Friday, February 22, 2013

What I Won’t Be Doing On My 46th Birthday

Running 46 miles. Some bloggers run the number of miles that they turn on their birthday. Impressive for sure. But, if I did that I would run right into my grave and I’d rather not die today. Instead I might eat 46 Reese's or drink 46 ounces of something.

Writing a blog post containing 46 things about me. I did this on my 43rd birthday and I think that is enough (Dang. I’ve been blogging for over three years. Might be time to stop?). If you care what my phobia is, that I used to deal black jack, how much heavier I used to be and 40 more random things about me - go HERE.

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Feeling bad about turning 46. A friend left me a message asking if I was “okay about my birthday.” I LOVE my birthday, even as I’m getting older. It never occurred to me to not feel okay about it even though I am not officially closer to 50 than 40.

Taking a rest day. One of the gifts I give to myself today is the gift of running. 7 mile tempo run coming up!

Doing laundry (well, I don’t do it anyway, hooray for husband and kids) or doing any other type of house cleaning, cooking, etc. Two words: Sushi HAPA!!

Working. I paid my dues this week cramming stuff in so I could be free. See? Here is proof (is my hair receding?):

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Making my own cake. My mom already made me one on Sunday (banana with caramel icing) and I ate it all. Maybe I will buy another cake tomorrow. I love the cakes at Costco with the cheesecake icing/filling. But, I think they serve 2,098 people. Do you all want to come over?

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Me enjoying cake on my 1 year birthday. February 22, 1968.

 

Do birthdays depress or excite you? I love my birthday no matter how old I am. I see it as the dawn of new possibilities!

What is your absolute favorite thing to do on your birthday? I love a massage or pedicure, a free car wash and dinner with family and friends. I’m easy (TWSS)

SUAR

99 comments:

  1. Ooh, first - and I usually don't comment, but had to wish you a Happy Birthday!!

    Um, I'm turning 50 in a couple of weeks (yikes - when did that happen?) and will be running 50K. Should have gone with the 50 bottles of wine in 50 days option!!

    Anyway - have a great day, Beth!

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  2. Happy Birthday!

    I just went an read your post from your 43rd birthday. That really was interesting!! PS - DC/VA is the best and you should have never left;-)

    I love my birthday. I'll be 26 this year. I have a twin and a brother who's birthday is only 5 days after so we always have a bunch of celebrations!!

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    1. VA/DC is great! Twins are great too (I have a twin brother lol)

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  3. Happy Birthday! I'm so glad that you're not feeling bad. I never do either... birthdays are for celebrating! :) (I'll be over to share your Costco cake, too.)

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  4. Happy Happy Birthday!!!! I love to run any distance I feel like on my birthday (however fast or slo), get a pedicure then go out and eat with the family! I Love Birthdays too! I really love getting a new running skirt for my Birthday, or any day! :) Have a wonderful day!!

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  5. Happy Birthday!

    My favorite thing to do on my birthday is eat cake. But it seems year after year my husband forgets that it's my favorite thing. He doesn't think cake is that important.

    Hope you have a great Birthday!

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  6. Happy birthday!! My boyfriend turns 27 today, maybe I should tell him to run 27 miles ;-)

    I love birthdays so I have a reason to eat cake. Have you had that chocolate layered cake from Costco, ah amazingness on a plate!

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  7. Wishing you a very happy birthday! Drink a few for me.

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  8. Happy Birthday!

    I don't get depressed by birthdays, I'd rather get older than the alternative. ;)


    Enjoy your day!

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  9. Love my birthday! I turned 39 this year, and I'm excited to turn 40 because I get to switch age groups. I'm old and slow in the 35-39 year group or heaven forbid the 30-39 year group. I'm young and speedy in the 40-45 group so next year will be my year to grab up some age group awards! Favorite thing to do on my birthday is have lunch by myself. Sounds weird, but I can go out to a favorite place, order whatever I want, read a book, and take as long as I want to eat and sit at the table without kids or anyone rushing me through the meal.

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  10. happy birthday!!!!!
    i also read your 43rd bday post.
    very interesting!!
    hope you have a great day!!!!

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  11. Happy Birthday! I am glad you don't feel bad about your birthday-- birthdays are fun, you should celebrate! Oddly, the birthdays that weird me out are the "5s." I didn't feel strange about turning 30 or 40, but I somehow felt old and depressed when I hit 35, and I suspect the same may be true in a few years at 45. Don't know why. I am also on team cake (CAKE! This is sort of how I get around cake, so I have to be careful: http://hyperboleandahalf.blogspot.com/2010/10/god-of-cake.html ), so I think you should have all the cake you want today!

