My birthday is today.  I remember when I turned 21, 30, and 40.  As I’ve gottten older I don’t do anything wild or crazy.  I am just happy that I get to celebrate another birthday because I know many people do not.  So, let me tell you about my week leading up to today.


Back to work.  Tired as usual.  Woke up at 4:30 and could not go back to sleep.  Thankfully I had to get through the week and two more days the following week till Thanksgiving Break.  

In the evening I enjoyed a glass of wine.  Or it might have been two glasses.



I do not know why but woke up again at 4:30 am.  My cat thought it was time to eat so she meowed until I finally fed her.  

I could not go back to sleep so I went to the Running Warehouse site and ordered two pairs of the Mizuno Wave Rider 19.  A few people have reviewed the 20s and I wanted to try them out too (I know it is different but it has pretty good reviews).  I went with the 19 because they were on sale.  I usually wear a 9.5 but have had to size up a few times with some shoes so I ordered a 9.5 and 10.  I also ordered a pair of the Mizuno Sayonara 3 which were also on sale on Amazon. I’ve worn this shoe before and did not really care for it.  But I’ve heard good things about the updated version so I want to try them out again.

After work I felt sick.  I felt like I had a fever.  I left at 3 and stopped at Target to get some things for a parent volunteer breakfast the next day.  Once home I took a nap and woke up at 5:45.  I debated on whether to meet my running club for our workout (1×1600 and 4×400).  I ended up going and am glad I did.  I ended up running my fastest mile in 8:24!  It was tough!

Don’t pay attention to the rest of the splits.  I’ve had my watch for almost a year but rarely use it at the track so I never figured out how to use it correctly for track use.  Well, after Tuesday I have a much better idea.


After my workout I went with a friend to eat tacos.  Since it was Taco Tuesday there were so many people there and we waited a long time.  I think we waited more than the actual time it took us to eat the tacos!



The usual stuff at work and a meeting after school.  I was supposed to meet a friend for dinner but ended up cancelling to work late.


It is almost Friday!  Plus, it was supposed to get to 70s.  That is unheard of for November but I’ll take it.


I got my shoes from Running Warehouse.  Cute colors and very comfortable.  I posted a picture on Facebook and Instagram and asked friends if I should keep both.  Ha, they all said to definitely keep both pairs.


I took advantage of the weather and did my run in shorts and tank top.  Why not?  6.02 miles @10:05 average pace.



The best day of the week.  Payday and breakfast.  The day went fast but I did stay at work till 5pm to grade papers and finish my lesson plans.  I did not want to do that this weekend.

I was not too crazy for the pink and purple shoe colors.  I ordered another pair in lilac/white/violet.  I think those will look prettier!  I mean running shoes have to be comfortable and pretty too, right?



I went to Fleet Feet to check out their Thanksgiving Sale and to return a pair of shoes.  I bought the Saucony Zealot 2 at the Chicago Marathon Expo and while they felt great when I tried them on, they hurt my feet when I ran in them.  The manager was nice enough to take them back even though it was over 30 days since I had purchased them.  I ended up buying a TrailHeads hat (which I have to return because I realized the next day that I have one in the same color) and a Brooks running jacket during the cold winter this year.

I made a quick stop at Staples and found this Atari game console on sale.  I remember my siblings and I had one when we were kids.  It was tempting to buy it.



My birthday!!  I ran 4.4 miles to commemorate this special day!  It was cold and windy and I was glad it was just 4.4 miles.  I am not ready to run in this cold weather.

Lola loves cuddling with me!



For lunch I went to Home Run Inn with my siblings and nephews and niece.  It was  fun to catch up and eat delicious food.  I even got a free sundae to celebrate my birthday.


I’m linking up with Holly and Tricia for their Weekly Wrap.

Hoping everyone had a good week!



13 Comments on Birthday Week

  1. Happy Birthday! Mine was Wednesday and my daughter’s was yesterday. 🙂 Oh, I am not ready to see the 20s on the weather app yet – brrr!

  2. Happy Birthday! I wear Mizuno Inspires and they came out with several white versions (with different accents) lately. I didn’t think I would like white, but really did. I actually lost one pair recently after leaving them on the back of my car and driving off. (Bummer!) Congratulations on that fast mile! It’s like a little reward to see those low numbers show up on your watch. It was such a nice treat to receive the birthday giveaway box from you! Thanks again. And thanks for linking, Zenaida!

  3. Hi Zenaida,

    Belated Happy Birthday.. I came across your comment on Marcia’s blog. Want to reach out to you. Can you please mail me back?

  4. I hope you had a wonderful birthday!!! No better way to celebrate than with running shoes. I have the Wave Rider 19s, too, but have yet to put them to the test! And I was one of your friends who voted to keep both pairs. You’ll definitely get your use out of them. =)

    • Thank you Emily! I ended up returning the Sayonara. I have mixed feeling about the Wave Rider. They are very comfortable but every time I run I make this loud pounding noise and I don’t know if it is me or the shoes.

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