Brussels 20 km

I ran the Brussels 20 km race yesterday. It is a traditional, festive run that takes place on the last Sunday in May. This year was its thirtieth anniversary and it attracted 25 000 runners. Those who had run all thirty annual races received special commemorative t-shirts with their names listed on them. 

The weather was warm and sunny. Fortunately, there was plenty to drink. The course is actually quite a hard one with a number of hills including quite a tough one two kilometres from the finish. 

This year it was both a sad and happy event for me. Sad, because some friends I run with regularly were absent, including Maria. Happy on the other hand, because I went round with another friend attempting it for the first time and who got round really well, running at an even pace throughout. 

I have to say I enjoyed running at a gentle pace, not racing against the clock, and just seeing to it that my friend was fine. It was a great way to recover from last week’s marathon and to remind myself that running is about enjoyment, not about times, performance, personal bests and the like. 

That sums it up. Running should be a moment of pleasure, of joy, a break from the ordinary. 

The Brussels 20 km also marks the end of my running season. Now it is time to recuperate, do something else and, of course, get ready for the autumn season and its new challenges. 

Posted by Xavier

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