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Sofa Sunday

This weekend we got a first taste of the approaching fall – it rained incessantly for two days straight. What better to do than spending some time on the sofa, drinking tea, reading or watching a good movie.

When I’m lounging on the sofa I’m seldom alone these days as Elvis’ favorite spot to cuddle up is on a throw on the couch.

But I didn’t spend all my weekend hours inside. I also got myself out into the rain for a run twice. On Sunday for a 90min run which Nike Running Global Head Coach Bennett made bearable by saying the right things at the right time.

While out on the long run I saw a field mouse crossing the road in the torrential rain and once on the other side it had troubles getting onto the sidewalk so I helped it up and into the wide field away from the gushing waters pouring down the sidewalk. It quickly snuck underneath some clovers and seemed content enough.

Though the weather was quite awful to be outside in without a good umbrella, I still enjoyed the run and the feeling of badassery I carried throughout it and into the rest of the day.

Retirement and Promotion

On my 35k run last weekend I run one of my older running shoes into the ground (I felt like the ball of my foot and my big toe were running naked on the pavement) so it was time for some new ones. With the shops closed I had to fall back on my trusty brand that always works so I could order them online.

Now it’s one retired pair and two newly promoted pairs of running shoes in the app.

Thank you to my trusty retired shoes for their fantastic duty, you served me well and offered me many an inspiring hour outside under the blue, gray, wet, hot, cold… skies.

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!!

Pit Stop

Sometimes if you go on a long run int the morning after a huge cup of coffee there’s a danger of that coffee washing water out of the body that wants out. And the most obvious way – before you start sweating enough – is out of your bladder. So yes, I had to pee on my run lately and there wasn’t a very suitable spot along the way. But since it was still relatively early and no one was to be seen I decided to risk just hiding between some trees as I would certainly see approaching hikers and joggers on time. I didn’t consider the bikers though and their increased speed in comparison to people afoot. Well, and that’s how I met a lovely couple who was all charming about it and gave me a wave that I happily returned.

Good thing I don’t embarrass easily…

Kitchen Accident

Sometimes things go wrong. And they make a huge mess out of everything. Last night I had one of these moments when an olive oil bottle decided to slip outta my hand. And left olive oil stains all over the kitchen floor tiles, cupboards and oven front.

Being in the middle of cooking and as hungry as a bear after hibernation didn’t exactly help the situation.

But alas, I got the mess cleaned up and used the rage to complete a kickass benchmark run – successfully channeling energy. And to end the day my cats eased my strained nerves with lots of cuddles and a load of loud purring 🙂

Q: How do you channel your rage?

Hope you’re having an accident-free day no matter where you are or what you’re doing!

Love, S@m

Breaking the Radio Silence

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Holiday Season Run

 

DIE FUNKSTILLE BRECHEN

I’ve been away from my blog – and pretty much all things social media in general – for almost two months. When looking around the blogger sphere I see this happening on a more or less regular basis, especially to blogger who have a day job, possibly staring into a screen more or less all day. I sometimes feel intimidated by the mere thought of spending more time in front of a screen so I rather spend my spare time doodling or painting, enjoying meditative yoga sessions or going for a run.

Fast zwei Monate habe ich mich von meinem Blog – und so ziemlich allen sozialen Medien – ferngehalten. Wenn ich mich so in der Blogosphäre umsehe, scheint das auf einer mehr oder weniger regelmässigen Basis zu geschehen, speziell bei Bloggern, die einer (anderen) hauptberuflichen Tätigkeit nachgehen und dabei vielleicht auch noch den ganzen Tag in einen Bildschirm starren. Mich selbst schüchtert der Gedanke, noch mehr Zeit vor dem Bildschirm zu verbringen, manchmal richtiggehend ein und so verbringe ich meine freie Zeit lieber mit Zeichnen und Malen, einer meditativen Yoga-Sitzung oder beim Joggen im Wald.

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January Snowy Trail Run

My return to Switzerland and the getting settled in again was both exhilarating yet exhausting. So when I finally and quite literally collapsed into my vacation over Christmas and New Year’s I decided to cancel all my plans except the ones with my family and to stay away from all “virtual” contacts. I needed to concentrate on the here and now and I regret nothing. I spent my time exactly as I had imagined, rediscovering my love for winter, snowfall, freshly powdered fields and both winter runs and hikes.

Meine Rückkehr in die Schweiz und der Prozess der Akklimatisierung sind gleichzeitig beglückend wie auch erschöpfend. Als ich also buchstäblich in meine Weihnachtsferien kollabierte, entschied ich mich, sämtliche bisher gemachten Pläne abzublasen, abgesehen von den vereinbarten Treffen mit meiner Familie, und mich von allen virtuellen Kontakten fernzuhalten. Ich musste mich auf’s Hier und Jetzt konzentrieren und ich bereue nichts. Ich habe meine Zeit genau so verbracht, wie ich es mir vorgestellt habe, indem ich meine Liebe für den Winter, Schneefall, frisch gepuderte Felder und sowohl Winterläufe wie auch -wanderungen wiederentdeckt habe.

