MAHOMET, Ill. - MAHOMET -- It can be tough to get ready for a big race. Bad weather happens, muscles get sore and some days you just don't feel like lacing up those running shoes at all. Some people might use those as excuses, but an area teenager says it's just part of her challenge. She just keeps on going and that's why she's this week's Face of the Race.
Karli Waldrep likes her routine.
"It's been 665 days and I haven't missed a day," said Karli.
This all started with a dare.
"My neighbor, they're a big runner family," said Karli. "She challenged me to run from Memorial Day to Labor Day, a mile every day. And I was like, 'Oh sure. That shouldn't be too hard.'"
She reached that goal, but the 15-year old didn't stop there.
"After school, I just come home, put my shoes on, go out the door, run and then come back and do homework," said Karli.
Karli has logged at least a mile a day ever since. She keeps track of each day on her iPod. Also on her iPod; music which motivates her to keep moving. The upbeat tempo helps her unwind.
"It's really relaxing," said Karli. "If I'm stressed out doing homework or if I need to just cool off, then I'll just go outside and run and you can kind of clear your mind while you're running."
Karli says she doesn't get sick too often, so that's not really an excuse. But through the last couple years, not every day was nice.
"It was like a big snowstorm and I was like, 'Okay. I've got to go out and run.' So I ended up just bundling up and I put like three layers on," said Karli.
If a challenge like that seems too big for you, Karli has some advice.
"You start off slowly and you maybe do, like, maybe not even a mile," said Karli. "Maybe half mile you start off, maybe you walk a little, you run a little. Then progressively after that, you can get up to running a mile."
Then maybe someday, it can become your routine like it is part of hers.
Karli likes to mix up her music selection to fit her mood. Her favorite song is "The River" by Jordan Feliz. Karli is planning to run the Presence Health Mini I Challenge next month. That includes the 5K and 10K races.
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