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very special and precious things; not so much an official celebration as an achievement or such.

Cutting Capers

This year I’ve seen more young calves out on the pastures for the first time frolicking at their hearts’ desire than any other year.

It is heartwarming to see how much joy they derive from simply being outside, enjoying the fresh air and new sights.

How simple yet joyful life seems when seen through a fresh pair of eyes. Thank you four-legged creatures for bringing your joy to me and letting me in on the beauty of outdoors.

Broken

Over the last weeks something was broken. I didn’t seem to process feelings the way I used to. And I’m still not quite back to normal. Some emotions are more intense, others I can’t seem to find anymore. Is the corona virus causing this malfunction? I may have to consider shutting me down for a weekend. If that does not work I will most certainly be forced to run an overnight re-boot.

Maybe all works for naught as I’m not a machine. I’m human after all.

Accomplished

So Saturday night I bit off my freshly polished nails. Still, Sunday came and with it a glorious day with many friends and family cheering my dear runner buddy and I on and an unforgettable, long-suffering (17km of stomach pain and cramps…) 42.195km later I was accomplished: I am unofficially but beknownst to my closest people a marathoner.

I’m terribly tired from the lack of sleep the night before the race and of course from the exertion, but also proud, exhilarated, thankful, certainly stronger and – accomplished.

A big shout-out to all dear ones who have supported us by cheering and providing us with sustenance. I certainly couldn’t have done it without you!!

Achievements

In school I wasn’t a big fan of running unless there was a ball involved or some other higher goal than simply running around involved.

Then, almost 20 years ago, when traveling around the world my friend declared in Australia that we’s go and buy ourselves some proper running shoes as otherwise our beer consume might turn us into proper barrels. And that’s when my running career started. Thanks to my friend back then who made me puff and swear along Bondi beach.

Over that last three years one of my very dearest friends introduced me to another long loathed category, the races. I’ve completed between 20-30 races a year over the last 3 years. Never ever thought that would happen.

And the third big thing I always denied would ever happen came to pass this year when I thought I might have to step in for mentioned dear friend and actually started training for a marathon. It’s not that I ever doubted that I could do it if I properly trained, what hindered me was my other hobbies and interests. Since I’m a slow runner it takes me well over 2h to do a 20k training run. I don’t mind, my body doesn’t mind but after 2h I do start thinking “well, what else could I do now… this running around stiff is getting lame…”.

Well, enter 2020 and watch me while away a 4h run – my very first 35k ever!! And might very well be my last. That’s why I thought this was reason to celebrate – congrats to me for this huge achievement!!

Health Stimulus

The coronavirus undoubtedly is a dangerous, even fatal disease. But with people stuck at home and splendid weather outside and one of the few reasons to leave the house being exercising (alone) it seems a lot of people take to running these days. I guess it’s the closed gyms and many unclaimed resolves to finally start running. Now with home office and the dropped commute times it’s as if lots and lots of folks use the gained hours to go out for a run. At least today I saw more runners out there than on many an ordinary weekend day. Everybody and their mamma seemed to be chasing that finish line.

I say let’s hail all these athletes! Let’s celebrate one of the great things the shelter in place order has caused! A hurray on all you runners showing the world that you’re pulling through. Including the safe distance! I applaud you!!

Petless

HAUSTIERLOS

Friday the 13th truly was partaking of adversity this time – namely, it was the first anniversary of Oscar’s death. Merlin’s was around April 9th or 10th. I observed his anniversary by running a 10k. Probably to drown any possibly emerging emotional suffering with physical pain.
For Oscar’s anniversary on the other hand I hadn’t planned anything at all as I prefer to think about their lives instead of how and when they died. I think I only entered the date into my calendar to proof to myself that I actually mad it this long without them. Something which at the beginning – and for what felt like half an eternity – seemed quite impossible, but that I have learned to cope with by now. And luckily, the real heavy moments are becoming fewer and fewer.

Freitag der 13te hatte diesmal etwas wirklich “unglückliches” an sich – und zwar hat sich Oskar’s Todestag zum ersten Mal gejährt. Bei Merlin war’s ja so um den 9., 10. April soweit. Seinen Todestag habe ich mit einem 10 km Lauf begangen. Wohl um den möglicherweise aufkommenden seelischen Schmerz mit physischem zu übertönen.
Für Oskar’s Jahrestag habe ich nichts Besonderes veranstaltet, denn eigentlich möchte ich lieber daran denken, wie die beiden Tiger gelebt haben, anstatt wie und wann sie gestorben sind. Ich glaube, die Kalendervermerke habe ich alleine deshalb gemacht, um mir zu beweisen, dass ich es tatsächlich schon ein Jahr ohne die zwei überstanden habe. Was mir anfänglich – und gefühltermassen eine halbe Ewigkeit – fast unmöglich erschien, habe ich nun also gemeistert. Und die richtig schwer traurigen Momente werden zum Glück immer weniger.

Rather bittersweet seem some of my fondest memories which include some of Oscar’s and Merlin’s habits which still put a smile on my face:

Eher bittersüss sind da Erinnerungen an einige der Angewohnheiten von Oskar und Merlin, derer ich mich am liebsten erinnere und die mich schon mal zum lächeln bringen:

For example Oscar’s tenacity in following me around and rubbing up against my legs until I would eventually sit down and let him hop on my lap. And most of all his way to say “Mrrp” if something didn’t quite suit his plans.

So zum Beispiel Oskar’s Beharrlichkeit dabei, mich so lange zu verfolgen und um meine Beine zu streichen, bis ich mich endlich hinsetzte und ihn auf meinen Schoss steigen liess. Und vor allem seine Art “Mrrp” zu sagen, wenn ihm etwas nicht passte.

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This is more of a “purr” than a “mrrp” moment I captured here.

Or Merlin who regularly awaited me after work sitting on a tree or next to the house, then came running up to me and – in his exhilaration – stood back on his hind legs to tap my hand with his front paws. Merlin-High-Five is what that was called.

Oder Merlin, der mich regelmässig nach der Arbeit auf einem Baum oder neben dem Haus erwartete, zu mir gerannt kam und sich in seiner freudigen Aufregung auf die Hinterbeine stellte um mit den Vorderpfoten meine Hände anzutapsen. Merlin-High-Five nannte sich das dann.

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Classic “Merlin-High-Five”.

And thus I bid adieu to this post with a joyful and proud Merlin-High-Five and a somewhat sorrowful “Mrrp”.

Und somit verabschiede ich mich von diesem Beitrag mit einem freudigen und stolzen Merlin-High-Five und einem etwas betrübten “Mrrp”.

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