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.|
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.