This is my first Thinking Out Loud Thursday – a hopefully regular post inspired by fellow parent, educator, blogger and runner Rebecca at Running.Food.Baby who links up with Amanda at Running with Spoons. Of course starting this on a Thursday but not finding the time until Saturday to finish it isn’t a great start, but I’ve got to try.
#1 Summer is over!
That’s right, it’s September 1 (now 3rd) and summer is over because I am back at work. After a fantastic summer off we’re back at it. As a 5 school family, we love our time together in the summer but I think we’re all ready to head back to school. Okay, maybe only my daughter is really ready to be back, but the rest of us have had to accept reality.
#2 Running and Races
The weather in Ottawa wasn’t exactly conducive to building a solid running routine given that the average temperature seemed to be a hot and humid 40C all summer long, but I did manage to get out somewhat regularly. Of course a nagging ankle pain (Achilles tendinitis?) and then a blister slowed me down in July, but I got back to it more running in August. I finished July with my second Sprint Tri when my times in all elements improved over my first Sprint Tri in May.
I also knocked a couple of fun 5k runs this summer. The first was a fundraiser for my daughter’s field hockey club; the run was all trails. I was on pace for under 26 minutes but my Achilles was bothering me so I was over 27 minutes. And that’s how I learned the value of stretching EVERY DAY! The second was the Ottawa Craft Beer Run just last week. Finished with 26:03 time so obese pretty happy.
I even managed to complete my first virtual 10k race to support Challenged Athelete initiative.
#3 Trail vs Road
Most of my running this year has been on various trails around my house or behind the sports field where my daughter plays field hockey. I’ve really enjoyed this as it’s usually cooler (a plus given how hot this summer has been), and defined easier to run on. I also got to run on the Pacific Spirit Regional Park in Vancouver, something I didn’t think I should do last time we were there because I didn’t think of my self as a real runner. In the two years since we were last out west, I’ve come to realize I am in fact a real runner and I can run just about anywhere.
Of course I realized during the summer that I need to spend a kfew title more time running on roads for my legs to remember and adjust to the pounding being on pavements causes my body. My races this week have all included time off the trails and on the road. Gotta do what ya gotta do.
#4 Watch Troubles
I’ve been a Timex wearer for years but this summer two sport watch fails have me reconsidering the brand. I had two (operative word HAD) at the beginning of summer. Both watches had lost the strap band. I’ve been using zip ties to keep the straps down. Then both watches suffered broken bands. Finally one the watches no longer displays all the screen info correctly. Actually that problem was what prompted my to but the second watch a few years ago. I even replaced the battery thinking that was to problem. It wasn’t. So as summer has come to an end, I’ve lost the better of the two watches (I think my nephew hid it during our vacation), and I’m left with a failing sport watch. As the only way to repair the watch is to send it to the approved Timex repair shop in the U.S., I may finally have come to a time when I buy a Garmin or Polar sport watch.
#5 Summer Winning
I’ve usually had some luck winning things online, having won a netbook, books, and flowers in the past. It’s been a pretty good summer for me. I’ve scored tickets to see the Chick Corea Trio and Jim Bryson at the Ottawa International Jazz Festival.
I also won a prize pack from Canadian Tire for supporting Canada’s Olympians — a t-shirt and flag.
So thero goes my first Thinking Out Loud Thursday. Hopefully the next one can actually be published on Thursday.