Have you ever looked at all the joggers pounding along the pavement in your neighborhood? Not just brushed your gaze by in notice that someone was there, but really looked at the person laboring so industriously up the hill. The runner joyfully prancing sideways down the street hands on his hips, head thrown back like a cheerleader ready to leap? The cheerful chatting pair moving steadily along the path on their outing or the herd from the high school cross country cross country team with their moans but steady pace as they chase each other up yet another set of stairs on the mountain side?
I see them all, for my street curves along the mountain side. Stretching from the old Heidelberg Cemetery all the way to Rohrbach, it parallels the main road down the hill two blocks but has little traffic. The ascents and descents seem to stretch on forever when you are toiling up or pain your knees when you ricochet down and around the curve, pounding that lost energy back into your body. Some seem so joyful, pleased to be out while others either are in pain or in hate with the whole concept of exercise by the looks on their faces.
Along time ago – let us say about 25 years ago (oh, is that scary) I did a lot of jogging. Miles and miles, some during the week and mostly with friends on weekends when we would jog 10, 20, 42 km Volksmarches, sometimes several on a weekend. It was fun. We laughed, joked and had a great time. It wasn’t work or pain. We did it to go places and jog in small towns around our area of Germany. The longest ones took ~ 4 hours if we were slow, toodleling along, dodging walkers, strollers and pups.
Anymore, I don’t run. Jog occasionally when I have to get somewhere in a hurry, but mostly walk fast. Watching all those who do not seem to be having a good time and wondering why they are doing it to themselves. There are other ways to stay fit, and what is the joy in pain?
I like the decorative vertical tiles. The toilet tank has been boxed and tiled and the shower footing enclosed. I am seeing progress.
I want to start the firebird – Soltice Slip from STR. But first I have to finish Florenz and the Drops. Three things on the needles is enough. Right?