Monday, April 27, 2009

Will You be My Running Mate?

Yes, will you be my running mate?

Then .....let's run together!
Warming up!
First stretch. Then swing your arms and legs and jump a few times up and down!
Rotate your hips to the right and to the left.
Everything loose?
Are you ready now?
Then...let's start!

No, nooo..... “you” must not run!!
Do you have ten minutes? Then.... take an easy chair, sit down and see “me” running!
Like I've told you before: I run every other day. The circuit that I run now is 6 km and it's a very beautiful parcours.
(Around the age of 45 I ran 20 km and until a few years ago I still ran 9 km .)
I've often thought, I must take pictures of it because I'm no more off the youngest and there will come one day that I can run no longer. That will be very heavy for me because I love running, it's my long life! So ...if I take pictures of my circuit then I still have the beautiful memories on photograph.
I thought also: why shouldn't I share these memories with you. So ....early in the morning I took my camera and went running. I took pictures of the views in order that they appeared between my run, so you can follow my circuit and you also can see what my eyes saw!
I started to run from my home to end there also, so the first and last pictures you see are views of the other side off my house.
There are many pictures, some less interesting than others but for me they are all equally important.
Of course, for you that shall not be the case but this will give you a “good image” of my neighborhood and the Belgian countryside.
As a preview and also to make you curious: here are my three favorites!

Also this I encounter on my running circuit.

On you to decide if you like to see more!

Then: here follows the slideshow  with a selection of my photographs. was the run? Did you enjoy it?
I hope you liked it the view! you understand “why” I love to's not only the running at it self but also to be whole alone in nature and being immersed in it. To hear the birds singing... the rustling of the hear only nature sounds!
Every time I encounter different kinds off new and beautiful scenes as for instance: red squirrels...their color can be so intense red and brown ( I think there are only grey squirrels in the USA!) and pheasants in the corn fields! Then I also can hear the cuckoo calling in the distance and the woodpecker knocking on the trees. But.. there are not only the animals but also sometimes very simple objects....small things ....which becomes almost like a “still life”!
I think I'm going to take photographs more often, I enjoyed it very much!
My life can be so beautiful when I can run!
To run can give you a complete different look on life! I can recommend you to do it also!


  1. Fran how beautiful! I can see why love your route from the pictures. I would love it too but I'm not a runner. I'm a walker and can walk and walk and walk. So you take off running and I'll catch up with you. This may be an all day affair so let's go eat afterward's! :)

    Very very nice!!

  2. Jeannie, these photographs were taken on the day that you had a snow storm!

    I also like to walk! Sometimes i cannot run and then I walk the same distance with just as much pleasure! Keep on walking Jeannie, so you remain fit!
    Are you also a “sweet tooth”(someone who likes sweet things)?
    In Dutch we say : ben jij een snoepkont? The translator gives as answer: are you a “nibbling rear end”!:):):)
    Yes, let's walk together and afterwards let's eat apple pie!:):) Jam, jam!

  3. Sounds good to me Fran! I do have a sweet tooth!! :)

  4. Just found this post; I guess I must have not read carefully enough before so that is why I missed it.

    It is indeed a gorgeous parcour! There are not places close enough to where I live for such a treat while running; but when I do run - which is not that often when I am working alot - I have a nice, old graveyard in which to do so. It is also pretty.


  5. That you discovered this post is the proof that the gadget LinkWithin is working well.
    It's a pity that you don't have such a kind of surroundings where you can run but the most important is that you do run and that you have pleasure in it -t-!:)
    One thing is sure it will be very quiet there.