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"it's your game"- dave mcgillivray

Posted by pavni Jan 30, 2008

i was watching "roadtrip nation" tonight (on pbs) and they interviewed dave mcgillivray. i had no idea who he was, but quickly learned that he has accomplished some of the greatest athletic endurance feats- ranging from completing at least 20 boston city marathons, and running across the united states in 80 days (with an average of 50 miles/day). the marathoner "perhaps best known for his extraordinary run across the United States from Medford, Oregon to his hometown of Medford, Massachusetts in 1978

covering a total distance of 3,452 miles, benefiting the Jimmy Fund and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute."


his calling for running came from wanting to do something athletic, and his drive is something that makes him easily relatable.. i feel that my inner desire to "be athletic" has been sufficiently heightened by running! i have always wanted to be a stronger individual- and i believe that this experience is challenging me in new and interesting ways.  dave stressed the importance of setting attainable and reasonable goals and the need to train for a marathon- and not just deciding that you are going to run without preparation. he was very motivational! 



if you'd like to learn more about dave:










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Fundraising Milestone

Posted by pavni Jan 29, 2008

Today (with the help of generous friends), I have reached my 50% mark for fundraising! I would never have imagined that the LLS (Leukemia and Lymphoma Society) would have such a far reaching effect upon so many people and I am truly blessed to be a part of such a great organization and training process. Go Team!!

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The Power of Your Contribution.


$1,000 Assists in the organization of (47) Illinois support groups and education programs for patients, and contributes to Society sponsored blood cancer research.


$500  Provides a leukemia, lymphoma or myeloma patient with financial aid to support medical treatment and to travel to medical appointments for one year.


$500  Allows (10) patients to logon to a webcast and hear the latest information in treatment for their disease.


$250  Provides a Family Support Group for one year.


$150  Will train (6) survivors to make First Connections with a newly diagnosed patient.


$100  Helps supply laboratory researchers with supplies and materials critical to carrying out their search for cures.


$75    Average cost of tissue typing to become a bone marrow donor.


$50    The cost of a co-payment for a CT scan.


$40     Will educate (4) school employees on how to ease the transition back to school for a child with cancer.


$35     Will purchase (12) Charlie Brown DVD’s to explain cancer to pediatric patients.


$25     Covers a single prescription co-payment.


$5        The cost of sending a newly diagnosed patient a packet which includes information about their specific disease and support

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8 miles!

Posted by pavni Jan 28, 2008


"Tough times don't last but tough people do."   - A.C. Green



This quote was from my TNT Coach, Dolores, and it was pretty representative of our run on Saturday!



We were running into the wind at some points, but after completing two four mile loops... i have never been so happy.  It was incredibly satisfying to finish strong and to be able to enjoy the rest of the day (it took us roughly 95 minutes) since we were already up so early.



hooray for a huge milestone!



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today's hill workout was not too different from the last two, however it did hold me a little bit longer at the dreaded and wonderful 8% incline mark! needless to say, it was a fun run.



i have also come to appreciate the power of Body Glide ( Jenni-P got it a mini stick of it for me for xmas, and i can admit... i was a little bit hesistant. i had heard of it's magical powers, and had heard that you're supposed to "rub it on everywhere" because it makes everything slick and feel better. so, for our 6 miler on saturday, i decided to open the little package and out popped what looked like one of those deodorant sticks that you buy when you're going on vacation. the little lady speed stick ones from walgreens. however, once i opened it, and got past the rough square edges, it did start to glide. i put some on my heels (where i've been getting a few rubs), along my legs, and pretty much everywhere. sure enough, post-run... no chafing! no red marks... and absolutely no problem with anything that i was wearing. it's like a little protective bubble of bodyglide that makes you essentially feel like you're not wearing anything at all, even if you're wearing two sets of everything and it's freezing (and/or snowing!) outside.  hooray for technology, and who knew this little stick could do so much. 



in terms of fundraising, i think i am around 44%, thanks to the generous donations of friends and family... so if anyone wants to help me out and send me into the 50%-range... i'd appreciate a boost over the hump! :o)



my fundraising page is at:, and all of the proceeds go to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.



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this week our practice was cancelled on account of weather (it was supposed to be between -10 and -20 (with wind chill) outside at 8am) and our very considerate (and health conscious) coach, cancelled outside running so we didn't get frostbitten. initially, i was a bit sad since running with the group has become a pretty steady part of my week, however i was appreciative of getting to run in the warmth. i went to our clubhouse to run - and after 74:48- i was done with 6 miles! whoohooo. i realize i am no speed demon, but i was so excited to finish the run that it didn't even matter.



i think during the last 0.5 miles... when i was wondering how long i

had been going... i started to chant "you can do it" over and over (and

over again) in my head to keep myself motivated. and i did finish! hooray for the power of positive thinking.



i was definitely tired afterwards and ready to sit for a bit, and i think that it was a great way to spend my saturday morning. go team!



