Today I’m running with Sandra Laflamme, who is a woman that refuses to sit still for long!
Sandra is always on the go, whether she’s running or triathlon training, other physical activities, running a great blog, chasing her kids around, and working on the family business.
Trying the Triathlon
While dealing with an injury that kept her from running, Sandra found herself in the pool and on the bike in order to stay active and maintain her fitness when she couldn’t run.
By the time the injury was healed and Sandra was ready to start running again, she had spent enough time in the water and on the bike that she decided to dip her toes into the triathlon waters.
One of the biggest adjustments Sandra has had to make between training for a triathlon and competing in a race is the challenge of swimming in a pack of other swimmers after spending the majority of her training time swimming alone.
While you might expect the random bumps and grabs and chaos of a crowded swim, in Sandra’s first triathlon she legitimately got kicked in the face by another athlete within in the first few minutes of the swim.
First Impressions of the New York City Marathon
Sandra ran the New York City marathon earlier this fall, and she did so as a charity runner for the team put together by the Clark School. The Clark School for Hearing and Speech has a close connection to Sandra’s niece, who went to school there after being born with auditory neuropathy.
As for the race itself, this was the first time Sandra had run NYC. She’d entered the lottery a few times before, but never had her name drawn to run in the race.
She definitely enjoyed her experience running New York, and has me thinking that maybe I should consider putting my name in the lottery sooner rather than later.
Sandra has run Boston a few times, and she will be running it again in 2017, and found it difficult to compare the two big city races.
While they both have large fields and great crowd support, they are definitely their own unique races.
Sandra’s first Boston Marathon was in 2013, and for obvious reasons that was an incredibly emotional day for her.
She enjoys going back and running Boston as she’s able, and she’s definitely looking forward to running the race again in the spring.
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