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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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j and i finished our 20 mile run last saturday (woo!) and now we are on to the few weeks of tapering before our oct. 19th race! hooray. i did a 5 mile run on tuesday and was a little bit sore when i finished (guess my muscles were still going "what the heck?!" from sunday) and i have a 10 miler tomorrow. above all- the weather here is perfect for running. absolutely gorgeous!

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18 miles with supposed rain...

Posted by pavni Sep 21, 2008


so, my favorite weatherman (trumbie) was wrong again and this time, i was quite thankful. our 30-40% chance of rain didn't materialize this morning and j. and i successfully ran our 18 miler. hoo-rah! we were exhausted, sore and slightly disoriented afterwards (i went to buy groceries and it took me a good 10 mins to get out of the car... not to mention how long it took me to bend down to pick up spinach), but overall it was wonderful to finish.



we had the full symptoms of eighteen mile exhaustion ranging from heavy water sloshing bellies full of liquid to the end of our sweating since it just turned into salt immediately with the light breeze. i was quite excited when we were done, but it's always fun to spend a sunday morning running w/my sole-mate. 



anyhow, i think it started to rain right at 2pm when we finished... for about 15 minutes. and that was it. yay for fall thunderstorms in the midwest. next week, we're up to 20!



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sixteen with ike

Posted by pavni Sep 14, 2008


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. 



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"Most runners run not because they want to live longer, but because

they want to live life to the fullest. if you're going to while away

the years, it's far better to live them with clear goals and fully

alive than in a fog, and I believe running helps you do that. Exerting

yourself to the fullest within your individual limits: that's the

essence of running, and a metaphor for life -- and for me, for writing

as well. I believe many runners would agree."

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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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Understimate Stretching*




Lack of Support*




Lack of Belief*








Wrong Goal*




Wrong Training Program*




Starting too Fast*




Lack of Knowledge*











#10 Underestimate Stretching



Many beginning runners finish a run and neglect to stretch

enough or even at all. They then find themselves tight and sore and

eventually with a running injury. Do not neglect the importance of

stretching! Stretch within 15 minutes after every run and take your

time. As you progress through training, add a few seconds to each

stretch and build up to 20 seconds or more per stretch. Benefits will

include less soreness, greater flexibility, longer stride, and much

more. Do not underestimate the importance of stretching.



#9 Lack of Support



Many runners do not share there goal with their friends, family,

or co-workers. Why not? Afraid of what they might say? Afraid you will

tell them and then fail to achieve your goal? If so, that’s all the

more reason to tell them! It will give you lots of extra (and needed)

motivation. Fear can often be the most powerful form of motivation. Use

it! They should be supportive of you. All you have to do is tell them

you are training for a marathon or half marathon.



Do not feel compelled to keep them updated on your progress

though. Unless they are a runner, they simply will not understand.

Think of that friend or co-worker who insists on telling you about

every shot they had yesterday playing 18 holes of golf. Do you really

care to hear about it? I don’t! Still, tell them early on that you have

decided to run a marathon or half marathon. It will work in your favor.



#8 Lack of Belief



Often, a beginning runner will start training and have a very

difficult time completing their first 5-mile run. They don’t see how

they can possibly run more than that, much less 13.1 or 26.2. They stop

right there. Done. Finished. They CAN do it, but they can’t because

they don’t think they can. Did that make sense?


“If you think you can, or you can’t, you’re right.”

-     Henry Ford

Choose to believe you can!



#7 Motivation



There are lots of things that can (and will) come up during

training that can cause you to lose motivation. It is very likely that

you will miss a run or more due to circumstances that come with life.

Whether it is bad weather, illness, working late, mild injury, or

whatever, NEVER lose sight of your goal and choose to see the situation

as positive. Remind yourself of the feeling you will have when you

achieve your goal. Do not lose motivation.



#6 Wrong Goal



Many first time runners naturally think they should set a

marathon finish time goal. This is not the case. Your goal for your

first marathon or half marathon should simply be to finish. If you push

yourself too much, you are dramatically increasing the likelihood of

injury and not even seeing the starting line. Set a time goal for your

next marathon or half marathon. This may sound strange, but it is quite

wise. Be smart and set the right goals.



#5 Wrong Training Program



This really relates to goal-setting. Many runners follow a

program of greater difficulty because they want to achieve a certain

time. Then they fall victim to injury or just can’t handle the program

so they quit. Choose the right program for YOU!



#4 Starting Too Fast



Many runners begin their training and feel they can run more

than the scheduled training. What do they do? They go the extra mile

(or more). Sure, we were all taught to "go the extra mile" while

growing up, but don’t take it literally! In any training program, there

is a reason for gradually increasing mileage each week. If you feel

really strong when you begin training and want to run more, PLEASE

resist the temptation. By going the extra mile, you are substantially

increasing the likelihood of injury. Stay with the program. Believe in

yourself and the program. Achieve your goal!



