My name is Aurélie, I am 33. I work at the European Commission and live in Brussels since 2007. I managed to quit smoking when I started running in 2011… but I am still highly addicted to dark chocolate.
1) What’s your favourite park to run in Brussels and why?
Forêt de Soignes during week-ends, but mostly Cinquantenaire Park: really easy to reach, especially to run in the morning or during lunch break!
2) What’s your motivation when your legs hurt to continue training?
If it hurts I slow down or I stop! No need to suffer. The running experience is unique, teaching you how to get out of your “comfort zone”, going training even if the weather is not ideal (living in Brussels… no comment), even when you know that after some time off you will start from zero… The memory of well-being after a long run will last forever!
3) What’s needed to have a thriving social community in a city (such as Hêbê)?
To share common projects and experiences is essential to get together beyond our differences.
4) Why have you decided to run for the Red Cross?
It is the 4th time that I run Brussels 20k. I didn’t plan to participate this year until I got the proposal to run for the Red Cross in partnership with Hebe. It gave me a reason to go for it again, supporting people in needs with a group of dynamic and motivated people.
I’ll run 20km in Brussels on 28 May and I need your support for the Red Cross activities: http://20km.redcross.be/projects/hebe-cool-runnings-goes-red