Feeling like a million bucks!

Wow! What a weekend! This was one of the best weekends I’ve had in my adult life. It was full of good food, so many laughs and a lot of miles!


My son, who is three, ran his first 5K on Saturday. I was planning on just having a little 3 mile walk with him as I was resting for Sundays big race but he had other plans! He got out of the stroller and started jogging right next to all of the other runners. He wasn’t dressed to run and he didn’t even have running shoes on but that didn’t stop him one bit.

He ran his little heart out. He walked and he skipped, he laughed and cried and fell down and skinned his knee but HE DID IT! He was so determined. Sounds a lot like his mama. Gotta love this kid.

The best part of the whole thing is that he finished dead last. I mean the lastest of all lasts. Dead last. He was the last one to cross the finish line and he was the HAPPIEST one to cross the finish line. He didn’t want any help, he wanted to run this race all by himself (sounds like a 3 year old, right?!). This was his victory photo after the he crossed the finish line. So cute.

After the “big race” there was a little kids race, which he finished last in as well. They did a little bit of yoga before the race which was ahhhhhh-dorable to watch. He’s the little lad on the far left- the shortest one of all.

Tell me this isn’t the FREAKING CUTEST thing you’ve ever seen?! His face. The look of accomplishment, that smile. Just melt me into a puddle and mop me up.

This dude took a 3  hour nap when we got home which I was thankful for. To reward him for his hard work we went to Worlds of Fun when he woke up from his nap and he LOVED IT.  We were 3 happy campers! I want to bottle this day and keep it forever. 

And just when I thought the weekend couldn’t get any better Sunday rolled around. My mom stayed the night on Saturday because she signed up to volunteer the half marathon and she lives over an hour away from me. We woke up and had some coffee together before heading out to the run. The weather was perfect. It was chilly enough to not sweat your butt off but not enough to need a jacket.

It was so meaningful to have my mom not only there for me but to have her volunteer the event. Eric and I are all about volunteer work and to have my mom volunteer the race meant a lot to me. It meant even more that she was the one who placed my medal around my neck after I crossed the finish line!

My goal was to run this half in 2 hours and 36 minutes. I trained at a 11 minute pace but wanted to give myself a minute or two for walking if I needed it. Turns out I only took 5 walking steps during the entire 13.1 miles and it was up a hill at mile 12. I finished the race at 2 hours and 18 minutes! I took 12th place for my age group which I was super proud of. I’m not even going to lie, I am SUPER proud of myself. I never thought I would be able to do this but here I am! I’m already planning my second half for later this year!

I ran into a good friend, Nick, who was also running and we met some incredible people. My mom made some new friends too! It’s awesome to meet new people at events like this because everyone is so happy and kind.


All-in-all it was a great weekend full of new experiences and lots of joy. I ate anything and everything that I wanted (I mean, I burned 1400 calories during Sundays race!) and it was glorious. My family was amazingly and overwhelmingly supportive and I couldn’t have asked for a better run. I’m looking forward to setting new goals and seeing how the rest of this year pans out!

My husband and my dude. 

My momma and the fam.

And my amazing in-laws.

Thank you thank you thank you for all of your messages, encouragement and kind words. I couldn’t have done it without you. I love you all so much!


 Kari Jo

Yogi. Lover. Half-marathon runner.

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