On Saturday I went for a great run on one of the last warm days this fall. I did 6km at a moderately faster pace, pushing myself to move quicker than I would on a long run. It was a pretty good run, I was very hot but since it was only 6km I pushed through pretty easily without stopping for an unscheduled walk break.
On Sunday, when I woke up and started walking around, I noticed that the outside of my left foot was hurting. I made a mental note to monitor it, but didn’t think much else of it. That afternoon, I was out boating with family, and I decided to run from the dock to the porta-potty instead of walk. About halfway there the foot pain showed up, and by the time I was halfway back it hurt so bad I had to slow it down to a walk and I was limping!
I know this doesn’t bode well for my accomplishing my goal of running in a 10km race at the end of October, but I’m not going to jump to conclusions. I nixed my planned 9km run for last night and rested instead, I took some Advil and I plan to try to run tonight to see what’s what. If it still hurts, I’ll do my cardio on my bike and give it a few weeks of rest. I’m really hoping this doesn’t turn into a full blown injury, because I’ve been doing so well all summer, not even a hint of pain anywhere. The suddenness of this injury and how quickly it went from sore to full blown pain makes me think it’s a strained tendon. I’m really, really hoping it’s not a stress fracture in my foot, which would mean I’d be out for six weeks, and would miss my race.
Aside from running, I’ve also been doing a lot of thinking about my finances until the new year. There are 100 days between here and New Years, how am I going to make them count?
Achieving My Retirement Goals
One of my goals for 2014 is saving at least $6,000 for retirement this year, and right now my account is at $5,417. I should definitely reach this goal within the next 100 days, and according to my calculations I should end the year with just over $7,000. Not bad for my first year of saving for retirement!
Going to Paris
My travel fund is fully funded, and our tickets have been purchased. I’m going to be in Paris from December 1st – 10th, and I’m really excited about it. I haven’t looked through Airbnb to find a place to stay yet, but that’s on my list. Our budget for Paris is $4,000 including flights, so I’m going to be making some big withdrawals from my travel fund in the next 100 days.
As I mentioned in Friday, I’m moving to Halifax in January. I’m aiming to have about $3,200 saved by that time, to cover first month’s rent, damage deposit and moving incidentals. Right now my moving account is at $800, and I’ve got $610 budgeted for contributions every month. On top of that, October is a five paycheque month for me, and I’ll be throwing an extra $564 of extra money into the moving fund from that.
I haven’t spent any money on the blog in quite awhile, so this fall I’m finally shelling out some cash to give it a bit of an update. I won’t go into exact costs, but it’s not insignificant so I thought I should include it on here as well. I’m really excited for some of the changes that will be coming our way in the next few months!
So, hopefully my foot pain disappears as suddenly as it appeared, and that I’m not faced with any unexpected car repairs or vet bills that will derail my financial plans for the next 100 days.
What’re you going to do with the last 100 days of 2014? I want to know!