The day before the big day.

Happy Friday, everyone! Open-mouthed smile

Today is quite an exciting day for Brandon and me.  After work, we are driving down to Louisville to meet these guys …


… and run a half marathon! Surprised smile

Long story short, Erin and Sam are friends from Florida who now live in Kentucky.  And when Erin heard that Brandon and I had started running, she suggested that we run in the Louisville half-marathon with them.

So basically, she’s to blame for the pain I’ve endured over the last several months.

(Just kidding, Erin. Winking smile)

Of course, we won’t really be running with them.  They will be blowing by us as we wave at the backs of their heads. Smile with tongue out

In honor of this big event, I thought it would be fun to take a look back over the last several months as I geared up for this run.


While training for the half marathon, I’ve had my good days …


… and my not-so good days.

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I’ve had good hair days (that’s a relative-term) …


… and bad hair days.

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I’ve spent way too much money on running-related items.





On the other hand, sometimes the best things in life are also the cheapest.


During this time, I’ve dealt with (minor) injuries …


… and I’ve learned some ways to prevent future injuries.


And along the way, on the days when I felt like this …


… I knew that my brief moments of agony were completely worth it for moments like this …


… and this …


and these …

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So tomorrow, when I’m huffing and puffing and begging for someone to take me out of my misery, I know that I will be able to find the strength to push through to the end.

Because moments like these make it all worth it.


Have a great weekend, everyone!

And be sure to check out my guest posts on Brittany and Lindsay’s sites!  They should be up sometime over the weekend! Thumbs up

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22 Responses to The day before the big day.

  1. Theresa

    Good luck tomorrow! It’s an awesome accomplishment!
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  2. Amy DeBlasio

    Good Luck tomorrow guys!!!

  3. Lindsay @ In Sweetness and In Health

    Good luck tomorrow!!!!!!!!!! I’m sure that you will do great :D . Can’t wait to hear about it!
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  4. Lindsay @ The Lean Green Bean

    good luck girlfriend!!! you’re gonna rock tomorrow!
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  5. janae jacobs

    SO SO SO EXCITED FOR YOU!! You are going to rock your half and I can’t wait to hear all about it. The hair photo absolutely made my day, thank you for that!
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  6. Theresa

    ahhhh good luck!!! i cant wait to read your post all about it. i am sure you are going to do AMAZING!
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  7. Janelle

    OMG I am so excited to hear all about it! It’s all quite an adventure and you just might get addicted to racing! You (and Brandon) will be AWESOME :)
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  8. Ashley @ Good Taste Healthy Me

    haha you’re too cute!
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  9. Michelle @ Blogitness

    Can I ask where you got the black shirt you are wearing with the Under Armor shorts? I love it!
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    • Kristen @ notsodomesticated

      It’s an UnderArmor shirt and I got it at Dick’s. I love it. You’ll be seeing it on me again b/c I’m wearing it for the half haha! It’s super comfortable and keeps me warm but also keeps sweat away. You should definitely check them out!
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  10. Becky @ Fit Chick on the FLy

    GOOD LUCK! It’s totally mental :-) keep that good attitude and you’ll be fine! All that hard work and training will pay off. Can’t wait for the race recap!
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  11. Diana

    Good luck tomorrow!!!

  12. Kat

    Good luck lady!! I know you will do great. Just trust your body and let it do the rest :)
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  13. Kiah

    Ahhh kick butt!!! My first one is this Sunday!
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    • notsodomesticated

      Good luck, Kiah!! Ours went great … I’m sure yours will, too!

  14. Erin

    So glad you are joining us! You will be awesome :) .

  15. Jordan

    so exciting! good luck!!!
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  16. Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries

    I’m LOVING your blog so far!! My husband and I got married around the same time you did (October 2010), and we are also Christians and trying to figure out life together. I love finding another blogger who I can relate to. :) I look forward to reading more!

    Also, I hope your half went well today! Can’t wait to hear about it!
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    • notsodomesticated

      Thanks so much, Ashley! I’m looking forward to becoming “blogger buddies!” :)

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  18. Becca

    Loved the recap in pics :) running really does have it’s ups and downs! even though it has some not so great times crossing the finish line is one of the most amazing feelings! That makes all of the training worth it.
    You will do amazing!!

    • notsodomesticated

      Thanks, Becca! That post was actually written before my half-marathon back in November, but I’m doing another half at the end of this month … so it still applies! ;)

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