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  12. HAppy birthday! I love birthdays, too. I like a lazy morning and breakfast on my birthday.

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  13. I'm a HUGE fan of birthdays - my own, or anyone else's - and love making a big darn deal out of them. I bring cakes even to people who specifically tell me they don't want cake, because EVERYONE SHOULD HAVE CAKE. Glad you're celebrating properly. Happy birthday! (And please don't stop blogging.)

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  14. Happy Birthday! Even tho you don't like Pink Floyd....WHAT???? LOL!!! Have an awesome birthday!! Btw......I gotta order myself a new SUAR bumper sticker! Sold my old car and the sticker went with it! :-(

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  15. Happy Birthday! I love my birthdays, and I don't really mind getting older. It's much better than the alternative. ;)

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  16. Oh, and this is what always makes me laugh... when people find out how old I am and they look at me with horror, and say I couldn't POSSIBLY be THAT OLD. You look so young! I know it's a compliment, but since when was 38 THAT OLD?

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  17. Happy birthday! I think it's great that you embrace your age. I will admit that it bothers me to now be closer to 50 than 40. Stupid, but it does.

    Your mom's cake sounds amazing!

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  18. Aw!! HAPPY BIRHTDAY!! Good for you for taking the day off from housework and such. You deserve it! Enjoy your day!

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  19. Happy Birthday!!
    Best birthday I ever had was when it fell on the day of the Longmont Tri. Everyone I ran by I made sure they knew it was my "special day". A friend suggested I make a t-shirt that said "Don't pass me a**hole, its my birthday!" I wish I had done it!

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  20. Happy Birthday, Beth! I love birthdays, too. No matter how old I am, I am happy to just "be here". Thank you for gifting me with your blog - albeit a sarcastic one.

    Seriously, I happy you are still alive. I don't want you to go away.
    Love, Angel

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  21. Happy birthday Beth! I don't mind birthdays - I think there's something wonderful about each year/age/stage of life.

    On my birthday I love getting treated to breakfast in bed or a meal out. And then I'd like to spend the day outside with my family, hiking or camping.

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  22. Boss!! I love my birthday too (I'm 43). The fact that I'm smarter woman, runner and comfortable in my own skin makes getting older ok. Enjoy your run and your Costco cake. I'll be over later.

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  23. My bday doesn't bother me at all. But it seems to be weighing on the minds of those around me. I am the last one with a 3 in the front. Which will change in May. And they all seem to e looking forward to it.

    The Kidless Kronicles

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  24. HAPPY BIRTHDAY BETH! So glad to hear you are going to ENJOY your birthday in multiple ways! Hugs!

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  25. Happy, happy Birthday!

    Remember, like they say, "You're not getting older .... you're getting old"

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  26. Happy Birthday! The week I turned 46, I ran 46 miles...pure coincidence!

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  27. Happy happy birthday!

    At this point in my life, I hate birthdays. The big three-oh is coming at me in exactly 4 weeks and right now all it means is a lot more pressure to move to the "next phase" of life (aka babies), which I am not ready for in any way shape or form.

    On the dreaded day, I have two simple requests: hogmaw made by my mother and a white birthday cake with white icing and yellow roses from Ukrop's bakery. It's not my birthday without them!

    =)

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  28. Happy Birthday! I too am not running my age, can't run that far, or baking my own cake. My birthday is a non event as it is tax season (I do taxes) so celebrating will have to wait till the spring.

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  29. Happy birthday!! Looks like you have a good day planned! (loved your 43 list!)
    I'm one of the idiots who runs my age on my birthday - can't help it! I actually started doing that way before I ever blogged!

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  30. I love my birthday. And if it falls on a weekend it's even better.
    I like to do something outdoors for my birthday, either run or hike or bike, then go for a scenic drive, do some antiquing, then have a nice dinner either in home or out.

    Happy Birthday, Beth! I can honestly say I'm happier in my 50s than in my 40s.

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  31. Happy birthday. I love my birthdays, no matter how old I get. For my 50th, my family surprised me and flew in from 5 different states. My BFF gave me a pogo stick. Who says getting older can't be fantastic?

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  32. Birthdays bothered me at one time, now I love them. Its only one day a year that I can even come close to saying "today us all about me" I had so much fun on my 40th that I think I should always celebrate that way (my
    liver may tell you otherwise)

    love to celebrate my birthday with my family. My mom cooks my requested menu and I make dessert since I LOVE to bake.

