Crossing Off My List {and a new PR!}

September 30, 2012 at 9:01 am 7 comments

Happy Sunday morning to you all! 🙂

I’m taking a little time out of my normal Sunday morning routine to get a post up because I know I’ll be too busy the rest of the day to write. Lucky YOU! 😉

I have some good news! I finally get to cross something off of my recently made 30 Before 30 list!!! Any guesses??? I’ll give you a hint.

I got 1st place in a race! Now I can cross off “win a race” from my list! Of course, I only got 1st place in my age group (20-24), so my next goal needs to be 1st place OVERALL! 😉

This was the Tiger Roar Run 5k that benefited my high school’s new-ish (they started it about 3 years ago I think) cross country team and also went to help the American Heart Association.

The weather was perfectly cool and cloudy! I was hoping to PR this race but wasn’t going to be disappointed if I didn’t. My previous PR was 29:48, but the last time I ran a 5k (the Sunset 5k), my time was right at 30 minutes.

The race started out pretty fast with lots of little kids practically sprinting at the start. But I stayed in the back of the pack and tried to keep it slow for a little while. When I reached the first mile marker, I saw that my pace was around 10 minutes, which I was happy with, so then I picked it up a bit.

This is when I started passing more and more people. I kept up a fast pace during the second mile and saw that I was under 19 minutes by the end of mile two. This got me really excited because I knew that if I could keep it up for one more mile, then I’d PR!

So I did! I pushed myself through the last mile, sprinted down the hill at the end, and crossed the finish line a very happy person. 🙂

I never looked at the clock when I crossed because I was sprinting so fast, but I did get a time on my Nike+ app.

Wahoo!! Fasted 5k ever! I’m pretty sure that my official race time is higher, BUT even if my time was as high as 29 minutes, it’s still a PR!

I went and found my favorite cheerleader. He was so happy to be up early to watch me run. 😉

I also ran the 1 mile just for fun and to get in another mile since I wasn’t doing a long run for the day. Not sure what my time was?

After everything settled down, they got to the awards. I was hoping for a place in my age group, but I honestly wasn’t expecting to actually place 1st. I was pretty happy.
After everything was over, hubs and I decided to go to our favorite bakery for a celebratory breakfast.

We split that massive cinnamon roll and an apple turnover. They were both amazing!! Thanks Yummies! 🙂

We spent the morning doing nothing at all, ate a late lunch, napped a little, and then went our for a 4:00 movie. We saw “Looper,” and it was really good! Anyone else seen it?

I kept thinking how much the main actor looked like Joseph Gordon-Levitt. It wasn’t until we got home, and Chad looked on IMDB, that we realized it was him.

They wanted to make him look older and more like Bruce Willis I suppose. Anyway, it was an awesome movie!

Then we did something we almost never do…. we ordered pizza. And it was awesome. We sat out on our deck, ate pizza, and just enjoyed the cool weather. It was such a fun way to spend a Saturday!

And with that, I’m off to my church for the early service, and then Chad and I are going to sing a few songs for another church’s 11:00 service. Wish us luck, and have a wonderful Sunday! 🙂


Entry filed under: 30 Before 30, Diet and Exercise, Running.

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7 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Alex @ therunwithin  |  September 30, 2012 at 11:50 am

    DUDE that is awesome! I have never even come close to that, my best was third in my age group for the boston’s run to remember half marathon. I love that you did this! So proud of you!

    • 2. gkennington  |  September 30, 2012 at 3:55 pm

      Thanks!! I was SO excited!

  • 3. Jessie  |  October 1, 2012 at 9:55 am

    GIRL I AM SOOO EXCITED AND HAPPY FOR YOU!! Seriously how awesome 🙂

  • 4. Holly J  |  October 1, 2012 at 12:24 pm

    Congrats!!! This is an awesome accomplishment.

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Hello, I'm Grace! I'm a 24 year old living in a small town in Alabama. I'm married and have the most amazing job teaching music to elementary students. I blog about healthy eating, exercising, running, and the random things that happen in my life. I've recently completed my second half marathon and can't wait to pursue that 26.2!

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