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 landsend.com (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!
training has been going well and it has finally started to stay in the positive digits (weather wise!) so that has made training in the morning much more enjoyable! i think we're only a few weeks away now...
training for the illinois 1/2 has begun! i ran through x'mas break... and yesterday did my first sat. run w/j! how exciting it is. i can't wait to get back into the routine and it will truly be a fun time to run something so close (if not directly down the street) from home!
yes, i am nervous. but it's okay. it's a good nervous. a makes-you-want-to-get-up and outside kind of nervous. it starts off like a think-i-am-going-to-vomit nervousness but that dissolves into a jittery blustery mess that once i put one foot into my running shoe- poof! it's gone. and in that hole fills excitement and a deep desire to just feel breeze on my cheeks. sigh. i am excited and scared. and it's just a week away. marathon number two this year. 2008- my first and (fingers-crossed) second marathon. i am a year older this time, so maybe it will be different. it's in a new place, so that will be fun. and, i am running with one of my best friends, thus- it will be wonderful. i can't wait. i just have to stay hydrated, rested, and stretch... and the rest is up to that day, the weather, and how my body does will be in part due to all of the training runs that have gone into this june/july started process... and partly due to my mental state. this is going to be so much fun! just need to make it to that finish line in one piece and i will have been successful. hooray!
j and i are in the tapering phase of our marathon training and have crossed over the 20 mile peak of last week and are in the double digit decline... it is interesting to have to work through little aches and pains during our runs and i think that my body (overall) is appreciative of the rest. i am working to stay strong so that we can finish strong in exactly two weeks! let the countdown begin!
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.
due to the rain/storm that we are currently experiencing, j. and i decided to change our outside running plan to an indoor one. although she had masterfully mapped us a beautiful sixteen mile loop, a true "country adventure", we decided that we'd spare our shoes from squeaking forever and pounded out 16 on the treadmill(s). it was a long haul and i think that we were both happy when we were done. recent purchases for running include:
1. the stick: essentially pipe with little rounded beads on it- you massage your muscles with it to help with recovery
2. raspberry creme and raspberry original gels- delicious.
i haven't yet decided if i need to update my running wardrobe, although s. suggested checking on steep&cheap for wonderful deals on beautiful sugoi running stuff. anyhow, i am happy and tired and i believe my knees are done for the day. what a wonderful way to spend a rainy sunday morning- running, watching the entire disc 1 of "sex in the city" and then coming home to cinnamon rolls. wonderful.
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!
yesterday we did our final saturday workout and i can't believe that we're so close to the actual marathon! i am so excited. 3 more runs and one more day of x-training and then off we go! my flight is on friday morning, so i am really really excited.
tapering has been a bit depressing but everyone has been so supportive and i hope that i am strong enough to cross that finish line. i keep visualizing it, like they've told us to... so hopefully it'll work out!
we also had our race-clinic last week, so i have a few photos from that (below) and i recieved my race singlet! woo! so cute. also, mom got me these awesome running shorts... which i broke in yesterday for the first time. it was weird to be running in shorts outside since we haven't had weather like this in a long time and i realized i just had to suck it up and realize that i'd be running in shorts- not pants- and i should get used to it asap. i just checked the weather for nashville and they're expecting it to be a high of 69 and cloudy. that's perfectly fine by me! i think that by now, j. and i could run in the rain, snow, sleet, hail, wind... it wouldn't matter!
also (below) is a pic of our nashville team plus coach D after our last run together (besides wednesday's practice, that is).
today was a pretty crazy (but wonderful) day and i am so excited about how everything went. thank you to everyone involved!
first off, today was the day of our official "save a life with a slice" fundraiser at village inn pizza (www.villageinnpizzacu.com). village inn is one of my favorite places to get pizza from in town and they have an incredible owner who was so easy to work with when planning a fundraiser. they are really generous with their time and make you feel like family... which is why i think everyone who attended the fundraiser today had a great time!
secondly, our wednesday training run was outside for the first time (yay!) and at the urbana high track which (i believe) is made out of recycled tires and is incredibly squishy. our team did a great tempo workout and afterwards almost everyone was able to attend the pizza night! it was great to eat with them, and i hope that on friday (at our team dinner) i get to talk to them more and know them better! we talk while we're running, but i think that it'll be more fun when we're all dressed up!
today's been a streaming conversation about running starting from the first thing this morning, to our seminar speaker being an 11-time marathoner, and extending into dinner. everytime i get to talking about how j and i started running together i realize how blessed i am to have found her as a running partner and friend, as well as the team in training program... and my very first wonderful visit to body and sole. this has been an amazing journey and what a great day to sum it up. now, we have tapering til the start of the race and i hope to get stronger and more prepared as the days keep rolling by.
thanks to everyone who made today wonderful and that made our fundraiser a success. it was a truly great day.
today we did our longest run to date (and i believe our longest run ever)... 20 miles! WOOHOO. It was great. Having J'me there to talk to was a blessing and the weather was perfect... 58-60F and sunny! sigh. we couldn't have asked for better conditions. also, our amazing mentors came and supported us through the mileage (even driving alongside us for a mile-mile and a half)! (thanks j&r!)