    Happy Birthday. Enjoy you day to the fullest. Cheers to you!

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  33. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!!!

    I love every birthday because each year of my life gets better. I hope this trend continues.

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  34. Happy Happy Birthday! I love my birthday, and I hope I always do. I never want to be one of those women who hide their age. I'll be 43 in July and I'm EXCITED about it!

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  35. Hippo Birdie Two Ewe!!! I am with ya. Wont be running 45miles or kilometres for the matter on May 2. I will be doing a fun evening skirt chaser run. 5km so i can get some of my less running crazy pals to participate. The lure lure of booze after a run seems like a plan! haha.
    I am hoping this year is better than ever...
    CHEERS!

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  36. Happy Birthday! I love my birthdays too even tho' I'm in my 50's now.

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  37. Happy Birthday!!
    For my birthdays, I love celebrating with friends, eating, and drinking. Last year, I added a half marathon to that mix and it was so much fun! (esp since I PR'd).

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  38. Happy birthday wishes to you! I do think on our own birthdays, it is a day to relax, splurge, pamper, and treat ourselves! We can run any other day of the year :) Have a good one!

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  39. Today is my birthday as well. I am officially 31 and loving it. Great husband, great kids, great friends and a great blog to read! Thanks for the funnies!

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  40. Happy Birthday! I like finding out the restaurants/businesses in town that give you free stuff on your birthday (eg, free burrito, free ice cream, free drink) and going to those places. Basically, I like going to as many places as possible and loudly proclaiming, "It's my birthday!"

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  41. I just read your 43 facts from your 43rd bday, and OMG I need therapy for my vomit phobia as well. My daughter barfed last night and I was in tears begging my husband to work from home in the morning at least until we knew if breakfast stayed down. I just can't deal with it. How did you get over it???

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    1. I also have a fear of vomit, and haven't puked since I was 7. However, my daughter, my dogs, cats, husband, etc. have all puked from flu or otherwise, and after the initial ick factor, I've found I'm okay with the clean up part. Weird, huh?

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    2. I wouldn't say I am over it, but I don't stress about it as much as I used to. My kids being older has a helped a lot. My husband knows if one of the kids is puking, he has to deal with it. I avoid it at every cost and do not put myself in situations where it is a possiblity. Flying is still tough b/c I get afraid of people getting airsick.

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    3. I also can deal with the clean up better than the action of puking. I think it is the unknown of when it will happen, the lack of control, etc. I hope it gets better as my kids (almost 3 and 5 1/2) get older! My husband can deal with it without any issues. He just says it is what it is. Flying is hard on me as well because I am always looking around me worried, especially if we hit turbulence. I was SO SCARED when we hit major bumps and drops over the Rockies last summer. It was so bad people were screaming so I was just sure somebody was going to barf all over. Some kid did on a flight I was on as a kid, so it has stuck with me. I used to work at Blockbuster and had people barf in the store on occasion. One time, so guy got sick in the trash can at the front of the store and I literally jumped over the counter and ran to the back of the store and plugged my ears (several years ago).

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  42. Happy Birthday, Beth! Thanks so much for this blog, it is by far my favorite. I'm with you on the running of the birthday miles. I would be ready to keel after my huge amount . . . a few more than you ;)
    Hope your day is fabulous!

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  43. Happy Birthday Beth. Love your blog. You are hilarious and inspiring all at the same time. :) Enjoy your day.

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  44. HBD to YOUUUUUU! I turned 48 on Jan. 31 and am grateful for every birthday. And I always tell people I'm about 10 years OLDER than I am - this way they think I look amazing for 58 instead of crappy for 38! :D

    p.s. - Can you ship my piece of your Costco cake to Florida?

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  45. Happy Birthday!!! My birthday is tomorrow and I'm EXCITED! A whole new year of possibilities...

    As far as birthday plans go -- Indian food and carrot cake cheesecake! Helllls YES! And an easy birthday run for funsies. :)

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  46. Happy happy birthday!
    My bday is next week and I am super excited! I get to have my cupcake and eat too. And I won't be running 34 miles or writing 34 things about me. lol
    Enjoy your day!

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  47. Happy Birthday!! I just celebrated my birthday for like 2 weeks lol

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  48. Happy Birthday! I love my birthday and I make a point to make myself feel special - why rely on others? Birthdays are a big deal around here. This was quite shocking for my husband (#5 of 6 kids) who never had much of a celebration for his birthday...until he met me. The first year we were together I bought him a gas grill. He must have said about a hundred times - to anyone who would listen - "She bought me a GRILL!!" I like to spoil him since he missed out on it so much as a child.

