Rainy Ten Mile Run And Birthday Recap

brownie cookie sundae


Can we just start today with me telling you how sweet you all are?

Your birthday wishes and the fact that you listen to me ramble on about chocolate cake means the world to me. Like really. The world.

Can’t thank you guys enough.

And don’t think for one second that I don’t plan on telling you what was in the goodie bag; I just don’t want to discuss the goodies yet and ruin it for our winner. Once I know she received it, we will discuss.

So yesterday I told you what it feels like to be 36.

Today I will show you what it looks like to run ten miles on your 36th birthday in the rain.

rainy run

We have some positives to running right now in the rain even though this picture clearly makes you think otherwise:

*You are drenched but not cold

*You don’t notice the sprinklers since you are already wet

*Dodging puddles beats dodging ice patches

*Stepping in the puddles because you misjudged them is better than in the winter when you misjudge the black ice

*You feel kinda like a serious real runner

*People see you and think you are a serious real runner. Or just insane.

*Still beats running inside on the treadmill

The only real issue you have is that you are so seriously soaked that when you come inside to take a shower, you step out of the shower not feeling any different from when you stepped in.

I must have had some birthday luck going on yesterday afternoon because I popped into Lulu Lemon really quickly to check out that rain jacket I mentioned yesterday and would you believe the stars aligned just so that they had ONE LEFT IN MY SIZE ON SALE?!

lulu rain jacket

Of course I bought it. How do you not buy it?

Now I am hoping for more rainy day runs. I checked the long-range forecast and there’s currently no rain in sight but I am prepared.

Before I quickly recap the rest of my birthday fun, we never spoke about our National Running Day runs from Wednesday.

national running day

I received my finishers badge for running ten miles. If you are paying attention, this means I ran back-to-back ten mile runs again.

Yeah, I don’t know how that happened either.

That rest day on Tuesday I guess gave my legs an abundance of energy. Or maybe it’s all the cake and ice cream.

Let’s see, what else did I do yesterday…..


Ah yes…A relaxing manicure and pedicure.


I routinely go for manicures and pedicures but every year on my birthday, I treat myself to one of the special pedicures with the extra treatments and longer massage.

nail polish

My friend Lisa bought me this adorable Deborah Lippman nail polish set (from Sephora) for my birthday this year. I combined the glitter polish with Essie’s Splash of Grenadine for my toes and the light pink bottle for my fingers.

On to the food:

My friend Meaghan treated me to Red Mango for lunch and let me fill up my cup as much as I wanted.

red mango parfait

I have really good friends.

I always make it a point not to cook on my birthday so dinner last night was at Cirella’s.

Cirella’s also owns Surf’s Out, my favorite spot to walk to on Fire Island.

zuchinni marinara

I went with the zucchini marinara with shrimp and lots of vegetables.

Dining out tip: Always ask the waiter to add extra vegetables to whatever dish you order. So worth it.


I couldn’t help but think of Davida last night since she just posted all about zoodles, you know, zucchini noodles.

I never make them at home because I am lazy but they are oh so good, especially in this dish last night.

Dessert was ridiculous. Just ridiculous. Of course it was, I was in charge of picking it.

brownie cookie sundae

Oh hello…Welcome to my giant martini glass loaded with fresh-baked (and still warm!) chocolate chip cookies and brownies surrounded by vanilla, chocolate and cookies and cream ice cream with hot fudge, caramel and whipped cream.

brownie cookie sundae

You know dessert is serious when it comes with big serving utensils.

Although, there was so serving this out of the glass. There was only eating it straight from the glass.

brownie cookie sundae

I picked Cirella’s for dinner really just to have this dessert. I decided I wanted something special, different and really big.

Did I mention it serves six? That’s the exact serving size I want when there are only two people eating.

The waiter was surprised to come back and find only some melted ice cream left.

That’s the way you do a birthday.


What are you  doing this weekend?

Did you run for National Running Day?

