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Having been a 'lurker' on realbuzz for a couple of years now, I have finally succumbed to the nagging (erm.........'gentle persuasion' sounds better!) of various people, and come to join you. Although I'm not doing VLM, I thought I would park my blog here, as this is where I feel most at home. I hope you don't mind. A bit about me: I live in Luzern, in Switzerland; I started running more or less by accident at 40; it's gone through the odd thin patch, but 14 years later.......... I'm still running. It did take me over 12 years to get round to doing a marathon - I always maintained that it was something I didn't need or want to do, but joked that if Luzern ever got its own marathon, I would give it a go (thinking this would never happen............ but it did!) So, first marathon at 53; found it not too horrible, so did it again a year later. Definitely not too horrible! - might have to do another.........! (Probably like half marathons best, though: 15 of them at the last count.) I originally had quite an ambitious programme planned out for this year, but between work and an achilles problem, it had to be pruned down fairly radically. The blog was originally going to be called 'K31' after a race - part of the Swiss Alpine Marathon - I planned to do in July, but that idea had to be shelved, this year at least. So I ended up doing 2 half marathons instead, and have another at the end of August. That will do as an objective for now. Beyond that.......... don't know yet. (Perhaps I should also mention that I am one of the most chronically indecisive people on the planet!) And finally........... I have approximately 2 hours left to be 54, so maybe I'll write a birthday blog tomorrow. Maybe.

Since I wrote the above, not one but two birthdays have come and gone. There has been no marathon this year, but a couple more half marathons, and a few other races as well............. including, finally, K31 (which I loved.) Alas, I seem to be getting slower! - this is not how it is supposed to be! (But I'm working on it.) I've also bought an E-bike, done a lot of walking, and aqua-jogged some dull km (faut de mieux............) Endured a very long, very cold, very snowy winter, and made the most of an entirely mediocre summer; learnt to love hills (sometimes); got to grips with my Garmin; sprained my ankle, but otherwise managed to stay remarkably injury-free (even the achilles is much, much better now); lost my running protégée (but may have found another); watched some great events in fantastic surroundings; and reached my 15th Runniversary.

And now..............? What challenge shall I tackle next? I don't know. Can't decide. Plus ça change.............! (And for the first time ever, I've used the cedille on my keyboard!) But watch this space.

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Ice-land

This time two weeks ago, I was on my way back from the frozen North (very literally frozen it was) after my few days in Iceland. I wasn't equipped for running, but tried to fit in as much walking as possible over the 4 days. My new Salomons certainly ea...

Hello 2019

I'm writing this while avidly dot-watching - yes, it's the Spine Race again. Wow, it's riveting stuff! How do they keep going, day after day, night after night, cold and wet, sleep-deprived, battered by storms, often all alone.......? I don't know wheth...

Late summer

Still some way behind, but working on it......! As August continued, I thought I'd better try running again, to see if I still remembered how to! As it was still very hot, we went out late evenings, generally taking something up to Oberrüti for the fo...

Sierre-Zinal weekend

3 days after my birthday trip saw me heading in the same direction again. True to my word, I was off to support my Smiley Paces friends in their assault on the Sierre-Zinal mountain race: 31 kms, 2100m of ascent, and one of the hottest summers ever. Aft...

And the heatwave continued.....

Arriving back in Switzerland in mid-July, I found it even hotter than in England - some days up to around 34°, with just the odd half-hearted thunderstorm (thunder and lightning, but almost no rain) to briefly cool it down a couple of degrees. I took ad...

Parkrun X 5

Running may have occupied only a modest place in my visit to Sheffield, but at least it was consistent........ once a week. Yes, my parkrun tally is now up to 21. It's only taken me 7 years to get this far. At this rate I'll be collecting my 50 tee shir...

"Will you still need me, will...

Another birthday has come and gone (the clue as to which is in the title) - which means this blog is now 11 years old. But before more of that, and what I've been getting up to since getting back to Switzerland, I still have some English adventures to r...

