The future depends on what we do in the present.

MAHATMA GANDHI

The head said don’t run ….
The heart said try ….

I tried. I started, I finished and some miracle was working with me because I defended my title at the Zermatt Marathon for the 3rd year.

I was so happy just to be here in Zermatt amongst the mountains which are so special to me. It must have given my heart extra strength. I was so well looked after by Dany and Felicitas Biner and all at Hotel Silvana – they gave me wonderful support and encouragement. The good wishes of so many people were carrying me. From one hour running a day for maybe two weeks to a half marathon to a marathon? But it worked this time …..

The morning of the marathon I stared up to the Riffelberg from the Silvana – and wondered if and how I might be there that day. Not at all, by train, by walking if I pulled out of the race, or by running?! The power of the mountains here drew me onwards and upwards. And it feels all alright still now – so no damage done I hope. Now for an easy few long days of walking, some running and some mountains if weather permits…..

July 11th

Still here in Zermatt – and the weather has been kind to us this week, although now will turn to rain for the weekend. From Hotel Silvana to the campsite to Monte Rosa Hutte. A wonderful few days in the mountains – almost to the summit of the Doufourspitze of the Monte Rosa. Almost but not quite – a mountain to return to. And then a solitary jaunt along the ridge from Gornergrat to the summit of the Stockhorn. A walk – but a lone summit moment – peace. It was special.

Zermatt Marathon http://www.zermattmarathon.ch

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