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Two months two months two months!!!

The New York City Marathon is two months from today! Here are the long runs I have left:

  • 15 miles
  • 17 miles
  • 12 miles
  • 18-20 miles
  • 14 miles
  • 20 miles
  • 12 miles
  • 6-8 miles

I want to get two 20 milers in, so I hope the first one works out. I have no more major trips planned, which means my long runs will be either on my favorite local trail or around my neighborhood. I should run around my neighborhood to get used to waning energy and hills, but flat trails are so nice!

I promised myself to keep one or two of my weekday runs outside. This should be easier since the weather is getting cooler and Scout can tag along with me. I’m also going to incorporate hill repeats in one of my runs each week. I accidentally found a killer 4.5 loop around my neighborhood last week that has a steep, long hill. This hill will be perfect for hill repeats since a lot of the hills in the NYC are around a mile long.

So that’s my plan for the next two months of training. I hope it all works out. I know some runs will be cut short and schedules change, but I’ll do my best to stick it through until November 7.

Fundraising
Money! Don’t forget to think about donating to Virginia Tech’s Center for Peace Studies and Violence Prevention (CPSVP). I started this site a while ago and I’ve already raised more money than I could have hoped for. But more would be nice! The CPSVP’s programs work to end violence and change the world, not just southwest Virginia. The education of a handful of people will lead to change everywhere.

The Virginia Tech Center for Peace Studies and Violence Prevention is a student-centered cross-disciplinary undertaking that builds on the academic, cultural, and security initiatives that evolved within the Virginia Tech community after the tragedy of April 16, 2007. Since its inception on July 1, 2008, the Center has adopted three thematic areas:

  • The prevention of violence
  • Peace studies
  • Creation of opportunities for the development of new leaders for this Century

The CPSVP will advance the scholarship and practice of violence prevention and peace by:

  • Providing opportunities for student engagement in prevention of violence and peace building
  • Fostering integration of disciplines in the creation of new knowledge and skills
  • Ensuring development of engaged leadership for working with youth at risk

Football
The Hokies lost 33-30 against the Smurfs Boise State last night in the 2010 season opener. Instead of focusing on the negative, lets focus on the positive and channel all positive thoughts to make 2010 THE season for the Hokies!

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workout: kickboxing DVD

I wanted a tough crosstraining experience today, so I dusted off my old Jillian Michaels “Banish Fat, Boost Metabolism” DVD. I had not used this video since February when Maryland experienced the worst snowstorm ever. I was training for a half marathon and was stuck inside for 5 days due to 2 feet of snow and blizzard conditions. This was pre-treadmill too. I was miserable. I worked out to this DVD everyday to keep my endurance up. When I had a bad race, I blamed Jillian and the snow. Sorry, Jill.

This morning it was like pre-snowstorm days and Jillian kicked my butt. It felt great! And I’m already looking forward to my run tomorrow. Usually I dread Thursday runs because I’m tired and worn out. I’m going to love this new schedule!

For good news today I wanted to share a program that VT created for undergraduates. Here’s the description from the CPSVP website:

The CPSVP has developed a new undergraduate degree option at Virginia Tech. This University Concentration in Violence Prevention and Peace Studies will offer students from many areas an opportunity to focus their academic efforts on the field. The CPSVP will offer a Capstone Seminar allowing students to crystallize what they have learned in concentration tracks housed in several departments, and to work closely with students from other disciplines.

Courses will be taught by faculty from across Virginia Tech, and visiting scholars. The Capstone Seminar course will include service learning projects in the community.

The Concentration option is expected to be available in Spring 2011. Currently, students may enroll for the course Global Society, Violence, and the Prospects for Peace (Soc/Phil/Geog/AAE 4984), which will be introduced as a year-long course beginning in the Fall semester of 2010.

Isn’t this a neat program? I like how it will get students involved in the community. I was an Appalachian Studies minor at Tech and it involved a lot of community hours. I loved getting out of the classroom and into the heart of southwestern Virginia and West Virginia. The best courses are the ones that get you involved and active. It’s so rewarding to see your hard work in action within the surrounding community.

It’ll be interesting to see where this program goes and to read about its impact in the local VT community and globally.

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Welcome to my blog. The main focus of A Running Hokie is, of course, running. I’m preparing for the 2010 ING New York City Marathon in November. (I’ll talk more on my training later, but for now, just know that it’s going to be a long, hilly journey to Central Park.) Along the way, I want to raise money and awareness for Virginia Tech’s Center for Peace Studies and Violence Prevention (CPSVP).

When I got accepted into the NYC Marathon, I knew it was for a good reason. I applied on a whim and actually forgot that I had applied come April when names were released. Thus, I had to run NYC for a cause, but what cause? I looked through charities and felt lost; the organizations seemed so big. It was during a 10 mile training run on the treadmill when I first thought I could raise money for the CPSVP. I graduated from Tech in 2006 and my husband, Matt, graduated in 2007. The road was rocky when my husband graduated, but that didn’t stop us Hokies – we came back stronger. With that Hokie strength behind me, I decided to step out with this project, with Matt and Scout at my back.

The Center wasn’t just built for the Tech community, because violence doesn’t belong anywhere. It works for you, too. It’s vision is to “advance scholarship, and practice violence prevention and peace through engagement with local and global communities.” For more information on the Center, visit my “Virginia Tech’s CPSVP” page.

To make a long story short, my intentions for this blog go as such:

  1. Document my training for the 2010 ING New York City marathon.
  2. Raise awareness and money for Virginia Tech’s Center for Peace Studies and Violence Prevention.
  3. Do my best promote peace on my own.
  4. Cook and eat food (this isn’t a food blog, but I love food and will talk about what I enjoy)
  5. Make my dog, Scout, famous.
  6. Entertain you peeps.

Talk to you later!

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