Life’s A Beach

As I’ve said plenty of times before, I love running on Saturday and Sunday mornings. Mid-week, however, it’s a whole different story.

I’ve avoided going for a run before work because I kind of like my morning routine as it is, but I’ve never really liked the idea of running in the evening. I’m not particularly tired after work and I don’t mind eating a bit later; it’s the traffic and the people that get to me.

When I set out on this evening’s run, I planned to run along the main street and then down to the beach when I got to half way, but it didn’t work out like that. Whenever I reached a road, I always seemed to be in mid run and the traffic was relentless. Not wanting to stop and wait to cross the road, I decided to turn down some side streets so that I could keep going.

The problem with this was that the pavements on these streets were pretty narrow and there were enough human obstacles in the way to make it difficult to pass without slowing down. This meant weaving between parked cars to dodge pedestrians and traffic, which was a real pain. My breathing went to pot and by the end of the second running interval I started to get a stitch in my side. I wasn’t happy but I knew I had to keep going.

At half way, when I headed down to the seafront to join the runners and joggers on the promenade, I couldn’t believe the contrast.

I’ve run along the promenade before, so I don’t know why I didn’t just go there in the first place. I guess I felt self-conscious about being a beginner or maybe I just wanted to get into my stride first. I’m not sure, but as soon as I hit the seafront, the whole atmosphere changed. With plenty of space to run and a nice breeze to cool me down, I could focus on my pace and my breathing, and pretty soon my mood lifted.

I completed the run and passed Week 2 of C25k. But most importantly, I realised that I’m incredibly lucky to have a whole wide long stretch of seafront to run along. So, from now on, Wednesday evenings will be for running on the promenade. Running by the beach and loving it!

Where do you like to run? Do you have a local track, park, or beach? Or do you prefer to pound the pavements? Please share your thoughts in the comments.

6 thoughts on “Life’s A Beach”

  1. I have a few local areas where I like to run. One, close to my apartment, starts in a park then heads out onto the roadway into the park from the main street. I turn around before I get to that main street so the traffic is always very light. Another favorite of mine is a greenway about 15 minutes away by car. it’s an asphalt covered running/biking trail so traffic is not a concern.

    When I’m out of town, I can usually find an area used by runners easily enough that is easy to follow and presents little traffic. If I can’t find such a place and am in a hotel, I’ll use the treadmill in the workout room. But…life is better outside. 🙂

    1. Getting outside is one of my favourite thing about running and I love the idea of finding places to run when you’re out of town. Even in my own town, I’m discovering streets I’ve never even walked down before. 🙂

  2. Well done for persevering! I too get very fustrated with traffic and am hopefully moving closer to Brighton seafront soon so I may also be puffing away on the promenade on a Wednesday evening.

    For now I try to keep to the smaller roads and head for parks. I especially like Preston Park in Brighton, Hove Park is also good but is also very busy.

    Congrats and keep going!

    1. Thanks Sam. You’re lucky to have Preston Park nearby. I plan to do the Park Run in Hove once I’m ready, although I’ve never actually been to Hove Park in all the years that I’ve lived here – shame on me!
      See you on the seafront! 🙂

  3. I live in Kirkcaldy and, although it’s not the most beautiful of beaches, it sure is nice seeing that view each morning. I’m starting the C25K tonight actually. You’re blog is certainly a great inspiration.

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