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aquatic cross training

Posted by pavni Jan 16, 2008


today, instead of doing the ordinary 40 min x-training on the treadmill or elliptical, i decided to go swimming! it was a really great way to spend my lunch break!



the freer pool on campus has open lap swim from 9a-1p and students can get in free... so i decided to try and do laps for 40 minutes. i mixed it up a little bit by focusing on my legs (and using a kickboard) for a few laps, but all in all it was really fun to be in the warm-ish water and splash around for a while. i think i still smell a little bit like chlorine (i did shower!) but it was worth it! 



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hill training #2 and sled dogs!

Posted by pavni Jan 15, 2008


today was hill training workout part 1 number 2... and it was awesome. i actually managed to stay going during the 8% incline (i think it helped that i was more prepared for it this time!).



also, after watching a show tonight on nature about dogs, they mentioned the following stat.: "on the average, sled dogs run the equivalent of 5 marathons in one day." - i looked at both herschel and nala, and although they both know i'd never ask them to run the marathon with me, they gave me big (puppy dog) eyes that let me know that they definitely were supporting me (as were their malmut and husky brothers over in colder parts of the world). pups rule!






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yesterday was my 30 min run which i didn't get a chance to do until right before dinner and it was roughly ten degrees and pretty dark outside. samit (and the pups!) came with me (although i managed to lose them within the first few minutes due to some input-output-duty going on in the park) and their moral support was pretty wonderful!



anyhow, i realized that without the motivation of my green training sheet telling me that i needed to be outside for 30 minutes... (and the familial & friend support)... none of this would be possible. 



regardless, i was all bundled up in two pairs of pants, 4 different versions of tops, a hat, scarf, mittens, and socks. i probably looked like a big marshmallow bounding around! it was really fun! today is our hill workout... woohoo! 8%- bring it on. 



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Generosity of our community

Posted by pavni Jan 13, 2008


I have been taken aback by the incredibly generosity of the community and my colleagues at my donation site ( in their support of my training and the Leukemia and Lymphoma society. The society is truly amazing, providing a range of newly diagnosed patient care services such as a 24 hour call center, help in choosing a specialist, funding research projects to find new treatment options and potential cures for blood cancers, as well as helping new patients find a support group in their area. I am so glad to be running for a cause that has provided aid to those that are near and dear to me.



It's quite rare to see the effects of such a large organization on such a small scale, but I have realized that these diseases have no barriers - however, this society has been able to create a common bond and "home" for all of the cancer warriors to unite. I know that the funds that we collect will be going to a truly beneficial organization. Thank you all so much.



For those that are unfamiliar with leukemia, lymphoma and the society, I have added some information below from wikipedia (,, and other online sources:



Leukemia or leukaemia (Greek leukos λευκός, "white"; aima αίμα, "blood") is a cancer of the blood or bone marrow and is characterized by an abnormal proliferation (production by multiplication) of blood cells, usually white blood cells (leukocytes). It is part of the broad group of diseases called hematological neoplasms. It can be either acute or chronic. 



Combining these two classifications provides a total of four main categories:




lymphocytic leukemia\

Acute lymphocytic leukemia\

               (also known as Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia, or ALL) is the most common

               type of leukemia in young children. This disease also affects adults,

               especially those age 65 and older.

Chronic lymphocytic leukemia\

               (CLL) most often affects adults over the age of 55. It sometimes occurs

               in younger adults, but it almost never affects children.

myelogenous leukemia\ (or "myeloid")

Acute myelogenous leukemia\

               (also known as Acute Myeloid Leukemia, or AML) occurs more commonly in

               adults than in children. This type of leukemia was previously called

               "acute nonlymphocytic leukemia".

Chronic myelogenous leukemia\ (CML) occurs mainly in adults. A very small number of children also develop this disease.


Within these main categories, there are typically several subcategories.



Lymphoma is a type of cancer that originates in lymphocytes

(a type of white blood cell in the vertebrate immune system). There are

many types of lymphoma. Lymphomas are part of the broad group of

diseases called hematological neoplasms. Colloquially, lymphoma is broadly categorized as  and non-Hodgkin lymphoma (all other types of lymphoma). Scientific classification of the types of lymphoma is more detailed. Although older classifications referred to histiocytic lymphomas,

these are recognized in newer classifications as of B, T or NK cell

lineage. Histiocytic malignancies are rare and are classified as sarcomas.






