Sporty Spice

The rain stopped long enough this morning for a jog in the Rembrandtpark.  I’m supposed to be finishing week 2 of the jogging scheme, but in fact I’m only starting week 2.  My lower legs have still been sore and leading to shin splints, so I decided to repeat the last day of week 1 all last week.  I’m trying not to be disappointed about my very slow progress, but trying to look on the bright side – it IS progress, and I’m no spring chicken anymore, so I should be thankful for what I CAN do.

Today I did the day 1 of week 2 schedule.  Man.  My leg muscles are sore.  I have a new theory.  I think I need 2 days of rest between each jogging day.  Like I said, I’m not so young anymore and I think my muscles just need more recovery time.  On Friday my legs felt great and that was after 2 days of rest.  Maybe that’s the key.  I’ll change my plan to accommodate my tired legs and see if I can still continue to progress in this scheme.

One good thing about starting a slow running scheme is that you have walking time where it’s possible to take photos.  Here are the guard dogs sitting on top of the Postjesweg, overlooking Rembrandtpark:

I really like these trees, reaching out over the water.  They remind me of the trees in The Wizard of Oz, or the Ents in Lord of the Rings, or the Enchanted Forest in Harry Potter stories.  We really like to humanize trees, don’t we?  And when we do, they are always creepy or even dangerous.  I’m sure there’s a psychological study in there somewhere.

4 thoughts on “Sporty Spice

  1. Emily January 20, 2008 / 16:48

    I love those pictures of the trees in winter! Your local park must be wonderful in spring and summer.

  2. earlybird January 20, 2008 / 19:52

    It is very green in spring and summer, but there aren’t a lot of flowers or other colors. In summer, if you go jogging just after sun up, there are lots of little bunnies around, and of course ducks and other water fowl.

    btw, Emily, I really like your blog! I’m putting in on my blogroll and also in bloglines. I’ve only been to Chicago once, and I liked it very much. I wouldn’t mind going back, as long as it’s the summer and not winter! 🙂

  3. Cassandra January 21, 2008 / 10:43

    Not all fictionalized trees are creepy — what about Shel Silverstein’s “The Giving Tree?”

  4. earlybird January 22, 2008 / 20:23

    Hmmm, I don’t know “The Giving Tree”. Maybe that says something about my choice of books. 🙂 I’ll check it on Amazon…..
    Well, reading the summary on Amazon, it actually sounds rather sad. Sweet but sad.

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