During childhood, I loved running to Primary School. But, you know how things go: Secondary School was rather in biking distance, and University was far enough by train... But since Spring 2010, I have become infected again with the running virus – not surprisingly, given the great jogging opportunities that Zürich offers. Parks and natural areas are almost literally around the corner and fountains with fresh water abound. Plus: the hilly areas offer beautiful views over the lake, with the Alps on the background (that is, when it's not too foggy). Of course, it is a great way to shake off the thoughts about science and loosen the muscles, too.
Meanwhile, I have participated in the following running events:
Here's my current playlist, specifically for running:
|Vangelis||I'll Find My Way Home||4:21||172|
|Donna Summer||State Of Independence||4:25||169.5||Vangelis' original (165 SPM) connects seamlessly to the previous song but has a less clear beat|
|A-ha||Take On Me||3:46||169|
|Eminem||Lose Yourself||5:26||171||I generally dislike rap, but this one brings me 100 hm (7.6%) up the Zürichberg:|
"You can do anything you set your mind to, man"
|Stevie Wonder||Part Time Lover||4:13||174.5|
|The Postal Service||Such Great Heights||4:26||175|
|Bon Jovi||Last Man Standing||4:37||175|
|Don Henley||The Boys Of Summer||4:46||177||Great tuneful song, perfectly bridging two rather "active" ones|
|Metric||Gold Guns And Girls||4:03||180|
|Daryl Hall & John Oates||Maneater||4:27||177.4|
|Ricky martin||Living La Vida Loca||4:03||178|
|Pointer Sisters||I'm So Excited||3:50||185||Well, who wouldn't be excited at this tempo?|
|John Miles||Music||5:51||Mixed||This one is good for a steep downhill part or a final sprint; varying tempo of 169-185-172-133-155 SPM|
|Roxette||The Look||3:56||190||Go in overdrive! Good for hillwork|
|VOF de Kunst||Suzanne||4:44||184.5|
|Herman van Veen||Hilversum III||3:52||182||Nicely light-footed Dutch song|
|Goldroom ft. Chela||Fifteen||5:00||178||Incites a smooth stride|
|Styx||Boat On The River||3:14||176|
|Hans de Booij||Annabel||3:35||173.5|
|Plushgun||Freeze The Frame||4:22||170|
|Pat Benatar||Love Is A Battlefield||5:23||181||Good running tempo but won't ever show up on my normal playlist ;-)|
|Tom Petty||Runnin' Down A Dream||4:25||170|
|Michael Jackson||They Don't Care About Us||4:21||180|
|Elton John||I'm Still Standing||3:04||177|
|Ace Of Base||All That She Wants||3:29||188||Good tempo for minimal/barefoot running|
|Maroon 5||One More Night||3:39||186||Idem|
Note: tempos are in "Steps per minute" (SPM), which in several cases is twice the song's tempo as determined by BPM Counter.
It's the journey that matters, not the finish line.
Stadiums are for spectators. We runners have nature and that is much better. – Juha Vaatainen
You have a choice. You can throw in the towel, or you can use it to wipe the sweat off of your face. – Gatorade ad
Any idiot can run; it takes a special kind of idiot to run a marathon.
Run your own race, and:
Don't look back. Something might be gaining on you. – Satchel Paige