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
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.
so i have started to get nervous about tapering and wondering if i am strong enough to finish this race. i realize that if i have done 20 miles, i can keep going another 6.2... however, is everything going to be different when i am in a different state with a whole bunch of people and crazy excitement all around?
i hope that it is a truly wonderful experience and my long-distance mentor (j-pow) completely resolved my fears with her email last night. she talked about doing "nothing new on race day" as well as believing in the tapering since you need all the rest you can get before the actual race. i feel much better! i just have to trust in myself as well as the training program and make sure that i am ready to run on the 26th! (thanks jenni).
next weekend, we have our pre-race clinic and we'll be getting our singlets! hooray! that way i can practice running in that outfit so that i can make sure i am completely comfortable (sans chafing!). oh man, i am so excited/scared/nervous/anxious.
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!
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!
my race day packet for the marathon came today... my race number is 17044 and i am in corral number 17, which basically means that i'll start in the 17th group of runners at 7am on april 26th! hooray. also, i learned that those who would like to watch my progress from home can do so at the following website: www.cmmarathon.com- click on the "LiveResults" Bug on the homepage during the race!
all of this is incredibly exciting and nerve-wracking at the same time. i just want to finish!!
reminiscing a little bit... this has been an amazing and rewarding experience. my next fundraiser is wednesday, april 9th at village inn pizza from 11am-10pm and LLS gets 15% of all the profits from the day! i am going to try and publicize like crazy. go team!
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.