Hood Hopping

What do you do when your social life is way to busy to handle your half marathon training during day light? Of course. You start running in the twilight zone or even beyond. Since there is no lighting at my usual running place, and I’d feel way to stupid with a light bulb on my forehead, I started running around in my neighborhood and call it hood hopping. Actually quite entertaining to see who’s still on the street at that time, to check out the peoples living spaces, and finally see them getting ready for sleep. Within 1 and a half hour I manage to go up the hill almost into the forest all the way through to the city border, back down to the river into an entertaining area, and with a couple of circles back home…

A little more than a week until my half marathon, I’m somewhat relieved, that I managed to slow down my heart rate at approximately the same speed. Or maybe it is correlated to the music I’m listening? My latest discovery Imogen Heap, Speak for yourself is a mixture of Kate Bush, Tori Amos, and even a little Alanis Morissette…

Sunshine again

First I started to enjoy my work again (thnx to many many talks with my bosses) and as I skipped back to a more relaxed form of myself, everything else kicked back in as well.

I finally registered for the Greifenseelauf (Wiki) and am now seriously preparing myself for the event. A goal to work on during summer.

As with the male species… The last couple of encounters have been more disturbing than anything else. As I proclaimed to my best friend, to flee the single market and instead enjoy single life without men, he laughed at me and said “Uh huh!” with that super amused look. Alright, alright. Probably not. 🙂

Greifensee question

As with almost every year the question arises again if I might join in in the Greifenseelauf on September 22. I ran it only once in 2003. Not the most pleasant experience since it was one of the hottest summers and they ran out of water, but then again that leaves lots of opportunities open to enhance the experience…

For sure I won’t run it alone. The last 2 kilometers are way to much pain in the a** to sustain alone. The question is who’ll join in of my two favorite co runners. I’ll see…

Judgement Day

Yesterday I ran 21.1 km at the Greifenseelauf!

For me that’s quite impressive, since I’ve never run that far in my life before, was sort of unprepared and half a year ago I would never have thought about doing a half marathon.

I ran together with a friend, which I’d recommend to anyone joining in such an event: it surely is much more fun and he/she can help you over your dead ends, when you dearly like to call it a day. Oh … and yes: I also had Stuart with me. I had to carry him in my hands. I hope someone will invent a sporty version that sustains lots of shaking …

A low point was the hot climate: you were craving for water. The organization of the event somehow underestimated the need for liquids of the 10’000 participants (2666 females). So sometimes some stations ran out of water, which makes you a bit speechless after having run 18 kms and not getting your well deserved cup of whatever.

After all an event that I hope I’ll repeat sooner or later.

Should I Stay Or Should I Go

On 21. September there is the half marathon around the Greifensee.

And I’m struggling to decide whether I should give it a try or better leave it. A couple of friends and my own dad (!!!!) are participating. So there’s enough support and group pressure. After all I’ve never run anything close to 21.1 km (15 km was my farest) and I usually don’t like to run on command. As I know me, it’ll bug me, when I’m not even trying to go …