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.


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? 


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


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

Hugs and Kisses

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