Beach Running

 

Beach Running 5

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.

Beach Running 2

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.

Beach Running 1

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!

Mexico 1

Mexico 2

Beach Running 3

 

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