Tuesday, December 30, 2014

I Can See The Finish Line

My fundraising deadline is in 24 hours.  One day left for you to make a difference in the life of a patient with a blood cancer.  Any little bit helps. Here's a breakdown:

$25 provides patients and their loved ones with booklets that contain up-to-date information on their disease and helps them make informed decisions about their treatment options

$50 makes possible a Family Support Group with a trained facilitator where comfort can be found and experiences can be shared among patients and family members

$100 provides one-on-one conversations with Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Information Specialists who help people with cancer navigate through treatment, financial and social challenges, and give accurate, up-to-date disease and treatment information

$300 can train 25 peer volunteers who can provide emotional and practical support to newly diagnosed patients through the First Connection program

$500 can help send 25 LLS advocates to champion policies that accelerate cures and improve access to health care for patients living with blood cancer

$1,000 helps provide laboratory researchers with materials necessary to perform experiments which are critical in their search for cures

$100,000 can fund one research through LLS's "New Idea Award" grant program designed to identify novel research strategies with high potential for high impact on the future of blood cancer treatments.

Lots of you donated $25-$100, what a difference it makes!  Lots of people donated less, including nearly $200 collected in spare change, it all adds up.  Together we've raised nearly $2,000, enough to support lab research.  Our team of 42 participants has raised $106,571.  Hopefully by this time tomorrow we will reach our team goal of $200,000. 

That is a lot of nickels and dimes and pennies and checks and credit card donations adding up to a huge, HUGE, impact on cancer research and treatment. 

If you're waiting to add your pennies to the pot, the time is now.  Here's the link: http://pages.teamintraining.org/vtnt/starwr15/knealf 

Friday, December 26, 2014

What's Going On These Days?



~On December 29th, we're having a fundraiser night at Orange Leaf Stillwater!  10% of sales from 6pm - 9pm will go to Team in Training.  Join us!!

~Need a tax write off?  Coincidentally, I need to raise money by December 31st.  You can donate here: http://pages.teamintraining.org/vtnt/starwr15/knealf

~My  sister-in-law donated a lovely scarf which I then forgot to take with me to the raffle event.  The next person who donates at least $10 through the websiste gets a bonus scarf!! (here's the link if you need it:  http://pages.teamintraining.org/vtnt/starwr15/knealf)

~The 46 people on my TNT Flex Team for the Star Wars Half have donated $98,010, and our fundraising deadline isn't until next week.  Go Team!  Check out my amazing teammates: http://pages.teamintraining.org/ho/starwr15  I just found this page and I love it!  It shows all of my teammates, with links to our individual teams.  Spoiler alert- they're all faster than me. 

~I think I've run 150 miles training.  Woohoo!  In September I didn't run at all.  Now I'm a "runner".  I'm so proud of me.

~While many of my Teammates are completing the Rebel Challenge (10K on Saturday, half marathon on Sunday), I'm just training to complete my race in the time limit.  13.1 miles?  No big thing.  13.1 miles in 3.5 hours? Bit of a problem.  Who cares?  If the slow bus picks me up, I'm still faster than everyone on the couch. 

This guy is available here: https://www.etsy.com/listing/201280756/in-there-you-must-hang?ref=shop_home_active_9
The artist, Famous After Death has some super awesome, geeky stuff. 
 

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Motivation

I need to do more miles so that I can finish the last 1.5 episodes of Serial. 

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Newest Fundraising Letter

Want a copy of my latest fundraising letter?  You could have this in your hands.  With BONUS Star Wars stickers!!  Send me your address and I'll send real, tactile mail.  


Donate you must.  Encourage you will.




Have you heard? I’ve signed up to complete the Star Wars Half Marathon at Disneyland on January 18, 2015. I’m working with Team in Training (TNT) to help fund cancer support and research through The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.  

The mission of TNT and LLS is to cure blood cancers and improve the quality of life for patients and their families. They are making great strides in the survivorship rate for blood cancers by funding over 200 researchers worldwide. They are developing miracle drugs, such as Gleevec (funded solely by TNT participants). This is a successful alternative to traditional chemotherapy, and it is also being positively tested on many other forms of cancer.

My financial goal is to raise $2,500.00 of which 100% is tax deductible and 78 cents out of every dollar benefits The Society and its mission (the other 22% benefits TNT). If you give a dollar for each mile, or $13.10, then I will easily meet my fundraising goal. How about a dollar for every mile I have run during training? Today that’s $135.00. The deadline for fundraising is coming up very quickly, December 31, 2014. 

 
My running goal is to finish the half marathon in the allowed time. Some days I’m a little closer to that goal than others, but I’m still doing very well. When I started this journey in September I did not run. Ever. I wanted one of those “0.0” stickers for my car. Now I “run” (with lots of walking) most days. My heart, mind, and muscles will help me accomplish the running goal, but accomplishing my financial goal cannot be done without you!

You can track my running and fundraising progress at http://runlikeajedi.blogspot.com/.

Every little bit helps, and every donation is greatly appreciated. Also, every donation that is at least $5 is a tax write-off. If you are able to support me in this mission with a financial donation, you can donate using a debit or credit card at my online fundraising website:


My fundraising page is also linked on my training blog, so you only have to remember:  runlikeajedi.blogspot.com. 

If it is more convenient, you may also make a check or money order out to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and mail it to me at: Krista Neal 1123 W. Will Rogers Stillwater, OK 74075. 