What color is on your toes right now?

Do you make zoodles at home?





Author: The Cookie ChRUNicles

Hi! I'm Meredith. Join me while I run and cook my way through single motherhood. It is always an adventure trying to teach my 12 year old son the benefits of an active lifestyle combined with healthy eating while of course, still leaving room for dessert.

23 thoughts on “Rainy Ten Mile Run And Birthday Recap”

  1. Your dinner is the stuff of magic and legend. And I want everything in a martini glass. Love the pink sparkles! Everything is better with sparkly nails. It is just science. I am so glad that you had a great birthday, and here’s to many many more!

    1. I used to have m&m’s in a giant martini glass just like this one on my coffee table. Before my son was born of course. Once he was moving around, everything breakable was put away. I really should put it out again!

  2. Happy belated birthday! I just came across your blog yesterday and really like it! That dessert looks AMAZING. This weekend my husband and I are having our first childless weekend away since having kids over 4 years ago. Yeah….we’re long overdue. I put in 5 miles of speedwork with my running club for National Running Day. My toes are purple sparkly right now…love any kind of polish that sparkles! And, no, I’ve never made zoodles, but I’ve consumed them and they are delicious!

    1. I am so glad you found me and like the blog! Dessert was totally amazing. I think even I am still full which says a lot…Have the best time this weekend – it’s hard to go away without the kids but when you do and hear the silence and feel the relaxation, it is just a wonderful experience. Very rejuvenating!

  3. Sounds like a fabulous day, good for you! Love the polish colors by the way. I might have to steal the “treat myself to a pedi” idea for my birthday!

    1. Definitely treat yourself to a special pedicure. I really go often to keep my feet looking and feeling good but on my birthday I make it a point to spend a little bit more for the extra special treatment.

  4. First, you do not look CLOSE to “36”
    Second, whenever I see the words Sale and it’s in my size, it’s extremely difficult to let it out of my iron grip! Haha.
    And that dessert. Omg. That dessert looks amazing!!!

    1. You know you made my day, right? lol. What does 36 even look I wonder. I always think of a parent. Like an adult or something. I can’t possibly be an adult (and I still can’t believe I am a parent but I should probably accept that since my son is ten already)….Dessert was amazing. Just amazing.

  5. I didn’t make time for a run on national running day unfortunately. 😦 I can’t get over those delicious desserts you tried! I’ve wanted to try Red Mango for a while now- looks delish!

  6. Sounds like you had a great day. I’ve become somewhat of a weather wimp; it may be time to try running in the rain again…. (I don’t take off, I head to the Y)

    Headed to Strawberry Park in CT for their Cajun/Zydeco Music and Dance Festival.

    My running club had a group workout, about 50 people, at the Saratoga Spa Park for NRD. 3 x 1.6 miles at tempo pace, with 3 minute rest in between.

    One toenail is black. I’d heard about and seen such things from runners, but this is my first.

    Zoodles sound like something I’ll try, especially when my zucchini start to come in…

  7. Looks like quite the birthday! You should have told the folks at Lulu that it was your bday; maybe they’d have given you an even bigger discount 🙂 After a family wedding tomorrow, we’re headed for a week-long vacation; I can’t wait! I hope you have a lovely weekend!

  8. I am SORRY I am such a bad friend and missed it! Booooo! You can hate me! I was definitely MIA from the internet world this week, and I apologize, but so glad you had a wonderful day!!! It is funny what you said about picking your restaurant as I often do that….make it through the dinner so I can get to the good part hahah! I suggested having ice cream for dinner the other day….my boyfriend gave me a death stare hahaha! HAPPY HAPPY belated birthday 🙂 10 soaked miles doesnt look so bad on you 🙂

    1. You are forgiven lol…In all seriousness please do not feel bad! We all need a break from the internet world. I hope you are enjoying your rest week. I totally thought of you when I ran in the pouring rain! I was thinking about that super long run where you were miles from home and it was torrential rain.

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