Cullen’s Farm Themed Birthday Party + Weekly Mileage

October 26, 2015

I spent the day organizing things around the house today, so I am getting to this post a little late. I started organizing the spare bedroom closet, which turned into organizing the closet downstairs, then Cullen’s closet, then the nighstand drawers, and so on. . . . .BUT everything is now organized, and I purged a whole lot of stuff, which feels so good!

Let’s back up to Saturday, which was the official day of Cullen’s 1st birthday! We had a lot of friends and family come celebrate with us, which was so much fun. As I was planning his birthday party, it seemed kind of silly to put so much effort into such a big party for someone who has no idea what was going on. I went back and forth on whether we should have a small party with family or a big celebration and invite everyone. I ultimately chose to go all out, which was fun and everyone had a good time.

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Craig’s aunt made an adorable farm-themed cake for Cullen’s party. She does such an amazing job with every littleΒ detail. She even made a small smash cake for Cullen. Once Cullen got a bite of his cake, he kept digging in, and I finally had to take the cake away after he had made a sizable dent.

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I chose a farm theme because I grew up on a pig, corn, and soybean farm, and I have some farm-themed prints in Cullen’s room. Cullen also loves his Farm and My Farm Friends books. He requests both books often.

On the menu: pork sliders, baked beans, an Asian coleslaw salad, potato chips, spinach salad, fresh veggies, apples with caramel, and Rice Krispie bars.

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It was fun coming up with names for each of the food items. Actually Craig did all the work there.

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I used mini clothespins with small round chalkboard pieces to display Cullen’s monthly pictures. It is fun to look back and see how much he changed from month to month.

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We had a lot of fun celebrating with everyone and were glad so many of our friends and family members could come and wish Cullen a happy birthday. Craig said next year he’s going to plan the party, and it is going to be Star Wars-themed. We’ll see about that. . . .

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I had a solidΒ week of workouts. I have been feeling good, and I can tell I’m getting stronger and my leg turn-over is improving. My coach even noticed by looking at a couple of pictures that I have more explosive power in my running form. Sweet!

Workouts ~ October 19 – 25

Monday

8 miles with 3 x 1 mile @ 6:45

Splits: 6:47, 6:44, 6:44

These mile repeats came pretty easily, so I was happy about that.

Tuesday

6 miles | 10:00 pace

Brittany and I pushed our strollers during this run. She was actually pushing 1.5 babies as she is pregnant, so she definitely deserves a gold star.

Wednesday

10 miles |Β 8 x 150 meters on grass FAST | 8:17 pace

I had a hard time finding a grassy area with enough light since it is pitch dark when I go running every morning. I went to a park to do the fast 150s, but I’m not sure I ran them as fast as I should have. Poor light + uneven ground + wet areas . . .didn’t allow me to push very hard.

40 minutes of weight lifting at the gym

Thursday

Off – I always enjoy my day off.

Friday

10 miles w/ last 2 miles @ 7:00 | 8:08 pace

This went well–I felt good, and I didn’t have any problem hitting the 7:00 pace at the end.

30 minutes of weights at home

Saturday

16 miles | long run | 8:03 pace

I was so glad to have company during this run again. My friend, Hallidie, and I chatted away the miles along the Coastal Trail.

Sunday

8 miles | easy run | 8:22 pace

40 minutes of weight lifting

 

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