Even if you do not make a donation, please visit my blog and view my training progress. I update it often. Not only do I need your financial support, I need your moral support!

If you have any questions, contact me at kristakaye@hotmail.com or call me at 405-334-3305. 

Thank you for taking the time to read this letter and helping me to save lives one mile at a time.

Love and kisses,
Krista

Thursday, December 11, 2014

I Don't Know That You Fully Understand My Excitement

On Saturday night I did my long "run".  I walked it.  Coach Lauren says that's ok, because I walk faster than I run.  Awesome (read that in sarcasm font).  Whatevs. 

Here's the super duper extra incredibly cool thing: my last miles were my fastest.  Yay!  For once I didn't start fast (of course, "fast" is a relative term) and slog my way to the finish.  Seriously.  This is HUGE!  My last long run when I did 10 miles I nearly cried the last 1.5.  Brandon had to come get me and encourage me on.  Saturday night I finished strong and could have done more.  Really huge.

I am so very, very proud of me. 

Also.  The long run on Saturday was cool because I didn't have to spend all day on Sunday recovering.  The schedule doesn't always work for me to spend 3 hours "running" on Saturday, but it's nice when it works out.  Although, I have had some lovely Sunday mornings too.

I'm going to have to get faster because if I'm slow I'm going to run out of Serial before I run out of training miles.  There's a pretty good motivator for you.


Here's the other thing that's super duper extra incredibly cool thing: I have the most wonderful financial donors.  Really.  People I see all the time and can really pester.  People I haven't seen in 20 years and are released from serious pestering.  People I only see at funerals (you know who you are).  People I don't even know IRL.  All kinds of friends who are helping me on this journey.  The words "thank you" aren't strong enough.  If you haven't gotten one yet, you'll get a thank you card in the mail, but even actual physical mail isn't a strong enough THANK YOU.  I don't even know how to say it so that you all know how much I mean it.  THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!  Does "Thank you Easter Bunny. Bock Bock" cut it?  I can't thank you enough.

And if you're at home and want actual, physical mail that a person brings to your house, here is the link to my fundraising page: http://pages.teamintraining.org/vtnt/starwr15/knealf




Technically, I'm gonna let the wookie win the race, but I'm already winning.


Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Not My Best

Tonight I was tired, cold, head is starting to hurt and I was supposed to do 5 miles.  

I did the thing where I say, ok, just one lap (1.1 miles).  Just one, then you can quit.  

I did 2 laps.  Yay.  

Not 5 miles.  But today getting off the couch was a win.  Go me.  

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Current Raffle Items

These will be raffled off on Friday, November 14th.  If you want half price tickets, make a donation before 4pm on Friday at http://pages.teamintraining.org/vtnt/starwr15/knealf

If you make a donation, please email, call, text, or leave a comment and tell me where you want to put your tickets.  I want you to be able to have some control over what you win. 

You do not need to be present to win!  If you make a donation from anywhere in the world, you get raffle tickets!!

As of 10:00 pm on Thursday night, here are the items I KNOW are included:

Handmade lap quilt. It's incredibly beautiful.



Han Solo Crayons.  Seriously.  Love them.
 
Ewok coin purse.  Ohmygoodness so cute!!
 
Handmade scarf, little girl not included
 
Also likely (but not yet in my hands, so I am not promising):
-Art from Wine and Palette, the ones the "real" artists do
-Various gift cards
-Possibly other fun stuff
 
 
Don't miss out!  Donate to Team in Training/Leukemia and Lymphoma Society today!
 
 
 
 
So.  Apparently, I keep breaking this link.  It may not be a hyperlink, but it IS the correct address. Just remember, one of the reasons I started this blog, is so that I could learn to blog.  You gotta be patient with me sometimes.  Thanks.     
 
 


Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Current Fundraising Events

Here are ways you can currently make a difference in the lives of people with leukemia, lymphoma and their families:
 
1. Join us for a Wine and Palette event in Stillwater, OK on November 14, 6:00pm - 8:00 pm.  Here is a link to register: http://www.wineandpalette.com/Class_Detail.asp?CalID=3604 $20 of your registration goes directly to Team in Training. 
 
We are going to paint this on Friday.  Yes, you can do it.  No, it will not look exactly like this.  Yes, it will still be something you love and can be proud of. 

 
 
By the way, if you are not in Oklahoma, YOU CAN STILL HELP!!!  Everything else I am going to list here you can do from the comfort of your home in your jammies, with a cat on your lap (is that just me? )
 

 
2. If you're reading this, and it is still November 12, go check out my Stella and Dot Trunk Show at http://www.stelladot.com/ts/2o426 The show ends today, but Sarah (another teammate, Go Team) is running it and she's in California.  You might be able to sneak in before she closes the show.   
 
You need some of these.  Or maybe, if you're like me, you needed three.  Can you see the "E" in the clover?  I love initial stuff and especially stealthy initial stuff.  Of course I got KEZ. 
 
3. Buy a raffle ticket from anywhere at http://pages.teamintraining.org/vtnt/starwr15/knealf.  ANY donations made between now, and 4 pm on Friday the 14th means a raffle ticket.  Each ticket is $1.  If you donate at least $5 Team in Training will send you a donation form for your taxes.  If you live anywhere else, of course I will send you your prize. 
 
