with Save the Date), popped that in the DVD player, and hit the mill.

The run wasn’t spectacular—and neither was the movie, really—but I made it through both, and felt awesome at the end. A quick shower later, we headed out for my bday dinner.


It was nothing fancy, but Brent and I both love the build-your-own noodle bowls at FlatTop. Plus, it’s a pretty kid-friendly environment.






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Kelly April 22, 2013 at 7:01 pm

That Body and Sole class looked intense! I’m kind of annoyed because it is looking like I won’t be able to go to ANY of the free classes :( My schedule all of a sudden turned insane and I feel like there are many other things I should be doing than going to a class.

Looks like you had a fun Birthday weekend!
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Kim April 22, 2013 at 10:30 pm

Oh no!!! That’s too bad. :( I haven’t been sticking to my schedule perfectly, but I’m hoping to get a few more in before the end of the challenge.

I’m already doing exactly what they want me to be doing–itching to get a membership to a yoga studio! :)

Good luck with your busy week!


Amy @ Writing While Running April 22, 2013 at 4:52 pm

Happy Birthday! So excited you got a Garmin! I can’t wait to hear what you think about it. I, too, have been wanting one for a while, but I am afraid of how it will change my running (i.e. make me more obsessed about my time so I cannot enjoy a good run).
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Kim April 22, 2013 at 10:27 pm

Good point! Might have to ditch it now and then. :) I’ll let you know how it goes! I have yet to actually run outside this year, ha!


Suzanne April 22, 2013 at 4:20 pm

Happy Belated Birthday! It sounds like you had a wonderful weekend. Your flowers are beautiful!
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Kim April 22, 2013 at 10:26 pm

I agree! And thanks!


Giselle@myhealthyhappyhome April 22, 2013 at 1:56 pm

Happy late birthday! What a great birthday weekend! I love extending birthday’s through the weekend and actually typically stretch mine out to last all week! Ha! Such an awesome bday gift too! I would love a new Garmin! Hope you have a great day today!
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Kim April 22, 2013 at 3:36 pm

Thanks Giselle!


Katie @ running4cupcakes April 22, 2013 at 1:02 pm

Ahhh I am so excited that I won the giveaway – totally just made my day!! Those yogurt melts are a big hit in our house too. And I just made pancakes for Luke this week and he ate them up! Good luck trying them out. :) And aren’t they so confusing, one week they love something, the next week it is all on the floor or being fed to the dog. Luke’s latest thing is to hold something over the edge of his highchair and giggle when Abby eats it out of his hand. I try to discourage this of course, but it is just so darn cute!


Kim April 22, 2013 at 3:36 pm

Haha! That’s great. We don’t have a dog, but there’s still plenty of food getting launched over the edge of the highchair here too. :)


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