This November I will be turning the big 3-0. Not only is it a milestone birthday in its own right, but it is also my champagne birthday. That just makes it doubly important to celebrate in style.
Having spent the majority of the last ten years in academia, I have not often had the opportunity to celebrate my birthday properly. Occurring at the ass end of November, the day is inconveniently wedged between American Thanksgiving and the end of term. More often than not, I’ve had to work on the day either writing up a paper or two or cramming for exams. After the last day of the semester, I go out with a bunch of friends to celebrate an end of term bash combined with a group birthday party for all us late November / early December birthday people.
This year, I’d like to change that. I want to be utterly selfish and make it all about me, me, me. On that note, I’d like to ensure that it is a memorable occasion.
One of my CB buddies celebrated her 30th atop the
1) Travel to somewhere I’ve never been before
2) Do something memorable on or near the day
What I have yet to look into so far is airline ticket prices, which sadly is the primary factor in deciding what to do and where to go, especially since my sister Z and my best friend Ellen want to fly out and celebrate with me. But for the moment, let’s ignore that aspect and focus on what would be the most fun to do.
Z, Ellen and I have discussed a bit about which places we’d like to go to for a few days. We originally had a list of 20 or so places then whittled it down to five. They are:
All five are good options, with plenty of sites to visit, good food to eat and a plethora of ways to just relax and enjoy ourselves. I’ve been fortunate enough to visit
Funnily enough, the possibilities for Option #2 are running-related...and would require me to travel anyway. Score! Here are the possibilities I have to date:
1) Half marathon in
2) Florence Marathon (BONUS: Happens on my actual birthday & the course is downhill for the first two miles then flat the rest of the way)
3) Athens Marathon (BONUS: I would like to complete this someday in honor of my paternal heritage)
I can tell you right off the bat that #3 ain’t gonna happen. Possibly never too. Not only is it on November 9th, preventing me from properly training for it, but it is also uphill for the first 18 miles. No way, Jose!
#2 is rather a pipe dream too, I think. I’m racing in my first half marathon on August 31st leaving me only three months to recover from that and then train for a marathon. Half of me would like to wait probably another year before running a marathon—primarily to gain confidence in my running but also to better reach my arbitrarily chosen goal of kicking Oprah’s former marathon-running ass. Her time was just shy of 4:30. I couldn’t make that this year even if I prayed to every god known to man and could somehow leach the running talent out of Ryan Hall’s legs. (Voodoo perhaps? I’ll look into it.)
I know I will be able to run the half mary in
Which overall option should I go with? Are there other places/activities I should consider? Let me know in the comments. I’m still in the beginning hope-filled stage of brainstorming, so I’ll worry about the harsh financial realties a little later. For now, let me dream.
Ci vediamo dopo. (See you later)