Here are some of the things I'm raffling off:
 
- A seriously gorgeous black/white/red lap quilt.  Really, it's incredible.  My sister-in-law is amazing
-A purple scarf, also made by the amazing sister-in-law
-Han Solo Encased in Carbonite crayons
-An Ewok coin purse
-Wine and Palette is bringing some art to donate, and they might have gift cards too
-A spiffy baked potato bag; you know, those things you can use to microwave a potato, and it tastes like you baked it for hours.  I also have a pretty amazing and crafty aunt.
-A $10 McDonald's gift card.  I won it at Monopoly (which for some reason cracks me up).  I'm offering it for the raffle
-Anything else I come up with between now and then

 
Seriously people, you're going to want to win this quilt! 
4. Buy a raffle ticket at the Wine and Palette event.  Tickets will be $2 then, and I can take cash,  checks, and credit cards.  If you're coming to the event, buy a raffle ticket now, and get more bang for your buck! http://pages.teamintraining.org/vtnt/starwr15/knealf





Here's another way to help families, which is NOT related to Team in Training (so I can't take credit cards, and the donations are not tax-deductible).  At the Wine and Palette event I will have two donation jars, one for Ainsley Peters and one for Austin Hooten, both kids who live in Stillwater.  Bring your pennies and dollars and anything to give directly to two families affected by leukemia and lymphoma. 

Ainsley is 5 and has been battling leukemia for over a year.  I plan to just hand the jar and whatever donations are in it to Ainsley's parents. 

Austin is 12 and was diagnosed with lymphoma two weeks ago.  I'll take all of the donations to the fund set up for the family at SNB. 




So there you have it.  If you want to donate a penny or a zillion dollars, you can do it.  If you want to help a local family, you can do it.  If you want to support the mission of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, you can do it.  Whatever is the right type of donation for you, is the right donation for LLS. 


love and kisses,
Krista

Ewok Coin Purse!

 
 
How do you get an Ewok coin purse?  (You'll notice a striking similarity to the Han crayons, thanks Kristen!)
 
1) Go visit my teammate Kristen's fundraising page at http://pages.teamintraining.org/vtnt/starwr15/kmcguigecg  She made them and will either sell you one or tell you how to get one.  She makes them in different colors. 
 
2) Make a donation to MY fundraising page at http://pages.teamintraining.org/vtnt/starwr15/knealf  Every dollar donated between now and 4:00 pm (central) on Friday, November 14th is a raffle ticket.  $1 = 1 ticket.  If you wait until Friday night, raffle tickets go up to $2 each.  Double your chances and get a raffle ticket now! 
 
If you donate $5 or more, you get 5 raffle tickets AND a donation letter for tax deductions.  Whoohoo.
 
Oh, and you help fight cancer.  There is that amazingly awesome perk too. 

Han Solo Crayons

You can't tell me these aren't the coolest things you've ever seen.  How do you get them?  Glad you asked. 
 
1) Go visit my teammate Kristen's fundraising page at http://pages.teamintraining.org/vtnt/starwr15/kmcguigecg  She made them and will either sell you some or tell you how to get them.
 
2) Make a donation to MY fundraising page at http://pages.teamintraining.org/vtnt/starwr15/knealf  Every dollar donated between now and 4:00 pm (central) on Friday, November 14th is a raffle ticket.  $1 = 1 ticket.  If you wait until Friday night, raffle tickets go up to $2 each.  Double your chances and get a raffle ticket now! 
 
If you donate $5 or more, you get 5 raffle tickets AND a donation letter for tax deductions.  Whoohoo.
 
Oh, and you help fight cancer.  There is that amazingly awesome perk too. 


Sunday, November 9, 2014

Who Put This Wall Here?



http://youtu.be/6pttqFUviWs

I thought I was joking when I said today my only plans were to "run" 10 miles and then recover.  I did 9 last week with no rest after.  Surely 10 would be fine.  Nope.  Nope.  Nope. 

Friday, November 7, 2014

First Raffle Tickets

Looks like Surekha Sheorey is in the lead for raffle tickets.  Right now she's winning the quilt, the scarf AND the Star Wars swag. 

If you want your chance to win, make a donation at http://pages.teamintraining.org/vtnt/starwr15/knealf

How else could you win a (tax-deductible) quilt?

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

You Can Be an Ainsley Ally!

If you're in Stillwater, you may know of Ainsley Peters.  She is a sweet little girl who is battling Leukemia. 

If you are not in Stillwater, you may know of Ainsley Peters, who was in a viral photo of three little girls all dressed up, hugging each other.  And oh, they happened to be bald.  Ainsley did some national tv related to that photo.  If you don't know what I'm talking about, here's a link to an article in the Daily Mail: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2696898/Triple-miracle-Three-young-girls-viral-cancer-photo-remission.html   I could have picked American media, but I like that they made international news. 

It seems completely ridiculous to me that I'm raising money for TNT and LLS which benefits Ainsley, but not directly.  I need to do something that affects a child and a family I have met.   Ainsley's mom gave me the ok to collect money for Ainsley and her family at the Wine and Palette event.

On November 14th, I'm going to have a piggy bank for Ainsley, and you can put whatever cash or coins or love and pixie dust into the piggy bank.  I'm just going to take the whole thing and hand it to the Peters. 

THIS IS IMPORTANT: At the event I can take checks and credit cards for Team in Training, but I can only do cash for Ainsley.  I know I don't usually carry much cash with me, so this is your heads up.  Stop by the ATM on November 14th and make whatever donation is right for you. 

