SMS planned an amazing birthday weekend for me! We celebrated the weekend before since I was going to North Carolina the next weekend. Although I love celebrating on my birthday day, it is also a lot of fun to extend the celebration!
I took the day off on Friday and walked into the best birthday card in the world, combining my two favorite C’s- California and Coffee! SMS free-cut the California outline and then put three bags of coffee from our commonly visited spots. Love Potion #9 from Cafe Calabria in San Diego, Portola from Alchemistic in Orange County, and Gamut from Chromatic Coffee in Santa Clara.
Since SMS was working that afternoon, I decided to treat myself. First, I got a gel manicure and pedicure at Top Over Base in Mountain view. My nails looked great although I peeled the gel off two weeks later, which completely trashed my nails. My fault, yipes! But that weekend and the week after, they looked great.
Then I went to Stanford Shopping Center to check out one of the largest Anthropologie stores. It was huge! I loved the beauty supply section. The clothes are cute, but I never feel amazing in them and considering the price tag, I would want to feel amazing before spending that kind of money! Also, some of the trends this year are not cute. I think culotte pants are some of the ugliest around. Who looks good with wide leg pants that cut off at the widest part of the thigh? No one. Not even models. If you need any more strong opinions, you know where to find me. But. The store was absolutely beautiful.
That evening, I made a lamb ragu on top of mascarpone polenta. It was pretty tasty. Next time, I’d buy a more shreddable cut of lamb as I bought a sirloin so it was cubed rather than fall-apart meat. But the sauce was tasty so the recipe just needed a little tweak.
The next day, I went out for my 20 mile long run. I ended up running at an average 8:49/mile pace. It didn’t feel hard but I’m not sure if I will be able to run that much faster in the upcoming marathon. I’m really looking forward to the Boston marathon. My training motivation was nothing like last year but I’d like to run, do my best and then probably transition to other workouts with some running during the Summer. Continue reading “California Birthday Weekend!”