Sunday, February 19, 2012

One Big Party

Just when you think you’re done with the holiday season, February rolls around. In our house that means a month long party.

The first half of this month it’s been all about Emily’s 3rd birthday. First it was her party with family in NY.

Then we celebrated her birthday at home during the week, before going to NJ to celebrate with my side of the family.

Little does she realize Valentine’s Day is not all about her as well. Yet another party at school with balloons and goodies.

I was hoping to do a lot of running while I was in NJ since I’d have some very reliable babysitters on hand. I did get to run, although not the 10+ milers I was dreaming about.

When we first arrived on Thursday, my mom took us to lunch at the Cheesecake Factory. Yeah, at this point I was still dreaming big that I’d run some of that off.

Then we walked to a nearby kiddie salon for her first haircut. I'd been putting it off since I didn't know where to take her in Atlanta.

Just a little off the back please.
I started off Friday morning with an 8 mile run. It was 26 degrees when I stepped outside. Brrr, I’d forgotten what real cold felt like.

Then we took Emily to an indoor kid’s play-place to burn off some energy.

And shopped for her party afterwards, and put together party favors.

Cupcakes, in a cup. Simple idea that ended up being a hit.

Between preparing appetizers and decorating the house on Saturday morning, I squeezed in a quick hour on the treadmill. I covered a little over 7 miles doing a mix of sprints and incline changes. We had gotten snow Friday night, and the streets weren't clear enough to go outside yet.

About 30 friends and family members came to her "Princess Party"

We caught an early flight back to Atlanta on Sunday morning.

Jackpot. Love when this happens.

We were all pooped after the previous day's activities, but I couldn't pass up the relatively balmier 40 degree weather and ran another 8 miles around our neighborhood.

The only solid New Year’s Resolution I made for 2012 was to keep track of my mileage. While I can look back in the blog to see snapshots of the workouts I was doing at different periods in time, I’ve never tracked my workouts consistently in any format.

It’s not high tech but it works.

January's Stats: 132.8 miles run and 2.5 hours of cross training

February to date: 92.2 miles, 2 hours cross training

I think these totals look good, even without previous year's numbers to compare. I feel like I'm running a lot, in a good way, even though I’m not training for anything specific at the moment. I love running in chilly weather, so I enjoy the time outside.

How much cake I have consumed/intend to consume is usually a driving factor in how I plan workouts these days. I'm only partially kidding when I say that. My birthday is coming up in a few days as well. Gotta offset that too……..

Do you have a mileage goal that you aim for each month when you're in "maintenance mode"?

Do you do big birthdays or prefer to keep them private?

I love throwing big parties for other people, but I don’t like a whole lot of attention on myself when it’s my turn.


  1. Cupcakes in a cup is such a great idea - especially with kids! So much easier to eat.

    I can't believe you ran in the cold and snow. You're so hardcore. :)

  2. I like planning the parties for the kids but agree, do not like the attention when it's my birthday at all!! LOVE LOVE LOVE the cupcake favors and it looks like a really fun time at the party and all the celebrations of her birthday and V-day. 2.5 hours of cross training the whole month sounds wild to me - all that other time spent running I could not do!! I think I do about 2.5 hours cross training a week in my normal mode. Maintenance mode for me is about 20-30 miles a week so anywhere from 80-120 miles in a month. You are doing great. Love the calendar log - how bout trying one of the online ones so it's easy to check and compare the stats? Daily mile is great - I've been using runnersworld for years.

  3. I've been in training mode for so long I'm not sure what will happen when I go to maintenance mode. My only goal this year was to run 1000 miles, which is 83.XXX per month (or something like that). So that's my goal during training & maintenance mode. I don't think I'm looking forward to maintenance mode.. sounds boring. I've been training since August., that's a long time.

  4. Happy birthday Emily! I love my birthday, it's the one day a year that is supposed to be all about me! I get really upset if my family doesn't make a big deal about it.

    And maintenance mode, what's that?

  5. I've never tracked my monthly mileage. I make a training plan ans stick with it. In the "off" season, which I don't seem to have too many of, I just do what feels right. Sometimes it involves lots of time on the couch. Other times it means trips to the gym. :)

  6. Happy Birthday to your little girl! :) I just celebrated my little girls b-day this weekend.

  7. Happy birthday to you & Emily! Your miles look awesome to me! I had a hard time remembering to track for ever and then on my 24th birthday I started a spreadsheet which I've now kept faithfully for 2+ years. Not sure why I finally stuck with it, but now it's an ingrained habit.

    I'm hoping to be around 100 this month, and that's
    hardcore training mode for me. :-)

  8. she is so cute! I love this age. My youngest daughter is 4 and I still see that 2 yr old baby face and Love it. never want her to outgrow it.
    I don't keep track of monthly mileage....just weekly:)
    you look beautiful in that pic of you and your daughter! xx

  9. Those cupcake cups are so cute!

    Happy birthday to you and Emily!

  10. I bet you are exhausted! Looks like it all went good. Little Emily, she's getting so big. My Em's turn is around the corner as well. Don't worry about the cake, I'm sure you ran around enough to burn it off.

  11. That was quite the birthday whirlwind of activity! Love the idea of putting cupcake in a cup. Very clever! :)

  12. Happy Birthday to Emily! And you as well. I am a fellow February birthday girl, too.

    I keep track of my mileage on a paper calendar. Well, not this year yet :)

  13. Cross training for me is hopping on the elliptical for 15 minutes after a run or popping in a plymetrics DVD a couple times. None of that crazy 5am swimming stuff! :)

  14. A paper planner. Yes, they still make them, lol.

    I have a Daily Mile account, but I'm never consistent about logging on. Keeping the planner in my kitchen drawer is actually working out well. I fill it out as soon as I walk in the door while I chug some water.

  15. Yep, cutting back is hard when you're so used to pushing the limits.

    I'm with you there. Normally "maintenance mode" means I leave the Garmin home a little more often. I'm trying to get into a more cyclical pattern of training now, so I'm not overtrained by the time my marathon comes in Novemeber.