What can I say, these past few September days in Van have been a runner’s paradise. As a “fair-weather” athlete the days and weeks following Labour Day signals the end of the regularly dry summer outdoor activity season and evenings of long light. These are instead replaced by darkness both before and after work hours and looking out at a wet window during time spent in the office. None too appealing or motivating for those of us who prefer to spend time dry and out of the rain. As I’ve previously mentioned, after spending years playing soccer in all types of weather (rain, showers, sleet, and snow) I now prefer to only go and exercise in the rain when I really feel up to it, otherwise I creatively hide out in my boxing gym, playing ball hockey or in the weight room gym.
This past week has been different from the usual Vancouver September though. It’s as though summer is taking a stand and this year saying “No I will not be banished by shorter day and longer nights, I will stay and keep you warm now go enjoy my warmth!” So I have just had to listen! Monday I ran into more friends on my short little run then I had seen out running all summer. The best part was that they were friends who don’t even run (usually at least). There were people jogging along the beach with jean shorts and a tank top, people with dogs and even some guys who were using jogging as a pick up tactic to try to meet us girls who like to run.
Note to these men: If you can’t even keep up our jogging pace, we are not interested and don’t particularly want to slow down to talk to you. Headphones in + alone = universal symbol for not interested in talking because we are choosing to be alone.
Last night my old roomie and avid runner herself was staying with me and after I somewhat lured her into a sunset bridge run she dragged me up the hill to do some hill sprints. Hill sprints are definitely my nemesis, while for her (an ex rower and power athlete) they are her bread and butter. I’ve got say, as much as I hate doing them I feel very accomplished after.
Tomorrow another run with another Di! The double Di’s are starting to run together once a week and I can’t wait!
I’ve taken to hunting down the sunsets and recently realized that I should be taking pictures so here are a few of my faves from the recent days.