Well, a few hours ago, I just finished running the St Jude 1/2 Marathon. Yep, it was an easy trip from Rüschlikon to Memphis. I just downloaded an app, and started running. Well, running might be a little strong of a word. I jogged and plodded through the 13 miles.
I think I probably could have run 10 – 15 minutes faster, but I decided to bring my GoPro with me. I stopped and walked about every two miles to record for a minute or two. I also learned that running on the major roads during the week, is a lot different than on weekends. I wound up having to stop at a lot of cross walks. When I run on Saturday or Sunday there is not much traffic. That wasn’t the case on a Thursday morning.
So my running is pretty much done for 2020. I’ll go for some runs during the week, but now that the weather is getting colder, I will spend more time on my bike in the basement. It is probably just the high of finishing, but I am seriously thinking about the Zürich 1/2 marathon this spring. The only problem with that is the way they set out the course. They literally have the starting line at the 1/2 way point of the full marathon. That means about a 45 minute trip to get to the starting line, because it is on the opposite side of the lake from our apartment. Of course if I can get one of my friends to come run it with me, it would be worth the effort! Any Takers?
The sad thing, is that I have the time to devote to train for a full marathon. Not working gives me a lot of extra time each day. I am just not sure I have the desire to run another one. The one and only full marathon was in 1986. That was a long time ago.
Enough about the running 🙂
I have not gone and done any kind of statistical look up, but it sure feels colder this year than it did last year. Last year, I do not remember wearing gloves at all when I was out and about. This year, I’ve been wearing gloves every trip out of the house for the last week and a half. So either I am becoming Swiss (because these people CANNOT handle cold) or there is a temperature difference this year vs last. I know I commented on this last year, but I still laugh. When the temperature drops below 10 degrees (50 for my US followers) the winter coats come out, complete with wool hats and gloves. I think the high temperature for the last two weeks has been 2 or maybe 3 degrees (35 – 38). Once again, I have to say Fahrenheit is the superior temperature scale when it comes to comfort. Maybe it is because I am just not completely adjusted to the metric system.
Julie and I commented this morning, that we have already had more snow this year than all of last year. I think last year, we had snow three, maybe four, times, but it was just a dusting each time. The snow never accumulated, and it was gone by that afternoon. This week we actually got a real snow. We got about three inches, but it was enough that I learned why there are boxes of salt at the top of the hills. The street crews came out and plowed, and on the more heavily traveled hills actually used the salt on the roads. I don’t think, the Swiss have the same expectations as in the US about clearing your sidewalk, though. Very few people had cleaned their sidewalk by the next morning. So we had to wait for two days until the snow melted.
That’s about all I have to say this week, except for: If you ever get the chance to try some rhubarb beer; take it. I was pleasantly surprised. It was much better than I thought it would be.
Talk to you next week!