For most Boise State students, waking up and thinking about running 26.2 miles sounds like a nightmare. For junior communication major Kaylee Beasley, it was a day she had trained for.
Beasley had the goal of one day running a marathon.
Beasley’s roommate, Ashley Basura, was the first to take her on a run, and it did not start off well.
“We lived in Towers and ran down the Greenbelt toward the stadium,” Basura said. “When she got under the first bridge, she just laid down and threw a fit. I left her and knew if I kept running, she would eventually get up and catch up to me, and she did.”
Training with each other was never easy. Basura ran regularly, around six miles a day. Every time she asked Beasley to come, she would yell at her because she remembered how horrible their first run together was.
Beasley hit a wall. It became apparent that she had to decide whether it was time to give up and settle, or to push further and harder.
“As you can imagine, the training got overly difficult,” Beasley said. “I wondered whether this was worth it and if I truly wanted to do this.”
Planning out a goal of running a marathon was the easy part for her, but taking the necessary steps and actually getting into the gym on a daily basis was the hard part.
“I was not used to working out this much or this often, Beasley said. “It became strenuous on my body and made me regularly tired.”
Beasley lost 40 pounds in six months throughout her training and is in the best shape of her life. She has also noticed an improvement in her mood.
Beasley began training in July, 2013. By April, 2014 she was ready to run her first half marathon, the Lake Lowell Half Marathon in Nampa, Idaho. Beasley finished the race in 2:05:35.45.
“It was the hardest race of my life,” Beasley said. “At the end, I just collapsed.”
Basura was proud of how far her roommate had come since lying under the Broadway Bridge.
“I went to her first race and she cried the whole time,” Basura said. “It was hard and is something not most people could do but I was proud of her,”
Beasley was not going to stop with this one race, however. She knew, in order to record faster times, she would have to alter her training and try new things to become a better runner.
Last summer, she tried CrossFit, but the amount of muscle she put on made it harder to run, so she stuck with running primarily as a form of exercise.
Beasley runs around eight to ten miles a day, preferably outdoors. She loves to run on the trails near the military reserve with her boyfriend, John Ballantyne.
“We run and train together all the time,” Ballantyne said. “I think it helps as she is able to have someone go through the trouble and the struggle with her.”
Since her first race at Lake Lowell, Beasley has run five half marathons and is currently training for the hardest marathon in the North West, the Race to Robie Creek.
“It is the most difficult marathon in the North West as most of the race is an uphill climb,” Beasley said.
However, this is all in preparation for her biggest and most important race yet, The Rock n’ Roll Marathon in San Diego, California on May 31.
“This race is a qualifier for the Boston Marathon,” Beasley said. “My boyfriend and I chose to run this race because it is 2,000 feet lower in elevation so we figured it would help our times as I have to shave 25 minutes off my time in order to qualify.”
Beasley is quite nervous for her first marathon, but no matter what happens, she is happy with what she has accomplished so far.
“Not many people can say they have run a half marathon, let alone a marathon so I think that is pretty cool,” Beasley said.
Since that first run on the Greenbelt two years ago, Basura has seen a change in Beasley.
“I think physically she is more confident, and she is more confident in herself,” Basura said. “She has always been a happy, outgoing person but now, it shines and she brightens up a room when she walks in.”