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recent running

Posted by pavni Jan 25, 2009

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!

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packing and planning

Posted by pavni Oct 17, 2008

getting ready for race weekend! we're supposed to have a high of 64 (low of 45'ish) on race day and i got 2 fleece(s) from old navy (hooray $15 each!) to wear so that if we lose them we won't be heartbroken. i've got my anatomy flashcards and review sheet ready for the drive... loads of snacks and gatorade... and as soon as the load of laundry is done, i am set to pack! woohoo! here we come, OH-hi-oh!

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Posted by pavni Oct 16, 2008

got my race bib # today!

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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!

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Posted by pavni Oct 5, 2008

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!

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today... is T minus 4 days!

Posted by pavni Apr 22, 2008


passed on in an incredibly inspirational email from m.b.:

"Your biggest challenge isn't someone else. It's the ache in your legs and the burning in your lungs, and the voice inside you that yells 'CAN'T", but you don't listen. You just push harder. And you discover that the person you thought you were is no match for the one you really are."






today i went to my favorite place for running gear (body and sole) and asked them to print my name on my race singlet. they did it beautifully write across the center of my purple shirt and when the man brought it to the register the other checker said "what does that say... "pain?" to which the other man replied: "pavni... not pain. but i am sure she'll be feeling some when she finishes!" haha. an interesting take on my name, i suppose. anyhow, i am pretty excited and hope to soak in all of this week so that i can make sure it's truly memorable. you never get your first marathon back... and i can't wait... i just want to finish! 



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5 days!

Posted by pavni Apr 21, 2008


i thought my shirt was too tight this morning, until i looked down and realized that the knot in my stomach was internal and not external. i am just nervous! woo. and excited.



here's an inspirational quote passed on by coach d:



“The marathon is a charismatic event. It has everything. It has drama. It has competition. It has camaraderie. It has heroism. Every jogger can’t dream of being an Olympic champion, but he can dream of finishing a marathon.”    --Fred Lebow



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6 days til the marathon!

Posted by pavni Apr 20, 2008


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).



okie dokie... let the countdown continue! 






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we did it!

Posted by pavni Apr 14, 2008

A huge Thank YOU! to everyone who helped me fundraise towards my goal of $3,400! We did it!!! The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Team in Training and I thank you dearly.








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Thanks to my wonderful (and incredibly supportive) boyfriend's donation today... I have hit my 90% goal and have $311 dollars left to go to raise! Thanks to everyone who has contributed to the cause so far... without you I wouldn't be where I am today.



I am getting more and more excited about Saturday's 20 miler as the week continues and hope that I can finish strong (and ready for the last 6 miles!).



Thanks again to everyone and I hope you're all enjoying a great start to April!! 25 days til the marathon! 



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March 27, 2008


Dear Friends, Family, Mentors and Colleagues,


Hello! I wanted to update you on my progress towards the Nashville Country Music Marathon on April 26, 2008.


First off, it’s less than a month away! Hooray! I am registered and ready to go! 


Secondly, it’s 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, she’s 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 you’d like to read about my running adventures (this past Saturday was 18 miles!) I am keeping a blog at: Also, if you would like to donate online you can do so at: 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.




Thank you and take care.










  P.S. My Illinois Team website is at: and I am keeping a blog of the training at: Keep reading as I keep on running!








  From Jan, 2008




  Dear Friends,


  I’d like to tell you about a new adventure that I am embarking upon


  and would like to ask for your help in achieving my goal. I, Pavni


  Mehrotra, will be running the Country Music Marathon in Nashville,


  Tennessee, on April 26th, 2008. Yes, you read that correctly… I’m


  running a marathon!




  I know… I’m not very fast (Herschel, my dog, trots faster than I run),


  and I’m no athlete (although I have always wanted to be!). However,


  with the help of Team in Training, my local coaches, a lot of hard


  work and a positive attitude, I believe that this is going to be an


  amazing experience.




  Team in Training (TNT) is one of the largest sports training programs


  in the nation and supports The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. For the


  past twenty years TNT has trained beginners like me, helped us with


  our personal goals, and used our fundraising to support cancer


  research and improve the lives of those affected. Our coaches are


  local students and athletes who have been devoted to the cause and are


  incredible resources.




  Lymphoma is a cancer that has directly affected my family. In 1996, my


  grandmother was diagnosed with lymphoma and I spent that summer with


  her while she went through chemotherapy for the first time. She is an


  incredible woman and role model, who not only persevered through the


  cancer (three times), but also volunteered to be part of the original


  research study on combination therapy (solely because she thought that


  it would help others afflicted by cancer). Now after having been in


  remission for many years, she is as vibrant as ever. She has kindly


  agreed for me to run my very first marathon in her name which is an


  incredible motivation. For her to have fought the disease and


  triumphed is amazing day-to-day motivation.  I cannot wait to cross


  that finish line, raise funds for our Illinois Team, and support an


  organization that has been vital in helping many others grow up with


  their grandmothers around.




