We elected to slow down the travel in October and spend time in Lausanne. SOME of us thought this was great, because we could go shopping on Saturdays while stores are open 😉 We explored our local mountains, tried some new restaurants, got to spend some time getting to know a couple of our neighbors better…and ran a 10k!
The first weekend of October we drove out to the town of Champex and climbed to the top of Le Bonhomme (The Good Man). The trail was no joke, barely any proper switchbacks (at least what I’m used to from the States) and practically straight up. But, we scaled a few thousand feet in elevation in 2.5 hours and got an incredible workout so we weren’t complaining. Oh. And the view wasn’t too bad either 😊
The second weekend of October, we headed for the town of Trient and hiked up to Col de Balme. This hike was really enjoyable. The first mile or so was a more reasonably walkable series of switch-backs up the mountain than the other hikes we have done. After we cleared the tree line, we walked up through a mountain pass, with the valley opening up behind us. The ground was frozen with frost all around and many trees below us were a gorgeous autumn hue of red, yellow and orange. Upon reaching the pass, we were awarded with a beautiful glimpse of the mountains in France as we found ourselves standing on the border. After an encounter with a Frenchman and his dog Pearl, Andrew’s admirable use of his French conversation lead us to the discovery that we were staring at none other than the famed Mont Blanc and the ski town of Chamonix! We had no idea we were so close to it, and boy was that peak gorgeous. We can’t wait to go for a trip this winter. Afterwards we hiked to the top of one of the closest summits and took in a view of the Rhone valley.
Last night Switzerland did the Fall Back in time, so we got an extra hour of sweet sleep. Which was a good thing, because today we ran in the Lausanne Marathon 10k! It was kind of odd, the 10K race didn’t start until 10:45am, and the half marathon didn’t start until 1:45pm! The race started in Lausanne in a park (Parc de Milan), and took us on an out-and-back course to the town of Lutry and then back to finish along the lake front in Ouchy. We ran along the streets, having beautiful views of the mountains, the lake, the vineyards in Lavaux, and even for a portion we ran along the quaint cobblestone streets of Lutry. Overall, given the
really serious training we did prior to the race almost complete lack of training we did, we both had really great runs, excellent energy and a lot of fun getting to run a race in our new hometown. It was nice to be in another country but get to share a morning run with a bunch of people who enjoy the same thing as us. I don’t think we have time to do any more races in 2015, but we look forward to trying to fit some into our schedule next year, and maybe a destination race.
Well, that was the most of the month. It was nice to have some relaxing weekends, but up until Christmas Andrew and I both have very busy work schedules. And we won’t be taking any rests any time soon becauseeeee next weekend we are going to MILAN and then the following weekend we are going to LONDON to visit Lauren. Keep an eye out for more updates coming soon, I’ll continue to keep you posted on our adventures!