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Birthday Personal Best


My natural alarm clock woke me up at what I thought was 6.45 and not wanting to go back to sleep and leaving it too late to run, I was out of bed and downstairs for a large glass of water before any gremlins had a chance to scupper my plans of an early morning run. I made Mr R. a cuppa and returned upstairs to get into my running gear. He shuffled around and looked at the clock as I pulled on my shorts. “Do you know what time it is?” After a brief exchange about weather conditions he pointed out that it was actually only 5.55 and that I’d read the clock run. It must be a sign of age!

So this morning, another year older, and I’m displaying signs of confusion already. Turning down the suggestion of a lie in, I was in my kit so I might as well go out now anyway and at least I’d be out before the sun got to hot. I decided on the 1960s playlist this morning as I was born in 1964 and it seemed fitting for my birthday run and I was soon dynamically stretched (as dynamic as you can be at that time in the morning) and out the door.

It was lovely being out so early as it was cool, with plenty of shade and a refreshing breeze. After my overheated run on Saturday evening I was determined to enjoy this one. Obviously getting up so early had foxed the gremlins who must have still been enjoying their slumbers as they didn’t pop up once to put me off my stride.

And although another year older and wiser, I was also pleased to find that I’d also managed a personal best. 10k in 57 minutes! That was a birthday treat in itself.

78 Replies

Happy birthday!! And what a fantastic gift 🎁 to yourself. 🥇 👏🏼 💕 Now eat cake and enjoy!! 🍰 😬


Happy birthday! 1964 such a good year 😉☺️ Enjoy the rest of your special day- its started brilliantly!

Razouski in reply to SW16

Definitely a good vintage. :-)

Oh happy birthday!! And it sounds like a lovely run too. Well done on PB. 🍾🎉

Razouski in reply to limberlou

Thank you limberlou


Happy Birthday! ... and well done ... 57mins, wow! A lovely birthday present to yourself!

Keep cool and have a great day!

Razouski in reply to Wizziewood

Mr Raz has just treated me to a cappuccino and cake at a rather lovely coffee shop in the countryside so having a lovely day so far. :-)

Just amazing Mrs Raz.

Many happy returns and enjoy your double celebration.

Always think of you as an example ,

When Laura says, enjoy the rewards of challenging yourself and winning.💫🏃‍♀️💫💥

Razouski in reply to Tbae

Thank you Tbae

Congratulations on a great run and Happy Birthday too!! it's always nice to banish the gremlins and have a decent run, particularly after the last run wasn't so enjoyable for whatever reason.

Now you can relax and enjoy your birthday :)

Razouski in reply to David_G

Yes, it felt doubly good after my struggle with the heat on Saturday. Next I need to get back to my usual distance.


Happy Birthday! Fab 10k time too xx

Thank pianoteacher those tartlets are definitely paying off already. ;-)

Razouski in reply to Razouski

Blooming predictive text said “tartlets” when I typed “fartleks”. Not sure that tartlets will help me run faster! 😂


Happy Birthday 🥂 and a fantastic run Razouski 👏👏

I started an hour later and felt it this morning. I must try 6am starts though it’s totally against the grain 😱

Razouski in reply to TedG

I know what you mean. 6 am is just sooo early, but as I was awake it seemed silly not to just get bout there and do it. I'm not sure I could cope with getting early for every run though. I admire the people who do!


Happy birthday and happy personal best!!! You made Mr R a cuppa on YOUR birthday! You nurturing Cancerian you ;) xx

Razouski in reply to FlickM3

I know. I did think that myself, but as he was still asleep and I was up and about it seemed silly not to. He did have a glass of ice and water ready by the door for my return and has taken me out for cappuccino and cake too. x

FlickM3Graduate10 in reply to Razouski

Aw bless him. And cake is just the ticket after a. birthday run 😊🏃🏻‍♀️🎂

oh how lovely! No hint of confusion - your brain wanted to go for a lovely run and I don't blame it. Happy birthday! x

Razouski in reply to icklegui

I guess you're probably right icklegui . Brain enjoyed the run and so did the rest of me... :-)

misswobbleGraduate10 in reply to Razouski

I read that as Brian, and scrolled back to read who he was ☺️😊🙄

Happy birthday. Cake!!! 🎂🍰☕️

icklegui in reply to misswobble

I'm Brian, and so's my wife!

misswobbleGraduate10 in reply to icklegui


Razouski in reply to icklegui



Woohoo! 👏👏 fab time!!

And a very happy birthday to you 🎂🍰🎉🎈🎉🎈🎉

I hope you enjoy those unexpected extra hours on your day 👍😉

Razouski in reply to GoGo_JoJo

Thank you GoGo_JoJo The unexpeted hours have been spent in the garden doing some dead heading before setting off to the coffee shop for some well earned cake. :-)


Happy birthday and congratulations on the PB! No better present 🤗 Hope you have a few bubbles tonight x

Unfortunately no bubbles tonight as I'll be at a choir rehearsal, but will probably have some tomorrow instead. :-)

IrishprincessGraduate10 in reply to Razouski

They taste better when you have to wait an extra day 🙂


Happy happy birthday, Razouski! And what a gift to yourself – a very speedy 10k! Wow! Celebrations all day are in order! x

Razouski in reply to Sadie-runs

Thanks Sadie- I am doing my best to celebrate. Treating myself to a Portuguese custard tart later. I love them.