If you want to learn more about Ainsley and her journey, follow Ainsley Jane's Allies on Facebook.  https://www.facebook.com/ainsleyjanesallies?ref=ts&fref=ts  (BTW, the cover photo is currently Ainsley and her friends, and it may be the most beautiful picture I've ever seen)

Who wants to win stuff?!?!

Oh, here's the deal.  I have some really incredible things to raffle off at the Wine and Palette fundraiser on November 14.  If you're anywhere near Stillwater, Oklahoma, you should really join us.  We're going to paint this:

I am super excited.  I love Starry Night, but always thought the tree in the foreground is a little scary.  This one is warm and cozy.  Or cold and snowy, however you want to think about it.  Register here: http://www.wineandpalette.com/Class_Detail.asp?CalID=3604  I'll even take some requests for snacks. 

Back to that raffle, some of our raffle prizes are AWESOME!  I have some very kind and generous donors (I'm looking at YOU Kristen McGuigan and Carrie Daigle!!). 

At the event raffle tickets will be $2 per ticket.  I can take cash, checks and credit cards!  (That whole credit card thing kinda changed my life.  It's awesome.)  If you buy at least $5, you'll get a donation receipt for your taxes. 

Buy as many tickets as you want, and YOU can pick which item your ticket goes to (so if you don't need a microwave potato bag made by my aunt, you can put all of your tickets in the Ewok coin purse bucket). 

Here's the cool thing, if you're far, far away (I'm sad) or if you have, you know "commitments" or "whatever", you can buy raffle tickets now.  For $1 each.  All you have to do is go to http://pages.teamintraining.org/vtnt/starwr15/knealf and make a donation between now, and 4:00 pm Central Time (aka Chicago Time) on November 14, 2014, and you'll get a raffle ticket for every dollar you donate.  THAT'S HALF PRICE!! Twice as many chances to win Han Solo. Just let me know which bucket gets your tickets. 

Yes, you can buy tickets now, even if you're coming to the party.
Yes, if you're far away, I will ship your prize.
Yes, every cent of every raffle ticket goes directly to Team in Training. 
Yes, if you would like to donate a prize to the raffle, I would be more than happy to include it. 
Yes, if you change your mind, or a prize you want more comes in, I would be happy to move your tickets to another bucket (if you let me know by 4pm)

So.  What are these fabulous raffle prizes?  I'm so glad you asked.  Please do not judge my photography skills or my lack of a real camera. 

First Up: Han Solo Crayons, made by my Team in Training teammate Kristen McGuigan.  I've never met her, she lives in Florida I think.  And she very kindly donated Han and the Ewok.  Feel free to check out Kristen's TNT fundraising page, http://pages.teamintraining.org/vtnt/starwr15/kmcguigecg.  Kristen and her significant other, Greg are both on the Team and are doing the Rebel Challenge (that's 19.3 miles over the course of the weekend!) Go give the girl some love!
Crayons, y'all

You could color your Star Wars coloring book with Han.

Serves him right for "I know"
 
 
Also donated and made by Kristen, Ewok Coin Purse.  It is the cutest thing ever.  Seriously.  You know when the Ewok waddles up and sits with Leia?  It's that cute.  It's about the size of my hand. 
Warwick Davis not included


So I have this sister-in-law who makes me scarves on demand.  F'reals.  I am a scarf junkie and she is my dealer.  "Hey Carrie, would you donate a scarf to my TNT fundraising?"  She popped that baby out while just hanging at my parents one night.  She's pretty impressive. 

Purples and blues with fluffy bits


Sweet little girl not included.
It fits me perfectly, but apparently, if you have an average-sized first grader, it would work for her too. 

While Carrie was in the middle of knitting a scarf for you, she says, "Do you want a quilt too?"  Are you kidding?  She makes the best quilts.  And she has donated one for TNT!!!

Black white and red.  This cute little girl, also not included.
Front. Its gorgeous.

The back is black and white.
The quilt is about 54.5" x  57", shorter than me, but taller than my 3rd grader.  This evening while Dad was in his chair we wrapped one around him quite nicely. 

If you need more details about anything, please let me know. 

At the event we should have some other prizes such as art and gift certificates from Wine and Palette, and some jewelry, if I can part with it.



"Le me esplain.  No, there is too much.  Le me sum up"

For every $1 donated at http://pages.teamintraining.org/vtnt/starwr15/knealf you get a raffle ticket.  You can also purchase raffle tickets at the Wine and Palette party on November 14 (they'll be $2 a ticket at the party). 

What's that link again? http://pages.teamintraining.org/vtnt/starwr15/knealf

Oh yeah, http://pages.teamintraining.org/vtnt/starwr15/knealf

If you ever forget, just google Team in Training, and under "donate" search for me.  Super easy.  Which is why I haven't memorized my direct page. 

Go.  Donate.  Fight cancer.  Win some cool stuff in the process. 

Thanks!
Love and kisses. 





 

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Mileage!

Eek.  How did I get so behind at updating you on mileage?!?  Sorry.

