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Running Round Brussels


Yesterday I gathered my courage together and joined in my first ever organized running event : the 15 kilometer Foulées des Flosses round the Forêt de Soignes. 

The weather was picture postcard perfection.

As I ran I thought of the parallels with singing :

  • First, the nerves just before you begin as you wait for the starter gun – it’s too late to mend anything that may need it and too late to back out…
  • Then, controlling your breathing : out, two, three; in, two, three. 
  • Full body commitment : breathing apparatus, muscle cooperation and mental strength (for those tricky uphill bits). 
  • Then the kick of achievement as you cross the line, not so different from the high after a successful performance.
  • And, of course, the pain the following day…  comparable to that end-of-project anticlimax?

Thought of the Week : Long Live Endorphins.


  1. wrote:

    very impressed with your new site, penny! I run myself every day but have never taken part in an organized event. forêt de soignes ideal for that sort of thing I’d have thought. bye for now, a

    Thursday, October 25, 2007 at 1:35 pm | Permalink
  2. wrote:

    Congratulations with the running, Penny. I just did the 20km of Paris 2 weeks ago and for me it was fun to discover the parallels you make between running and singing.

    Friday, October 26, 2007 at 5:45 pm | Permalink

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