This is it! This is the moment…

21 hours 36 minutes.

106.47 miles.

Total time and distance spent in training.

This is it. The moment that I’ve been training for. I run my half on Sunday and I am feeling ready and prepared! I’ve been training for 7 weeks. 7 weeks of blood, sweat and tears. Maybe not blood but it has certainly felt like it at times. This is a bucket list item for me, to run a half. I’ve been dreaming about this for years but insecure about myself and reminding myself that I’m not a distance runner therefore I cannot complete a long run. How wrong was I?! And how terrible is it that I was telling myself that I can’t do something.

I have learned so much about myself over the last 7 weeks. I know that I can overcome any obstacle that comes my way through prayer and perseverance. I have found that I feel the same way after a long run as I do during meditation. Peaceful. Calm. Quite. Amazing. Ahhh-mazing. I have found my heart and I know exactly who I am.

It’s amazing what the body can do – what it is capable of. Running truly is mind over matter. There were days when I wanted to give up, to quit early or not even start at all. I will admit, like any runner, you have good days and bad days. I had runs where I would run a consistent 10 mile pace for 10 straight miles. I had other runs where it would take me 50 minutes to complete 3  miles. Either way I was doing it. I was outside, on the trails or in the gym. There were days where I would literally have to visualize myself running across the finish line to keep me moving and motivated. I also have a wall mount filled with all of the medals that I have earned over the years so I rearranged them, moving them all to the sides so that there is an empty space right in the middle so that when I walk by it I know that once I cross that finish line my medal can go right in the front and center of my mount.

BUT- one downfall is that because I was running long distances and burning 800-1250 calories per run I have slacked big time on clean eating. I can only image how badass my runs would be if I ate clean the whole time. But… carbs… I think I have eaten more pasta and sweets in the last 7 weeks than I have in a year. For real. I don’t mind too much but I definitely want to improve my diet for the next half that I do in October. If you wanna run the Kansas City Half Marathon with me this year let me know! I have a team all ready to go!


Today is an amazing day! To change the pace up today I have been selected to participate in a market research study to try new ice cream flavors so today at 3:30 I will be eating all the ice cream. And getting paid to do so! How hilarious is that?! I’m pretty pumped about it. I’ll let you all know my thoughts on that later on, HA!

Tomorrow morning I am going to walk a 5K with my little dude. It will be his first 5K and I am super excited for him. We will have to start his little wall mount for all of his medals that he will accrue over the years.

It’s going to be an amazing weekend! What are you doing this weekend? Tell me, tell me!


Until next time,

Kari Jo!

I’ll leave you with a picture of one of my favorite people on Earth, Kristy. She came into the coffee shop this morning and totally cheered me on for an amazing race-filled weekend! Gotta love great friends!!


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1 thought on “This is it! This is the moment…

  1. Have a life-affirming day. So pleased for you.?Great job too for your little man’s first race. He’s got your great example to follow!

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