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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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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...

Switzerland Marathon Light

Feeling inspired after spectating at Gohl, the next day I went out for a slow, experimental run. Breathing still a bit  laboured, throat still quite dry and scratchy. In the Garmin list, I labelled it 'Just when I thought I couldn't get any slower.........

Gohl!

Back from my birthday trip, I settled down to work on the running again, and got off to a good start with a session at the school track - the usual 5 k exercise (7:05, 6:58, 6:47, 6:29, and a storming (for me) 5:38.) I was feeling really strong. It bega...

Age is just a number, right.....

.......... although that number is quite a large one! (1954 vintage. I'll leave you to work it out.) But I'm still breathing, still moving, still enjoying life (especially retired life), so I'll take it and be grateful. Time for another catch-up on what...

How E35 became E24

Sorry it has taken me a while to finish this - got a bit distracted! Another mega-blog, I'm afraid. The SwissAlpine, originally a 78km ultra, has grown over the years to include more and more events. Some have come and gone - the marathons in particul...

July continued

Before I get on to the events of last weekend, a bit about the preceding couple of weeks. (Feel free to skip this if you like - it's mostly for my own overview.) 4th July: a late evening run with J. Over to the Biotope to revisit the Unken - they were...

Wet, wet, wet!

Four weeks into my retirement now. I could get to like this! (Actually this would normally be my summer break, so it doesn't feel all that different yet. It may feel stranger once it gets to August. Still having dreams about the theatre, though: one whe...

'Mad dogs and Englishwomen......

Monday 19th June: the first day of my retirement. I had been looking forward to this day for months, but now it was here, it felt curiously anticlimactic. The plan had been to start reading the book I've been saving specially for the occasion, and gener...

Trying to catch up......

While others have been racking up the miles and achieving heroic deeds, I am still barely out of the starting blocks, I fear. If February did not get off to the best of starts, March's was even worse. ANOTHER cold - the third in as many months - this on...

Adventures in Alsace

Oh dear. You may want to wait until you have a spare 6 months or so before embarking on this. (Or you may wish to skip it altogether. That's okay, I quite understand!) I do feel a little fraudulent, hi-jacking a running website for what is essentially a...

February

Never the most inspiring of months, February did not get off to the best of starts, with both of us succumbing to illness. Only a cold in my case, and fairly mild; but J. had a flu that knocked him out for a good couple of weeks. He even spent 3 days in...

A week of two halves

It's finally warmed up a bit....... though this 'improvement' now involves rain. Oh well, I'll take that, if it gets rid of the ice. Last week continued the 'freezing fog' theme, with the temperature dipping ever lower. Monday 23/1/17: seriously uninspi...

Ultras and lesser deeds

It was blob-watching time again last week, as a hardcore band of runners made their way up the length of the Pennine Way. 268 miles! In 7 days! In JANUARY!!! I dipped intermittently in and out of the Spine Race coverage for the first day or two, but gra...

50 Shades of Snow

Snow is a pleasant novelty when it first arrives, which it did on 3rd January. It was foggy and -4°, but sufficiently alluring to get us out for a 6 km walk round the woods, which were looking very Narnia-like. More walking 2 days later, but only the co...