I am hobbling around like an 80-year-old today. The reason for this is that I’ve started running. I hate running but it’s exercise and I no longer have Busby for that. But because I am not used to running I have sore muscles. My calves are sore, my hamstrings are sore and my thighs are sore. So now I’m hobbling.

I am not sure how long I will be able to keep this up for as I’ve lost two kilograms and I may end up fading away into oblivion. You get more bang for your buck with running in that it uses more calories than cycling does but I’m not particularly interested in eating up calories, just in getting my heart rate up and maintaining the strength in my legs. Yes, I could eat more but putting on weight is not easy when you follow a mostly vegan diet. I have also thought about joining a gym but I really hate those places.

Speaking of Busby, I have word from the bike shop in York, where Busby is currently being fitted with a rain tent, that he is right at home with lots of other freaky bikes. πŸ™‚

Daniel has only been to school one day this week. Monday he was jet-lagged. He went to school on Tuesday. Wednesday he had to have another rabies vaccination and I had such an awful migraine that I could not fathom getting him to school after that so we all stayed home. And today is Waitangi Day, a public holiday. His first day at school went fairly well I think, except that he was unimpressed with having to eat a packed lunch after the school dinners he so enjoyed in York.

Elizabeth has had a couple of days back at kindergarten and seems reasonably happy. They have rules here though like no running inside. Why not? They’re children. We should be encouraging our children to run as much as they want. And bringing toys from home is discouraged here. I can understand why this is the case but I did appreciate the nursery in York letting her take toys. She took something almost everyday and it was important for her.