Back Into Running

Last weekend I took all my running gear with me to Paris and didn’t get the chance to use any of it.  Since coming back home I still didn’t feel great, was working 10-12 hours a day for most of the week, and the weather was incredibly warm.  Add it all up and it spells “no running”.  Yesterday, Saturday, I got back into it.  I ran 8 km.

It was also very warm yesterday, but most of my route was under the shade of trees.  I was actually surprised how easy it was to run 8 km after not running for a week.  The body is starting to remember!  Yesterday in the mail I got the latest “Runner’s World” magazine and there was a nice 10 week training schedule for 10 miles (16 km) which is perfect timing for the Dam to Dam in September.  I’m going to follow the easiest version.

I did take my camera with me on the run and took some photos.  I’m sure you are SICK of photos of water and water birds, but hey, this is HOLLAND, what do you expect?  Everywhere you turn there’s water.

I’m really fascinated with the way the different water birds act with their young ducklings/goslings/signets.  The ducks are so used to humans that they hardly budge when I run by.  The Egyptian geese are a little more nervous and herd their young into the water if you get very close.  The Canadian geese are the most skittish and squawk and bark at you if you get anywhere near their young.  I give them them a lot of space.  The swans, well, they are careful never to have their young anywhere that you might possibly have the slightest chance of disturbing them.  I was lucky to get these photos of the young signets.  I rarely see them at all.

Here are some photos of said water fowl:

Egyptian Geese
Egyptian Geese
Canadian Geese
Canadian Geese
Swan and Signets
Swan and Signets
Geese and Cows with Bunker
Geese and Cows with Bunker

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