It started snowing around 1pm. Beautiful swirling flakes falling from the sky. By 6:40pm when I needed to leave for my evening run, it was still snowing. Beautiful, if a little slippy in places. When the Geneva Runners left the Bains de Paquis around half an hour later, there were only 9 of us. It was worse last week, they said, when the wind was biting. Apart from the hum of the slow traffic and the bright red of brake lights, it was peaceful running in the snow. I even stopped to take some photos, though none came out well.
I was the last of the group, and fell further behind as I gingerly made my way up Imperatrice hill, only to find that two runners had kindly waited for me. We ran some of the way from then on together. My favourite part of the whole run came when I took a path alongside a field and ran in crisp and otherwise untouched snow, while my companions ran above me along the road. It could have gone on forever, but it was only 200 yards or so.
Later, we had burgers in the Clubhouse. I had the California, my concession to healthy eating because it has some avocado in it, while piling my plate up with ketchup and brown sauce. The contradictions lay next to each other on my plate and merged in my belly. Helped down by a pint of beer. In 90 days time, I will hopefully be relaxing having finished my first marathon earlier in the day. Maybe I’ll see if I can have the California again. But with a bigger plate of chips.
Tonight, was a good marathon training night.
Janathon: back on the garmin/strava stats tonight. 6.11 miles in 1:02:09 at 10:11 a mile.
2015 birds: today I saw a Sparrowhawk for the first time in 2015, on a cycle route round the edge of the ZIMEYSA industrial estate up at Meyrin. We also saw Blue Tits, Great Tits, Robins, Chaffinches, Greater Spotted Woodpeckers, a Green Woodpecker, Carrion Crows, Blackbirds, a Song Thrush and Greenfinches. As usual on the lake we saw Coots, Mallards, Pochards, Tufted Ducks, Little Grebes, Mute Swans, Black-headed Gulls and Great Crested Grebes.