Austrian mountains are just the job when it comes to building condition.
My first 'rule' is: choose a mountain a short distance away and run gently to its foot.
Today my final destination is a point in the above phootograph - the 'v' shaped ridge between the central summits. The nearest point at the base of the mountain range is 1.5 kms away and my 'finish line' is 6 kms away.
My second 'rule' is: in hot weather always carry water - either to drink or pour over the head. I know a convenient tap on a wall at the foot of the mountain - a great place to top-up my 500 ml bottle.
The third 'rule' is: avoid the temptation to start too fast, taking into account the temperature and the steepness of the slope.
I'm starting at 500 meters (1,800 ft) and aiming to be at an altitude of 1,500 meters (5,000 feet) in an hour and a half; a place where the air will be much thiner and the sun's rays much stronger.
I'll be wearing my running cap backwards, to protect the nape of my neck from sunburn.
An important fourth 'rule' is: know the way back. Today I'll be taking a cable car for the return journey. One of life's little luxuries.
'Rule' five: take the opportunity to look at the scenery and note the changing climatic and vegetation zones.
Sixth and final 'rule': having earned it the hard way - enjoy the view! Have a beer if you fancy one!