When I woke up this morning the whole world was wrapped in a soft cotton blanket of fog. I walked out the door towards Muiderpoort Station.
The other side of the railroad wasn't any better.
At work I did some more work on the annual report artwork. Pie and line charts of funding and expenses. Exiting…
I got the #40 to the top of Molukkenstraat and walked along the Ringvaart. It was still fairly foggy.
Walking along Linnaeuskade I met a woman who was chased by a gaggle of geese. I thought they were attacking her, but it was the opposite; the geese loved her to bits! She was bringing them food in her two AH bags. When she stopped they all flocked around her (what an appropriate verb 'to flock' is…) as well as all the ducks and seagulls in a mile around. They were eating out of her hand, the geese as well as the ducks. The seagulls were circling around her head and catching bits of food she was throwing into the air.
I read an article on the web the other day that you have to change your walking shoes every 500 miles. That's about 850 km. I had calculated that this year I've done more than that.
I walk somewhere between 5 and 10 km per day. Let's average that to a conservative 6 km. I started walking seriously in February. That's 10 months, or about 300 days. 300 * 6 = 1800 km (but probably more). I have used two pairs of shoes this year which should last 1700 km. So, new shoes are definitely in order. Maybe this is why my heel spur had started to bother me.
So, I stopped on the way at the Run-inn shoe shop to see if they had new stock that would fit me. After trying on a few different brands of walking shoes I finally decided to go with the same shoes I already have: ASICS Gel-Odyssey. They're very comfortable and feel a lot better on the heel, too.
I have spent more on shoes this year than in the last 10 years. I have walked more this year than in the last 10 years, too.