#3 Lack of Knowledge



Many beginning runners decide they want to run a marathon or

half marathon and just start running. No homework, no schedule, no

advice, no nothing. They just start running because they think they

simply need to get in shape to start training and then they will figure

out the rest. In 2001, I fell victim to this one! I decided I was going

to run a 26.2-mile marathon. I just started running to get into shape.

One mile, two miles, three miles…I was a natural! Week 3 came along

and, after running three miles, I decided I could double it and then

ran six miles. The next week, I blew my knee out and was done before I

even started training. While I must admit I am embarrassed to share

this failure with you, I am glad to do so if you will learn from it.

I’ve held up my end of the bargain! Will you do yours? Do not fail

because of ignorance like I did in my first attempt. Educate yourself

on training as much as you can before you begin training. If you are

reading this, you are already on your way to beating the #3 mistake!

Give yourself a pat on the back.



#2 Hydration



Many runners suffer from dehydration because they underestimate

how much water their body needs during training. Drink during your long

runs. ALWAYS weigh yourself before and after a run and get your body

weight back to what it was before the run. Do this by drinking plenty

of water. Your urine should be light yellow to clear. Dark yellow means

you are not adequately hydrated and need to drink more water. Be smart

and stay hydrated! Stay away from the hospital! Cross the finish line!



#1 Injury



Many beginning runners make the mistake of piling on mileage

much too fast. Maybe they started training without even building up a

base during pre-training! They notice soreness in their shins or knees

and ignore it. They keep running and BAM!, it hits them. They’re done.

Game Over. Be aware of the warning signs and how to treat them. Be

aware that injuries can sneak up on you with NO warning. Be smart and

start easy. GRADUALLY build up and take your rest days seriously.

Remember how many of the other Top 10 Rookie Mistakes lead to injury.

Do not let injury keep you from achieving your goal.









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the next one!

Posted by pavni Aug 2, 2008

hi! so, i started training june 14th for the next marathon... the 2008 nationwide better health columbus marathon ( i am now a few weeks in to training and the event is october 19th. i am following a running plan that i found online from runner's world, and i think that it's given me more flexibility to schedule my runs. the long runs are on sundays, since the race is on a sunday, and the other two runs during the week are tuesdays and thursdays (and sometimes saturdays).


so far, it's been really fun to run and this morning was my 5K day. i ran the champaign c-u-in the park route that is mapped out (by faded orange spray paint) around the block. tomorrow, it's a cut-back week run of 6-8 miles in preparation for next week's 10 miles. hooray!



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training for the next one

Posted by pavni May 30, 2008

nashville country music was an amazing race, and although i did make mistakes, i think that i am going to try again soon.


what i will do differently for and during my second marathon:




1. more core training




2. more ice! (chill baths, letting my body heal after being tired)




3. more iron! apparently you lose a lot of iron while running and i am a vegetarian, so that makes it worse.




4. more massage! deep tissue massage is supposed to be great for injury prevention.




we'll see how this goes!  



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video from the marathon

Posted by pavni May 4, 2008
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happy and sore

Posted by pavni Apr 28, 2008

this weekend was a truly wonderful experience and i am pretty sore still. many have said that you should wait roughly 3-4 weeks before starting to run long distances again after doing a marathon, but i think that it will be at least a few days before i can walk-run normally anyhow! haha. i am sore from my head to my toes but am proud of our accomplishment!

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i will be sure to write a full update on my completion of the marathon tomorrow, however... here's an article that pretty much sums up my state post the 13 mile marker: also, an article about prevention and sodium recovery is at:


not to worry, j. and i definitely finished the 26.2! next time though, i'll be better prepared! 



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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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if you want to watch...

Posted by pavni Apr 21, 2008


LiveResults offers exclusive coverage of every runner's progress with times
recorded at the 5K, 10K, and 10-mile marks for all runners and marathoners will
also be recorded at the 13.1 and 20 mile marks. Updates are sent to the
LiveResults site every 60 seconds.


At the finish line, visit the NationLink booth located near Family Reunion

where laptop computers will be available for your use. For your friends and

family at home, have them visit

on race day and click on the LiveResults button - they'll never be out of



Results from

Check out The Tennessean on Sunday, April 27 to get the scoop on all of the
race day happenings, stories, photos and top results. This section is the only
place to get all the race highlights so be sure to get your hands on a

The Country Music Marathon & 1/2 Marathon will be televised regionally
on Comcast Sports Southeast and nationally on FSN.

  • Comcast Sports Southeast program will air on Monday, May 12 @ 9:00pm CST

  • Check your local listings for the FSN Airdate.


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