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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Running At the Beach!

We had a mini vacation at the beach this past weekend. Of course I was excited to continue my run streak at the beach! I had a long run on the schedule for Saturday and then a short run on schedule for Sunday.

I woke up to a very quiet condo on Saturday morning. I got ready as quietly as I could. I stepped outside and was greeted with a huge wave of humidity! Wow was it hot! And the air was thick. But it wasn't going to stop me. I was so excited about this run!

The sun had just started rising when I started my run. It was gorgeous!

The usually busy road was pretty quiet. There were a few trucks that passed by me with their boats being towed. They were headed to fish. But other than that the road was mine. Around mile 1.5 I reached Fort Morgan!

We love visiting this Fort! It was fun running there! This was the end of the island so I had to turn around. From here on out the run wasn't as exciting! Just a long stretch of road. It was beautiful with the sand dunes on the side. But the heat and humidity were starting to get to me. I was struggling. Finally I reached my second turn around point. See all the cute beach houses in the distance? And past those you can see the condo I was staying at. It looked so far away!

I kept running though. And I finally reached the end of my run! 6.2 miles in 1:01 with an average pace of 9:53!!! I was amazed at my pace! That explained why I was struggling! It's hard to run that fast for that long in high humidity! I was pretty proud of myself!

I headed to the beach and did my stretching on the boardwalk. I wish I had this view every day!

The next morning I headed out for another run! The plan was to run 2 miles. It was still really hot and humid but the run didn't feel as hard as the day before. Once again I ended the run on the beach boardwalk where I stretched and took in the amazing view!

After the run I went back to the condo to greet my family! It was also Hayden's birthday! I enjoyed my coffee on the balcony while I cooled down from my run!

Some tips for running at the beach:

  • Make sure you are hydrated. There is a breeze but it's still hot.
  • Be prepared for thicker air. It's more humid and the salt air makes it harder to breathe.
  • If you are running on the actual beach be prepared to slow down. It's a lot tougher to run in sand.
  • Wear sunscreen. There isn't a lot of shade at the beach.
  • Enjoy the scenery!

QOTD: Have you ever run at the beach? Do you like to run on the actual sand?



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