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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!!

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…

Flying and Falling

Running has been a two-sided sword lately. While I’ve always loved the serenity and calm, clarity and freedom I gained from running, it is still a sport and if you’re a little under the weather or simply a tad burnt out it can be a real challenge to complete a race. No more feeling like flying over those fields.

Before I went on my 3-week vacation mid-September I was definitely drained, both physically but even more so mentally. And thus I had to realize I wasn’t up to finishing the 10k race I had registered for. After 8k my mind simply shut down and my legs wouldn’t move anymore. I took this as a sign to slow down and seriously re-charge my batteries during my vacation.

I was successful and even though I caught the sniffles and stopped training alltogether for a couple of days, it seems like this was exactly what my body needed.

Thus regarched and mentally ready I got off to this year’s half-marathon of my choice around a most idyllic lake close by. All went well – until km 10…

And that’s when – for some still inexplicable reason – I not only fell, but flew for the briefest of moments and came crashing down on the gravel path: Ouch! It hurt. And once again not only physically but even more so mentally. I know it sounds aweful but I was kind of relieved to see another runner crash at the exact same spot I did only a minute later. Helped me not to feel too awkward… Horrible, I know.

Anyways, after getting cleaned up a little I tried to run on but in the end didn’t have the stomach to pull it through and turned around. I wanted to make sure I hadn’t cracked or torn anything. As luck would have it the halfway mark where I crashed was right where the boats crossed the lake so I was able to hop on and get myself chauffeured back to the finish line.

Luckily, I wasn’t seriously hurt. So the next day despite the road burn, bruising and horrible muscle aches I was able to get up – and even run. As my friend said: Get up on that horse again to avoid a mental block. And so I did. My dear Renntier (running deer :-)) friend took me back to the lake and “made” me finish the second half of the race. Just for the sake of it I added some extra 3-4k to show running who’s boss 🙂

Q: Did you ever crash badly enough to keep you from ever doing something again, say skiing, horseback riding, skating etc.?

Take care – seriously!
Yours truly,
S@m

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

Race Bug

I’ve been into sports more or less all my life. Not in a club or another specifically dedicated way but either watching it or just doing it for myself. As a kid is was mostly playing games that involved running around outside or sometimes playing soccer with my brother and his friends (if they let me). Of course I also had a bicycle, roller skates and at times a skateboard that kept me moving.

As a teenager I wasn’t crazy about gym class but in my spare time I still remained active and rode my bike pretty much everywhere. So that never stopped. But only at the age of 27 did I consciously take up running as a regular habit. At first I found it extremely arduous, I could hardly run a couple of hundred yards without sounding like a steam engine. But I kept at it and stuck with it ever since.

I’ve never turned into a fast runner but I can run moderate distances and as I run slowly I can run for quite a long time no problem. Record is around two and a half hours. In the past years I’ve participated in a few races but after each and every one I was convinced it was the last. I did not like the masses, running with other folks does not appeal to me at all and usually race day is simply not one of my “magical days” when I just get up and run as if I’d never done anything else.

Of course, exercise-induced asthma doesn’t help. But I’m starting to get accustomed to it and know how to work with it. I’ve found my peace with not being the fastest runner but instead concentrate on having fun while I’m out there enjoying nature in all it’s glory. And I think that’s why this year everything’s different.

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First run this year… lots of snow to tread…

All of a sudden I’m chasing race after race. Or, well, let’s say I’m easily convinced to join in yet another one. One of my very best friends is an inspiring runner, duathlete and thriathlete. He recently joined the board of a runners club and asked me to join the club as well. He lured me in with the prospect of receiving 10 bucks for every race I finish that is on our race club’s list. So after only a couple of races I’ll have earned back my club fee and after that it’s pure cash… haha, it seems I’m a capitalist after all.

But to be honest, it’s not about the money at all. What spurs me this time is

a) The fact that all the races I’ve joined so far were only regional events with few runners and

b) I’m taking it so easy with the only goal being that I arrive – regardless of the time.

That does the trick. I’ve stopped agonizing about my performance but instead concentrate on the joys of running: The feeling of being healthy and able to run at all, the fresh crisp-clean air, the sounds, texture of snow or gravel under my feet, the friendly folks spurring the runners on, the other participants- joy – it’s all most inspiring. And guess what? I’ve been delivering my best results when it comes to times so far 🙂

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Weeheee, soooo earned that medal!!

Now of course one might think I might be running away from something… which might make sense after as exhausting a year as the one I’ve just put behind me. But then again I’ve always been a rather positive person so I prefer to look at it the other way – I’m running towards something. Be it answers, a new beginning or simply the appreciation of a cleansing shower after the run 🙂

Dear readers, is there anything you totally changed your mind about over time?

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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Running Encounters

Baby (or toddler?) bird on what might well be his first flight.
Baby (or toddler?) bird on what might well be his first flight.

It is the time of the year when young birds leave their nest and so it’s probably no wonder that I happened upon this little fella on one of my last runs. Of course, I didn’t touch him or anything, just watched him sit there for a while, hoping that his family would find him and finish the job of teaching him how to fly.
Es ist wieder die Jahreszeit der flügge werdenden Vögel und so scheint es wohl wenig erstaunlich, dass ich auf einem meiner letzten Läufe diesem kleinen Kerlchen begegnet bin. Natürlich habe ich ihn nicht angefasst sondern nur für eine Weile beobachtet, wie er geduldig dasitzt. Ich hoffte inständig, dass seine Familie ihn finden und ihm das Fliegen noch fertig beibringen würde.

On Saturday’s run a couple of bicyclists and fellow runners had to disturb a wedding party about to take pictures on this little footbridge down at Lady Bird Lake close to Longhorn Dam. It was drizzling at the time so they first had to remove the humongous pile of umbrellas they had piled up at the end/beginning of the bridge 🙂
Auf meinem Samstags-Lauf mussten einige Velofahrer und Mit-Läufer eine Hochzeitsgesellschaft stören, die gerade dabei war, Fotos auf dieser kleinen Holzbrücke beim Lady Bird Lake nahe des Longhorn Dams zu schiessen. Es nieselte und so musste die Gesellschaft erst einmal den enormen Haufen Regenschirme aus dem Weg räumen, die sich am Anfang/Ende der Brücke aufgetürmt hatte 🙂

They're a regular sight on my Town Lake runs.
They’re a regular sight on my Town Lake runs.

The other day I finally stopped and took a picture of a flock of geese that I come upon quite frequently on my runs along Town Lake. I don’t know what it is about geese but they always make me smile. Their looks are very similar to that of swans but the latter have a tendency to scare me while geese just seem so much friendlier, not sure why. Probably because no goose ever tried to peck my brother to mush in his stroller back when he was a baby.
Kürzlich habe ich mir endlich die Mühe gemacht anzuhalten und ein Foto dieser Gänseschar, die mir recht oft auf meinen Läufen um den Town Lake begegnet, zu machen. Ich bin mir nicht ganz im Klaren darüber, warum mich Gänse immer zum Grinsen bringen. Gänse sehen ja Schwänen ganz schön ähnlich, aber die Letzteren beunruhigen mich eher, während Gänse so viel freundlicher wirken; keine Ahnung. Vielleicht weil keine Gans je versucht hat, meinen Bruder in seinem Kinderwagen zu Brei zu picken als er noch ein Baby war.

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