I’m 50! It was my 50th birthday on Thursday 27 November. Today is Monday and the celebrations keep going on!
Thursday 27 November
For my 50th Birthday I took the day off work and ran 30kms. Thirty Kilometres. It felt great too (shock)! The day was so much cooler than our 26km run on Sunday; starting off at 6:30am and 4ºC, finishing just before 10am at 15ºC. It took me 3:22:35. I went back to the Meander 10km loop and set off to try and run three loops, but if I started to get too tired would finish after two. I felt so chilled and relaxed and just so happy to be able to do a long run on my 50th birthday. I smiled and took in the scenery and marvelled that here I was, the Unsporty Woman, running a very long way on her birthday AND considering it as a birthday present to myself! Best of all if I’d had to, I could’ve run another 12.2kms. I am feeling quietly confident about the marathon in six weeks.
When I started running 4.5 years ago my first ever mantra was I’m going to be Fit, Fabulous and 50! I would say it over and over in my head to keep myself going. On my 50th birthday I fulfilled this mantra well and truly. Not quite so sure about the fabulous bit… but I FEEL fabulous and that’s what matters.
If I can do this running thing, honestly anyone can! It’s all about believing in yourself and taking it slowly. Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t and especially don’t listen to the small voices of doubts in your head because if I can, you can!
The run was made very special because all the way around my phone was bleeping with happy birthday texts AND Pauly surprised me and turned up to run the second loop before heading off for a busy day on the farm (he’d already been up since 3:30am that day, opting for a run with the Birthday Girl over a breakfast break). Thank you Pauly x
Friday 28 November
After a lovely dinner at home on Thursday with my parents and my Mum’s cousins (who were staying to house sit and look after our cats for the weekend), on Friday we headed to Melbourne, Victoria.
I had a fantastic time!!! This birthday weekend had been planned since February. I thought long and hard about what I wanted to do to mark this milestone: it was to get together with my parents, children and husband. Meeting in the middle would be the best option for everyone, so the Tasmanians would meet up with the Western Australians and the Victorian in Melbourne. Pauly quietly asked his sisters and brothers-in-law and I was overwhelmed that they wanted to come all the way from New Zealand for a weekend to celebrate my birthday. Then my future Son-in-law invited his parents and one of my Step-sons and his Girlfriend came too. So what was going to be a small gathering got a little bigger. Lovely!
Saturday 29 November
What does an Unsporty Woman do to celebrate turning 50? She runs Albert parkrun with a tiara over her running cap!
Then she dresses up in another tiara, sash and sparkly dress to go out with family for a birthday dinner.
Sunday 30 November
First a long lazy breakfast with everyone, then wandering around Melbourne before all flying off back to our home states of Australia or New Zealand.
Finally home and there’s another birthday card in our beloved mail box (my first running goal ever was to run all the way to the letter box, 1.2kms from our house). It was very special to open the letter box and find a card from Sam. It was just a beautiful finish to a wonderful birthday celebration. Thank you Sam x Yep, I had a little cry!
Today is Monday and the birthday should be over. I was mid-way through a story for the Story Time pre-schoolers and their parents in the library and a colleague walked in with flowers, gift and balloon. She was on her way from Devonport to Launceston and called in especially. Thanks Kathy x
I’ve been so spoilt by the lovely words and actions of family and friends over my birthday celebration. I love birthdays. I love the opportunity they give to reflect on life and to count blessings. This 50th birthday has been the best birthday ever.
Fit Fabulous and 50? Yes that’s me!!! And all the more because I had the courage to transform myself into a runner.
Feeling loved, feeling happy, feeling blessed. Growing older is pretty fabulous!
Happy running 🙂