Birthday weekend, a race and a certification

My birthday was a fantastic entry into a new decade. I realized, once again, how fortunate I am to have such a fabulous family and wonderful friends.

Kelly and Harold sure know how to make a gal feel special. They ran all errands, cleaned the house, and bought me really awesome gifts!


I’m not a big birthday person and prefer them low key. But I knew I wanted to do something special for this one.

It just so happened there was a small local race on Saturday morning put on by our Mountain Equipment Coop (MEC) location. As a bonus it turned out to be a warm morning!

Birthday race

It was a small race, only $15, and you could register race morning.

Kelly and I ran the 10k, and he ran it with me instead of speeding ahead, allowing me to set the pace! My parents walked the 5k, and my sister and her family surprised us and came out to watch and cheer us on. (Kelly’s parents are on holidays and walked 10k for me the day before!)

I haven’t run with a Garmin in months and the only time I know my pace is on the treadmill. However, I haven’t been following any schedules or tracking any activities. It’s been good! I went into this race with the same attitude and didn’t wear my Garmin or even start my watch.

The first lap was at a modest pace, so I tried to turn it on the second lap. It was two loops and there was a little turn around so I knew at the halfway mark I was fourth female with the first girl way up front.

Passing my parents!

Passing my parents with Kelly a step behind!

I was back and forth with the girl in third a couple times. I finally turned on the jets and passed the third and second place females. With 2km left, I held on pushing as hard as I could until Kelly and I crossed the line together. I ended up finishing second place female in the small local race and having a lot of fun doing it. It was such an enjoyable way to celebrate my birthday!

(Embarrassing story though- when they called the top three girls up, they didn’t call me! So I went up and thankfully the girls in third and fourth vouched that I was ahead and finished second. Awkward situation though!)

From there we went for lunch with my family before I had to get to my next engagement.

Test time

I’m going to write another post about it since I haven’t mentioned it here, but I took my practical exam for my personal training specialist certification and passed! It was the last stage of the process and I was beyond relieved when I walked out of there successful.

I was pretty wiped from running and the nerves of my exam but the day wasn’t over yet!

Party on

One of my closest friends is my birthday twin and was having a 30th birthday party. So Kelly and I got gussied up and had a blast at her ‘say goodbye to the roaring 20s party’! It was so much fun, and I was super impressed with everyone’s outfits!


I slept in on Sunday. I ate ice cream cake for breakfast (if you can’t do it on your birthday, when can you)! I stayed in my PJs most of the day and lazed around (my cardio consisted of moving from the couch to the floor to the couch again with Harold following me to each spot). I finally got dressed before going to a delicious dinner with my family.


Yup, I agree with most of your comments from my last post about turning 30. I have a feeling my thirties are going to be great! #thirtyisthenewtwenty

What was the highlight of your weekend?

Would you speak up if you placed in a race and they made an error?

38 responses to “Birthday weekend, a race and a certification

  1. I love the idea of a Roaring 20’s party! Awesome job in the race and most importantly, Happy Birthday!!

  2. ari @ whatarisaid

    Congratulations on passing the test and on your race, what an awesome feeling it must be to get 2nd! Awkward abt them forgetting to call you tho, oops. Glad you had a great bday!

  3. Happy birthday! And congratulations on your 2nd place win and passing your PT test! I know I was super stressed when I took my NSCA test for my CPT certification. I can’t imagine taking the test on my birthday though. At least you got to celebrate afterwards!

  4. Happy Belated Birthday !! Congrats also on you passing the exam. How exciting! That’s a great idea, running a race on your birthday. I will have to remember that for my bday. We took my son (2 yrs old) to the San Diego Zoo on Sunday. He loved seeing the pandas because he has a stuffed one and once he realized that the real panda was just like his stuffed one it made the whole trip all worth it!

  5. Oh my goodness! I don’t know what I would have done if I got 2nd but they didn’t announce me! I’m glad that you spoke up and that the other girls vouched for you!

  6. Sounds like a great birthday!!! I’m glad that you spoke up – you got 2nd and definitely deserve the recognition!!!
    Happy Birthday (just a little late!).
    And – huge congrats on the personal training certification – those tests are no joke!!