  So, that’s where I need your help. My personal goal is to raise $3,400


  before the race in April. Although that is a daunting number, what you


  donate goes towards research and patient and community service from


  the Society, and I truly believe that is a worthwhile cause. If I can


  raise enough to help someone’s family member or friend… then perhaps I


  can make a small 26.2-mile step to return the blessing that my family






  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 and I hope to hear from all of you.


  Your support in this will keep me running, and I truly appreciate your






  Thank you,






  P.S. My Illinois Team website is at: and I am keeping a blog of


  the training at: Keep reading


  as I keep on running!

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this past "week" i was in california visiting my brother and family in berkeley! it was an amazing little city (not so little), and has tons of wonderful hills and visual stimuli to keep me going during my training runs. i flew in on wednesday and ended up doing hills/incline training on lombard street! haha. talk about an incline. also, for my thursday short run, i got to roam around the uc berkeley campus which was absolutely beautiful- and i should not forget the near 30 degree difference between my normal running temperature and that of beautiful california.


for my eighteen miler on saturday, i have to admit that i was pretty nervous, and had planned out a route (as per my brother and his labmate's suggestion) around cesar chavez park down off of marina blvd. the night before. however, when i woke up, and realized that it was incredible outside, i just took off. herschel was with me in berkeley, and i know that he appreciated the extra hour of sleep while i ran my first 8-9 miles! i ended up running in a small neighborhood up and left of my brother's place off of college st. and i believe it was off of a street called clairemont. it was a charming neighborhood with hedges for fences and really friendly neighbors. there were the locals going to the bakery (which had a great set of aromas permeating from it's doors!), and others sitting with their pups outside enjoying the sunshine. i got to run on a little trail through their neighborhood as well and observed some of the biggest squirrels i have ever seen!




the neighborhood quickly transitioned into a downtown area and i passed those getting on their various methods of mass transit... from there i ran down until i passed the residential area, the shops, and ended up somewhere near a shopping plaza that consisted of a jamba juice and boston market... i think! haha. i ended up turning up one of the streets past 51st and ran into a tiny bakery where i asked for a glass of water. they were very kind and i thank them for being generous to me (even when i probably looked like a sweaty mess!).




anyhow, the rest of the run was me turning back past a school and ended up at my brother's. herschel did the next seven miles with me towards a beautiful park off of martin luther king jr. drive near sacramento where there were some playing a game of soccer, a dog park, a baseball game, and a group of men doing partner tai-chi! it was great to be in such a lively environment.




after returning back to my brother's and downing a fruit cup in record time (i didn't bring any power- or gator- like things!)... i went back out for the last set of miles and followed a path down oxford and across another stretch of campus. sigh. it was completely and wonderfully exhausting. i suppose the best way to get to know your neighborhood is to start walking (or running, in this case) and get lost! then figure out where you are and come back! it was a great adventure and i had a lovely time.




it took me right around 4 hours, which although was slow for me, reflected the hills effect upon my normal strides as well as including my stop time... so i didn't really mind. i appreciated my nike+'s company (and technological advances which kept me going), as well as the neighborhood's inspiring ability.




the rest of my stay in berkeley was wonderful and i got to visit with some friends and family as well as get in another short run on monday morning before flying back to illinois!




this week (i thought we were doing 20!) we're cutting back, so it'll be getting into great (if not better) condition for the future runs. i had a wonderful vacation and now must get reaccustomed to the new time zone as well as the temperature and weather. california spoils you rotten!  



p.s. i'd like to thank everyone who has donated lately - your donations have helped me tremendously in reaching my goal of $3,400! i appreciate it very much! 



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spring training week #8

Posted by pavni Feb 3, 2008


this was our week of cutting back on the distances and working on our strides, so our saturday workout was roughly 4 miles. however, the icy conditions (although the snow was breathtaking), led us all to be sore in pretty weird places. i think it was all of my muscles compensating for the ground slipping out from under me!



on a side note, i am dancing with the persian cultural association in their new year (nourouz) celebration, so we have been having dance practices which are incredibly fun. the dance style feels like a mixture of indian and salsa and is incredibly expressive. it's been really fun to learn the steps and i am hoping that we'll do a good job in march!



in terms of fundraising, i have contacted coldstone creamery in campustown and am hoping to have our event setup for the end of february! :o) hopefully it gets warm enough to persuade others that they would like some ice cream! once again, i'd like to thank all of those who have donated so far (and the new donations that i recieved this week), because without you, i wouldn't be able to be a part of this amazing experience and help this incredibly deserving organization!



also, if you haven't gotten a chance to take a look at my fundraising page: Team in Training: i have learned a little basic html and have tried to spice it up! i was pretty amazed that a few "<b>" and such could make such a huge difference in the overall presentation of the page! who knew i would learn things like this when i began.



hope you all have a wonderful sunday, i will be doing my required "rest and stretch" to get stronger for next week's 10 miler!! can't wait!












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