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Injured. Again.

Life has gotten busy over the last 6 weeks. August was filled with weekends working on renovations at BF’s rental house, a trip to Seattle, and a long-weekend home in Victoria. And as soon as it looked like everything was settling down, field hockey season started. :)

I’m probably in the best shape I’ve been in years. I can run 15-20km fairly easily, and I’m about 10 lbs. lighter than I was going into last season – which means I’m a lot quicker on the field. The team has changed a lot as well – a lot of new faces … and while I think I’m playing better than I have in years, I definitely notice that it’s getting more difficult to keep up with the younger players. Even with being in better shape. Getting old. Not cool.

Speaking of field hockey, remember this time last year when I injured my foot at practice? I played on it for a while, and then realized hockey and running were too much for my foot. So in January of this year I stopped running. And when field hockey season ended, I started up again. I was pain-free for most of the summer… but my first practice of the season? And  yep, the pain is back. :|

So with the Victoria GoodLife Half Marathon less than a month away, I had to make the extremely hard decision to not run. In fact, I haven’t run in about 2 weeks. I’m not in excruciating pain with I exercise, but it’s definitely there and it’s uncomfortable just to walk to work.

I’m really bummed out. That’s two half marathons in a row (BMO Half Marathon, GoodLife Half Marathon) that I’ve had to quit training for. Paying the entry fees and not running makes me a bit sad, but I wonder if I’ll have to eventually choose between field hockey and running – because it’s clear I can’t do both at the same time and stay healthy. :|

Over the weekend, BF and I met up with one of his friends who was visiting from out of town. She talked about getting in as much traveling and exercise as she could now, while her body would still allow it. And she’s right. I’ve been holding off on dream trips to Machu Picchu as well as Kilimanjaro for years, in the hopes that I could find someone to travel with. But now that I’m turning 32 next month, I know that my window of opportunity for the kind of adventure travel (and experience) I want is getting smaller. I need to make these trips a priority in the next 5-7 years, otherwise I might never get to do them at all.

So from now on, I’m going to funnel as much of my freelance income as I can into my Travel Fund.

Author: Krystal Yee

I’m a personal finance blogger and marketing professional based in Vancouver. I’m a former Toronto Star (Moneyville) columnist, author of The Beginner’s Guide to Saving and Investing, and co-founder of the Canadian Personal Finance Conference. When I’m not working, you can usually find me running, climbing, playing field hockey, or plotting my next adventure.


  1. Sucks about your foot again. :( Hope it gets better soon. On a side note, here’s another trip I think you’d like:

    My manager recently completed the hiking tour and it’s totally something I can see you doing/enjoying as well.

  2. CanadianSaver says:

    Too bad about the injury… hope you feel better soon.

    I’m also doing a lot of my traveling now (have 3 European trips planned from Oct 2014 to Nov 2015). I am going to be 42…. I do know a woman who is 67 and going on TWO back to back safaris early next month and she just got back from the Amazon and last year she did Vietnam, Laos and Thailand…. So maybe your time to travel is not close to being over ;)

  3. Boo…for your foot. It’s great that you are listening to your body and not try to force yourself to run or play. I always believe that that nothing is too late if you still have your health. As long as you stay fit and healthy, I think you can go to any trips you want at any age.

  4. TENN says:

    Just wondering if you have been to a podiatrist about your foot. There may be an ‘easy’ fix. When training for my marathon, I had several problems crop up (foot and IT band). My podiatrist was about to put something in my shoe that made the foot problem more manageable. (Next step is custom orthotics for me.)

  5. I can totally appreciate how sucky it is to have to pull out of a race because of a nagging injury… I’ve been training hard to a 10K this coming Saturday, and just so happened to sprain the bottom of my foot last week and now I’m out with a cold this week… I was hoping to break 48 minutes on the 10K, but now I may be walking it instead…

    Get better soon!

  6. Anonymous says:

    A humain is quite fit well into its 50s. I think that this is the kind of question (now or never) that you should ask yourself toward your early 60s. Being worry of not being fit enough to travel at 40 does not make sense to me.

  7. Peter Wolf says:

    Love your blog, starting my own soon, as a fellow Canadian big thumbs up and get well soon. Just followed you on twitter!

  8. fnsfridaynightshenanigans says:

    I feel your pain, I’m in the same boat but substitute rugby for field hockey. I hurt my right knee doing my marathon last year and my left knee playing rugby in the spring season this year which means after paying for the BAA distance medley (a 5k, 10k, and half throughout the year) I’ll have only gotten to run the 10k…. huge bummer. Anyway, it’s nice to know I’m not the only one struggling with my love of multiple sports and wanting to travel. Get well soon!

  9. Paula B says:

    My parents just did Machu Pichu (including the very tough Inca Road) at 66 and 70 years of age!

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