|Running the Beach|
Since yoga is my focus this month of my Fitness Project, I have traded in my morning roadside 5 miler for shorter or no runs at all. Given that, I spent a leisurely morning on the beach playing with my kids and, as always, watching many happy looking runners go by. My husband came in from a bodysurf session to give me a break and asked me if I wanted to go for a swim. No, I announced, putting my inhibitions aside, I am going to go run the beach.
My daughter decided to join me for the first half mile (to the pier and back) which delighted me. I was too busy enjoying watching and being with her to wonder if anyone was smirking at my white, flabby butt as I tried to keep pace with her sprint-jog-walk running style (FYI, I am currently setting the record for days that can be spent sitting on the beach in Hawaii with no semblance of a tan to show for it).
By the time I dropped her back off at our beach blanket I was thoroughly enjoying the experience of running barefoot and bare naked (almost). I continued on for thirty more minutes, prancing along in typical barefoot running posture, enjoying the spectacular view and listening to the waves. It wasn't a fast run, it was a totally carefree, uninhibited run - like the occasional, joyful run you do in a rainstorm.
I am reminded of what I promised myself for this year - Keep it simple. Play more. Be in nature.
Running the beach seems like a good start to that because, tight calves aside, that run felt fantastic.
Incidentally, other play-inspired things that can be done half-naked on a beach that are also great workouts include:
- All water play - wave jumping, body surfing, boogie boarding, SUPing, surfing, snorkeling (full body)
- Digging holes (upper body and core)
- Shell collecting (legs)
|Beach Plyo Workout|
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