This is one of Heidi’s absolute favorite races, and this year, she was able to run it with her son James! Heidi reports that James is/was much faster than her, but that she was happy that he stayed with her so they could enjoy the experience together.
Heidi finished strong and with a finish time she was proud of. Great job, Heidi!
Lisa ran the 10K, and in what has become an extremely common theme this fall, she was using this race as a supported training day. She reported that she dressed perfectly for the conditions and she was able to hit the targets we set in the workout that she ran! Way to go, Lisa!
Rebecca ran the 5K, and she did so with her three boys. Rebecca gets so much joy sharing exercise and experiences like this with her kids, and the four of them had a great time together. Hooray!
Mary has been building her running back up after having to deal with some medical things this fall. I gave her a pretty strong speech about how she had to be smart during this race and not let her ego get in the way of her executing a smart race that would allow us to continue to build toward her goals and progress her running. Mismanaging a race at this critical stage could have been very costly.
Thankfully, Mary heeded my advice and executed a thoughtful, smart race that left her and her body feeling great both as she crossed the finish line and afterwards.
When Carolyn first emailed me to ask me about coaching in 2019, she mentioned that qualifying to represent the United States of America at the World Triathlon Grand Final was a major goal of hers. It took us three years, but she made it!
Carolyn’s entire family joined her for the trip and they loved the experience of being in the UAE. (Especially her daughter Andrea, who actually is fluent in Arabic!) Carolyn enjoyed the warm swim and seeing jellyfish beneath her as she swam. The bike course was very technical with a lot of turns, but Carolyn handled it great. On the run, the temperatures and conditions of the day made themselves known, but Carolyn modified well and adjusted her run to be on feel so she could finish strong as the 24th person in her age group IN THE WORLD!
A goal many years in the making: ACHIEVED! Congratulations, Carolyn!
Jingle Jog 5K
On Saturday, November, 26, 2022, Kara Bisaccia ran the Jingle Jog 5K in Clinton, New York!
Kara is training for some big goals next year, and as such, I gave her the option of racing this for fun or pushing the effort based on how she was feeling after her regular week of training. It’s been a little while since Kara has gone out and really pushed herself in a race, and she decided to go for it!
She was able to run steady and strong throughout all 3.1 miles and finished feeling accomplished and excited!
Ugly Sweater 5K
On Sunday, December 4, 2022, Kara Bisaccia ran the Ugly Sweater 5K in Utica, New York!
Kara really loves little local races, so this was a good option for a supported training run as part of her training for her bigger goals. She was able to run faster than she did in last week’s Jingle Jog 5K, and this after a bigger training week this week!
Way to go, Kara!
Coach Laura Henry
Laura Henry is a Syracuse, NY-based coach who is a USA Triathlon Level II Long Course and Level II Paratriathlon Certified Coach, USA Cycling Level 2 Certified Coach, VFS Certified Bike Fitter, and has successfully completed NASM's Certified Personal Trainer course. Coach Laura is passionate about helping athletes of all ability levels reach their goals and has coached many athletes to success.