Birthday celebrations, MEC Race One “Rust Buster” 10K and marathon training

lakerunMy body is surprisingly not as beat up as I thought it’d be after a weekend of birthday eats and drinks, plus spending my entire morning on Sunday racing and running.

I celebrated my 31st birthday on Thursday and was totally spoiled by my loved ones as usual. There was lots of wining and dining, flowers, cards, late nights and a shopping spree, plus this amazing gift from Matt that I’m hoping to get resized or possibly exchange for a smaller version so I can wear it properly.




It’s called a Claddagh ring. According to Wikipedia:

The Claddagh ring (Irish: fΓ‘inne Chladaigh) is a traditional Irish ring given which represents love, loyalty, and friendship (the hands represent friendship, the heart represents love, and the crown represents loyalty).

The design and customs associated with it originated in the Irish fishing village of Claddagh, located just outside the old city walls of Galway, now part of Galway City. The ring, as currently known, was first produced in the 17th century.

While Claddagh rings are sometimes used as friendship rings, they are most commonly used as engagement and wedding rings. Mothers sometimes give these rings to daughters when they come of age. There are several mottos and wishes associated with the ring, such as: “Let love and friendship reign.” In Ireland, the United States, Canada, and other parts of the Irish diaspora, the Claddagh is sometimes handed down mother-to-eldest daughter or grandmother-to-granddaughter. According to Irish author Colin Murphy, the way in which a Claddagh ring was worn with the intention of conveying the wearer’s relationship status:

  • On the right hand with the point of the heart toward the fingertips, the wearer is single and may be looking for love.
  • On the right hand with the point of the heart toward the wrist, the wearer is in a relationship.
  • On the left hand with the point of the heart toward the fingertips, the wearer is engaged.
  • On the left hand with the point of the heart toward the wrist, the wearer is married.

My great grandparents on my mom’s side were Irish and my great grandparents on my dad’s side were Scottish, so I love the meaning and the origin behind the ring.

Matt also gave me a gift certificate to get my nails done, which I did this weekend as well. Feeling like I needed to spruce up my wardrobe to match my pretty ring and nails for my new job I’m starting this week, I decided to hit up the mall on Saturday and spent more than I should have on clothes. But I badly needed new work pants that actually fit, plus collared shirts and blazers so I can adult for real now.


As I mentioned last week, I wanted to do a race to get an idea of where I’m at with speed for Phoenix Marathon training, so I signed up to run the MEC Race One “Rust Buster” 10K in Royal Oak this past weekend. Despite the miserable cold, wet and windy weather, I had a decent run and kept a fairly steady 4:34 pace throughout the race, which was mostly run on a trail. I wasn’t running flat out, as I knew I had another 20 km to do after for my marathon training long run, but probably at about an 80% effort — an effort that was good enough for 3rd in my division and 7th female overall out of 149!

I’m happy with my speed and time, which makes me feel more confident about my marathon training right now. So no crazy adjusting of training needed πŸ™‚

After the race, Debbie was kind enough to join me for a 10 km run on Lochside Trail before I finished up my last 10 km on the same route.

Just taking a little book break!

Just taking a little book break!


Stopped to have a chat with Farmer Roy

Stopped to have a chat with Farmer Roy


Other than feeling dead tired, my legs felt decent. Just two more long training runs to go before taper time!

Have you heard of a Claddagh ring? Have you ever done a race then continued on with a long run? Are you training for anything right now? Do you wear “adult” clothes for work?