October 15, 2014- 4.40 miles in 1:16:27
October 17, 2014- 4.00 miles in 1:12:57
October 19, 2014- 8.01 miles in 2:31
October 22, 2014- 3.01 miles in 0:56
October 23, 2014- 1:64 miles in 0:27:42
October  24, 2014- 1.50 0:26:53 (walked to Walkaround, but didn't log Walkaround time and walking home)
October 25- walked the homecoming parade quite briskly
October 26, 2014- 5.01 miles in 1:26:59 Pretty lousy excursion. 
October 28, 2014- 5.10 miles in 1:34:30 

Throw in 1:30 of ballet/jazz/contemporary on Thursdays and 1:15is of belly dance on Fridays.

Total since I started in September: 63.2 miles.
Total calories burned in running: 10,263
Total time run: 19:13:23

Not too shabby.


Monday, October 27, 2014

OW OW OW

I have some nerve issues.  

Every few months my left leg goes numb, sometimes my whole pelvis goes numb.

I go to the chiropractor.  They move something in my hips that is more painful than childbirth (not even exaggerating, I gave birth with an epidural and a C-section, the way nature intended), and after several days (and maybe a couple of adjustments) everything is all better.  Well, I have to relearn how to belly dance on my left hip, but I'm getting used to it.  

I've been to my primary care doctor.  Nothing major except a B12 (makes zero sense) and iron deficiency (duh.  I'm a dietitian, I could tell you that from looking at me.  Those symptoms haven't changed since I was about 12). 

I've been to the neurologist ("yay, it's only the sensory nerves, not the motor nerves", which means my legs will move where I want them, I just can't feel it).

Three weeks ago my left leg went numb.  Made appointments with the chiropractor.  Got a B12 shot.  Now my leg isn't numb, so much as my entire lower half waffles between completely numb and pins and needles ("sparking", as my daughter calls it).

Numb legs are absolutely no problem when running.  I have to be a little careful to make sure I don't trip on leaves and twigs. F'real.  8 miles was totally doable.

Running on the day Sarah at the chiropractor adjusts me?  Absolutely not happening.  Don't remember what my run on the 22nd was supposed to be, but it was a walk with lots of shooting pain.  

On a related note, dancing with numb feet is very, very strange.  A tenet of dance is, "don't worry, the floor will be there when you land".  Yeah, I can't feel the floor, or feel myself land.  If I'm landing funny, I can't tell, and therefore, cannot correct myself.  It's a little terrifying every time my feet leave the floor.  

And then, the sparking started.  Imagine your foot fell asleep and you stand up to get more popcorn and you get annoying pins and needles in your foot all the way to the kitchen.  Now imagine those pins and needles are from your toes to mid-thigh on both legs.  And now you have to run 5 miles.  It hurt. Not shooting pain, but pretty sucktacular.   So I walked.  Not even trying to go fast, just wanted to get the miles done.  And I did.  Go me.  

Today I went to dance and was supposed to a nice easy 3 miles after.  I was not happy with my relationship with gravity at dance.  And then I fell down my stairs because I couldn't feel myself missing the step.  Really, I slid down the stairs with my hands on both handrails, because that's how I roll now.  Or don't roll.  Whatevs.  Anyway I skipped the run and THAT is the most sucktacular part.  

Oh well, it will either get better and go away, or it won't, and I'll learn to train with it.  Either way, it's going to be fine. 

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Ten Things Harder Than Making a Donation to LLS

Making a donation to Team in Training and The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society is incredibly easy.  Here's the link: http://pages.teamintraining.org/vtnt/starwr15/knealf

Here are 10 things that are harder.

1. Leukemia.

2. Hearing your child has leukemia.

3. Watching a sweet girl battle leukemia.  Check out Ainsley Jane's Allies on Facebook.  Also Fight Like A Princess.  I don't know Princess Rheann, but I've met Ainsley and her family. 

4. Watching Ainsley's family battle leukemia with her.

5. Climbing a tree.   I met Ainsley a few weeks ago.  She was having a great day, and she played and climbed in a tree.  Totally easy for her.  Still harder than making a donation at http://pages.teamintraining.org/vtnt/starwr15/knealf

6. Watching a friend's brother die from a blood cancer.

7. Cancer in general. Research funded by The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society has led to improvements in treatments for other cancers, not just blood cancers.  You may not be personally affected by leukemia or lymphoma, but you are affected by cancer.

8. Being a cancer co-"survivor".  What's the word for when one survives, but the cancer patient doesn't?  Yeah, whatever it's called, it sucks.

9. Couch to 13.1 miles training in four months.   There is no wiggle room.  No room for "I'm tired",  "it's cold", "I'm busy"...  I have time to run, fundraise, go to work, and sometimes my family gets some attention, but not much.  There is no such thing as a "quick run", they are all long, and time-consuming.  Sometimes the runs are physically, emotionally or mentally difficult, but they are always a time suck.  You know what's quick and easy? http://pages.teamintraining.org/vtnt/starwr15/knealf

10.  Breathing, eating, sleeping, sitting, blinking....  http://pages.teamintraining.org/vtnt/starwr15/knealf



And 11, because I am physically incapable of being serious. Fighting a squad of Storm Troopers with lousy aim.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Just Bumping These Links Up So You Can't Miss Them

Hello!

So you want to donate to Team in Training and fight blood cancers?  There are a few ways you can do it. 

Want to donate, get a tax deduction,  and 100% of your donation goes to Team in Training?  You want this link:
http://pages.teamintraining.org/vtnt/starwr15/knealf




 Want to register for a Wine and Palette event, get a nifty painting, eat snacks, participate in a raffle?  $20 of your registration goes to TNT, and 100% of raffle tickets go to TNT.  You can register here:
http://www.wineandpalette.com/Class_Detail.asp?CalID=3604

Come paint this with us!
 

