Favorite Run

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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

Seen on my run - happyfitmama.com

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.

sunrise on the water - happyfitmama.com

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?

36 comments on “Favorite Run

  1. Wow–that’s so beautiful! You’re lucky to have that right in your backyard. I was nodding my head about the wind at the shore. I was there last week and I felt it’s full force–headed out with a tailwind and then when I turned around, oh my! That headwind was killer.

    Thanks for playing along!
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  2. I love how perfectly you describe MY favorite place to run too! Hope to see you on a Saturday morning soon! Get better!

  3. Stunning. I would love to run to that scenery. But also? – this-” 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.”– so very very very true.
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  4. I would love to have water so close. Your run is so beautiful and I find it so soothing to be near the water (though maybe not while you’re actually ruuning!). I have a few favorite routes I love when we visit the San Diego area and they all are right along the coast.
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  5. ohmygosh that sounds like a beautiful run!! I want to go running with you there. I love running by the water and it is a treat when I can run by the waterfront in Brooklyn or Manhattan. And I love your words about running – the good and the bad definitely keep us coming back. Hope you are back out on your fav route soon!
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  6. That is gorgeous! I am landlocked. There are some small ponds in my neighborhood, but otherwise the scenery is pretty nondescript.

  7. Spectacular. I think I forget how beautiful NH is sometimes and get stuck complaining about the long winters, lack of bike paths and flat sidewalks. Your photos are a great reminder of how pretty it really is! My fave run is in the Adirondacks, a seven mi out and back that takes you along the shores of two lakes. Quiet and beautiful.
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    1. We do have it pretty good here! I get so jealous when I see other post about their trails/bike paths that they can run on for miles. The grass is always greener, huh?

  8. Long runs are my favorites as well…and I love scenery!! I might never come home if I had your scenery on my runs :) I’ve only been running for 7 months and it really helps to hear pros talk about bad days and good days. There have definitely been some days when I’ve wanted to turn around and go home. If I can push past that mental block, usually pretty early in the run, I’m good to go!
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  9. What a beautiful spot to run! I miss running by the water. We used to live on the coast in Florida, and had a gorgeous path around the whole island, where I ran daily. It was so scenic, serene, and uplifting. I have a lot of water where I live now in Michigan, but, sadly, no running paths nearby.
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  10. My favorite run is across the floodwall spanning the James River in downtown Richmond, VA. Hitting that wall before sunrise with friends is the highlight of my weekend.

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