On the Road Again

Today, for the first time in months, I walked in the dunes west of Haarlem.  I can’t tell you how good this felt.

The sun was shining, it was cool and crisp with just a little breeze, and you could tell that spring is just around the corner.

I biked from home to the edge of the Kennemer National Park, just behind the hockey and football fields.  Biking itself is a pleasure these days since I’ve only been back to biking, off and on, since a week ago.  I then started walking, first along the brick bike and walking lane, and then turning right onto the walking only lane which is dirt and gravel.  I walked 30 minutes out and 30 minutes back.  I figure I walked in total about 5.5km.  Wow.

I had no pain in my knee really, but wow! I could really tell that I haven’t been doing any sports at all for several months.  Everything is stiff and a little sore.  It feels so good to be moving again.  I went to the fysio on Friday and he said that as long as my knee continues to improve like it has, I should be able to start trying to run in another 3-4 weeks.  Isn’t that something?  He said to just keep biking and walking, and bike farther and walk farther and when that goes well, start a little jog and see how that feels.  SCARY is how it will feel at first!

Today I walked about half way to the beach.  At that point there’s a hill to walk up and get a bit of a view.

It doesn’t look very green does it?  Looking down to the other side of the hill I saw the big beasties.  They are still here in the dunes.

I walked a little closer for a better photo.

It doesn’t look much like Spring yet.  There are no green leaves.  There aren’t even green leaf buds.  The only sign of Spring I saw was this moss on the side of the path with the little mushrooms popping up.

I heard a lot of birds too, which was nice.  Anyway, it doesn’t matter.  I know Spring is just around the corner.  Along the canal banks the ducks are sitting fat and flat on the ground, so I’m guessing there are eggs under there.  Soon there will be bulbs blooming in the fields and ducklings running everywhere.  Soon it will be warm again.  And I’ll be running.

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