A Halloween run and a birthday

Yesterday, after a busy couple of days I turned 30.

I turned 30!

That’s pretty old.  I don’t really feel old though.  In fact I’m feeling pretty young and free from responsibility at the moment.  Long may it last!

It was a pretty standard 30th birthday.  I headed into work to officially hand in my notice, bought a new car (mid life crisis?!) as my car had failed it’s MOT badly and then we stopped at Beans for a birthday chocolate icecream milkshake.

Birthday chocolate icecream milkshake

I cleaned the spare room as I’ve got friends arriving later today, went on a trail run with some friends from club and Dan and I watched 28 Days Later with some sweet and salty popcorn.

Sweet and salty popcorn

This is my new favourite flavour.

My car has been on it’s way out for a little while now.  I’ve always bought cars within 24 hours of having to replace my current car, so when my car failed it’s MOT with an estimated £500 repair cost having already spent £100 to get the starter motor working again last week it was nice to have another 10 days of half term to browse for cars before needing a car for work again.  Although, clearly I’m just too efficient as we found a car and purchased it within three hours of hunting.  I’ve gone for a red Seat Ibiza Sport and it’s the most I’ve ever spent on a car.  I’ve always kept below the £1000 budget when car hunting but with all the driving both Dan and I do, we decided to go for something that would last a little longer and this car has only done 27,000 miles.  I was a little sad to see my hard earned cash we’d started growing back since the wedding disappear from my bank account once more.  But, on the other hand, a 30th birthday present to myself I won’t forget!

On Wednesday we headed up to Wolverhampton as it’s our Niece’s 1st birthday later on in the week.  Whilst we were back we stayed at Dan’s parents, visited his sister and kids, popped out for dinner with one of the witnesses from our wedding and his girlfriend, dropped by to visit Dan’s Nan and I had a little browse round the shops where I found a gorgeous dress for the running club Christmas do in New Look.  I just had a quick look online but I can’t see it there.  Although there does seem to be several dresses marked as ‘Online Exclusive’.  Maybe I need to see what other events I have coming up!  Loving New Look at the moment.

I also picked up a free Millie’s cookie after spotting the deal on A Thrifty Mrs.  Free cookies for everyone this week!

Free Millie's cookies

The traffic back from Wolverhampton was awful and I arrived only just in time to throw on my Halloween outfit for the Running club Halloween run.

Halloween running outfit

I popped some shorts on underneath, and luckily despite it being a dress I had enough leg room to run without it being too constricting.

Club Halloween runI’ve never been to the Halloween run before as I usually have birthday activities taking place but this year I was really excited about making it.  Although when I arrived all I could see was runners NOT in fancy dress.  I’ll admit I hid in the car for several minutes to make sure I wasn’t the only one going to look a fool!  But in the end there were loads of us in masks and outfits.  Some I couldn’t even recognise!

Halloween club run

The idea of the run is you run with whoever from club.  It’s purely social and fun.  No groups or coaching and speed is not important.  You get back to the cafe an hour later and enjoy the pumpkin soup and hot drinks.
Mandy and I at the Halloween club run

I went with the trail running crew and we literally went the slipperiest, hilliest route there was.  It was incredibly muddy, very rutted and with tree roots sticking out everywhere.  Imagine a BMX track and it was pretty much like that, but we were running it in the dark!  I’m not going to lie…in some places it was nearly as tricky than the Dusk ’til Dawn terrain!  Especially as I was running in a dress, and my fingers hadn’t fully recovered enough to stick my hands out and grab the trees for support on the way down the hills!  It was so much fun though and we were all ready for our pumpkin soup when we made it back to the cafe.Halloween club run

Did you get dressed up for Halloween?
How did you celebrate your last birthday?

12 thoughts on “A Halloween run and a birthday

    1. Some of the parkrun runners had put in loads of effort over the weekend. It’s really great to see them all in costume. Not fun if you’re not a dressing up fan though.

  1. Could you have picked a more difficult costume to run in? It looks amazing, but I would have no idea how to run in it! So cool that you ran such a tough course in a really constraining outfit :)

    I never dress up myself, but I do enjoy seeing other people’s Halloween costumes. And how badass is it that your birthday is October 31st? I’m so jealous 😀

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    1. It’s actually not as restrictive as it looks. The dress flares out from the knees and it passed the run test before I headed to the park! My fingers actually restricted me more than the dress!

  2. Hope you had a brilliant birthday. I’m sorry but I did have a laugh when you said you couldn’t see any other dressed up runners. How embarrassing would that have been?! But thankfully there were others as your outfit rocked. I could barely run in a tutu let alone a dress!! I do love a good dress up – just an occasion to be silly :)
    I’m like you with the car decision thing. I like making snap decisions rather than ponder over them for ages…but Ben will always make me sleep on it.. He’s very sensible!
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    1. I literally refused to get out of the car! Luckily I wasn’t on my own though! I’ve never owned a tutu but it probably was more runner-friendly! Maybe for next year!

  3. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! (And I hope you’re not suggesting 30 is old as I’m much older than you!! :) I’ve found my 30s to be my best decade yet – hope your30s are the same!!

    Halloween costume looked brilliant and run sounded fantastic!! I missed my Halloween run this year – booooo! – so went for a run around the town dressed up instead! My costume wasn’t as good as yours though!!
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    1. All week I’ve been told the thirties are the best years! Must be true! :)
      I love that you headed out on your own run for Halloween! Did you stop people to trick or treat?! 😛

    1. Thanks Steph! :) There seem to be loads of 30th birthdays coming up in the blogging world at the moment. Hopefully you can get lots of inspiration for when yours rolls round in August!

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