Spare-Time Running

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.

Running Events


CityRunning at Felsenegg
Staaner halbmarathon Meanwhile, I have participated in the following running events:

Other Sportive Events

Running Music

Here's my current playlist, specifically for running:

VangelisI'll Find My Way Home4:21172
Donna SummerState Of Independence4:25169.5Vangelis' original (165 SPM) connects seamlessly to the previous song but has a less clear beat
A-haTake On Me3:46169
EminemLose Yourself5:26171I 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 WonderPart Time Lover4:13174.5
The Postal ServiceSuch Great Heights4:26175
Bon JoviLast Man Standing4:37175
Don HenleyThe Boys Of Summer4:46177Great tuneful song, perfectly bridging two rather "active" ones
MetricGold Guns And Girls4:03180
Daryl Hall & John OatesManeater4:27177.4
Ricky martinLiving La Vida Loca4:03178
Pointer SistersI'm So Excited3:50185Well, who wouldn't be excited at this tempo? ;-P
RoxetteThe Look3:56190Go in overdrive! Good for hillwork
VOF de KunstSuzanne4:44184.5
Herman van VeenHilversum III3:52182Nicely light-footed Dutch song
Goldroom ft. ChelaFifteen5:00178Incites a smooth stride
StyxBoat On The River3:14176
Hans de BooijAnnabel3:35173.5
PlushgunFreeze The Frame4:22170
Pat BenatarLove Is A Battlefield5:23181Good running tempo but won't ever show up on my normal playlist ;-)
Tom PettyRunnin' Down A Dream4:25170
Michael JacksonThey Don't Care About Us4:21180
Elton JohnI'm Still Standing3:04177
Katy PerryRoar3:42181
Ace Of BaseAll That She Wants3:29188Good tempo for minimal/barefoot running
OneRepublicGood Life4:00190Idem
Maroon 5One More Night3:39186Idem
Ollie GabrielRunning Man3:28184Honoring & starring paralympic athlete Blake Leeper

Note: tempos are in "Steps per minute" (SPM), which in several cases is twice the song's tempo as determined by BPM Counter.

Running Quotes

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