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Image courtesy of ebay.co.uk

Luckily I got myself a pair of Goretex Reebok Trails at the close by Adidas Outlet store that now also carries Reebok products (no, I’m not getting paid to say this, I’m just a huge fan of the fact that I can get some reasonably priced Reebok products close by now). I’m super happy with the shoe as it has the profile to get me through all sorts of snow and mud without slipping once. While I’m usually not a huge fan of races one of my best friends asked me to join a New Year’s race of 12k which I joined last weekend. Though I was as slow as ever I did have a ton of fun enjoying the serene, white landscape and the unusually few runners competing in the race. And the ones who were there had the same goal as I did: Just enjoy the atmosphere, never mind the time. We joked and sang with the audience, motivated each other along the way and helped one another up if someone should slip on the icy path after all. That’s the spirit that pulls me back to races, makes me consider signing up for another race or two. And yes, the next one I’m registered for is very close to home and only 8k long but promises no less fun!

Glücklicherweise hatte ich mir bei nahegelegenen Adidas Outlet, der seit Neustem auch Reebok Produkte vertreibt (nein, ich werde nicht dafür bezahlt, dies zu sagen, ich bin nur ein riesiger Fan der Tatsache, dass ich nun ein paar vernünftig teure Reebok Produkte ganz in der Nähe einkaufen kann), ein paar Goretex Reebok Trails gekauft. Ich bin super-glücklich mit dem Schuh, hat er doch ein Profil, der mich durch jegliche Art Schnee und Dreck transportiert, ohne auch einmal auszurutschen. Während ich üblicherweise nicht ein riesiger Fan von Laufanlässen bin, habe ich doch letztes Wochenende auf Anfrage eines meiner besten Freunde an einem 12km Neujahrslauf teilgenommen. Obwohl ich langsam wie immer war, hatte ich doch eine Tonne Spass dabei, die ruhige, weisse Landschaft und die Gesellschaft der ungewöhnlich kleine Masse an Läufern, die an diesem Anlass teilnahmen, zu geniessen. Und die wenigen, die da waren, hatten dasselbe Ziel wie ich: Einfach die Atmosphäre geniessen ohne sich um die Endzeit zu kümmern. Wir witzelten und sangen mit dem Publikum, motivierten einander unterwegs und halfen einander auf, sollte doch jemand mal auf einem eisigen Pfad ausrutschen. Das ist genau die Einstellung, die mich wieder darüber nachdenken lässt, an weiteren Läufen teilzunehmen. Und ja, der nächste Lauf, für den ich angemeldet bin, ist sehr nahe bei mir zuhause und nur gerade 8km lang, verspricht deswegen aber nicht weniger Spass!

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Saturday Afternoon Hike Enjoying the View over the Sea of Fog.

Unfortunately, my – literally – fast friend who’s running whatever race comes under his feet will be benched for the time coming: He had to get his shoulder fixed after having it dislocated for the umpteenth time. But he promised to come and cheer me on, so that should be good!!

Unglücklicherweise wird mein unglaublich schneller Freund zum Zeitpunkt dieses Rennens auf die Ersatzbank verbannt sein: Er muss seine Schulter operieren lassen, nachdem er sie zum x-ten Male ausgerenkt hat. Aber er hat versprochen, mich anfeuern zu kommen, das sollte also trotzdem spassig werden!!

Well, I guess I’ll keep you updated on my running, doodling and other shenanigans on a more frequent basis again. At least that’s the plan. But we know how live is: Every so often – or more often than not?! – it interferes and we’re left juggling our at times challenging everyday lives. But I’m determined to use this blog as an outlet for what’s going on. Maybe even on a deeper, more personal level… who knows what this new year will bring 😉

Nun, ich denke ich halte euch wieder etwas regelmässiger auf dem Laufenden 😉 über meine Rennerei, Zeichnerei und anderen Spielereien. Zumindest ist das der Plan. Doch wir wissen ja, wie das Leben derweil ist: Gelegentlich – oder öfter als nicht?! – funkt es uns dazwischen und wir müssen versuchen, unseren teilweise doch recht herausfordernden Alltag unter einen Hut zu bringen. Doch ich bin entschlossen, diesen Blog als Ventil dafür, was in meinem Leben so vorgeht, zu nutzen. Vielleicht sogar auf einer etwas tieferen, persönlicheren Ebene… Wer weiss schon, was dieses neue Jahr noch alles mit sich bringt 😉

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What keeps you running? Do you join races on a regular basis?

Was hält dich am Laufen? Nimmst du regelmässig an Volksläufen teil?

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