I have pretty much nothing for my monthly recap this month. Don’t get me wrong, A LOT happened in August but not so much stuff that fits into my meals, miles, books and looks categories. So like July I will have to do an ‘other’ category as well!
I literally have no meal photos that I cooked in August… I *think* I may have cooked once or twice but obviously did not take a photo of it. A lot of camping food (hot dogs, chips, s’mores) were consumed in August as well as a lot of meals out and a lot of easy dinners. Not really anything exciting. I’m hoping to change that and spend A LOT more time in the kitchen in September.
With the first 1.5 weeks of August being a taper for Squamish 50 and the last few weeks being recovery I did not break 100 miles for the first time since March! I ended August with 91.4 miles / 147 km and 25 hours on my feet (10 of those hours at my race!) With Chicago Marathon coming up in 6 weeks I’d like to build back up in September and have another 100+ mile month and then I will really be tapering down the rest of the year, not following a training plan and just running for fun.
I am also starting up Crossfit again in September twice per week with my brother and I’m planning on doing a lot more yoga so the rest of the year should see a much better balance of different workouts vs. the mostly just running I’ve done in the past five months and especially the past three months when training really peaked!
I actually got through three books last month!
On the Island by Tracey Garvis-Graves – When I first read the synopsis of this book I thought it sounded really silly and not like something I would enjoy. But I’m SO glad I looked past that and picked this book up because I loved it. In fact I would probably give it 4.5 stars if I could on Goodreads. The only docking of the 1/2 star is because it follows the usual plot of a romantic novel with the same predictable ending. Basically the book is about a woman and young man who are in a plane crash and end up on a deserted island and they start to fall in love. It’s a really quick read and a page turner. I would definitely recommend it!
Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn – I read two books by the author of Gone Girl this past month and holy crap were they ever creepy. I don’t know how she comes up with the stuff she comes up with but I would not want to be inside her head. However she did live up to her reputation of writing stories with many twists and turns and keeping the reader guessing right till the end.
Dark Places by Gillian Flynn – I enjoyed this book a lot more than Sharp Objects and found it a bit less creepy. The story switched back and forth between present day and the day the murders happened (which the main character is trying to solve) and I liked that because you would get to a cliffhanger at the end of one chapter in the “past” and then have to switch back to the present for a whole chapter. It kept me flipping the pages that’s for sure!
My most notable look for this month was definitely my bridesmaid dress and “look” for my best friends wedding the last weekend of August! I was very very happy with how my hair and professional make-up turned out and have got a lot of compliments on it. I also really liked my dress!
Ok, I don’t feel like this recap did it justice but August was a fun and busy month for us! The very first weekend of August we spent camping with a whole bunch of Eric’s family. We had a great time catching up with everyone and spending two beautiful days on the Shuswap! Eric’s cousin even rented a boat one day which was super fun.
After two nights of camping with the family we came home for two nights and then headed off to Pemberton and Whistler for the week! The second week of August the epitome of my whole spring and summer came together when I ran the Squamish 50! This was a goal I had been working towards since I signed up for the race in January and something I am incredibly proud to have achieved!
The weekend after that was fairly low key as I was still recovering from Squamish a bit. However, I did run in a sports bra for the first time EVER and won a new pair of shoes at the Bare as You Dare run!
Then the following weekend was my best friend Jen’s wedding. It was an AMAZING and busy three days but also some of the most fun I’ve had all summer (maybe a little too much fun!) I was so happy to be a part of her day.
Eric and I wrapped August up on Saturday with a rare date night out to one of our favourite restaurants / brew pubs. It was the perfect way to wrap up a wonderful month!
So with that, summer is officially behind us. As of right now I have NOTHING planned for the fall other than one more camping weekend and the Chicago Marathon / Girls Weekend in October (which I’m so so looking forward to!) I know that work will get very busy in the next few weeks and will require a lot of weekend and evening hours so I try to keep my fall pretty un-planned. Plus I am kind of exhausted from such a crazy summer so feel like I need a few weekends of hibernation!
Despite the crazy-ness Summer 2013 was definitely one of the best summers I’ve ever had. I made lots of memories with friends and lots of memories out on the trails. I am sad to see it go!
What is your meals, miles, books and looks recap for August? Are you sad or happy to say goodbye to summer?