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.