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.