How can it possibly be September already? Our weather here in Vancouver seems to have changed from summer to fall on a dime and after just one day in jeans and a raincoat, I’m already daydreaming about all the time we spent on the beach this summer, in the lake, on the boat and most importantly, with my family.

This summer, I very consciously put family ahead of running. 

Seems like a no-brainer but in the past few years it’s been very easy to get caught up in all the fun summer running events (like 5 Peaks, Seawheeze, Colour Me Rad, Squamish…) and before you know it, your summer weekends are filled with races and training runs. This year I only committed to one summer race and poured the rest of myself into just enjoying the summer with all my boys.

And it was amazing.

But now that it’s September 1st, I can’t help but think of all the things I DIDN’T do on my summer vacation…

1. Sleep in my own bed.

We pretty much split our entire summer between my family’s cabin at Shuswap Lake and my husband’s childhood home on Sproat Lake on Vancouver Island. We are very lucky to have a couple lakes in our lives and we took full advantage of that this year. I didn’t keep track but I’m pretty sure I slept in my own bed less than 10 nights the entire summer!

Who wants to stay home when you can spend your mornings on the lake!

Who wants to stay home when you can spend your mornings on the lake!

2. Miss out on family trips.

In summers past I missed out on quite a few weekends away with the family because I was already committed to races and training runs. This summer, our time away was planned out first and I pretty much only attended group runs that happened to fall during our brief periods at home. I definitely feel like I missed out on some fun trail adventures but that’s hard to compare to all the adventures we had with the boys.

Spending time with the boys like this day in Tofino are better than a training run any day...

Spending time with the boys like this day in Tofino is better than a training run any day…

3. Stick to a training plan.

Oops. I didn’t exactly have a concrete training plan to take me through the summer from Run for Water to Squamish50 but knew the kind of mileage I needed to keep up in order to be ready. I did okay in the long run department but struggled to stay on track for the weekly runs/workouts for no real reason other than being in extreme summer vacation mode. I don’t recommend this approach to summer training but after such a busy spring, the lesser commitment to training was a welcome change.

Fun hikes like Grouse Mountain may have taken precedence over temp runs and fartleks!

Fun hikes like Grouse Mountain may have taken precedence over temp runs and fartleks!

4. Obsess over my eating habits.

Nope, I didn’t obsess over them one little bit but perhaps I should have. I’m just kidding but honestly, I may have relaxed the old discipline a little too much because my favourite running shorts felt a little more snug than I’d like when I slid them on for a run tonight! Oops. 

I may have made this amazing s’mores dip more times than I care to admit. Have you tried it yet?

I may have made this amazing s’mores dip more times than I care to admit. Have you tried it yet?

5. Feel guilty about any of it.

I’ll be honest and admit that as I dragged my tired, somewhat undertrained but happily tanned and well-fed butt over those crazy 50km in the mountains of Squamish, I cursed myself a few times for not training harder and for not eating a few more vegetables than potato chips over the summer. However, that 10.5 hours of cursing and grumbling pales in comparison to all the time we spent with the boys digging in the sand, teaching them to wake surf, jumping off the dock, riding bikes, fishing, flying kites, visiting friends, hiking and floating in the lake together.

There’s nothing quite like watching your kids grow up to love doing the things you love too...

There’s nothing quite like watching your kids grow up to love doing the things you love too…

So even though my running didn’t turn quite out how I’d have liked, it’s pretty hard to feel guilty about having such a fun summer with my family. And about that 10.5 hrs of grumbling on the Squamish trails? Stay tuned for my Squamish50 race report…

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Comments

  1. Amber    

    Love this post! Sounds like you guys had an AMAZING summer!! And how lucky you are to have two lakes in your life :)

    We HAVE to get in a trail run in Kamloops soon. We’ve only been talking about it for 2 years haha. Fall trail running is the best around here. When are you up in the area again?

    1. slowfastnik    

      I’m actually coming up this weekend! Wanna tag along to Kelowna for the half marathon?

  2. Elle    

    Looks like a wonderful Summer… and I just read about your plans to go to Ethiopia! Scary and exciting. Very happy for you to have this opportunity!

    Love the Summer pics!
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    1. slowfastnik    

      We really did have a great summer. I’ve never spent so much time on the island before! And yes, Ethiopia is definitely one of those scary but oh so amazing opportunities! Lots of work to do between now and then but I know it’s going to be so worth it. Hope you and the Captain are doing well!

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