 Want some pretty jewels and accessories from Stella and Dot?  A portion goes to TNT, including 100% of the Stylist's commission.  As an added bonus, this month they have a gorgeous bracelet that benefits the Noreen Fraser Foundation which provides breast cancer research funding.  Beating two cancers with one bracelet!  Win!  Click here for the Stella and Dot Trunk Show:
http://www.stelladot.com/ts/2o426
So this isn't a great picture, but it IS a great necklace.

 Want to tell me I'm doing a good job and I'm going to get faster?  You can do that in the comments.

Thanks!
Love and Kisses

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Don't Let the Bastards Win

My dad never finished his master's degree.  He also was not my advice-giving custodial parent when I was growing up.  Remember that, it's important later.  

Graduate school was pretty rough for me.  My first semester was great (all cool nutrition all the time!), and then I had a semester of my dietetic internship, which by definition, was hellish (Yay cool nutrition! Boo cranky preceptors and dying patients).  Then I had a semester of research and the only non-nutrition graduate classes (how did I do undergrad level, grad level and a thesis and STILL feel like statistics is a foreign language?).  And then it went further downhill, academically speaking.

Bit of advice, if you're not particularly fond of your thesis or advisor, have a pretty good job without the MS, and just can't bear to do another thesis revision, I suggest you don't get pregnant.  Kinda messes with your whole "grad school focus".  

Anyway.  Here's where I'm going with this.

Somewhere in this drudgery of graduate school, that no longer felt important, Dad (remember that guy, the one with no MBA who didn't raise me and never gave advice? Yeah, that guy.) said, "Finish it.  Don't let the bastards win".

And they didn't.   Along the way I got two different jobs, moved to another city then another state, had a baby, got married, all things that make an education difficult, but not impossible. I finished the darn thesis ("Validation of a Tool Used to Evaluate a Paraprofessional's Ability to Complete a 24-Food Recall". I wouldn't call it interesting but if you're into 24-hour food recalls, the intro is rather enjoyable), I graduated in a snow storm with my 13-month old baby on my hip, with my husband 8-hours away, where we had just moved two weeks before.  I had nightmares about my thesis for 6 years after I was finished.  

The bastards didn't win.  I won.  

Today those "bastards" are the clock and the pace calculator and the distance and the GPS.  I just want to be fast enough to finish.  That's all.  Today I ran more and ran faster than any other run, but the numbers barely show it.  So.  I'm not letting the bastards win, I don't care what the timer says, I ran faster.  I need a new measurement tool.  

I win.  

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

All of the Important Links

Hello!

So you want to donate to Team in Training and fight blood cancers?  There are a few ways you can do it. 

Want to donate, get a tax deduction,  and 100% of your donation goes to Team in Training?  You want this link:
http://pages.teamintraining.org/vtnt/starwr15/knealf

Want to register for a Wine and Palette event, get a nifty painting, eat snacks, participate in a raffle?  $20 of your registration goes to TNT, and 100% of raffle tickets go to TNT.  You can register here:
http://www.wineandpalette.com/Class_Detail.asp?CalID=3604

Want some pretty jewels and accessories from Stella and Dot?  A portion goes to TNT, including 100% of the Stylist's commission.  As an added bonus, this month they have a gorgeous bracelet that benefits the Noreen Fraser Foundation which provides breast cancer research funding.  Beating two cancers with one bracelet!  Win!  Click here for the Stella and Dot Trunk Show:
http://www.stelladot.com/ts/2o426

Want to tell me I'm doing a good job and I'm going to get faster?  You can do that in the comments.

Thanks!
Love and Kisses

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Seven* Miles!!!

*My #%#%*+¥~ phone died again, so I had to estimate that last 0.8 miles.  I was going to do an out and back, estimated about 0.4, went a bit farther and turned around.  Then got in my car and drove the road that somewhat parallels the train.  It was 0.1.  What the wha? I KNOW I ran longer than that because I passed multiple (illegible) distance markers. Oh well.  



I know I ran pretty close to 7 miles in 2 hours with 3 water stops and a potty break.  Somehow in the next 3 months I have to be able to do that 7 miles in about 1:15.  No pressure or anything.  


10/11/14- 1.33 miles in 23 minutes

Total mileage: 33.5 miles

Huh.  That's my new trick.  When I'm tired or discouraged, I'm going to look at total miles.  That makes me feel pretty awesome.  

Friday, October 10, 2014

"Supportive" Comments From Third Grade

My 8-year old daughter has her father's grasshopper legs.  She runs like a gazelle and is a very sweet girl. Usually.

I got a new running skirt last week.  

"Mom! That's a really cute new running skirt! You look really good.  Except (in a matter of fact voice) your chubby legs". 

Doh!  

And yes, I was very amused, and not at all insulted.  I mention her (and her brother's grasshopper legs) all the time.  I DO have chubby legs (sorry about those genes, Daughter #2).   Although, I'm not sure where she learned the word "chubby".  I'm thrilled to say I didn't think it was a word she had ever heard.  

Today after my run: "mom, did you have fun running? Are your legs thinner?"

Yes, dear.  Yes, they are.  


