Well, I guess it's all downhill from here, folks!
I hit the big 4 - 0 a few days ago.
In running, that elevates me to "Master" status (which means I now might have twice as much luck bringing home a prize from the local 5k/10k with 40 people registered, but I still don't get my own porta potty, or even senior discount when I register for the Turkey Trot!).
Still, it is occasion enough to celebrate.
And celebrate I did!
I know all three of you still reading this blog are sick and tired of my trail running photos, but I had to share a few more. Because my Birthday run was RAD. (And really, I enjoy taking pictures almost as much as running.)
Cooper Creek has some amazing colors in the fall.
It is the one time of year where it is not "just" green! (but it's still mostly green)
A friend and I had a really fun run.
Although I am trying to stay under 140 bpm with heart rate training, I let it go for the day and allowed myself to feel the push of running fairly hard (for me at the moment!) up and down the rolling hills.
She humored me and stopped several times on the way back while I took pictures and caught some video.
And we laughed about things
At one point, reviewing a photo on the trail, I mentioned, "Man. My butt got big!"I consoled myself (celebrated the joy) of the 40 year old butt later with a second drive-through coffee for the day.
To which she replied, quite matter-of-factly, "You turned forty."
And what's a birthday without gifts?
Some cool new things...
My husband bought me a tripod for $6.99. (He didn't realize that was his birthday gift to me- it just worked out that way!)
It's so cool, because it can wrap around branches or I can set it on the ground.
I also got a Garmin Forerunner 220 a few weeks ago as an "early gift" . This new toy did pretty well for GPS reception and distance on our wooded trail run.
You can see where I forgot to turn it back on after we started running (straight line). I considered the Fenix2 because of the altimeter and battery life, But I just don't think I will ever be running 100 milers, so this works for me.
And, unexpectedly, a package arrived on my very birthday!
I had entered a contest on Jeff Gallup's blog, (Which you all should be following!!), and won a pair of Pearl Izumi Flash shorts.
The style and fit are flattering (I think) . There's only one pocket, but that's all I need because of my hydration vest.
Do you drink drive though coffee? More than once a day?
Are there any running gadgets on your wish list?