I was fortunate enough to travel to Playa del Carmen, Mexico for the new year. My boyfriend and I stayed at the H10 Ocean Maya Royale, and it was our second time at this particular resort. It was however, my first time vacationing as a runner. We left behind below-freezing temperatures in Atlanta, so I was really excited to do a few runs on the beach! I brought an old pair of shoes so that I wouldn’t worry about getting them wet or sandy.
While in Mexico, I did two runs of about 2 miles each. For my first run, my phone was dead, so I had to go technology-less. What a blessing in disguise! Not only did I not get distracted from music and was able to really enjoy the sounds of the beach, but I just used a wristwatch to time my intervals. However, I ran way longer than I normally do, running at about 5 minutes a time in my intervals. This was a huge deal for me as I’ve been trying to break out of interval running, and this particular run made me realize my struggle has all been mental.
High tide was coming in during both runs, so the sand was soft–it was quite a workout! On the way back from the first run, I came across this beautiful conch-shell. I carried it back to the hotel with me and it’s currently sitting on my bookshelf. I like to think of it as nature’s medal to me for my first beach run!
It’s amazing to me how much I’ve changed in just the 7 months I’ve been running. My last vacation was in May, and I distinctly remember seeing people running and thinking “why would you want to do that on vacation?!”. This time around, every time I saw a runner in the morning, I got jealous and anxious to go grab my running shoes.
It was an amazing experience and one I’ll never forget. I only wish there was a beach close to Atlanta, because I could really see a morning beach run becoming a daily routine. For now, I’ll just have to remember my runs through some of the photos I took!