The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society ( is the world's largest voluntary health organization dedicated to funding blood cancer research, education and patient services. The Society's mission is to cure leukemia, lymphoma,  and myeloma,

and to improve the quality of life of patients and their families. The

Society created the Information Resource Center (IRC) to provide the

public, health professionals and patients (and their families) living

with blood cancer accurate, current disease information. IRC

information specialists are social workers, nurses and health

educators. They are available to speak with callers Monday through

Friday, 9:00 am to 6:00 pm (EST). Support is also offered through

online Chat (Monday through Friday, 10:00am to 5:00 pm EST) and via

Email at any time through The Society's web site at



Originally known as the Robert Roesler de Villiers Foundation, it was founded in New York City in 1949

by Rudolph and Antoinette de Villiers after the death of their son

Robert from leukemia. The name of the organization was later changed to

the Leukemia Society of America in the 1960s, and later to the The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society in 2000 to reflect the organization's focus on all types of blood cancer.



Since its founding, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society has provided

hundreds of millions of dollars for research on blood cancers and has

coordinated a nationwide informational clearinghouse for medical

professionals, caregivers, and patients.



The Society has 66 chapters nationwide. Nationwide volunteer fundraising events and activities include Team in Training (volunteers train to complete an endurance sports event while fundraising), Light The Night Walk

(an evening fun walk) and School & Youth (K-12 teacher, student

caring program). Each chapter also organizes its own fundraising




Team in Training, also known by the acronym TNT, is an endurance sports training program business. The program provides training to run or walk a full marathon or half marathon or participate in a triathlon,

a century (100-mile) bike ride or, in northern Californa, a

cross-country ski marathon (25K, 40K or 50K). In exchange for receiving

professional coaching, support, event fees and transportation costs,

team members raise funds to help support The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.



The program was founded in 1988 by Bruce Cleland, a resident of Rye, New York whose daughter Georgia was a leukemia survivor. He organized a team of 38 runners who trained as a group to run the New York City Marathon and raised over US$322,000 in the process. (Cleland would later be honored by ++ magazine in 2004 for his role in starting TNT.)



Since 1988, more than 340,000 volunteer participants have helped

raise more than US$800 million for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.



A day or two before an event, volunteers for Team in Training

usually travel together on a plane to a specific destination. The night

before an event such as a marathon or a half-marathon the volunteers

celebrate with a pasta party which recognizes "honored teammates" and

individuals who have raised large amounts of money for the Leukemia and

Lymphoma Society. Some sites of events in which TNT participates

include San Diego (Rock and Roll marathon and half-marathon), Orlando,

Florida (Disney marathon and half-marathon), Austin, Texas (Capital of

Texas Triathlon - Olympic Distance) Dallas, Texas (White Rock marathon

and half-marathon), Tucson, Arizona (El Tour de Tucson century ride),

and Anchorage, Alaska (Tour of Anchorage cross country ski marathon and

the Mayor’s Midnight Sun marathon and half-marathon).



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we had our traditional saturday morning workout this morning at meadowbrook and afterwards had our first team meeting at panera. the run went pretty well and j and i had a lot to talk about (which always makes time fly) since i had not seen her since the start of december.



a few things came up during our team meeting that i thought were interesting/funny/neat:



- i realized that i was scared to check in my running shoes for fear that the airline would lose them over break... they've become a really important part of my daily activities and if they were floating around on some luggage carrier or belt, i'd be pretty worried.



- apparently the "black toenail" is a common runner foot condition... your big toe (for others it's their pinky) gets slammed into the front of their shoe so many times that they end up with a black toenail... i will be paying attention to my feet and making they get tons of love during the process to avoid this condition (ha!)



-  our 10 mile run is supposed to be monumental. i cannot wait... i have never ran so far in my life. (well, i guess i said the same thing about the 4 miles last week and the 5 miles last saturday).



- our recommitment is coming up soon and i have to make sure that i have enough donations in order to hit $1,000 (i think that i can do it since i have incredibly generous friends and family who have essentially brought me there almost already) and then we will be exchanging ideas to raise the other $2,400... i think that a superbowl party would be tons of fun and maybe i can ask for donations? we also talked about asking local businesses and planning a vegan dinner on campus and charging per plate.



- running form, injuries, and running shoes were also discussed since we are going to start our indoor workouts next week and those are supposed to be grueling... crazy hardcore sprinting and mile-repeats... i am looking forward to it (i guess i can say that now since i have yet to experience it).



- i have to start eating before i run... i have never really felt hungry that early, and i usually would probably feel a little sick while running, but i guess i am supposed to go on a quest to find a suitable b'fast food that i can eat around 6:30am so that it's in me and providing some fuel when we start running at 8... bleh. i dislike eating before, but i guess i have to get over it. soon it'll be time for goo's and gels (and sport beans) to eat while i run... haha. jp outfitted me with some samples already!



it was a great morning. i learned a lot and feel accomplished and ready for this upcoming week... next saturday, 6 miles! Whoo-hoo!)



