A race and a book!

It’s Sunday night. There are dishes all over the kitchen counters, dog toys strewn throughout the living room, three loads of clean laundry waiting to be folded and I am sitting on the couch. I am exhausted after a super busy weekend, mostly full of work but also full of some fun stuff. Old Amber would have felt really stressed out and like I had to push myself to get the house cleaned up and ready for the week even though I’m exhausted. New Amber realizes that I need to rest tonight, my feet are aching, and it won’t kill – or even hurt anyone – if the chores don’t get done until tomorrow.

I worked from 1 – 9 on Saturday at a golf tournament. Super fun, but also tiring. I was happy to be outside in shorts and a t-shirt on one of the last truly beautiful weekends of the summer though. I also think selling 50/50 tickets is a skill I should add to my resume as I’ve done this at many golf tournaments now.

Sunday afternoon I spent on my feet with 12 other volunteers preparing and serving a huge meal of chili, caesar salad and rice to over 150 people. For many of them it might have been the only time they ate on Sunday. Always a humbling experience.

In between those two work and volunteer events I managed to fit in a super sweaty hot yoga class Saturday morning and a 10km trail race Sunday morning. The highlight of my weekend was definitely running the trail race with Eric, his first running race ever! This is the same 10km trail race I have ran every year since 2010! With Eric hot on my heels for the entire race we managed to finish in 1:06, a two minute PR over the last time I did the 10km course two years ago (last year I did the 21 km option). It was soo much fun running a race together even though we were pushing ourselves so hard we didn’t really talk much.

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Since Eric started running at the beginning of June it’s been a really treat getting out for runs with him. We don’t go out super often, maybe once a week or so, but I always enjoy it! I hope there are more races in our future.

I also spent every spare second I had this weekend devouring this book and read for 3 hours straight tonight to finish it. This book tells the true story of Canadian journalist Amanda Lindhout’s 460 days held captive by terrorists in Somalia. While given the content the book is obviously tragic and gruesome at some parts, it’s also incredibly uplifting. I finished the book feeling so inspired by how Amanda persevered through the hell on earth she was in and how she used the power of her mind to survive even when her body could not take any more torture or pain. It’s a really amazing book that I highly recommend everyone read! The book is so well-written, I actually felt like I was there with her when I was reading it. This was one of my favourite passages when she is talking about being grateful for small things;

In the context of the life I once lived, these were small things, ridiculous things really, but in this place and under these circumstances, they meant everything. By concentrating on what I was grateful for, I managed to stave off despair. Each time my captors threw me into that hole, I found another way to climb out. It wasn’t easy – not ever, not once – but this way of thinking became my ladder, my doorway. 

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And that pretty much sums up my weekend. I’m not going to lie, I don’t feel rested or restored at all going into this week, but I’m just going to have to power through. I fly to San Francisco on Friday morning and even though I’m slightly concerned about the 21km trail race I have on Saturday that I do not feel properly trained for I’m extremely excited, and more than ready, for a weekend away with some amazing friends!

How was your weekend? 

8 Responses

  1. I had a conversation with the friend I biked with yesterday about how I am trying to be less rigid about my weekend schedule. I was gone most of the day yesterday so it was not a very productive day but when it’s -30 and I’m stuck indoors, I will be glad that I spent the day outdoors instead of cleaning and cooking, I think! It sounds like you had a great weekend but a busy one! I am sure this week will be busy, too, but hopefully our vacation in SF will be a bit restorative for you! I feel under trained for the trail aspect of the race and the elevation climb but know I can handle the mileage so we will see how it goes!

    Anyways, I had a great weekend as it was the right mix of having plans and having time to do whatever I wanted. It was really nice to walk downtown on Saturday, shop for boots and grocery shop on foot for a change as I haven’t done that in quite awhile. And we had a really fun night with friends on Saturday night – I didn’t touch my phone for 4 hours which is always the mark of a fun night and yesterday I had a blast biking with my friend and hope we can fit more days like that in before winter comes!

  2. Lindsey says:

    LOVE that book.If you can ever hear her talk, do it! I have heard her three times now and every time is just as good. She is local so speaks at a lot here 🙂

  3. Kara says:

    That books sounds so amazingly intense! Did you get it at the library? I’ll have to check it out one of these days!

  4. Caroline says:

    I’m in the same boat on not feeling at all rested or restored! Hopefully this week goes quickly for you!

  5. Congrats on such a busy weekend and a race PR! I bet Eric had a blast too. It really looks like he’s slimming down some? is that on purpose?

    Time to relax and recover by just sitting around the office for a while.

  6. Nora says:

    Having just come from a week away, our house is not at all clean or organized, we don’t have a working washer so I can’t do our laundry, I’m sick (blech), work is insane and tonight my only plan is to take Jack for a long walk/jog and read a book. I’m ignoring the piles and am just going to be.

    Way to go on the PR! I hope you have a great trip to San Fran this weekend; time with friends is good for the soul. xo

  7. I’ve always lived on the philosophy that my ‘me’ time and sanity are more important than a clean house. Especially after having a child, it’s rarely clean. But we can quick throw things together nice in a jiffy. 😉 But why would I work all day on my feet and be exhausted and come home and clean my house? I want to spend time with my kid, unwind and enjoy some of my day. Plus, all the dust and germs my kid is exposed to will totally make her healthier in the long run as opposed to the bleached and sterile households. ;P

  8. Kelly says:

    Glad you had a good weekend, even if it wasn’t restful 🙂 I read that book and thought it was really good also! Tough to read in some parts though, as you do kind of feel like you are there with her.

    I really wish we could have 3 day weekends every weekend. I want 1 day for pure fun stuff, 1 day for relaxation and 1 day for productivity/getting ready for the week. So, how can we make that happen?!

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