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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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…