Training Week 8: Sarah Bettinger
Not a good run! Today was my Regents exam for my students and in the excitement of that, beginning to grade and running home fast to get boys and get ready for corporate challenge I did not plan well for the actual running. It was a very high-energy event with so many friends and colleagues doing something so healthy and awesome together and that part was wonderful. The bad part was mile two when I realized that I had not eaten since lunch, it was around 7pm at this point. Good news is I may have run slowly but I didn’t stop! Bad news is that I had a really bad hypoglycemic event that it took me about an hour post race to stop shaking! Live and learn! My legs were like stumps! Carolyn came over to chat and while I had one of my worse timed runs she had a spectacular run…she is such an inspiration! She has helped me to see that I can do better than just finishing the Iron Girl!
Our chats have given me new goals, sky is the limit, maybe just maybe I could do a 70.3 Tri or a full Tri someday! Just need to figure out these runs!
Recovery Day. My oldest son graduated from Kindergarten today! Time really is flying!
First open water swim at Jamesville, delayed on account of lightning! Does that stop tri-athletes!?! Heck no! We practice water’s edge transitions to bike and bike to run, this was a lot of fun! The bike transition place was on a hill and the clipping in was an issue for me tonight. Wet shoes, frantic pace to get on while going up hill as others are coming at you all this combined into perfect storm for me to once again fall off the bike…right onto a rock with the palm of my hand! Ouch! Laughed it off and hopped right back on and finished…because that’s what Iron Girl’s do! After the transitions we had a nice little demo on changing tires and bike maintenance by Brendan. I am going to miss Saturday’s bike ride because I have graduation duty that morning. I have been talking to Tina about running lessons and tonight she graciously invited me to join her and a few other coaches on a run. Another race buddy Mark joins us as well. With a couple pointers and tips (swing arms like you are putting change in your pocket!) we are off and running! My legs have continued to be lead like since the Corp Challenge and at long last I feel them begin to loosen up! I cannot proclaim loud enough how awesome our coaches have been! They have helped me transition from clueless and nervous to informed and confident in just a few weeks! They are ROCK STARS!!
Today was the last day of school. I have been filled with anxiety about getting the time to fit in the training now that the boys will be out of daycare for the summer. A friend at work has invited me to run at 5am with his running group. Looks like it will be a lot of early mornings and late evenings for me this summer!
First 5 am run! Love running in the morning. I am so much faster! Got in a full 5k with an extra lap to cool down. It is also really nice to be running with a faster paced group. I pushed myself much more on this run and had fantastic results. Next run with the group is Friday!