Today I am 30 years old. According to many professionals, and some sciencey stuff, I have approximately 1o years left to peak in my athletic performance. Or, for the less optimistic I have ten years, give or take, until it is literally “all down hill from here”. CRAP. I have been really enjoying Peter Sagals pieces in Runner’s World magazine, in the October issue he talks about this very subject. Read it. Go on, I will be here when you finish…
The last 36 hours were goooooood. There were some bumps, some flares of temper (advocacy related), but there were also the following:
1. Last night, the awesome salesgirl at Running Away Multisport called me a neutral runner! Her name is Katie, and she is my new best friend. She gave me a free mug, and my momma purchased me a pair of birthday Mizuno’s AND a pair of birthday Saucony’s. Now, I don’t support conspicuous name dropping…but….yay!
I would supply photos, but I have had 2 glasses of wine, so they’d be blurry.
2. I saw evidence from Saturday’s Hot Chocolate 15k to back up that assessment:
3. This morning, as usual, I got up to go for a run. My man:
…got up and made me go on a pseudo scavenger hunt for birthday gifts. There was a supremely cozy North Face, long-sleeved, hooded, running shirt (from his momma who is AMAZING and just had a bday last week):
…and one of these:
I wanted to run with all my new toys this morning, but I only got to use the shirt (which was the MOST cozy thing EVER). Because it was pouring out (I didn’t want to muddy up the shoes YET), and the Garmin needed to charge up.
4. Today was an on-the-road work day with one of my grad. school mates/friend/co-workers. Which is always nice because we get 6 hours in the car to catch up on personal AND work schtuff. Also, she made me brownies, and they were honestly….devoured!
5. More initials were added to my name today. I found out at around 11am today that I passed my board exam. So now, when I am feeling pretentious I can sign documents like this:
Annabelle Winters, MA, BCBA
Also, rumor has it that my earning potential just increased, which is pretty neat.
6. My mom made my favorite dinner. Which I have alluded to before:
I was dreading today, because for the last several (or eight) birthdays I have felt a lack of accomplishment. I still feel like I am on a treadmill (pun not intentional…ok, maybe moderately) that is going slightly too fast, but I am really looking forward to the next year. I have completed some big challenges, met some long-term goals, and set into motion the steps to accomplishing more.