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Spending Recap: October 14-20, 2013

Monday 14th
+ $32.33 Great Canadian Rebates
$15.50 ferry

Tuesday 15th
+ $530.15 freelance income
+ $129.78 GST rebate
$37.50 dinner

Wednesday 16th
+ $28.96 freelance income
$9.56 lunch

Thursday 17th – Lyon, France
No Spend Day!

Friday 18th – Strasbourg, France
$11.34 (€8.05) personal care items

Saturday 19th – Lyon, France
No Spend Day!

Sunday 20th – Lyon, France
No Spend Day!

Freelance Income: + $559.11 ( + $162.11)
Expenses– $73.90

TOTAL: + $647.32

The great thing about traveling for work is that the majority of my expenses are covered. :) In fact, the only thing I’ve paid for so far this trip is some personal care items that I forgot to pack.

It was also my birthday this week (Tuesday), and was lucky enough to get tickets to see Jack Johnson in concert on Monday, then went out for dinner with a friend on Tuesday. Low-key birthday celebration – just how I like it. :)

As for bringing in extra income, I got paid out by a couple of advertisers, and randomly found a GST cheque I had misplaced earlier this summer, so that was a nice surprise!

This is my 5th day in France so far, and it’s been pretty fun. I’ve had enough free time to explore Lyon, as well as head out to Strasbourg for a work event (and a bit of exploration in a city I’m familiar with). It was a bit weird being back in Strasbourg, and it doesn’t seem like that long ago Nic and I were there on a trip from Stuttgart. I’ve got  3 more days here in Lyon, and am thinking about taking a day trip out to Dijon later this week.

How was your week of spending?

Spending Recap: October 7-13, 2013

Monday 7th
$18.01 dinner

Tuesday 8th
+ $200 ING Direct referrals
$12.58 groceries
$12.50 dinner

Wednesday 9th
No Spend Day!

Thursday 10th
$14 VIFF ticket

Friday 11th
$12.65 dinner

Saturday 12th – Victoria, BC
$40 parking
$15.50 ferry
$10 groceries
$18.04 dinner

Sunday 13th – Victoria, BC
No Spend Day!

Freelance Income: + $200
Expenses– $153.28

TOTAL: + $46.72

Well, I went out for dinner a lot this week. Monday I went for hot pot with a few girlfriends, Thursday I went to see a film at the VIFF, Friday I had dinner with a neighbour, and then over the weekend I was home in Victoria. Even though I did go out for food a lot, my weekly expenses still stayed relatively low – with the exception of the outrageous amount I had to pay for parking. :| Usually I would pay about $25 to park my car at a lot close to the ferry terminal, but because it was the Thanksgiving long weekend, they raised their rates. And by that time? I had no choice but to pay it – unless I wanted to turn around and drive home, then take transit back out.

The weekend at home was also relatively quiet in terms of spending. I hung out with family, went to a hockey game, and ran the half marathon. It was relaxing, and the weather was beautiful. I’m always reminded of how much I love Victoria whenever I’m there. Maybe that’s a sign I should go home more often. :)

How was your week of spending?

Finished my first half marathon!

Over the weekend I ran in the GoodLife Fitness Half Marathon in Victoria. A few people have been asking how it went, so I thought I should write a short recap of the race! If you’re not into running, well, then… just skip this post I guess. :)

Most of you know that I have been training for this run since April (aside from the month of July, which I had to take off for medical reasons). About 6 weeks ago, I injured my foot during field hockey practice. It was quite uncomfortable to run distances or play field hockey with so many quick side-to-side movements, so I had been taking it easy. And that made me preeeeeetty nervous for this race.

Publicly, my goal was to run the 21.1km in less than 2 hours, but secretly my goal (before injuring my foot) was around 1:52 or 1:53.

2013 Victoria Goodlife The morning of the race, I was out the door by 6:30am and in my corral by 7am for the 7:30am start time. It was cold, and I was even more nervous than before. My parents came to watch the beginning of the race. It was nice to have them there, since I was running solo – and my dad seemed really happy. It has been a long time since he’s been able to run (due to health issues), but he used to be a marathoner… and he’s one of the main reasons why I decided to start running this year. :)

I strategically positioned myself in the middle of the 2:00 and 2:15 corrals, thinking that 1) I would get more motivation by passing a ton of people during the first 20-30 minutes of the race, and 2) I wasn’t even sure how fast I could run. This was a dumb move. It was so crowded that it was really hard to pass people during the first few kilometers, and as a result my first few kilometres were a slog – running 25-30 seconds slower per km than my race pace.

Once I got going though, I clipped through the first hour and felt great. I was running at a pretty fast pace compared to my long training runs (the first 10km clocked in at 54:02), but I wasn’t tired so I kept going.

2013-10-13 09.48.27Then I died at the 17km mark. In my head, I was cursing myself for not training more (and not running faster during the times I did train). The next 2 km were really difficult, and I ran them close to 20 seconds slower than my previous pace. But once I hit the 19km mark, I knew I had to go for it. I would hate myself if I didn’t give it all that I had. So I pushed for the finish.

The next two kilometres were slightly slower than my earlier race pace, but still faster than the last difficult ones – and my final kilometre was my fastest of the race – proving that I either have a really good finishing kick, or I have no idea how to pace myself. :| Something to work on, for sure.

Overall, I was pleased with my final time of 1:54:31 (5’26” km pace), but I know I could have run faster. There were four very clear kilometres where I faltered (1, 2, 17, 18). Had I run those at race pace, I would have hit my secret goal time. This gives me a solid goal to work towards.

2013-10-13 09.56.17Running has always been a secondary activity for me; something to help me get better at field hockey, or something I randomly did on a treadmill at the gym. But now? I can’t believe that I actually enjoy it – the long runs, especially. It’s calming and competitive at the same time.

This race cost me $65, plus $31 in ferry costs and countless hours of my time over the past 4 months. But it was worth every penny, and I can’t wait for my next half marathon in 5 weeks. And as for next year’s GoodLife race? Bring on the marathon. :)

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