This morning I finally did what I have been meaning to do for a while now, not sure why it has taken me so long but this morning I was awake at 5am and I could only think of one thing I wanted to do.
I went to the beach and ran along the esplanade. I have been running every other day for the last couple of weeks. The pounds have been piling back on since George had his operation as we haven’t been going for our usual morning walks.
As I pulled into one of the many car parking spaces (very unusual) I hoped out and started walking up the hill, good warm up, I never run up a hill at the start of a run, always kills me. I could not believe how many people were there doing exactly the same thing. It was like there was a race on but it was just the usual I guess. Young groups of girls running together, lone ladies like me, ladies in pairs walking and talking at a fair pace and then elderly couples enjoying things at a more relaxed pace.
As I reached the top of the hill I started the gradual decent taking in the views, my legs felt sore from running and yoga but they also felt strong. I admired the view, people watched and ran.
But then I had to stop. The sea was filled with people. On one corner there was a right hand long board surf break, then in the middle some swimmers, then a huge group from Alex surf club out training, sprinting out through the surf and then surfing the waves back in.
I forgot about my run and just enjoyed taking it all in.
On my way back I ran up the hill, it wasn’t too bad really, I popped to the Jeep to get my swimmers and ran in the ocean for a cool off.
I have discovered recently that I had engrained in my senses that whenever I used to paddle into the ocean it was with great trepidation. I was aware that any sudden movement might send ice cold water on dry piece of my body and I’d experience an icy shudder run through my whole body. Now I have realised that this is not how I experience things. Now that lap of water on dry bits of my body are amazingly refreshing and just make me smile and dive in.
I will be popping down to the sea for a run, a swim or a surf much more frequently from now on