Reminder, Inspiration, Motivation
Oct 17, 2012 by Kaylan Eastepp
If you know anything about me, you know I’m a diehard baseball fan. And not just any baseball…
For the past 7 months, I was living high on Rangers Baseball life. The season was great, fans were happy, life was good. Until September and October. I gave my heart to the team and my heart was broken a few weeks ago.
And if I’ve learned anything over time, I know life must go on. My heart was broken by a sport that I love and live for. But there are families that are heartbroken because their loved one received some very bad news… they have cancer.
My sadness seems extremely trivial in the face of cancer. That’s why no matter how much of a sports comma I’ve been in, I continue to pledge to lace up my shoes and run my miles. I know that I’m running for people that aren’t able to make that journey and it keeps me going.
This Is My Reminder.
Last night I had the privilege of running six miles with two women from work, Becky and Amber. They are on the Rangers Team In Training corporate team. Becky is the wife of the guy I’m running for, Ryan. He was diagnosed with Burkitt’s Lymphoma this past June.
This Is My Inspiration.
When you join Team In Training, you agree to putting your body through something you’re not sure it can take… weeks of training and eventually running 13.1 miles. You also pledge to raise funds that will be used for researching new ways to better the lives of people living with Leukemia & Lymphoma and other blood related cancers.
I’m on week 10 of training (out of 17) and my goals are in sight. I’m so pumped for race day and ready to see the starting line… and I’m even more pumped to see my friends and family join me at the finish.
This Is My Motivation.
Your donation gives me purpose, drives me to be more, and encourages me when the journey gets tough. Will you be my motivation? Please say yes.
Until next time… happy trails…
Where did the time go?
Sep 10, 2012 by Kaylan Eastepp
Whew, it’s been a while since I’ve posted anything… where has the time gone? Last I checked it was August and now we’re almost mid-way through September.
Before you know it, race day will be here!
This past Saturday we ran 4 miles and had an injury prevention clinic after training. I expanded my knowledge of various ways you can stretch to prevent injuries. I’ll be trying out a few this evening when I go for my run. And, with the weather change, I’m looking forward to more outside runs, starting with tonight!
Each week we have a mission moment before we run; a reminder about why we’re up before the sun and kicking our booties to get ready for our race. Carrying that over to my blog, I want to share with you two more people I’m running for.
Latrenda (in the middle in purple) is a survivor and is a walker on our team! Braden, the little boy to the right of Latrenda, is another survivor. He’s so young… I couldn’t image being a kid and having so many doctors’ appointments when all I want to do is play with my friends.
I think of these honored heroes’ as I wake up on Saturday not wanting to get out of bed. I’m reminded that God has blessed me with my heath and the ability to give back. I roll out of bed each Saturday with them in mind.
Until next time… Happy Trails...
Out with the old, In with the new.
Aug 17, 2012 by Kaylan Eastepp
Yesterday, I was fitted for my new running shoes at The Runner in Arlington. I've been a runner for a long time but I've never been really fitted for shoes, at least not since I've been an adult.
So Phil at The Runner helped me out. Found the proper shoes for the way I walk/run, which is a normal motion for me. My foot doesn't fall on one side or the other... I land on the full foot.
Also, Phil helped me pick a pair of shoes that won't make my toe nails fall off (at least we hope). This is very important because I'm kind of attached to my toe nails. Literally!
So my old shoes are pictured above along with my new ones. They are both Asics and the same model type. I just purchased a newer model... although it's not the newest model.
I tried the newest model on, too, which Phil said has more "bells and whistles" but the ones I purchased were more comfortable. Like I am walking on a cloud.
Tomorrow is our first group run and I can't wait to try out my new shoes.
Oh, and I purchased a new pair of running pants that I've already worn once. Totally stoked about those because I feel like I'm looking more like a runner.
Oh, and I purchased a pair of no slip socks that are cotton free to keep my feet from blistering when we get into the long runs.
Can you tell I'm excited?!?! Few things left to get, but that will be down the road... pun intended.
Until next time, happy trails.
Aug 09, 2012 by Kaylan Eastepp
I made more pasta on Monday in my quest to raise money.
If you remember from last time, I opted to freeze the pasta instead of drying it. I wasn’t sure how I was going to do that when I didn’t have a pasta drying rack.
After doing a bit of research online, I found a few people that were very creative in their drying methods. I adopted one and it worked extremely well.
I removed all the hanging pots from my pot rack and hung pasta to dry on clean, plastic clothes hangers. Brilliant!
Pasta drying on the hangers:
Dried pasta on my cutting board:
Funny story: I washed the hangers in our dish washer after everything was complete. I didn’t think much of it, but when my husband came home and opened the dish washer, he was thoroughly confused about why there were hangers in there. Giggle.
Week of Training
Aug 09, 2012 by Kaylan Eastepp
This has been a tough week of training.
While the Rangers are playing at home, my schedule becomes very restrictive… lots of work hours, less time for sleep, and even less time to hit the gym and get my running in.
So this week, with the team on the road, I’ve put in my time at the gym and run every day. On Monday, I extended my run by another mile. (My goal is to be up to 6 miles a few days a week by the end of this month.) On Tuesday, I tried a new work out with a friend at work… running the ramps at the ballpark.
From then on, my calves hated me.
When we started running, my legs felt like jelly from my workout the night before but I knew I couldn’t take a day off from running since the team returns this weekend forcing me to take a short break. (Good thing it’s only for three days this time.)
We made it up the first ramp and my legs were on fire. A good fire, but still very sore. I was determined to finish… so we walked down and ran it again. And again. And again.
The gradual incline was enough to wear me out, but not so much that I didn’t want to run a lap around the main concourse. So we did just that… a sprint around the concourse. The flat, even surface felt great as my feet pounded the pavement. Even though I’ve walked the concourse many times during a game, it was as if I was looking at the stadium for the first time. Clear of people. Wide open spaces. And truly realizing how far the concourse takes you.
It was beautiful. I enjoyed that one lap so much that I wanted to go again, but my legs were telling me otherwise. I surrendered to them and started a cool down walk.
The past two days have been brutal. My calves are so sore that I’m sure I look like a 90 year old man hobbling around. I know the first day is bad and the second is even worse but I was hoping my 3 mile run last night would make my legs feel better. If anything, they feel worse.
Several times today, a coworker has caught me stretching my legs in my office. Not embarrassed in the least… it feels sooo much better when they are stretched out.
Oddly enough, I’m looking forward to the break from running this weekend. If anything, I’ll try to get in a couple of short runs. But I can tell you right now, I can’t wait for my calves to get back to normal.