I was sitting at Starbucks a few months ago. I don’t know what it is about Starbucks’ environment, but it allows me to be a little more creative than I would be if I was at home or the office. Maybe it’s the continuous stream of people and conversations that flow or the lack of kids or co-workers tapping me on my shoulder.
As I’m sitting and observing those around me, I noticed a gentleman who came in and sat at a corner table. He took his laptop out of his bag, opened it and started working. My first thought, he was just at the Starbucks to use the free wi-fi. Not much later, he walked up to the counter and pick up a drink and sat back down.
In the meantime, there was a long line of people waiting to order their drinks.
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Thursday, March 24
Scheduled: 3 Miles Temp: 60’s
This was my last run in Myrtle Beach. It felt great! It was so great, I thought I’d share some things that I’ve learned from making crazy mistakes when running on the beach.
I grew up watching Baywatch and they made it look so easy to run in sand. Not as easy as I thought it was. Here are my tips:
- Run closer to the waves by running on firmer sand. The water actually compacts the sand, making it easier to run on.
- Watch out for sea shells! These cute little things can cut through your shoes and cause some major damage!
- Watch out for People! Not just people who are walking or running, but people who are also fishing. The last thing you want to happen is to get snagged by a hook in the middle of your run!
- Make sure that you know where you’re staying. Do not get lost! I went about 1.3 miles past the hotel I was staying in. Try to remember where you’re staying!
- Do not run barefoot if you require support. I learned the hard way by trying to run barefoot and could only last 2.5 miles. My achilles was sore and I could barely walk after doing this. Took me all day of stretching to recover!
- Watch out for the waves! Since it’s better to run closer to the waves because the sand is more compact, the waves can sneak up on you and get your feet soaked! Not a pleasant feeling!
- Bottom line, Have Fun! Don’t try to PR your run, just go out there and enjoy the sounds of the beach and have a good time.
Running along the beach was a great time for me to reflect and appreciate life.
If you’ve ran on the beach before, what would you recommend that we should watch out for?
Thanks for reading and watching! To great health and happy running!