Succumbing to Sloth

Where do I pick up again, after this long gap? Somewhere in late April, methinks - though let's keep it brief (hmmm.....!), there was nothing particularly exciting happening. Partly due to the onset of hot weather, and partly due to J. picking up a knee...

One to forget......

Within 3 steps, I knew this was a mistake. In fact, I strongly suspected it was as I filled in the form and handed over the 40 francs, but it would have seemed so silly to go all the way to Hitzkirch, lugging my sports bag, walk up the long hill from th...

Another slice of April

Still trying to catch up....... 8th April: feeling rather stiff and sore after the previous day's fall, just a gentle outing to visit a mediaeval fair at Obergütsch. Mediaeval crafts, food, entertainment, and lots of people in costume. It was interest...

April Fool

After all the marathon and ultra excitement of recent weeks, it seems a little dull to be documenting my walks and training runs, but hey ho, here goes. Untidily, I still have one from March before I can move on to April. 30th March: in halfway spring...

Leukerbad

Leukerbad seems an age ago now - better get it written up at last. 25th March: On the day that it (theoretically) changed to Summertime, off we went to Wallis (or Valais, if you prefer it in the French version). This is usually the warmest and driest r...

The slow plod towards spring....

The first 3 days of March were so grim (very cold; snow; ice), I stayed indoors and hibernated. No apologies for that. Day 4 looked better: very foggy (just in Luzern! - webcams elsewhere revealed some sun managing to struggle through), but at least t...

F-f-f-f-f-February

"The days may be getting longer, but they're certainly not getting any warmer," I thought gloomily, as a grim and freezing February slid into more of the same in March. There have been snowier winters; there have been winters when the temperature dipped...

Hyacinth Euphoria

I'm still working (piecemeal) on February's magnum opus, but today had a kind of magic about it that won't keep; I need to write about it now, although it's not about running, walking, or any sort of sport at all (so if you are a purist, feel free to sk...

Continuing the catch-up

Mid-January, a virus got me! - not the really evil one, luckily, 'just' a cold. Not even a particularly bad one, but given the propensity my colds have for turning into coughs which then drag on for much longer, I decided to err on the side of caution. ...

The First Century

The first 100 kms of the year notched up by 19th January. Over 160 by the end of the month. Apart from a mysteriously sore ankle, quite pleased with how this year is progressing so far. 1st January: at one time I had been considering a return to Schli...

Spine Race

I'm writing this while watching the final night of the Spine Race. An avid dot-watcher, I've been riveted to my screen all week! Even though I don't know any of these people, I've been following them, willing them on through the wind and snow......... E...

'Not with a bang but a whimpe...

Happy New Year to you all! Great deeds were done in 2017, and I see 2018 is shaping up to be a worthy successor. I look forward to following all your adventures. As for me........  to misquote Eliot, 'This is the way the year ends......' If November was...

From autumn to winter

While everyone else is publishing overviews of 2017, listing their plans for 2018, and generally looking ahead, I am still stuck in the minutiae of November. I WILL catch up one day, I promise! Meanwhile, I wish you all a happy and successful New Year, ...

From Zug to Snowdon

When I didn't get into the 2017 Snowdon marathon, I decided I would do the Transruinaulta - companion event to the Transviamala, which we did a couple of years ago - instead. 42(ish) trail kms of Rhine Gorge and sundry uplands between Ilanz and Thusis. ...

Snowdon Weekend

It's a while ago now, but it would be a pity to let such a memorable weekend go without a mention, so here it is. Be warned: it's another 'Russian novel'-length offering! Previously, my visits to GB were always in the summer - well they had to be, tha...

Zuger-Trophy

The Zuger Trophy, a race series within Kanton Zug, is an event with a difference. Each 'Etappe' lasts 4 weeks; you choose when to do it, any hour of the day or night, just you against the clock and anyone else who does the same stage within those 4 week...

Post-Sarnen

Not surprisingly, post-race stiffness made itself felt for a couple of days after Sarnen, but an hour in the pool the following Wednesday helped, and the next day I felt up for an experimental trot. A slow and steady 7.8 kms in the Bireggwald: it was ok...