I travelled to Nepal in April with my dad and older brother to hike to the Base Camp of Mount Everest. I can’t do the experience justice, and every time I try to explain it, I fail. It was… incredible. Spending that amount of intimate, quality time with my dad and brother? It was definitely a highlight of my life.
Leaving your life (and family) behind for three weeks takes some prep work. Aside from the packing and boot shopping and training that I did, there was also the cramming into March everything that was to be done in March and also would have had to be done in April. By the time we stepped on the plane on April 7, my head had been spinning for weeks. As soon as we stepped off the plane back on Canadian soil on April 27, life picked up at the same whirlwind speed. March buzzed by in excitement and preparation, April slowly hiked through the Himalayas and May left me reeling, panting and blinking because suddenly it was over and I haven’t had a minute to think.
The point, though, is that I made it through and here we are solidly into June and the speed of my life is (finally!) slowing down to a much more manageable pace.
I am currently finishing up an HR program at a Halifax university. In three weeks, I will be done with school and so will my two girls. The summer is laid out before us, sprinkled with daydreams of mornings at the beach, swimming lessons at the local pool and a wonderful sitter to play with my girls while I get my weekly long runs in.
I’ve been looking forward to being able to relax and train for my marathon (hah! How weird is that?) for a few months, to be honest. The last marathon that I ran, I missed my goal time by about 12 minutes, and while that hasn’t been far from my mind at any point between then and now, and while I do intend to train for that same goal time again, the thing that I am most looking forward to is the time running.
Oh, I may feel differently once my weekly long runs exceed 26km, but for now, at the beginning of this long and tantalizing summer, I can’t wait to start this journey.