Sadie-runsGraduate10 in reply to Razouski

OMG I am addicted to those! Enjoy. 😁

Razouski in reply to Sadie-runs

Jancanrun and I both enjoy them. There’s a lovely coffee shop near the Barbican in London which has really tasty ones. 😋


Well done for a great early morning run and Happy Birthday to you. 🎂 🎁 🍰 . I’ve got to fit mine in sometime before the football ⚽️ so hoping it will cool down about 5.00

Razouski in reply to Dexy5

Hope you’re having a good run. There’s a nice cool breeze here at the moment so hopefully you have it too.

Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to Razouski

Yes thankfully the breeze was there and I found some shade under the trees.

Brilliant run and fab time!

Hope you have a very happy birthday and hope you enjoyed your cake 😁🎂🎉

Razouski in reply to JennyH10

Cake was yummy, thanks.


Happy happy birthday Raz🎈🎁🎂🌹🌺

There's life in the old girl yet!😄😉

What a fantastic way to start your birthday...Well done on a super 10k PB!

You've still got it😉..

Have a lovely are a 🌟😊xx

“Life in the old girl...”, not what my daughter thinks, she pointed out that I’m a step closer to 60. Bless her. Hubby loves it as since his birthday in March we share the same age, but now I’m older again! 😅


Happy Birthday Razouski, hope you have a great day to follow on from a brilliant run!! :) :)

Razouski in reply to Lorijay

Thank you, it’s been lovely.


Happy birthday and really well run.

Razouski in reply to Jay66UK

Thanks Jay, if this hot weather continues I’m going to have to get some proper trendy running shorts following your lead. 😉

Jay66UKGraduate10 in reply to Razouski

Good! My vest was meant to come today (perfect for tomorrow morning’s 4k) and the delivery people didn’t leave with a neighbour as I asked and took It to the post office, now shut 😭

In better news I just got chatted up at a bus stop which was a bit of an ego boost!

Razouski in reply to Jay66UK

Ooh you lucky man you. You’ve still got it, then. 😘


Happy birthday! You’re super fast!

Razouski in reply to Tasha99

Thanks. Legs a bit achey, but in a good way. 😀


Happy Birthday!! I was born in 1964 too! My birthday is next month!! 😀

Well done on your speedy 10k !!


Razouski in reply to Sarakc

1964 was a good vintage. 😅



Happy Birthday young lady ☺☺☺☺☺☺

Razouski in reply to Irish-John

Thanks, lovin’ your choice of adjective. X


Happy Birthday and what a great run. Enjoy your day 😊

Razouski in reply to helenwheels

Thanks, it was good to get the run done so early while it was cool.



Happy Birthday for yesterday... and what gift you gave yourself..... Well done you!

That is one heck of a run... I hope you had a lovely day :)

Razouski in reply to Oldfloss

Was great thanks. Legs are a bit achey today though.


Happy Birthday, and wow, great 10k time!!

Razouski in reply to MikeJones68

Thanks MikeJones68 , I was pleased with it. :-)


Belated happy birthday, you speedy young lady! 1964 is definitely a good year - my husband is also a product of that time. Me, I’m a tad older. And a lot slower than you! Enjoy your runs!

Thank you JaySeeSkinny . I'm a tad older than my other half, so from March to June we are the same age, but once I've had my birthday he loves to remind me that I'm now a year older than him. Cheeky young man!!

JaySeeSkinnyGraduate10 in reply to Razouski

But we’re a lot younger at heart. And they keep us on our toes. Mine’s nearly 4 years younger and he does like reminding me!


Wow Razouski what a brilliant run!!! Belated happy birthday wishes to you, I hope your day started as it meant to go on xxx

Razouski in reply to Mummycav

It was a fab day and the start of several as today after a good workout at the gym my friend had me round for a celebratory lunch, and tomorrow my daughter is cooking me a birthday dinner. Feeling spoilt. :-)

MummycavModerator in reply to Razouski

Only what you deserve I’m sure, I’m glad you’ve had a lovely time x


Happy birthday Raz! Well done! I am still trying to crack 57. Nice work! Hope you had a lovely day.

Razouski in reply to Decker

It was a lovely day, but now can't decide what to run tomorrow. Not sure weather to attempt a long one in this heat (e.g. 18km) or to do a short 5km with fartleks.

Decisions, decisions...

DeckerGraduate10 in reply to Razouski

If your heat is anything like ours then the shorter run might be a better way to go. Plus 32 here. I had to cut my last run short it was so hot.


Missed this yesterday, but wanted to say wowsa! What a great birthday! That's a brilliant time. That's just amazing. You're ages with my mum and I would love to see her lace up and come out running, but alas she says she'll stick to walking and is planning to do the West Highland Way.

Well Done!

Razouski in reply to Sutsha

I only took up running just under two years ago - had never done it before. And I'm completely hooked on it. But I love walking too, although not quite as adventurous as your mum. I would love it if my daughters would come running with me, but they refuse point blank.

Each to her own I guess. ;-)

Happy birthday to you x

Thank you Deborahchick46 :-)

Happy birthday 🎂

Razouski in reply to amanda2463

Thank you 🤓

Happy Birthday for yesterday! It’s my birthday today so I am a day younger than you, also being of 1964 vintage. I’ve only reached 6k so far.... but I’ll catch up!

Razouski in reply to Rossinyol

Oh you are a mere youngster. I hope you had a lovely birthday today. 🎂🥂

My longest run has been 22km a couple of weeks ago, but in this hot weather I can’t face the longer runs. On Saturday I struggled with 10km when running in the afternoon so I was pleased I did it yesterday and with a PB.


Congrats on your burthday and a great PB hoe you had a great day🎂🎂🎂🎂

Razouski in reply to Guesty26

Thank you Guesty. It’s been a lovely birthday, thanks for the cakes. 😉

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