Thursday, October 9, 2014

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Stella and Dot Online Trunk Party

Thank you Sarah, another TNT participant who happens to be a Stella and Dot stylist.  Sarah is helping me host an online Stella and Dot Trunk Party.  All proceeds go to Team in Training. 

Here's the link to shop: http://www.stelladot.com/ts/2o426

What is Stella and Dot?  Do you ever read magazines, websites, see pictures of famous people?  They're wearing Stella and Dot jewelry and accessories.  All of the famous people.  I'm not exaggerating.  Well.  Maybe Jay-Z isn't wearing much.  But every other picture you've seen of a famous person?  They're wearing Stella and Dot*.  You need some.  I just wore my gorgeous, chunky beads today and I might need a beautiful bracelet and a new scarf (who am I kidding?  I ALWAYS need a new scarf!)

Anyway, look good.  Be stylish.  Cure cancer.  You can do it all here: http://www.stelladot.com/ts/2o426

*claims of EVERY famous person wearing Stella and Dot has not YET been substantiated. 

Stella and Dot in action.  Thanks Sunlovey for the picture. 

More Mileage!

Saturday October 4, 2014: 2.44 miles

Sunday October 5, 2014: 6.90 miles  !! I know, right?  I'm just as shocked as everyone else.  AND my pace got better as I went longer.  Whoohoo

Tuesday October 7, 2014: 4.21 miles And even better than the miles?  I feel like a runner!

For those of you keeping track at home, that's at total of 22.2 miles since September 21st.  If you donated a dollar for every mile of training, we would be well on our way to helping to save lives and fund research.  If you donated $0.25 for every mile we would still be well on our way to saving lives and funding research.  See how that works?  It doesn't matter how much you give, because every little bit helps. 

Use The Force to fight blood cancers.  Turn away from the Dark Side.
Since The Force isn't very reliable for research funding, you can donate here: http://pages.teamintraining.org/vtnt/starwr15/knealf

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Rebels Against Cancer

Are you a rebel or part of the empire? Luke Skywalker or Emperor Palpatine?   Either way, I want you at our Rebels Against Cancer Wine and Palette fundraiser? 

When: November 14, 2014
Time: 6pm -8pm
Place: 5021 N. Perkins, Stillwater, OK 74075
How? Register here: http://www.wineandpalette.com/Class_Detail.asp?CalID=3604
How much? $40, which includes art, instruction, snacks, fun and a $20 donation to Team in Training to end blood cancers! It's a win-win-win-win-WIN!


If you can't join us, you can still support The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society by donating at http://pages.teamintraining.org/vtnt/starwr15/knealf




You can make this painting.  F'reals!http://www.wineandpalette.com/Class_Detail.asp?CalID=3604
 
 

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Time to run the miles

http://youtu.be/petqFm94osQ


I'm tired.  Everything is sore from dance and my uncomfortable bed.  It's cold.  

But if I only run on days I feel good, I'll never get stronger.

Ready to hit that 19:00 mark where everything is awesome.  




Thursday, October 2, 2014

I Can't Believe How Few Addresses I Have These Days




Hello!  

I recently decided I need a goal and a project. I also know I do best with BIG goals and projects. I decided to help find a cure for cancer with The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) and joined their training and fundraising program called Team in Training (TNT). As part of TNT, on January 18 I will run 13.1 miles at the Star Wars Half Marathon at Disneyland in California!

The mission of TNT and LLS is to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life for patients and their families. They are making wonderful strides in the survivorship rate for blood cancers by funding over 200 select researchers worldwide. They are developing miracle drugs, such as Gleevec (funded solely by TNT participants). This is a successful alternative to traditional chemotherapy for chronic myelogenous leukemia patients, and it is also being positively tested on many other forms of cancer.

My goal is to raise $2,500.00 of which 100% is tax deductible and 75 cents out of every dollar benefits The Society and its mission. My heart, mind, and muscles will help me accomplish the physical goal of completing the marathon, but accomplishing my financial goal cannot be done without your help. 

You can track my running and fundraising progress at http://runlikeajedi.blogspot.com/

Perhaps you are thinking, training for a half-marathon and curing cancer? That’s crazy! Then donate $50, $100, or $500!! Maybe you could donate $13.10 for each mile. However, no matter how large or how small, every little bit helps, and every donation is greatly appreciated. Also, every donation that is at least $5 is a tax write-off. If you are able to support me in this mission with a financial donation, please donate using a debit or credit card at my online fundraising website:


If it is more convenient, you may also make a check or money order out to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and mail it to me at: Krista Neal 1123 W. Will Rogers Stillwater, OK 74075. 

Even if you do not make a donation, please visit my blog and view my training progress. I update it often with the amount of mileage I ran and how I performed. I need all of the encouragement I can get. 

If you have any questions, contact me at kristakaye@hotmail.com or call me at 405-418-6325. 

Thank you for taking the time to read this letter and helping me to save lives one mile at a time. I hope you are all doing well and look forward to hearing from you soon!

Love and kisses,

Krista

Fundraising Site

Just want to make sure you know where to go to make a donation:
http://pages.teamintraining.org/vtnt/starwr15/knealf

Did you know, if you go to www.teamintraining.org, you can search for me and find my fundraising page that way too.

Thanks bunches and bunches!

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

From Buzzfeed

http://www.buzzfeed.com/deenashanker/run-run-run

Mileage

Until I find a running app that will automatically upload my training, I'll just have to update you the old-fashioned way (if by "old-fashioned" you mean, the 2005 way). 

