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Sunday, October 5

Brussels Marathon

In a previous post in July I set a new goal to run the Brussels Marathon on October 5, 2008 ...

My full marathon (42,19 km) was sadly replaced by the half marathon (21,095 km) because I was ill the last days before the marathon and I didn't feel like being 100% prepared for the race. So, on Saturday when picking up my entry number I switched to the half marathon.

My time on the half marathon was 1:51:46 (approximately 11,9 km/h - 5:02 min/km). I think I took the right decision to skip the full marathon because I would have forced myself to finish the 42,19 km in bad conditions, but that doesn't mean that I'm fully satisfied! I will be looking for another occasion in the coming weeks/months to complete a full marathon!

Again, I was surprised how many people took part in this running event - even when the weather conditions were extremely bad. Men and women of all ages were all anxiously waiting for the start. Some come in group and want to achieve a team result, but I noticed that most people run on their own and they are all very focused on passing the finish line as soon as possible - no sightseeing or whatsoever! Each person also has his personal style of running and it's really funny when you start paying attention to this. Running for me is also an individual sport : I don't have a training partner and I go out to train when it suits me. During a race I also want to run my own pace and control my heartbeat. This wouldn't work quite well when running with other people. Reaching the finish line is always a personal fight with my body and mind and as long as it gives me a kick/rush, I will probably keep doing this time after time! It keeps me fit and brings an extra portion of energy into my busy life. A lot of other people feel the same and it seems that the Start To Run program in Belgium has convinced a bunch of new people as well ...

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