Running and blogging have had to take a bit of a back seat this past week. I’ve been a little busy with other endeavors. Jones turned 8 today and I got to spend the better part of yesterday creating this masterpiece:
In case you can’t tell, those are lightsabers from Star Wars. I’m neither a good baker nor particularly artistic, but twice a year, I get to create a masterpiece. Thankfully, while their ideas are grandiose, the boys have fairly low standards for the actual execution LOL.
Today may have been Jones’ best birthday party ever, at least from my perspective. We held it at a local bowling alley and it included bowling, pizza, and all set up/clean up, so all I had to do was show up with a cake. Awesome!
In running news, I ran a hilly four miles Friday at a 9:25 pace. My only goal was to stay in the shade, since it was a sunny 82 degrees out (I know, I’m a warm weather wimp), so I was pleased with the average pace. Today, I made a failed attempt at speed work. I briefly contemplated doing mile repeats, but after the near fail of the first one, I cut back my plan to 1 x 1 mile, 2 x .5 mile and 4 x .25 mile (and I didn’t even manage that). My goal was approximately an 8 minute pace.
1 mile: 8:04 (almost hit it)
1st .5 mile: 3:59 (ok)
2nd .5 mile: 4:13 (FAIL!)
At that point, I decided speed work was just not in the cards today. My breathing was fine, but I just couldn’t get my legs to do the necessary turnover. So, I just ran enough to hit 5 miles in 45 and change. Guess I have my work cut out for me as my next race is an 8k.
Three weeks until round 2 (AKA Shoo’s birthday). Wonder what creation I’ll get to come up with for him…
15 thoughts on “Round 1 done”
nice job on the cake! isn't it great when others are in charge of the clean-up 😉 I can't believe you had weather in the 80's!!! I would have gladly taken a few degrees for todays race 🙂
Cool cake!! I tried making acake for my 7 year old last year… it was a disaster!I think it's warmer there than HERE, which is just fine with me. :pHave a great week!
So much better than the cakes i tried making when my kids were younger. i shudder to think of my cake disasters. lol
awesome job on the cake, i'm not a baker nor artistic either! LOL I had a bowling party for Terron too, and loved how easy it was! Hope you have a great week!
Cakes made by mom are always the best! The most creative cake I made was a Yoda cake. Well, Yoda's head anyways. Your lightsabers are much cooler! Glad you're able to keep running despite the busy schedule!
I hate doing birthday cakes 🙂 My boys are both in October too, as is their Dad – and they're all within one week. So we eat a lot of cake, and I do a lot of running 😉
Past two years we had the parties at our house – talk about time & effort! This year we had them at a nearby gym. HOW AWESOME to have someone else set up & clean!!!
Happy b-day to Jones! I think that cake is pretty kickass!
Happy Birthday to the little guy. That cake is really cool!!! Nice job, Ace of Cake will be calling you soon. He is going to love it!
Wow, nice work on the cake!!October really is a busy month for you. We have a lot of Birthdays & such this month too.
My guess was forks, but a lightsaber works too. :o) Just kidding. Homemade cakes are WAY better than store stuff anyway.
Nice work with the cake! My sister is in charge of all birthday cake making in our family, because she really is a wizzard. I would have to resort to store-bought without her!
Very cool cake. My mom always made cakes like that – something big, something 'important.' They'll remember it forever, promise.
Great job on the cake! So far I haven't had to attempt a cake for my kids but I'm sure the day is coming.I can't believe it's in the 80's there, we've had snow and it's the high is in the 40s.
Isn't it great to be at the time of year when weather in the 80s is too hot? LOVE the fall! Nice job adjusting your workout goals to meet reality, and for squeezing that into a busy, cake-filled week (nice job on the cake, btw)!