A lot of people with birthdays around the holidays are not super thrilled with having to share it with Christmas fun. I, on the other hand, love it! How many other people get to have a birthday, holiday fun runs, and fun holiday decor all available in the same weekend?!
Friday night, Marcus threw me a hot chocolate party, filled with more sweets than anyone knew what to do with, my closest friends, and so much laughter! I had so much fun, and am so thankful to be able to celebrate with so many amazing people. We made the hot chocolate from scratch – you know it is good when everyone can only drink one cup that it is so rich!
I chose to have a cup of white hot chocolate. I am not much of a chocolate girl (the horror!), so I let the others get as much of the milk chocolate as they wanted! Marcus and I dabbled in a little chocolate dipping – it was so easy and I am definitely going to be doing this again. The salty and the sweetness of the food complimented each other perfectly!
We were sure to have a lot of fun toppings too. Marshmallows, sprinkles, candy canes, whipped cream – you name it, we had it! The little snowmen marshmallows turned out so cute! Thanks Pinterest
We did spice the drinks up a bit a little bit of festive liquor as well. After all, this was my 26th birthday.
Thanks to all of my lovely ladies that showed up! And for the guys too – they just didn’t make the photo
And I can’t forget about my mom and dad! They came over as well, decked out in their most festive finds. My dad has so many Christmas ties, and I am glad he was able to wear one. We always loved when he wore them when we were little – he just doesn’t get as much use out of them anymore.
After staying up pretty late Friday, I was thrilled that our 5k that we had signed up for was the following night, rather than the following morning. I got up and went to a yoga class, hung around for the day, and then carpooled over with Marcus, Steph, Meghann, and Bill to Honeymoon Island for the Twilight Santa 5k. It was the first year that the race was being held, so it was pretty tiny. We were a little over zealous with our arrival, expecting a larger crowd, and ended up having about an hour to waste before the start. No big deal though – I would much rather have too much time before a race rather than too little! So of course, we took our obligatory photos.
We spent a little bit of time in the car keeping warm, and then headed over to the start. No one really wanted to push the pace, so we all decided to have fun and just run. Since the course was in a state park at night, there were no street lights. It was incredibly dark, and the course was lit by luminaries (with glow sticks inside, not real candles). It was a nice thought, but was a little too dark for my liking. I felt like I was tip toeing a bit, rather than breaking out in full stride. Everyone had glow sticks on though, so that was pretty neat to see! I had never been in a night race that was solely lit by glow sticks.
By the time we all started and got through the large crowds, Marcus and Bill took off. I decided I wanted to run with Marcus, so I jogged ahead to keep up with them. We held a pretty decent pace for the race (maybe around 7:30?). It was fast enough so that it wasn’t and easy run, but we were still able to chat, which I am always a fan of! Bill ended up taking off, so Marcus and I held our ground and just ran. It was super peaceful in the park, and before we knew it, we were creeping up on the finish.
Marcus sprinted it in, and I finished strong. The final time was just under 23 minutes – works for me! Not too long after I finished, Steph and Meghann both came in as well.
We all had smiles on our faces at the finish, and that is the best party of holiday runs! Unfortunately, there was a mix up with the finisher’s medals. They were not there when we crossed the finish line, and we even tried waiting around for them. After 45 minutes, we had enough and left. I was disappointed, because I love the medals! And this was supposed to be a sand dollar themed one. Word on the street is that they will mail them to us, so hopefully that’s true! And another thing they can mail to all of us – our age group awards! We all placed in our respective age groups, and I was even in the top 3 overall finisher’s. Gotta love small races!
I had a fantastic holiday themed birthday weekend, and loved spending so much of it with my wonderful friends!