  7. Congrats on a great race! Yes I would say something !!! happy birthday again!

  8. Congrats on the race!! I remember putting on races for MEC and they were always such a blast… Glad you spoke up cause only top 3 get medals and you deserved it! Another congrats on your certification – amazing!!

    Sounds like you had a wonderful weekend and I LOVE that you had ice cream cake for breakfast!! No better way to start a morning I’d say!

  9. Congrats on a great race! Sounds like a wonderful birthday and I’m totally stealing the idea for a roaring 20s party when I turn 30!

  10. Huge congrats on placing second, again, happy belated bday and more congrats for passing your test. You’re really taking 2014 with a storm. Can’t wait to read what else you get up to this year.

  11. Happy Birthday & welcome to the terrific thirties! Sounds like you had a fabulous birthday weekend. Way to reel in those runners and congrats on your certification! Can’t wait to read more of what 2014 has in store for you!

  12. Nice job on a very successful birthday race! By all means you should speak up, because you earned that second place. Happy birthday week (yes, once you turn 30 you get to celebrate for a whole week, 40 = a month, and 50 = celebrate as long as you want)! That’s my rule and I’m sticking to it!

  13. AHH YAY! I love that you ran a race on your birthday! That’s exactly what I like to do..race or not..a good run with someone you love is a great way to ring in the year. I want to finally run a marathon on my 26th…maybe. HA!

  14. What an awesome day! Congrats on second place and turning 30 with style!

  15. Sophie @ life's philosophie

    Looks like an awesome birthday! Congrats on passing the exam! What a great start to 30!

  16. What a perfect birthday weekend!!!! Congrats on your 2nd place!! That is crazy that they had you down as 4th!! How does that even happen?! 🙂 Such a bad-ass!!! Congrats on your test too!! Exciting!!!!!! Ice cream cake sounds amazing for breakfast!! I might have to do that on my birthday this year!!
    I had a good weekend. A couple work-outs. Lots of football.

  17. Happy Birthday Abby!! I most certainly would speak up if the race directors made an error. On the flip side, I have been a race director and we had an error like this happen. I was so grateful that the participants spoke up, so we could correct it and provide accurate results. Congrats on 2nd place!! You earned it!!

  18. What a perfect birthday weekend! Congrats on passing the test and on your race finish!

  19. HAPPY BIRTHDAY, lovely lady! What a fantastic weekend for you 🙂 And congrats, of course!


    Happy Birthday to wonderful you! It sounds like the race was amazing (I love that so many members of your family were there to participate). Ice Cream for breakfast! 🙂 I’d choose pizza (cold, leftover) but I respect your decision 😉
    Pretty soon (2015) I am going to embark on a new decade of fun. It’s meaningful, isn’t it?
    Congratulations on passing your exam!

  21. Congrats on the 2nd place finish and passing the final test for your certification! What a great way to start your thirties!

  22. Way to go on your run! And happy belated birthday 🙂

  23. Happy Birthday! And great job on winning the race!

  24. Happy belated birthday! I would definitely say something if I had placed and they made an error. Congrats on your weekend of good things and celebrations!

  25. Whaou ! Congratulations for the race and the certification ! I can’t wait to hear more about the certification.

  26. Congrats on the certification and on placing second! And on your birthday no less! Very cool. 🙂 I would have said something as well. Ice cream cake for breakfast is the best way to celebrate!

  27. Yay, congrats!!! I once placed in a race, but they didn’t have me listed. I went up and started to tell them, but then I saw the medal, it was a really cheap plastic one from one of those chain party supply stores. Wasn’t worth it at that point, haha!

  28. Happy birthday and congrats on your second place finish!! Sounds like a very busy day for you. Ice cream cake for breakfast? Definitely my kind of gal, you are!! 🙂

  29. Loved reading about your birthday celebrations! Happy Birthday!
    And congrats on the personal training test. That is exciting!!!

  30. The perfect way to celebrate your birthday! The 30s are the best decade 🙂 And, congrats on the 2nd place finish (I totally would have spoke up, too), and passed your personal training cert! Can’t wait to hear more about it! I’m debating studying for mine, too.

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