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St. Moritz: A Runner’s Paradise

17 Oct

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I think I know how Luke feels in a candy store. (And I mean currently, not when he was a toddler). In the past 5 days, Ueli has shown me so many places that literally stunned me with their beauty and set a new benchmark for scenic runs. One of those days was so memorable, however, that it’s worthy of its own post.

Early Sunday morning, we hopped on a train to St. Moritz, a town in southeast Switzerland that houses the high altitude training center for Swiss Olympic athletes. He warned me that the trip would take almost 4 hours each way, but that the journey alone would be worth it. He wasn’t messing around. First, we got to watch the sun rise over Zurich.
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For the next few hours, we wound our way through and around the majestic Alps. At one point the train stopped on a bridge and it seemed like a forceful jump on one side would send us toppling over the edge into the river below. I was worried when a serious-looking man made an announcement in Swiss-German, but Ueli assured me that there was nothing to worry about- the parachutes we would use to jump out would be delivered shortly.
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I was totally captivated by the enormity and raw beauty of our surroundings… but not so much that Ueli and I didn’t exchange some language lessons along the way. Here’s a vid of Ueli saying a Swiss-German phrase that foreigners love because it’s full of those throaty sounds. I’m not sure how useful it is, but I really hope I find myself in an urgent situation that requires me to tell someone that “a small crab is creeping over a small kitchen cabinet.”

And then, we arrived in heaven. I’m not kidding. I took an obscene number of pictures, and the fact that Ueli never complained says a lot about him, but here are a few of my favorites:
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I also got to see the reasons that St. Moritz buzzes with distance runners (and other athletes) every summer, especially in preparation for the Olympics this year. The trails are nicely-surfaced, well-marked, and endless; the elevation is perfect for training; and the mountains hover over the track as if they could collapse on it at any second. I would bet that that track takes a beating from some pretty spectacular, faster-than-written workouts.
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After a few solid hours of running, picnicing, and wandering, we finally made it back to Zurich around 9 p.m. That meant that we still had a few hours left to use our travel passes, so we walked to the top of a massive hill and got a clear view of Zurich by night. It was a nice, symmetrical end to a truly great day. If the opportunity ever arises to spend a summer training in St. Moritz, I’ll jump!
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7 Comments

Posted by on October 17, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

7 responses to “St. Moritz: A Runner’s Paradise

  1. barbara sanderson

    October 17, 2012 at 8:45 pm

    What gorgeous scenery!!! You must be having a ball – I envy you your wonderful adventures all overe the world. Have fun, be safe and know that I love you very much. Grammy

     
    • bwade1989

      October 25, 2012 at 2:26 pm

      Thanks, Grammy! I sure am having a blast… living it up in Switzerland and getting all ready for Ethiopia so soon. I can’t believe it! Love you so so much!

       
  2. chrnolan

    October 18, 2012 at 1:49 am

    Beautiful! Had to take your breath away.

     
  3. Benjamin

    October 18, 2012 at 9:43 am

    I surely hope Ueli takes you to the Tuesday evening training of TV Oerlikon so you get to see the prime running team in Zurich 😉

     
  4. Benjamin

    October 18, 2012 at 12:59 pm

    Never mind, turns out you’ve been there for the Track Challenge, or so tells me facebook!

     
    • bwade1989

      October 25, 2012 at 2:27 pm

      Sure did– i loved it!!

       
      • Benjamin

        October 25, 2012 at 2:29 pm

        Good to hear – looking forward to reading about your African adventures!

         

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