This Runner's Trials

Why not tri?

Posted by runnerstrials

I've been meaning to post this series for a long time. But thinking about anything running-related really hurt for awhile there.


Unread Runner's Worlds. I used to read these cover-to-cover the first day I got them.

This past weekend, though, something snapped as I watched my brother-in-law WIN a half marathon: It absolutely sucks to be sidelined from racing, but most athletes have to go through it at some point. And hopefully, I'll return to racing one day.

This time last year- during that same race my brother-in-law WON this year- I ran my fastest half marathon to date. I'd been training to achieve a 13.1 PR for so long that after the race I immediately starting wondering "what now?"

I wasn't ready to try a marathon again and while I was happy continuing to do half marathons and shorter races, they weren't enough all of a sudden.

Meanwhile, my husband was training for his first half Ironman. I thought is was so cool that he could do three sports, while I was only able to do one.


Then I read an article in one of his tri magazines where experienced triathletes talked about their first tri experience. Most were former runners who decided to start competing in triathlons because they needed a new challenge; each one of them fell in love with the three sport challenge.

I knew I wanted to do a triathlon, but fear held me back. I didn't know how to swim properly and I was petrified to bike on the road because of an accident my husband had been in years ago.

Whenever I'm scared of something, I ask myself "what's the worst that could happen?". And unfortunately in this situation the "worst" can be drowning or getting run over by a car. I knew triathlon training would be risky, but I also knew overcoming my fear would be worth it. Goals doesn't really mean anything if the road to achieving them is easy.

So, I registered for a sprint triathlon. In 6 weeks, I went from not knowing how to swim well and switch gears on my bike to triathlon finisher.

Training was hard. I was overcome with fear each ride on my bike and discouraged during each pool workout. But there's something awesome about starting out being SO bad at something (me and swimming) and seeing yourself improve in such a short time. It makes you realize that you really can do anything if you put your mind to it.

So my fellow runners, this series is for you. I know it's scary taking the plunge and adding two new sports to your repertoire, but it's also incredibly fun and rewarding.

Besides, even if you don't enjoy the swim and bike part of your triathlon, I guarantee you'll love passing all the non-runners during the run portion. It's awesome they save the best sport for last :)

Swimming for runners post coming soon. Don't worry, I didn't write it :)



Posted by runnerstrials

I can't believe I'm the same girl who wrote this post one week ago. Not being on any hormones has done wonders for my emotions. In fact, I saw three pregnant women in the grocery store today and I didn't give a single one a dirty look. Progress friends :)

And the fact that I met a huge donut this weekend may have helped, too.


Ok, so maybe it was my appointment with my new doctor that has my emotions high.

My new doc is awesome! I left my appointment giddy and felt for the first time ever that I really am going to get pregnant.

We really clicked. She answered all of my questions and was even impressed by how much I knew about infertility (or at least she humored me that she was impressed). And she's a runner so clearly she's cool ;)

But, most importantly, she gave her honest opinion of what she thinks is wrong with me and I trust it. My hormone levels actually don't fit PCOS or hypothalamic amenorrhea. I meet one of the clinical definitions of PCOS, but my doctor said it doesn't really matter what I have. The bottom line is I have some kind of ovulatory dysfunction that should be treatable.

My new doc is also glad I've cut back on running. She truly knows how much it sucks but assured me it's what's best. Apparently running only 20 miles per week can cause ovulation problems in some (unlucky) women even if they're a healthy weight and eat enough calories. I'll continue to keep my weekly mileage low plus keep up yoga and resume swimming.

I'm just waiting to start my next cycle and then I'll take letrozole and have an IUI. My new doctor sees no reason for me to go on birth control pills, wohoo! :)

I learned a valuable lesson: you should completely trust and feel comfortable with your doctor. If you don't, get a second opinion. You have nothing to lose. Trust me. I wish I listened to friends and took this advice sooner.

I feel like this is a huge step in the right direction. Let's hope I'm right :)