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  49. Happy birthday! Love that you're celebrating it on your terms. I used to get depressed about my birthday, but not since I took control of my life, lost weight, and started running. This year for my 58th birthday my husband, daughter, son-in-law, and grandson all went to California and met up with family there at Disneyland and California Adventure. We spent the day having a blast riding rides and being a kid again, then my husband and I ran in the Tinkerbell Half Marathon later in the week; I ran with wings and a tutu, can't wait to do it again. Best. Birthday. EVER! I love my life and am having more fun than ever.

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  50. I LOVE my birthday, it drives me crazy when people say "I don't have birthdays anymore" I worked in oncology for 15 years, if you don't have a birthday it means you are dead, so harsh but true. I love to take a day for me, massage or pedicure, lunch with a good friend, yoga and a run. I also love wandering around Barnes and Noble by myself looking at all the possible reads for the year ahead. Then I have a day with my kids and husband, we go out to breakfast my people shower me with gifts and cards (mostly just a Starbucks gift card). Honestly at 41 if I want something I will just get it. My husband teases me because my birthday sometimes is a birth week. But it is great to be alive and blessed with another wonderful year to run and play and enjoy all the great people around me. HAPPy BIRTHDAY!

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  51. I had to go back of course and read your 43 things... and I also started running in 08, also was a French major, and also spent a year abroad (Belgium, 1984.) I also love my birthday.

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  52. Happy birthday! I have always loved birthdays. I will be 49 this year and am really excited about turning 50 next year! Weird, I know. I think it's because I have taken care of myself and enjoy life, so 50 isn't scary.

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  53. Happy birthday!!!

    And good for you for not giving in to peer pressure to feel "bad" about getting older. We're like wine - most of us improve with age!!!

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  54. Happy Birthday!!!

    I am not a big fan of my birthday. I don't have a problem with getting older, I just enjoy other people's birthdays more. I do love to give myself the gift of a great run, too. Last year we celebrated by running the Omaha Half-Marathon. A Marine in full-dress presents you with your medal at the end. Happy B-day, indeed! :)

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  55. Happy birthday!! Mine is tomorrow and I happen to be visiting some friends in Denver to celebrate! I'll help you eat one of the Costco cakes!! Hahaha :)

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  56. Happy Birthday! I love reading your blog! It always makes me smile.

    I love my birthday! I just turned 50 and totally embraced it! Aging is a privilege, i've had some friends not make it this far. I never go to work on my birthday and always try to either take a weekend or day trip out of Los Angeles. I celebrated my 50th in Carmel, CA and it was fabulous!

    I hope you have a wonderful fun filled day! Enjoy!

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  57. NO, it is not time to stop blogging!!! :)

    Happy birthday!!

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  58. Awwww....birthdays should always be happy. My daughter's birthday is today too! She's nine today, so we're going to the mall to get her ears pierced and buy fancy cupcakes. She's happy enough for the whole family!

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  59. Happy Birthday! I agree that you should NOT stop blogging. I love reading your posts and I check your blog every day. I read your 43-things post from your 43rd birthday--why don't you eat ice cream?

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    1. I will eat it, but it's just not something I buy or crave. I'd much rather have a huge piece of cake. Or some jellybeans.

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  60. Hey Beth,
    Hope you're having a great day. I love my birthday as well. I turn 45 this year (at the end of April) and feel as young as ever. I agree with many of the things you do on your special day (don't cook, make my own cake, clean, etc... but love going for a run with friends) I always love that I can have a super sunny warm day or the possibly random snow day. Spring days are great in Colorado.

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  61. Happy Birthday my fellow Pisces! I have always loved my birthday too, even just the actual date of mine makes me happy. (I will turn 44 next Thursday 2/28.) I'm really getting a birthday week - my friends are taking me to a Carrie Underwood concert tonight; then I am taking the actual day of it off and my mom & dad invited me for breakfast (my favorite - French toast). Then the whole huge family of sibs, nieces, nephews, etc. will congregate the following weekend. Hope your special day is wonderful!

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  62. Happy Birthday Beth!! Enjoy your day and keep on bloggin'!

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  63. Happy Birthday to my blogging guru!! Don't you even dare talk about quitting this blog. What we all do with ourselves?

    I always treat myself to a good birthday run. It's a great gift.

