Things that happen when you don’t plan your route

I went for a longer run on Thursday last week. I decided to not plan out how far I was going and just try to go run. I wanted to run for a longer distance so I meandered around and explored great new places in my neighbourhood.

I ended up running almost 7 km which was a good start to my longer runs.

Empowered by this run, I decided to try a similar approach for the next day.

I knew I wanted to run approximately 3 km and end up at the grocery store to pick up some lunch items.

I started out on a regular path but knew I needed to add almost a km to get the 3 in before the store.

So I deviated from my path.

Due to construction and winding streets I had some unexpected training come into play:

Frigging hill training—-
Dodging construction equipment training
Running on uneven surfaces training
Running way further than I meant to training
Running uphill with two plastic bags of groceries training

I ended up with 6.5 km of running. Which was dumb after my run the previous day.


Back in the saddle

So what has happened since November 2013?

Not much. Not much at least when we talk about structured workouts.

Things that have happened:

Full-time teaching job began near the end of November. And then my part time barista job began at the beginning of December.

As you can imagine, two jobs plus a family kept me hopping and going from place to place with little time for anything else.

Then, early this year, I was hit with a terrible block of illness.

So those are my excuses. Excuses are my friends, they are always there for me and helping me to not totally judge myself. Excuses will always make time for me. I love you excuses!

Anyhow, that was a bit off topic.

This summer started with vacation!

I was off to the cabin for my running season to really begin.

And then the monsoon season began.


Water came down and came down and never quit coming down.

And even when it did, it left some changes in the landscape and waterscape.

But I got out for a few runs. Some were even accompanied by my daughter on her bike.


So I think I am back into the swing of things. And with two longer runs in the past couple days, I am feeling much better about September and rocking this half marathon again.