September 21, 2014- Started running.  4 miles to Boomer Lake and back home

September 22, 2014- Run with the family on the XC course.  Yes, they are all faster than me.  1.8 miles

September 25, 2014- Hotel treadmill.  1.5 miles

September 26, 2014- Belly dance day! 1:15ish.  Because running is  more fun with shimmies thrown in.

September 28, 2014- 4.90 miles on the XC course.  Well.  That was humbling. 

Today should have been a cross-train day, but it was a Hang Out with My Dad and Stepmother Day. Everybody needed that.  Twirling demo by the munchkin, 2 games of Life, Dad's goatee (f'real, it's the cutest thing ever.  Don't know who did it, but Kevin the home health care worker denied involvement), and seeing the brother and his girlfriend were worth the 30 minute work-out skip.

That's a total of 12.2 miles in about a week and a half.  Now if I can only squish that down from 10 days to 2 hours. 

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Stupid Cross-Country Course

Today's work-out was hard.  It sucked and was yucky and was not much fun.  

I essentially live on the training course for the Oklahoma State University Cross Country team.  An NCAA Division 1 National Champion (although not currently) cross country team.  They train here.  On this XC course.  Across the street from my house.  Last weekend was the Cowboy Jamboree, the longest continuously held XC races (78 years!!).  Lots of college runners, high school runners, junior high runners, and middle school runners.  Kids were dreading it because they know there are no PRs on this course.  I saw a kid break her ankle.  It had hills and ravines.  It's a hard flippin course.  

And that's what I decided to run tonight.

Ugh.  

It was supposed to be 4 "easy" miles plus strides  At this point in my training, there is no such thing as "4 easy miles", but I tried not to push too hard.  But then I hit the hills.  I stopped.  Stopped running.  Stopped walking.  Stopped continuous forward motion.  For the first time since I started training, I stopped moving.  Between the 4 miles and the strides I sat down.  I. Sat. Down.  I haven't stopped moving in two weeks and I sat down!!!!

However.  I finished the entire work-out.  All of it.  Slowly.  Sluggishly.  But finished.  I finished my Master's Degree because my father, who almost has an MBA, told me, "don't let the bastards win".  Today the bastards were the clock and the GPS and the pile of laundry to do and the cozy bed.  But I didn't let the bastards win.  

I win.  

Fundraising Page

Well this is insanely important.  How did I miss this? 

http://pages.teamintraining.org/vtnt/starwr15/knealf







I honestly thought I had forgotten to link my fundraising page here.  Oops.  Sorry, now you just get to see the link more.

http://pages.teamintraining.org/vtnt/starwr15/knealf



Ok.  One more, just in cases: http://pages.teamintraining.org/vtnt/starwr15/knealf

Monday, September 29, 2014

And How Is Your Training This Week?

Thursday I had to run on a hotel treadmill. Ugh.  I've never liked treadmills and hotel ones are the worst.  Let me rephrase that.  I am completely awkward on treadmills.  I'm sure that treadmill was perfectly fine.  The problem with treadmills is I am constantly either going too fast or too slow.  The extra problem with hotel treadmills, or any foreign treadmill, is I'm never on it long enough or frequently enough to figure out how to not be awkward.  Oh well.  I walked briskly and didn't really vary my speed much, but I worked the incline.  That's gotta count for something, right?

I made that incline my b*tch.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away...

A girl needed a project and a goal and a reason to get off the couch. 

Ten Reasons to Donate to my Team in Training Goalhttp://pages.teamintraining.org/vtnt/starwr15/knealf

1. Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (http://www.lls.org/) provides academic grants, continuing education and drug development partnerships.

2. The quicker I reach my fundraising goal, the quicker I can focus on running training. http://pages.teamintraining.org/vtnt/starwr15/knealf

3. "LLS research grants have funded many of today's most promising advances, including targeted therapies and immunotherapies and some of the therapies first approved for blood cancer patients are now helping patients with other types of cancers and other serious diseases. " - http://www.lls.org/#/aboutlls/researchsuccesses/

4. The quicker I reach my fundraising goal, the more funds get donated to LLS.  http://pages.teamintraining.org/vtnt/starwr15/knealf

5. "...helping patients with other types of cancers and other serious diseases."  Even if a blood cancer hasn't touched someone you love, another cancer has.  (Miss you, Mom)

6.  Please, please, please help me minimize the time I have to ask strangers for money. http://pages.teamintraining.org/vtnt/starwr15/knealf

7. "The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) Co-Pay Assistance Program helps you pay your insurance premiums and meet co-pay obligations. We'll also help you find additional sources of financial aid." - http://www.lls.org/#/diseaseinformation/getinformationsupport/financialmatters/copayassistance/

8. Please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, help me minimize the time I have to ask friends for money. http://pages.teamintraining.org/vtnt/starwr15/knealf

9. "Leukemia is the most common cancer in children and adolescents less than 20 years old." - http://www.lls.org/#/diseaseinformation/getinformationsupport/factsstatistics/childhoodbloodcancers/

10. When I reach my goal, I can stop hijacking your newsfeed. http://pages.teamintraining.org/vtnt/starwr15/knealf

Thanks!
Hugs and Kisses

PS: Did I mention where you can go to make a donation? http://pages.teamintraining.org/vtnt/starwr15/knealf