Labour Day – My Running New Year


I was always a bit anxious at the end of summer. Back to school was a big deal: new teachers, new classmates, a new grade with harder work…

This year, I’m looking at Labour Day as a kind of New Year – resolutions and all. OK, not resolutions actually, since they are inevitably made to be broken. Goals, then. I’ve got a brand new notebook sitting on my desk, crisp and clean, ready for fresh start on September 2. I feel a bit like a kid (although none of the BC kids will be at school tomorrow due to a prolonged teachers’ strike) – nervous and excited about what the new year will bring. In fact, I’m also starting a new class at BCIT, my first formal education in nearly 5 years.

Part and parcel, of course, is a renewed commitment to running. I know I’m not alone when it comes to Fall Fitness – the yoga and Pilates classes will be packed, the gym will be busy again (though not to the same degree as in January, I would expect). After a summer of recovery and limited running, and of indulging more than normal because “I’ve got to enjoy a drink on the patio while the weather is good”,  it’s time to get back on track. That includes Forerunners.

On Saturday, after a fairly late start, I headed toward Stanley Park on a solo run. Near English Bay, one of the speedy folks from Forerunners passed me going the opposite direction, and I immediately felt a pang of regret that I hadn’t seen the gang since May. Then I arrived at the entrance to the park, and saw a familiar site:  Coach Carey’s usual water stop, and a bunch of familiar faces. And at that moment, I knew September would be a fresh start! I’ll be back at Forerunners on Saturday!

Labour Day anecdote: this morning, I did another Stanley Park trail run, after skirting the east side of Lost Lagoon. And I got photo evidence of something I noticed during my last run:


Same trail, Bridle at the bottom, Bridal at the top (of a very steep hill!) Am I riding a horse or getting married? I’ve tweeted the Vancouver Parks Board to find out more (because this is important stuff!)

So I wish everyone a happy Labour Day – and all the best of what the ‘new year’ will bring!


  1. egercke

    Woohoo! I’m in and out due to traveling for work…but any Saturday I’m in town, I’ll certainly be at Forerunners! I’m looking at a December marathon too (haven’t signed up yet) so I’ll be on a similar schedule to you, I imagine. Everyone else is running Victoria, it seems. See you there!!

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