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champaign mini-tri!

Posted by pavni Aug 1, 2009

today s., j. and i did our very first mini-triathlon.


but first, a little bit of history.




1- i didn't even know how to spell triathlon correctly before starting training. i typed in triathalon. which i thought was correct and then the little red squiggly line corrected me.




2- i had no idea what distance these events would be or how long this sort of event would take. j and i are used to being outside for around 4 hours or so... apparently, this was supposed to take less than 2!




3- i didn't own a bike or really have any experience swimming. my bathing suits no longer fit me and i really needed goggles if i was going to keep my hard contact lenses in my eyes and not have them swimming off down the length of the pool as well.




so. after acquiring a bike (my beautiful trek from indiana!), taking watercise with j. (no, we did not wear frilly suits and do synchronized swimming... but we did do water weights and rope-climbers and even some "marios!"- requires a motion to explain...), and a visit to (yay swim sale!) i was set! this summer has been a great new adventure in training for something that would previously be completely unheard of for me, and it was a great step outside of the running-only comfort zone.




we all had a great time today (yay!) and it was really rewarding! maybe this is the start of a whole new type of event... or series of events... for us! thanks to j., we tried something totally new! 



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waking up this morning to run when it was dark outside was a bit of a challenge. the weather has changed (it's colder), it gets dark and stays dark, and i am sore from all of this running. maybe it was just about hitting the twenty mile mark and now i need to heal awhile before the ohio marathon. i guess it's because i am on my feet at work/school more? i am unsure. anyhow, after getting over the mental hurdle of going outside (i wore pants for the first time), running itself was a beautiful thing.



it's always soul-warming... and i think that just getting that beautiful crisp cold air into my lungs, feeling my fingers warm up, being able to see my breath steam in front of me as the sun came up-- all of that is why i run. sigh. even after the little mental war that i had, i truly decided that running this morning was what i wanted to do and holy moly- once you're out there- you'd be hard-pressed to get me to stop moving my feet. and "let me tell you" (as sarah palin would say), now that i am done with this morning's run, i am satisfied. everything hurts, but i am satisfied. 



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Posted by pavni Sep 6, 2008


j and i ran our 14 miler last sunday and pretty much ran to campus and back home in a nice long rectangle. i really enjoy running around the neighborhood since i feel like it's a lot more entertaining than running in the woods. however, running at LOTW definitely has its perks. you're alone (pretty much), you're serene and centered- and your one and only focus (besides counting squirrels and birds) is running. it's a beautiful thing when the loudest noise around you is either your shoe hitting the pavement or the ear-pressure inducing exhale from your breath.



this week is cut back week- woo! so i am just running for time... i guess about an hour or so tomorrow. yay for being a little bit more than a month away from the marathon!! yippee! 



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this week in running

Posted by pavni Aug 18, 2008

i started off my 24th year of life with a few miles in the galena hills! it was really fun to have some entertaining ups-and-downs in the terrain. when we got back i did my 12 miler (although i think that it was actually around 11 since it got dark really fast on my way home). yay for running into a new year!

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I may waddle when I run, but I'm running all the same

By John Bingham

Photographs by Tim Bower


PUBLISHED 09/19/2007


The late Dr. George Sheehan,

beloved Runner's World columnist and arguably the first running boom's

premier philosopher, once wrote that the difference between a runner

and a jogger was a signature on a race application. (For the youngsters

out there, there was a time before online registration when you

actually filled out a paper application, signed it, attached a check,

and mailed it in. Quaint, I know.) As succinct as Dr. Sheehan's

definition was, it made the point. If you were motivated enough to

train for and participate in an organized running event, then you were

a runner. Anyone willing to risk public failure in order to be a part

of the running community--no matter what his or her pace per mile might

be--was a runner. Period. Kind of hard for anyone to argue with that



But a few months ago, an ad ran in this magazine that drew a very hard

line between runners and joggers. I immediately heard from tons of

readers who were upset by the distinction. To me, however, such

definitions are meaningless, since those of us who call ourselves

runners already know why we call ourselves runners. Your reasons may be

different from mine, but here's why I know I am a runner:


I AM A RUNNER because my runs have names. I do tempo runs and threshold runs and fartlek runs. I do long, slow runs and track workouts. My runs are defined, even if my abs are not.


I AM A RUNNER because my shoes

are training equipment, not a fashion statement. The best shoe for me

is the one that makes me a better runner. I choose the shoe that goes

with my running mechanics, not my running outfit.


I AM A RUNNER because I don't have running outfits. I have

technical shirts and shorts and socks. I have apparel that enhances the

experience of running by allowing me to run comfortably. I can say

"Coolmax" and "Gore-Tex" in the same sentence and know which does what.


I AM A RUNNER because I know what effort feels like, and I

embrace it. I know when I'm pushing the limits of my comfort and why

I'm doing it. I know that heavy breathing and an accelerated heart

ratethings I once avoidedare necessary if I want to be a better



I AM A RUNNER because I value and respect my body. It will

whisper to me when I've done too much. And if I choose to listen to

that whisper, my body won't have to scream in pain later on.


I AM A RUNNER because I am willing to lay it all on the line. I

know that every finish line has the potential to lift my spirits to new

highs or devastate me, yet I line up anyway.


I AM A RUNNER because I know that despite my best efforts, I

will always want more from myself. I will always want to know my limits

so that I can exceed them.


I AM A RUNNER because I run. Not because I run fast. Not because I run far.


I AM A RUNNER because I say I am. And no one can tell me I'm not.


Waddle on, friends.

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