Last Wednesday I turned 45. First of all thank you for all the lovely wishes on my last post and on Facebook. I appreciate it very much.
We don’t celebrate our birthday with huge parties. I did bring the famous cookie to work as a treat for my colleagues. They love this (personally I don’t very much).
I had taken the afternoon off and it was beautiful weather so Bella and I took a walk together.
A couple of months ago I bought a Groupon for a 7 course dinner in a fancy restaurant. Normally we wouldn’t go there because it’s pretty expensive but the Groupon was 2 for the price of 1 and I saved it for my birthday. And it was so, so good! Be prepared for all the pics of the photo’s that follow.
First we got some amuses and after that another round of amuses. We thought that were course 1 and 2 but it turned out we hadn’t even started yet.
First course: bavarois of parsnip
Second course: beef tenderloin with mashed aubergine
Third course: haddock with a sauce of green tea (I know but it was very good)
Fourth course: risotto with parmesan cheese and truffle
Fifth course: codfish with tom kah kai sauce
Sixth course: beef tenderloin with homemade bbq sauce and oxtail.
Seventh course: chocolate mousse, coffee icecream, filled white chocolate.
This is what 45 looks like.
Today I took my mom and mother in law to lunch in a restaurant in my village, it’s in the mill. I had bread with ham and honey-mustard sauce.
Tomorrow I’m going to do something completely new for me, that is if it the weather cooperates and it’s dry. I’m going to participate in a walking event. I stumbled across this on the internet and the start is 5 minutes from my home. I do the shortest distance: 7K (< 5 miles) and will go with my favorite walking buddy: Bella. Searching the internet showed that there are lots of these walking events and also pretty close to home. If I like it, I will try to find one event every month and do that with Bella.
What better way to start a birthday than with a short run. The weather was okay, at least it was dry but there was a pretty hard wind that I had in my back the second part of the run. The run was good and it was the last time I wore my red Brooks. They have carried me almost 800 K (500 miles) since 2010 and now it’s time we say goodbye. I used them on short runs lately but started noticing that when I use these my right calve started to hurt at the end of the (short) run. A sign that these shoes have done their job but are ready for retirement. I already bought a new pair couple of months ago so I won’t be buying new ones now.
This week is recovery week. I don’t do workout DVD’s and not much running. The plan is to do the walk tomorrow and the long run on Sunday morning. Next week it’s back to usual training.
Distance: 3.1 K / 1.9 miles
Speed per km: 8.59 km/hour (5.4 miles/hour)
Time per km: 06:59
Weather: dry, windy, 5C (41 degrees)
Last song on Ipod before finish: Mumford & Sons – I will wait