i did feel like i ate a whole bunch during the run - from bananas to many cups of gatorade, i was definitely well fueled. well, i guess if we've come this far... what's another 6.2 miles, right?
i am so proud... i would have never guessed that i was capable of this. thank you team in training and all of you who have been such a wonderful support through this! today's the 5th so that makes 21 days 'til we'll be saying "yeehaw!" in nashville!
j, j, r and me! post run... smelly, salty, tired and very happy!
this week was our cut-back from last week's 18 miles to a measly 12... haha. just kidding! 12 miles is a whole lot, but it did make me realize how far we have come from our 30 minute runs being something that caused stress. ty asked me last night what the hardest part about running was and i came to the conclusion that the most difficult part of this training process is not the physical changes (which i truly appreciate), but rather the mental decision to finish a run. once you start everything's easy-peasy... it's just continuing on (especially when your body is tired and your mind is bored). making that decision to finish whether at mile 16 for the 18 miler... or at mile 24 for the upcoming marathon will be something that i will always fight with. it's so much easier to be lazy than it is to put one foot in front of the other, pump your arms a little more, and move your booty up the hill.
the 12 mile run was beautiful in our slightly-warmer than normal 45 degree weather (35 with windchill). after the run samit met me at LOTW and we walked the dogs along a part-trail part-paved path. i think that they truly enjoyed it!
the only downside of our run this morning was that i got my very first owie which is a diamond shaped chafed spot on my chest! the culprit: the inner seam of my singlet. i have a band-aid on it now, but it definitely burned in the shower! it was totally my fault for not realizing that it wasn't a flat seam and for not adding enough body glide to prevent that from happening. regardless, i should heal up fine and it's not serious!
this upcoming week we are preparation for our 20 mile run on saturday and then the following wednesday, april 9th, we'll be having a fundraiser at Village Inn Pizza (corner of Mattis and Springfield) to raise money for the LLS. go team!
Hello! I wanted to update you on my progress towards the Nashville Country Music Marathon on April 26, 2008.
First off, its less than a month away! Hooray! I am registered and ready to go!
Secondly, its been an amazing experience so far. Training with Team in Training and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society is truly a wonderful addition in my life. Last night at our Wednesday group run at the Armory, Diana, our team in training patient honoree came to watch and visit. She has survived two runs of Leukemia and two bone marrow transplants and is an incredibly strong woman. From mentoring patients with the LLS who are fighting the same type of cancer she had to working with elementary school kids with childhood leukemia and taking them to the zoo, shes giving back to the community that she believes has given her the power to fight for her life. It was truly inspirational and her saying thank you to us as a team and as individuals was so rewarding. I thanked her for sharing her story and for being so open with her life with a group of strangers!
After our workout, I felt that we had been able to get to know her better as well as show her that this is a two-way street. Her commitment to the LLS as well as her service to the patient population pushed us towards fundraising and running towards a goal as well. So, I am proud to say that with your help and generosity I am 87% of the way towards my goal of $3,400. I have until April 7th to fundraise and no donation is too small. Many of you who have donated have helped countless individuals and families get access to care, find a physician that can help them, pay for travel costs, or even help an entire family for a year I am so thankful for your contributions.
If youd like to read about my running adventures (this past Saturday was 18 miles!) I am keeping a blog at: http://community.active.com/blogs/pavni. Also, if you would like to donate online you can do so at: http://www.active.com/donate/tntil/Pavni. If you prefer to write a check, if you make it out to: The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and mail it to me at: 3724 Thornhill Drive, Champaign, IL 61822, I can mail that in for you as well. I thank you in advance for your generosity and to all of those who have helped me get closer to reaching my goal!
Thank you and I hope to hear from you all soon!
I appreciate you all keep reading as I keep running!
Subject: Team in Training Marathon Update #3
February 18, 2008
Dear Friends, Family, Mentors and Colleagues,
I hope that everything is going really well for you all!
I wanted to update you on my progress towards the Country Music Marathon on April 26th in Nashville!
This past weekend we did 12 miles! I would have never imagined that I could be capable of running that distance, however it gave me a lot of time to think about life, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, and why I am doing this marathon. So far, I have been running, cross-training, hill training, and pretty much every other kind of training I can think of, trying to get myself physically and mentally prepared for the upcoming 26 miles. Our first team speed workout is this Wednesday night and I am so excited!
It's been incredibly gratifying so far and everyone has been incredibly generous. My personal goal is to raise $3,400 before the race in April. So far, with the help of my generous family, friends, mentors and colleagues, I am a little over 50% of the way there! I am going to be meeting with local businesses in the upcoming week to plan fundraisers- Village Inn Pizza, Marble Slab Creamery and other local businesses in Champaign have agreed to help us!
Anyhow, if you have any questions, suggestions, comments or encouraging words, I would love to hear from you (since I am sure I will need all of the support)! I will keep you updated on my progress in terms of training as well as my personal well-being. I hope to hear from all of you and wish you the very best in everything that you're doing. Your support in this will keep me running, and I truly appreciate your help.