Happy Canada Day and happy #Canada150!
Time has definitely fly by in warp speed. Before you know it, it's already summer and running is pretty much in full swing for those that don't have school or taking a break for a bit.
For me, it's also a good mid-year recap of all those things I've trained and accomplished getting to where I'm exact at right now.
It's personally quite hard for me to believe that I have already racked up more than 1,500 km in mileage with my own legs. Some days I simply joke as to that I run more than I do when I drive to and from my workplace! The mileage mostly comprises of training and a few races as listed and recapped in my previous blog entries. All in all, it was detrimental to my sanity when some days are downright shit and need some temporary diversion to get back into things and tackle each and every of life's problems.
I have also got quite a few additions to my running gear so far this year 🙈 and lots of justified wants purchase. A few pairs of training and race shoes, some Team Running Free sponsored apparels, hydration pack, energy gels and chews, and a better GPS HR watch as mentioned last week in the name of more stats and metrics to improve upon. In theory, running should technically be the cheapest way to get into a healthy hobby considering you grab a pair of runners and go outside. However, expenditures start to tally up if you are constantly striving to become a better runner and chasing for a new benchmark from the previous one. As they say, you have to make an investment on your hobby 🙄
As for the second half of the year, I'm expecting more or less the same kind of momentum moving forward. The only difference is that the races are more significant than the halfs and the 10K. The ultramarathon 50K is in two weeks time. The full road marathons are also set in motion for October. And to also keep things humble and modest, I still have huge respect for all distances because you never know what kinds of treacherous conditions or unforeseen circumstances that sneak up on you when you least expect it after all the preparations that you can ever do for yourself have been done.
It's been a blessing to be able to thoroughly enjoy the running journey thus far this year and it's even more enjoyable sharing this passion to those that have a growing appreciation of this gradual lifestyle change.