This morning I went running in the dunes. Don’t let the sunshine fool you. It was cold. It was about 5 degrees C (about 40 F?) with a cold wind from the east. The grasses are becoming bright Spring green. In the parks in the neighborhood Snowdrops and Crocuses are raising their heads. Spring is in the air!
I ran 8km only. My running has been very sporadic lately, partly due to the weather, partly due to work and being tired from that, and partly due to health. I actually had a migraine this morning but running makes me feel better. On the 27th of March I’m supposed to run the 12km Zandvoort race so I kind of have to get a little more serious and start training.
When we were in the U.S. last November I bought some new running shoes which I’ve been running on since then. This last week I went for a run in the morning before work and, getting ready in the dark, I put on my old running shoes by mistake. I noticed the difference right away and felt BETTER with my old shoes! My knees had been hurting after running and I figured I had to do more strengthening exercises. Now, after running 4km on Thursday morning and 8km today, on my old shoes, my knees feel fine. My new shoes are about the most cushiony shoes you can buy, which I thought would be good for my old knees. Now I think that that is not such a good thing as it makes me just a TINY bit wobbly, which isn’t good for old knees.
The good news is that my old shoes, trusty Nike Pegasus, are cheaper anyway and can be bought nearly anywhere. I think I’ll just stick with the tried and true (and cheaper) and get back to running like a used to! If it ain’t broken, don’t fix it.
The sun has been shining all afternoon, which is helping my winter mood tremendously. Between the sun, and the new warm fireplace, I’m feeling all toasty and cheerful. Spring IS just around the corner…..