Run 2:00:00  22.4 km (5:21 / km)
When choosing Interlaken as a base for the weekend I was guided partly by hoping to find somewhere below the snowline for the Sunday run, but that wasn't to be the case. There would be some excellent runs from here in the warmer months (or in less cold winter months for that matter), but the conditions made them a non-starter. (In particular the path up the valley to Lauterbrunnen, which forms the early stages of the Jungfrau Marathon, was under heavy snow, and the road was out of the question given the ski traffic).
Started out along the tracks towards the Brienzersee but these became increasingly icy and then were blocked altogether by forestry work, so I bailed out to the road on the north side of the lake. This turned out to be pretty good with a decent (and almost ice-free) footpath and almost no traffic at 7-something on a Sunday morning. Kept going until the footpath ran out and then turned around, which left about 40 minutes to be added once back in Interlaken, something done by heading out on the south side of the lake this time. Ran again into difficult ice for a section towards the end - there hasn't been much new snow for three weeks so what's there has been heavily compressed anywhere that gets any foot traffic.
As for the run, this was one of the better ones I've had since I've been here - no real muscle stiffness after yesterday - flowing pretty well when the going underfoot would allow me to do so, no real issues with the heel, and finishing off better than I have on the last couple of long runs.
Quite an interesting morning meteorologically - Interlaken was right on the rain/snow boundary and going up or down 20 metres was often enough to make the difference between light rain and wet snow, although nothing was accumulating. The snow was to be more annoying looking around Lucerne later in the day (although some of the costumes in sight were as interesting as the old town - Lucerne takes Carnival seriously, although the real action is tomorrow and Tuesday).
One oddity I saw in the hotel in Interlaken was the fire procedure - the designated assembly point was the petrol station just down the road. I don't know about you but a petrol station isn't the place I'd choose to hang out if there was a fire anywhere in the vicinity. (I'm guessing there is at least one fire in the hotel's history, as it claims a history going back to the 15th century but the building certainly isn't that old).
And spotted in Lucerne: a sign in the window of a souvenir shop which advised that the tourist tax refund scheme doesn't apply to chocolate. To qualify for the scheme the goods exported have to be worth at least 300 francs, which would be an awful lot of money to spend on chocolate even if it was included in the scheme (especially as chocolate is one of the few things that is relatively cheap in Switzerland).