Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Growing Older But Not Up

Posted by CheapRunnerMichelle

Ok...the party's not actually until this weekend...and I don't plan on there being any crying - but today does mark the day of my friend Matt's 1/2 birthday (as he likes to call it) aka my 34th bday. That means another year older - so that also makes me totally wiser....mmmkay ('cause that's how it works ya'll)

I know a lot of people feel like this when their birthday rolls around


But ya know what...I feel a lot more like this instead


I certainly try to enjoy life each and every day...and this year for my bday I thought I would do something a little different - a birthday "bucket" list. A list of things I'd like to do between now and turning another year older.

So here it 34 for 34


1. Run 1,200 km

2. Sign up for 2 more 1/2 marathons

3. Sign up and complete a min. of 2 duathlons

4. Go to Key West

5. Save $ for our trip to Hawaii

6. Eat at an iHop

7. Go on a date night with my hubby once a month

8. Take the kids swimming at least twice a month

9. Organize and purge all of my clothes

10. Take more pictures of my kids

11. Read a book a month

12. Go zip-lining

13. Add at least 3 more cups (from different city's) to my Starbucks collection

14. Bake with the kids

15. Get a massage

16. Visit my mom more

17. Play volleyball

18. Try a new-to-me food

19. Be present with my kids while they are kids and do my best to raise them to be responsible, happy adults.

20. Do an un-assisted pull-up

21. Host a games night party

22. Start a "my favourites" girls night

23. Write up a bunch of blog posts to have ready for when we are on vacation

24. Book an all inclusive vacation for February

25. Meet up with blogging friends in Chicago when we are all there for marathon weekend in October

26. Reach my Louis Vuitton weight

27. Ride my bike to work

28. Go to Cedar Point

29. Go to a concert

30. Sign up for a family membership at the YMCA...and get lots of family use out of it

31. Do core/ab work 3 times a week

32. Run a 5km in 28min

33. Finish a 1/2 marathon in 2:30

34. Take a girl's weekend trip


How many things do you think I'll be able to cross off my list this year?

What's something on your bucket list this year?


  1. Happy birthday! I think you should cross everything off the list, why not??

  2. Happy birthday- I love the bucket list, and I think all of those are doable!

  3. Charlotte@CommitnessToFitnessAugust 7, 2013 at 10:41 AM

    Happy birthday!!! looks like a great bucket list to me- and it all looks attainable and would lead to one heck of a great year!! i need to take time for a vacation- that is on my to-do list this year :)

  4. a 1200km race? daaamn. I know i'm not good with conversions, but thats more than 20 miles isn't it?! I would do 18 as often as possible!

    I don't have a bucket list right now... woops!

  5. Great list!! Happy Birthday!!!

  6. Happy happy Birthday friend!! I hope you have a wonderful day filled with sunshine, red velvet cupcakes, unicorns & rainbows. :)
    When you come visit, we can knock a couple things off your bucket list. I'll take you to IHOP and go zip lining. It's on my list too!

  7. Happy Happy Birthday! Since your party isn't until this weekend I think you should celebrate straight through!! You should start with a list item like a massage!!!
    I love your list - I've actually been thinking that I will do one on my birthday next month (I will have to come up with a few more things to complete mine).
    And - we have a Starbuck city mug collection, too!!

  8. Sounds good...although I hope you realize you might need to loosen your purse strings a bit for some of these to happen :)

  9. Thank-you...I'm thinking I'll do a 6 month update-re-cap to see how the list is going!

  10. Thank-you. Seriously - I could not image life without holidays...travelling has always been at the top of our priority list

  11. Are you sure you are not a long lost cousin of my hubby?!?!

  12. Thank-you! Perfect we can muti-task together!

  13. Thank-you and I totally agree :)
    Cool - I look forward to reading your list next month

  14. I do have a fair amount of family I don't know about...

  15. #9! #9! Happy Birthday :)

  16. Thank-you!
    Yes #9 is something I should really do more often...maybe my new motto should be "one new thing in - one old thing out"

  17. Happy Birthday!! Love the bucket list!

  18. Sugar Coated SheridanAugust 7, 2013 at 9:42 PM

    Happy Happy Birthday!!

  19. cori @olivetorun.comAugust 7, 2013 at 11:25 PM

    WOOT WOOT HAPPY BIRTHDAY :) I think you forgot the real #1: Visit north carolina and meet the girl who has never tried an olive.

  20. Thanks Cori!...just another reason for us to be friends...I've never had an olive before either! Hope you're having a great time in Cali!!!

  21. katie @ fromicecreamtomarathonAugust 8, 2013 at 1:22 PM

    Happy birthday, Michelle! What an impressive list!
    I like #25- I definitely want to meet you in Chicago! And then I have a question about #26, what does Louis Vuitton weight mean? I love LV!

  22. Thanks Katie! We will definitely set something up at a Starbucks or something so
    we can meet in Chicago!
    ...funny thing - I was just saying to Mike last
    night that no one asked LV we (I) picked a goal weight...the deal is
    when I hit it I get my next LV!!!! (Hoping to reach it in time to get a new one
    in Chicago!!!!)

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