The one with birthday shenanigans and the science of why birthday running is awesome

Birthday stuff that rocked my world:

Spending the day with this guy

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Skype and phone time with the fam 😍😍😍

The beautiful cake from my friends at work

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This phenomenal burger for my birthday dinner by the waterfront

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The super moon that won’t be seen again until I’m 45

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A beautiful celebration with the wifey team (I am highly pink with excitement… nothing new there actually)

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This cat picture (random but it sure made me laugh)

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Bubble tea (one of my FAVE THINGS EVER)

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And a birthday run.

Why is birthday running SO DARN AWESOME?

  1. The very act of running on my birthday is a testament to how important it is in my life. I only do things that are very special to me on my birthday and so this is a big reminder of my deep and enduring love for running.

2. Because my birthday is weirdly/overly exciting to me and I spend all day doing things that make me very happy, I am extra conscious during my run of listening to my body and enjoying the run. I don’t push too hard. I have a delicious and sweatylicious run but there is no way I am doing a hill run or something requiring any mental oomph on my birthday. I like to enjoy my run by keeping my mental space nice and calm so I can think about things like cake and ice cream and what I plan to crush goal-wise in my 25th year of life (namely a really big ice cream later in the day).

3) One of the biggest reasons I run is because I love the post-run feeling (said every runner ever πŸ˜‰ ). I love enjoying the rest of my birthday while knowing I had aΒ beautiful run earlier in the day. Running somehow just makes the rest of my life feel even more delicious πŸ™‚

Full disclosure- I wanted to do yoga on my birthday because yoga is just as important to me as running but I simply ran out of time. Which is also a reminder that no matter how much I love running, spending time with friends and family (even if it is on skype) is infinitely more important to me than either yoga or running. Those things are a big part of my life but at the end of the day, are basically a (wonderful) bonus on what is really deeply important to me.

Do you run on your birthday? Hard run/easy run/whatever your training plan requires?Β 

Fave type of run? Hill, interval, tempo, strides, long, easy, meditation, race, other?Β 

 

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I'm a kiwi girl travelling the world and staying grounded through yoga and running! Come hang out and be besties with me while I attempt to navigate my crazy life :) For more details check out my About page!
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4 Responses to The one with birthday shenanigans and the science of why birthday running is awesome

  1. Looks like an awesome birthday celebration!! Did you run 25 miles?? πŸ™‚ I like to do a progression run. They often don’t start that way, but when I end up getting a bit more speed as a go along, it’s a great feeling of success when I reach the end!

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    • OMG no did you run 25 miles on your 25th?!?!?! That would be awesome haha! Although at that point you might as well wait until 26 and run 26.2 and kill two birds with one stone right? πŸ™‚ Progression runs are awesome, I am a big fan too! I love starting to feel warmed up and able to go faster along the way πŸ™‚

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  2. Tess says:

    I always have big plans to run on my birthday and almost never get to do it. Same with holidays. Everyone else’s plans usually take precedence. Which is okay because family is important. But your birthday looked wonderful and cake and a burger would be the perfect birthday!

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