So Many Reasons to Celebrate!

Thanks for all your congratulations on the announcement about our baby on the way! Were you surprised? πŸ™‚

I have more great news – Fitness Magazine announced this morning that I won a Fitterati Blogger Award!


As the Editor’s Pick for Best Inspirational Blog, I’ll be contributing to the magazine and will be featured in an upcoming issue. I am SO honored! I have been reading Fitness Magazine as long as I can remember – it’s actually the first magazine I subscribed to when I went off to college! Thank you for all of your votes!

As you know, I celebrated my birthday on Saturday and what a celebration we had! I kicked off my 29th year with a little local 5k – the Shore Acres 5k. A local elementary school is raising money for a community garden so they held their first ever 5k. I loved that it fell on my birthday and encouraged my family to come out to race. My family drove up from Venice in the morning – all except my mom who had the stomach flu. We missed her!

My sister Shannon signed up to run the race (her second 5k) and at the very last minute, my dad decided to run it too. He had running shoes on, but wasn’t exactly dressed for the occasion. He ran the whole thing in his polo shirt and cargo shorts!

The race took place on a wide sidewalk – just a simple out and back. They had about 150 runners and the organizers did a fantastic job putting it together. To avoid the course being too crowded, they did a staggered start. Those planning to run a sub-10 min/mile went first, then five minutes later those of us running 10-15min/miles started, and then five minutes later the walkers started. It really helped to spread out the pack!

My husband Nate took off in the first pack and quickly found his way to the front of the pack. He had a goal of winning the race, but of course you never know how speedy your competition might be.

I lined up with the second group of runners and, as usual, started out too far back. I had no great goals for this race – I just wanted to have fun! I haven’t been running very fast since finding out I’m pregnant, and saw no reason to push it for the race. The 9:00am start time meant the sun was out in full force and lack of shade on the course meant things heated up quickly. I focused on my body and took walking breaks as necessary. But overall I felt great!

Since the course ran out and back, we were able to see the lead pack heading back toward the finish line. And there he was – Nate was in first place!

After I made the turn at the halfway mark, I kept asking people behind me on the course, “Is the black guy in pink still winning??” πŸ™‚ They all said he was!

Turns out, he won the race by a landslide. Look how far back the second place finisher is behind him!

He is so fast.

The craziest part? He’s probably only run maybe twice since the Grand Prix 5kΒ back in March. Can you imagine how fast he would be if he actually trained??

My dad crossed the finish line at just over 29 minutes. Not too bad for a guy in a polo and cargo shorts!

I’ve run this route more times than I can count and enjoyed every minute of this 5k. I knew exactly how far I had to go and how much I could/should push my pace. I haven’t had that much fun running a race in a long time! I had absolutely no pressure. I’m pretty sure I had a smile on my face the entire time! I crossed the line in 35:47 – definitely not my fastest time, but not bad for 10 weeks pregnant!

My sister finished her second 5k strong – she always amazes me by the way she pushes through to the finish line at a dead sprint. She definitely leaves it all on the course!

We stayed for the quick awards ceremony to celebrate with the first place winner. So proud of my guy!

What a great way to kick off my birthday!

After the race, we all headed to Harvey’s for brunch and then headed home for naptime. All three of us slept for a few hours – we clearly needed it!

After our naps, we got all dolled up in our best Derby Day attire and headed over to the Cinco de Derby party hosted by Mary!

My husbandΒ impeccably combined the colors of Cinco de Mayo with the class of the Derby…don’t you think? πŸ™‚ And I think it’s fair to say that the Mini Athlete stole the show when we arrived!

I can’t imagine a better birthday.

Unfortunately, the day after my birthday wasn’t so fabulous. I woke up not feeling so hot, but thought it might be a (rare for me) case of morning sickness. After a few hours of not being able to keep anything down, it became painfully obvious that I had picked up my mom’s case of the stomach flu – all three of my sisters came down with it too.

After a miserable day yesterday, I’m on the mend today trying to build my strength back up. I will say, the Fitterati announcement this morning certainly helped my mood!

Are you celebrating anything today?Β 


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15 Responses to So Many Reasons to Celebrate!

  1. Oh goodness! I missed that announcement post! Congratulations on an amazing year! You sure do have a lot to celebrate this upcoming year too! πŸ™‚

  2. Happy belated birthday! Sounds like you had a great time! πŸ™‚

  3. Looks like a great weekend, and the derby attire was super sharp (especially Mini-Athlete!) πŸ™‚

  4. Congrats on your no-pressure 5K! And congrats to your family, especially the hubs!

    I ran my first race longer than a 5K this weekend… the Broad Street 10 miler in Philly! I did great and I’m super pumped for my first half in 3 weeks!

  5. Congrats again! So many great things πŸ˜€

  6. Soooo proud of you…as always…YOU ARE AMAZING!!!

  7. What a great way to spend your birthday!! And also congrats on editor’s pick…what an honor! πŸ™‚

    PS the mini athlete looked quite handsome in his derby attire!! πŸ™‚

  8. I hope you feel better soon. Let me know if you need any help with the Mini Athlete! I am always here to help πŸ™‚

  9. Denise Lamb

    Congratulations on your race and your pregnancy.

    What a way to celebrate your 29 th birthday.

    Denise Lamb

  10. Gawd, the Mini Athlete is just adorbs. Beautiful family. Can’t wait to see the new littlest one! Happy Birthday!

  11. Birthdays, pregnancies, a sylin’ mini athlete and a super fast hubby. You life couldn’t get much better, could it? πŸ™‚ SO happy for you!

  12. CONGRATULATIONS!!!! You absolutely deserved this! πŸ™‚

  13. Rosey

    So many people in your family to run with, how incredibly cool! I loved this post. It was all about the happy. πŸ™‚

    The pictures were great too…and the little seersucker suit is adorable…not as adorable as the little guy, but still, really cute. Congrats too, on your baby news.

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