Well hello, Monday.
I wish I could say I’m happy to see you but I’d much prefer to continue on with my beach bum ways from the past 4 days. *sigh* I guess being a beach bum doesn’t pay the mortgage. Back to reality it is then.
It’s no secret I love to talk about running. So much that I even like to talk about it when I can’t do it. Amanda had a fabulous idea to host a FAVORITE RUN blog link up party.
Runner’s talking about running? I’m all in!
One of my favorite running spots in my area is right along the seacoast or at least part of it. I don’t get to run that course during the week so it’s a treat that’s reserved for long runs on the weekend. During marathon training, this loop became known to me like the back of my hand.
I’d usually get a few miles in before meeting up with a local running group. The infamous Saturday morning loop takes you through the historic area of town with houses built in the 1700s to gorgeous new McMansions with beautiful landscaping. You may even get to see a gigantic yacht with a helicopter on the back of it at the marina. Nothing compares to the views and smells of the ocean water though. I think all of my favorite running spots take me by some form of water. I am a Pisces after all!
There’s a short section of beach that we run on if the tide is low. FYI – in the winter, tide pools can be covered with snow which results in a very wet cold shoe for the rest of your run. That’s happened to a “friend” multiple times.
The salty air and cool ocean breeze is welcomed on a humid summer morning. However, during the winter (when the majority of my marathon training was) it seemed like it was ALWAYS windy in every direction. I began to loathe the section where there was no protection from the face numbing gusts.
But then I would remind myself to open my eyes and see what’s around me. Not everyone has this scenery on their run.
I can’t say that every run along this route has been a favorite. I’ve had some really awful runs where I struggled to not turn around and call it a day. When I’ve questioned why I was running. When I’ve beat myself up mentally because I wasn’t keeping up with the “fast” group that day.
But that’s running. Some days are good. Some days are bad. The good and the bad are what keeps us coming back for more.
I haven’t been back to run this loop since my last long run before the marathon. I can’t wait to get my foot back to normal so I can soak in the sights, smells and sounds of my favorite run again.
Where’s your favorite run?