The month of June was a success here at the Lohr household. We managed to stay healthy all month long and that was quite a feat. I have been working on managing my stress and finding ways to balance all aspects of family life. I carved out some time to exercise towards the end of the month and found my way back to eating healthy.
Today Mr. Bear suggested we go to the beach—during a holiday weekend. I was not excited about the idea. The thought of parking and crowds at the beach was less than appealing. Nonetheless, I wanted to spend time with family and besides, I was getting dirty looks for not wanting to go.
“We’ll only go for an hour,” said Mr. Bear.
“FIIIIINNNE, I’ll go,” I replied sharply, making it obvious I did not approve.
Just as expected, the parking was horrible. The beach was packed. People had their head up their butts and it was annoying. What I did not expect, however, was having the best run in some time.
As soon as we set up our spot on the beach, I set my GPS and ran. I felt like I was running fast and I felt so free. I could feel the sand dragging me down slightly, yet it felt good. It was more resistance than drag and the resistance felt wonderful. Down the beach, there is a steep cliff that stretches along much of the shoreline. I have run this stretch before during marathon training. It is called the “low tide run” and it is one of the best runs I have ever done. Today, as I ran down the beach the crowds thinned out to nearly nothing and I was able to recapture the memories of the low tide run. I love Torrey Pines State Beach. It is really beautiful. For a good distance, the tide was out far enough for me to run along the deserted stretches of beach. Alone, with my thoughts, I was at peace. I was running. I was content. I was happy.
I managed to run 3.25 miles and take this photo.
When I returned to our spot on the beach, Mr. Bear and Allie were out catching waves and playing in the surf. It was a perfect day. Life is good.