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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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Exploring in Emmental

Waiting at the bus stop a few weeks ago, looking in a bookshop window to while away the time, I spotted a book: '50 walks in Emmental'. I love Emmental (the region, not the cheese - though I like that too) with its 'model railway' landscape, all hills a...

Slacking in September!

Hmmm......... not a vintage month, September - in fact, the worst of the year so far, exceeding even February in the 'Could do better' stakes. A rather evil cold accounts for the blank days of the past week, but before that........ no excuse, really - j...

Surenen Pass

Still trying to get caught up.............. Tuesday 25th August: a visit to the pool to iron out the last of the post-Rothenburg stiffness. 1km aqua jogging in 59:40, plus another 4 lengths cool-down - just fitted it in before my lane was invaded by a h...

Boiled, grilled, roasted, and...

With that characteristic suddenness I should be used to now after 28 years of living here, it seemed to go from midsummer to late autumn almost overnight. I actually don't mind - this temperature suits me much better. After 2 months of almost unrelentin...

Don't panic!

We returned from Grindelwald to a continuing heatwave, but after a couple of days of lurking indoors with the shutters down, we did get out a few times. The one attempt at running was not a great success: even late evening in the relative shade of the B...

In the ultra's footsteps

Apologies for the long delay in finishing this post - other things got in the way. Sunday 19th July: Not off to the earliest of starts today (being a spectator is more tiring than you would think, especially if it involves being in 5 different places ov...

Vis à vis with the Eiger

I arrived back in Switzerland to a heatwave, with temperatures up in the mid-30s. Apparently it had been like this the entire time I was away, too. With a 4 day holiday planned (spectating at the Eiger Trail Ultra, where a friend of J's was running, and...

Primeval forest and city park

It seems so long since my last post, I can hardly remember what's been happening - good thing there is Garmin to remind me! I do know, though, that there have been some amazing feats going on in Realbuzzland in the past few weeks, and I'm gradually tryi...

Mountain and mine

I couldn't believe how well-behaved my knees were during the race - they hardly complained at all. But oh boy, in the middle of the night, did they let me know what they thought of what I had inflicted on them! - the right knee in particular. No matter ...

In the land of the Green Fairy

So on the back of some fairly inadequate training, off I went to Couvet, in the Swiss Jura, for this summer's rather spontaneous project, a trail half marathon under the auspices of the 'Défi Val de Travers'. The main event is a 75 km ultra, but there a...

'I've started, so I'll finish...

It's been an exciting weekend, but before I can move on to that, I just need to fill in the previous 4 weeks. (Shouldn't take long - there wasn't much!) After the 40k round Bielersee, it seemed legitimate to take it easy for a few days, let the bruised ...

Bielersee Ultra

Saturday 16th May: the Bielersee Ultra! Don't get too excited, though - we 'only' did the walking category (40k). The runners did 50k........ except for a few mad ones attempting 100 miles. (Yes, MILES.) The 50k could also be done as a relay, which is h...

The other half

Thursday 7th May: some slight stiffness after the Wolhusen race, so a short walk (1 hour, 5.17 kms) round the Horw peninsula helped. Enjoyed the last of the evening sun before it disappeared behind the mountains; said hello to the Highland cattle; sitti...

GO-IN6weeks - Wolhusen

Wednesday evening, 6th May: the third of the GO-IN6weeks race series, this one in Wolhusen. Not working; not tired from mountain walking......... no excuses, then! So off on the train to Wolhusen; short bus ride; and the uphill walk to race HQ at a scho...

Running, walking, and countin...

Wednesday 29th April: out with the RunningLadies again, for the first time in several weeks. After the usual warm up in a nearby school yard (several of the children decided to join in), we again split into 2 groups. Again I went with the faster group -...

Luzerner Stadtlauf, anniversa...

The day after we got back from Ticino, it was the first of the GO-IN6weeks race series in the evening. J. had entered all of them in advance, I was planning to enter on the day as and when it proved possible. However........ neither of us felt up to it ...

Travels in Ticino, part 2

Tuesday 21st April: woke to another lovely day. Breakfast, same view as the previous morning, plus a man out working in his garden. So........ where to today? The original plan was Monte San Giorgio, a wooded mountain at the bottom end of Lake Lugano, f...

Travels in Ticino

What am I doing here? - I feel like an interloper among all the tales of marathon glory! Especially as I'm about to regale you again with accounts of WALKING! Not any old walking, however: I declare the MOUNTAIN WALKING season now open! Taking advantage...

Walkies!

Now that the site is currently gripped by 'marathon fever', it hardly seems appropriate to be writing about walking! - but that's what I have to offer, sorry! Having been given an unprecedented 12 days free mid-season (something that has never happened ...

'Loveliest of trees..........'

Sitting on a train last Wednesday, I found myself thinking 'How lovely the world is, or can be, if we take care of it and have eyes to see it.' It sounds trite now, written down, but it unleashed such a wave of feeling, I was simultaneously beaming like...

Summertime..........

........ was largely a theoretical concept last week. Between an ongoing dental saga and some truly atrocious weather (wind, rain, sleet, hail........), my mood was certainly anything but sunny. I was hoping for a more productive week than the previous ...

20 years and counting........

Tuesday 17 March: Aqua jogging, 1 km (40 lengths). To add interest, I broke it down into 4 sections of 10 lengths each: the first 10, very easy; the second 10, more effort; the third 10, just about as fast as possible; the final 10, back to 'comfortably...

Almost Spring

I love this time of year! The snowdrops all out, crocuses popping up everywhere, primulas starting to appear (colours that always remind me of Dolly Mixtures); birds tuning up for the Big Sing (a blackbird gave me a wonderful concert this evening); suns...

A good week

54 kms last week - pretty pleased with that. It's not in the same league as some, I know (our magnificent Woodwoses, to name but two), but it is the most I've achieved so far this year. Not without cost - my knees were somewhat painful at the end of it,...