Running in novels: The Rose Petal Beach

Finally I've found a novel again that mentions running! It's been a long time.

The Rose Petal Beach

The Rose Petal Beach is a novel about 3 woman. But mostly about Tami. Tami is married to Scott. Together they have 2 daughters. They seem to have a great life together. But then Tami's best Mirabella friend accuses Scott of attempted rape. And Tami's life unravels.

Running fragments in The Rose Petal Beach

In this first fragment Dorothy Koomson paints a picture of those familiar feelings every new runner encounters!

How did I manage to get talked into this? I'd asked myself many times of the last few runs. I never had a definitive answer: it was something to do with fun, and enjoying being around Miarabella and her energy. Putting one foot in front of the other was a challenge that I'ld never set myself but I was enjoying on many levels - most of them masochistic.

I stopped, placed both palms on my grey jogging-bottom-covered thighs and heaved as much breath into my lungs as I could manage. My running gear was pristine because it was only used once a week. Mirabelle's running gear was pristine because she had a lot of running clothes.

Therapeutic effect of running

In this second fragment Dorothy Koomson describes the therapeutic effect of running. How running can help you when life gets rough.

I want to go for a run. I want the unyielding ground beneath my trainer-covered feet as I pound it with all the strength I have in my legs, and I want the wind, usually strong and unforgiving on the seafront, to slam into me, clearing my head en freeing my body.

I want to feel each knot of anxiety unwinding itself as I run down the streets to the seafront. Today, I want to run and run and not turn back. I want to keep going until my body collapses, until the physical pain erases all the emotional agony that is excavating my heart. 

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1 comment

Joanne said...

That sounds like a powerful novel! I once read a young adult novel... Sea of Tranquility and the main character used running as a coping mechanism (among other things). Thanks for sharing with us at Encouraging Hearts and Home. Pinned.

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