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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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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...

Start as you mean to go on?

Well, yes and no. My first intention for the New Year - to enter Snowdon marathon - was an epic fail. New Year's Eve at A's turned into a sleepover on her sofa, followed by brunch, then dinner again......... Away from my computer for a night and most of...

Snakes and Ladders........

..........that's what this year has felt like. Every time I started climbing up a ladder on the way back to fitness, along came a snake - work, or injury - and down I slid again. The most recent setback has been a strange hip injury that appeared at the...

UTMB weekend: the spectator's...

Now that Sir Bolty has posted his UTMB account (and what a fantastic read it was), maybe I should skip on a bit and finally(!) post my view of the same weekend - not that it will be anything like as interesting, I'm afraid............ That Friday evenin...

Sheffield, final week

I had such a lovely run this evening (Monday) - really enjoyed it. The temperature dropped about 15° over the weekend, and the cooler conditions suit me so much better. Definite feeling of autumn now. But meanwhile...........   Still July.......... stil...

Parkrun, and urban walking

What a weekend that was in Realbuzz land! - it was great following and reading about all the amazing things being done, though my own contribution was very meagre in comparison. After that, it seems a bit ridiculous still to be documenting my summer hol...

Wild, wet, windy Wales

Sorry to have been AWOL again - blame work! It is consuming far too much of my time and energy at the moment, it is very stressful, and I am really hating it. The more I see of the way the theatre is heading, the more certain I am that my decision to le...

Snail Express

Back from my sojourn in Sheffield, with lots to write up - not much running, admittedly, but plenty of walking. I arrived there Tuesday 21st June, J. followed 2 days later. With the Round Sheffield Run the following Sunday, we decided to give parkrun a ...

For the rain it raineth every...

Thank you, Mr. Shakespeare, I couldn't have put it better. As a gloomy, rainy May slid into more of the same in June - rain of Biblical proportions, thunderstorms, flooding: we're all beginning to grow webbed feet - work was unrelenting, and running vir...

Visp, and very little else

Sorry to have been such a sporadic blogger/commenter recently. I've been a sporadic runner too! Work has been the chief evil in this, aided and abetted by some truly horrendous weather and the discouraging feeling that I am falling apart, shin splints b...

Aargau Marathon

After the excitement of Manchester, Brighton, and London (congratulations again to all concerned), the calendar looked a little blank. A Sunday with no marathon to track! - how will I cope?! Never fear, J. had the answer to that. Some weeks ago, it came...

Easter

Spring is moving along so fast now, I can hardly keep pace - new developments every day. Standing at a bus stop the other evening, I suddenly noticed that the row of trees opposite was full of white blossom. When did that happen? - I'm sure it wasn't th...

The foot saga

A month on from my mishap, my foot is now better, and I am back running, though not quite at my previous level yet. It's annoying, though, as I was so full of motivation after my RuediRennt weekend, and looking forward to stepping things up as spring ar...

Ruedi Runs Again!

This is going to be a long one, so feel free to skip it if you don't happen to have a spare 6 weeks or so at your disposal...............! No running for me at the moment, and only the most minimal and necessary walking - I hurt my foot running for a bu...

February (for want of a more ...

It's been a mixed month in all respects, has February: weather, activities, mileage, motivation.......... but here we are, 115 kms done, more than half of that in the last week, and 45 of THAT in the final weekend. (Consistency is not my middle name!) O...

"Vyesna idyoht, vyesna idyoht...

............or Cyrillic script to that effect. My knees were very stiff today after yesterday's tempo training (or what passes for tempo training these days), so I thought a walk in the woods might sort that out - and what a wonderful day for it it was!...

January

Oh dear, January did not get off to the best of starts. The first 3 days were okay........! Just a walk on New Year's Day (over to A's again, for another instalment of gluttony), then re-launched the training on Sunday 3rd with a run back to Luzern from...

December

Before I can move on to the nice blank page that is 2016, I need to finish 2015. So........ December. A month much occupied by another (very tenacious) cold, far too much work, the usual Christmas distractions, and not a great deal of running. Shouldn't...

A compliment to end the year

Final run of 2015 done yesterday afternoon. It was a wet one, but not unpleasant, 11.1 kms round the woods, and included an amusing incident which sent me home in a good mood for my evening at work. At one point I had to squeeze past 3 men walking abrea...

That's more like it!

It has taken me a ridiculously long time to finish this post, but my time has been so fragmented, it had to be written piecemeal in between other things. Anyway, finally............ The numbers for November came in at 121.14 kms. That's actually the 4th...

Rewind: THAT weekend

Apologies for lack of comments recently - blame equally shared between my computer, Realbuzz, and myself. I will get back on it now, though. This time last week, it was a summery 15°, now we're into minus figures, and have had the first snow of the wint...

Pumpkins!

This is going to be out of sequence now, but I need to backtrack a bit to include a couple of walks from the beginning of October which I didn't get round to mentioning at the time. Nothing spectacular........... but interesting in their way. Friday 2 O...

I'm back!(..........ish)

October: the 3rd month in succession where I've failed to reach 100 kms. (Though 97.5 is an improvement on September's 83.8, admittedly.) Shameful! - particularly in the light of the heroic deeds being achieved last weekend. So I set out yesterday (31st...

A Multiplicity of Marathons

It's going to be quite a weekend for marathons. Not only is there the Snowdonia one, there are 3 in Switzerland: our local one in Luzern (doubling this year as the Swiss championship); another road marathon in Lausanne - both these on Sunday; and the tr...