    Enjoy yourself today! ...and always. :)

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  64. Happy birthday! I hope you've been enjoying your day. I think my favorite thing to do on my birthday is relax and spend time with my loved ones.

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  65. can't wait for my 60th this year-this is my 41st year of running. It's neat to know that I have been running longer than I hadn't been...

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  66. Happy Birthday!! You deserve to be pampered. Enjoy! I love birthdays. Mine is next week. I will enjoy my favorite blondie/brownie and maybe try a new restaurant or a hike or something. The great thing is that my family might groan but they will do it anyway because its my birthday and I said so! LOL I will not be running 43 miles - maybe 4.3!! I am running a half marathon on my husband's birthday this year (May) and he might join me. I think its an awesome way to celebrate 51... but I'm not pressuring.

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  67. Happy Birthday!
    I won't be running age on my birthday either. I am not into Ultras.
    Art
    http://fitatfifty-art.blogspot.com/

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  68. Happy birthday! I think birthdays are highly underrated - especially the older we get. I think we should all do whatever we can to make a big deal about it. Last year, I turned 39 and ran a 7.5 mi trail race with a friend. When I turn 40 this summer, I want to do something special. Still not sure what exactly I'll do. Hope you had a great day!

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  69. Omg! It broke me heart to bitz when me bff forgot me birthday

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  70. Happy Birthday, Beth! I think it is so cool that we are almost exactly the same age :) I do want to thank you for the wonderful job you do with this blog. I started running last June, and your blog has been informative, entertaining and motivational!! You are unique and yet, able to relate to almost anyone... and that, my friend, is a true talent! Here's to a kick ass 47th year!

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  71. I turn 50 in less than a month and I'm ambivalent about it. I don't want to have a big party/ I don't want to make a big fuss. And I certainly won't be running 50 miles or even kilometres. I might challenge myself to eating 50 peanut M&Ms though.

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  72. My sister, who was diagnosed with breast cancer at 26, really wanted to live to her 30th birthday. She made it, but then passed 5 months later. Since then I feel lucky for every birthday I get and enjoy the privilege of growing older. :)

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    2. I am also so sorry. This kind of a loss really does give you perspective and appreciation for what you have. Thanks for sharing.

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  73. I'm taken back by the previous comment - it really puts into perspective how each day should be cherished. Spending time with my family on my birthday, is my idea of celebrating!

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  74. Happy birthday! I love my birthday, but it always seems so uneventful. I'm usually working or taking kids somewhere. I guess I should work harder to make it more memorable!!!!

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  75. Happy birthday!

    I love my birthday. I'll be 32 this year, and I'm just super excited and am already planning a fun little party.

    And yes, I'll be over for Costco cake. :)

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  76. Happy Birthday! I don't do much celebrating on my birthdays. I'm not a huge birthday person. They don't bother me too much either, it's just a number. I turned 48 in December.

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  77. Happy Birthday Beth! That banana cake sounds good - would your Mom like to share the recipe?

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  78. Happy Birthday! Hope you had an awesome day.

    I love your attitude about your body. I am a member of the D Cup Club and I have to say, I love my body too. I wish more women did.
    I am turing 40 in April. Most of my friends who will be 40 this year are having a hard time with it. Not me. I am in the best shape of my life, I love my job, my marriage is rock solid and my boys are happy, healthy and loving life. Bring it on, 40!
    I am not sure what I'll be doing on my birthday. Probably shopping for my present (a new camera) and going out for Mexican food.
    Love the blog, I am a regular reader.

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  79. Happy Birthday!
    You are an inspiration. I have been a reader for about a year. I stumbled across your blog from runners world and you have inspired me many times to get out my (often formidable) front door!
    Your honest and forthright approach to all things running makes has made it easier for myself (who runs like molasses in January) to feel like part of it all.
    When it comes to birthdays I believe that every day on this side of the daisies is a good day :)
    Cheers to you! I hope you continue writing for many years to come.

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  80. You are an inspiration of others.When it comes to birthdays I believe that every day on this side of the daisies is a good day.I pray & hope you live long. I also hope you continue writing for many years to come.
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  81. Happy Birthday
    It is true that when our birthday come, 1 year has lost from life but on the other hand 1 year experience is added in our life.
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  82. I agree with you Moore.1 year gone means you can feel life with more experience.
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  83. Your birthday has gone before 1 years ago . It means that you have lost 1 year from your life . Use your life to do some creative work so that everyone remember your birthday when you are not with them.And make your life colorful .Enjoy your life with your creative work.
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