Lightbulb moment (swim training for the triathlon)

When I started teaching, and people asked me why I wanted to be a teacher, I’d talk about wanting to see “lightbulbs come on” in the minds of people I was helping (among other reasons). Kate, our swimming coach, is great at spotting something, pointing it out, and explaining what to do about it it…

List

Lots to write about swim/triathlon tonight, but thought I’d get the list done first. It’s been a “bad week” training-wise. I’ve only managed to run twice, as I was hit by a cold and a sore throat. The sore throat is actually still lingering, but I’m no longer feeling zonked, achey and dead-limbed. I also…

Another step forward….

A beautiful run this morning. Ran for 15 minutes on my own; put on some music, and upped my pace. Did some drills and strides, and just felt happy to be out. Met Kate, ran for half an hour with her. Took it fairly easy, as she’s been ill for a bit. Walked when we…

Two steps forward….

So it was all going really well. I’ve found people to run with. I’m enjoying running. I’m feeling fitter, healthier, happier, faster even… sometimes… I met this fitness instructor on Wednesday, who gave me some really good ideas for my run training, and also reassured me about the bike (it’ll be fine!) and talked a…

Denial

Saw the doctor yesterday about something completely unrelated to all this running/ cholesterol/ blood pressure stuff. But, inevitably, we also talked about cholesterol and blood pressure… and my weight! The doctor suggested I go to Slimmer’s World (or similar). I nodded politely, but there is NO WAY I’m going to do that! But then I…

Music

Had to run alone this morning. Luckily, I’d made an iPod playlist with lots of happy songs that I hadn’t heard for a while. Unfortunately… I couldn’t change the order or skip songs once I started running, because I was measuring time/distance etc. using the little Nike app. (also on my iPod). This meant I…