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i was trying to think about where this idea for running a marathon came from and i came up with a few ideas. my initial idea to look up the leukemia and lymphoma society's team in training happened a few years ago but it was quickly dismissed since i didn't really think i was "the running type."



truly, i no longer really know what that means... "the running type"... i used to see people running on the street with their crazy black tights and highlighter yellow jackets and wondered what motivated them to be jogging along all over campus. now, i think i am starting to understand.



i decided to start running in 2007 as a new year's resolution that was delayed by a few months. after samit's suggestion that i truly ought to stop running every single day and alternate instead as well as get myself a pair of "real" running shoes- i was hunkering around in my 10 lb. reebok crosstrainers... we went to body and sole in champaign. the salesman there accessed my gait, and hooked me up with my currently favorite shoes in the world (even though ever person that runs/jogs/walks seems to have the exact same pair) and gave me a second wind brochure. i am not sure if he's aware that he changed my life with that pamphlet.



after running with the second wind beginning women's running group, i learned the basics of running- what to wear, posture control, how you're supposed to pace yourself, and how group running can be incredibly fun. running became sort of a stress-release for me when my best friend passed away two weeks before our 5k race in september. when everything else seemed like it could collapse, i felt like as long as i had my asics on and took off... everything would be ok.



finishing the 5k was really wonderful and i didn't actively pursue running afterwards. once i heard about j-p's training with TNT for the SF Marathon, i thought i was ready. even up to the first meeting, i was worried... was i really going to be okay with this? would my body be physically capable of going 26 miles? am i mentally strong enough for 4-6 hours of constant movement? i wasn't sure... but i really wanted to find out. so. here i am. in the middle of week 5 - running 5 miles for the first time in my life (i used to gasp at the 3.1 that was the 5K) and actually enjoying it. it's been a great journey so far and i can't wait to see where these baby blue shoes take me next.  



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my first hill workout!

Posted by pavni Jan 8, 2008


due to the not-so-surprising lack of hills here in central illinois, we have hill workouts to train us before we hit the road in nashville! subsequently, today was our very first treadmill hill workout and it was actually pretty fun.



i was wondering what the difference was between a regular workout and a "hill" workout, and the main difference is incline intervals. you essentially do what some high-tech treadmills can do for you and create intervals of incline percentages and jog your way up!


although i nearly fell off the treadmill when i hit the incline up to 8% (ha!) i felt empowered that i made it up that hill... hopefully i can do the same in real life!





p.s. below i have attached a photo of me doing crosstraining in PA. i look sweaty and gross, but i am still smiling! (styling with my nike+!)







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today was a nice and short 2.5 mile loop which probably a month or to ago would have knocked me out. it's pretty amazing how much your outlook on distance can change once you put it into perspective.



also, i have recently been taken aback by my amazing friends. their generosity, interest, and support has been so motivational and so touching... i just feel very lucky.



i keep staring at my green sheet with the weekends ahead of 6 miles... then 8... haha. i can't wait!!! 



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saturday- 5 miles!

Posted by pavni Jan 6, 2008


i have never ran 5 miles before and it was actually really satisfying. i mapped my run with which lets you decide how far you'd like to go, if you'd like to do a loop (so you can end up back at home) and if you're running with wreckless abandon all over the place or if you'd actually like to stick to the roads. (although when i was thinking about all of this i wondered with great curiosity where you would be able to run where you couldn't really follow roads... out in the country? do people just run around like banshees? do you do this in cities? cut in and out of museums? i am not sure...)



anyhow, it was quite a wonderful feeling to complete the distance and samit + 2 pups joined me on my last 2.5 miles. well, it's resting and stretching in store for me today! happy sunday to all. 



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Posted by pavni Jan 2, 2008


my friend a.j. passed along the following link: they are referred to as "barefoot performance footwear".



i have seen them once (on a trainer that we had for our 5k) but never knew their name. apparently giving you the sensation of being barefoot, she loved them as she did her ultramarathon. i think that both my friend ("a.j.") and maud-pod maybe getting a pair soon... they look amazing!



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happy new year!



new year's eve: yesterday we went to elk mountain in PA and skiied for 3-4 hrs! i was supposed to do 30 minutes of cross-training but everyone agreed that skiing most definitely counted. when we got back, i was pretty sore through my legs- my shins, instep(s), and rear end.



jan.1, 2008: this morning, i did my 5K (3.1 mile) run on the treadmill since it is snowing pretty hard outside (and i was scared i would hurt myself running in the snow).  it was hard, tired me out, and was very satisfying. hooray! 



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