5 Dream Birthday Gifts

It’s my birthday! It’s my birthday! It’s my birthday! Woo! The big 3-7. And in honor of this monumental occasion (getting more monumental every year), I thought how fun would it be to come up with my dream gift wish-list.

So at the huge party in my dreams with all 7 Salties together with the rest of my family and friends, here’s what I’d like to find underneath the wrapping paper and bows.

1. The Nike G87 striped tank in every color ever made. I picked one up in lavender at my local Fleet Feet and I LOVE it! It’s the perfect maternity running shirt. I’m sure that wasn’t Nike’s intention, but it turned out that way for me! It’s long and a little stretchy and way cute and comfy on hot summer days. Unfortunately, it’s been discontinued and I was only able to snatch up another one in silver. If you find them in the blue or pink, let me know!

Nike G87 Tank in Silver

2. 10 pairs of Lunar Glide 3s and 2 pairs of Lunar Racers. I’d prefer assorted colors. This should be enough shoes to get me through to my next birthday!

I'll take one of each! Image via counterkicks.com

3. 200 hours (about 4 hours a week for a year) of babysitting vouchers. I love my kids, but boy once we have 3 it’s going to be really tough getting runs in on the days son is not in school!

4. 26 bi-weekly massages with Karalyn Swope. Karalyn is the most amazing massage therapist. She’s insightful and curious and does great work. She is always challenging herself to learn more about the athlete’s body and it shows. When I was dealing with my mystery injuries over the winter, it was Karalyn who figured out what was going on and put me on the path to recovery. If you’re in the Cleveland area, check her out now! Karalyn didn’t pay me to rave. My Karalyn love is straight from the heart!

5.ย  Two round trip tickets to Paris, a week long stay in a boutique hotel in Montmartre and a Marathon de Paris race entry! Is it a coincidence that the next Paris Marathon is the 37th anniversary race? Of course not! I love Paris. I love my husband. I love running. What could be better than a romantic trip for two to the city of love, a quick 42.2 k jaunt beginning on the Champs Elysee, passing the Eiffel Tower at mile 18 and finishing within site of the Arc de Triumphe? Perhaps eating amazing cheese and bread and cheesy bread and drinking delicious french coffee and wine with my favorite person in the whole world! Oh and I’ll need about a bazillion dollars to shop. Then it would be perfect!

Sign me up! Image via parismarathon.com

Mike, if you’re reading this you can quit the charade. I know that birthday card is just a ruse and the crate full of singlets, shoes, babysitters, Karalyn and our plane tickets to Paris is waiting for me right over …

For real my husband took the day off of work and my mom’s coming to watch the kiddos. First we’re going to get our first ultrasound of #3 and then who knows what’s in store! So of course I really want to find out we’re going to have a healthy baby in 6 months. That would be the best 37th birthday gift! Oh and world peace and a cure for cancer and … you get the idea.

What’s on your dream birthday gift list?

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Salty Running boss and mother of 3 little ones with PRs of 3:10:15 (26.2), 1:25:59 (13.1) and 18:15 (5k). I love to write about running culture, mental training, and fitting in a serious running habit with the rest of a busy life.

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  1. Happy Birthday!! Hope all of your wishes come true (especially the healthy baby one.)
    But as far as the Lunar Swifts go, I thought you switched to Karhu?

  2. Happy Birthday! Enjoy! Fun to see baby #3 for the first time on your birthday! Woohoo!

    I feel you on the Paris thing, but I had a little chuckle because husband has to go there for work a lot and just said to me last week “it’s pretty bad when a trip to Paris is just annoying”. Poor guy…

  3. Have a wonderful birthday! So glad MRP gets to spend the day with you! Have fun checking out #3 for the first time – so exciting!

  4. Happy, Happy, Happy Birthday to you!! The big 3-7 is LUCKY!!! I love your birthday list!! How exciting to meet #3 on your special day too!! I hope you have a marvelous day! Can’t wait to see you on Sunday!!

    1. Yes it is – for both of us!!! Next year when I’m not going to be by 9:30 we should celebrate our 38’s together! Can’t wait to see you too!

  5. Happy birthday! Sounds like you are spending it just the right way. And I love your list–I’m actually going to do Paris in 2013 with a couple of friends. Cannot wait!

  6. Happy Birthday Salty!! To a great cousin on her birthdayโ€ฆ

    Oh, the 18th of May,
    What a beautiful day.
    We just returned from a run,
    Under the Spring/Summer sun.
    We hope your day is wonderful and giddy,
    and you enjoy this poetic ditty.

    Much love,
    Chloe and Ann

  7. Happy birthday! My wife is pushing me to run the Paris Marathon someday too, and then to book some time in Provence… Of course, I might be more persuaded if she threw some Lunarfly’s, ART sessions, and kettlebells into the pot.

  8. Happy Birthday fearless leader! Thank you for making this dream site become a reality and for all the hard work that you do with it! Have fun this weekend in Cleveland!

    1. Thanks, Jing! Thanks for helping me make my dream come true! Couldn’t do it without you!!! Have a great time in corn country!