We decided, spur of the moment on Saturday morning, to go run on the beach. It was the very best decision! We had a fabulous time! We made this decision based on the fact that running on trails in May presents some issues we rather avoid if possible. Running in May on the trails is great in some ways, but there are two things that rather be avoided. One is a nuisance and the other can be deadly. Gnats come out this time of year and can be a constant nusiance by trying to get into your mouth, your ears, your eyes, and your hair. The other thing to avoid is potentially deadly. May is tom turkey hunting season. Hunters are allowed to hunt for tom turkeys every day in May (this in New York, other states may vary) from a half hour before dawn until noon. However, it is very important that if you are out on trails,no matter what time, even state parks or anywhere in the woods, to be very careful. Hunters are not suppossed to be within 500 feet of trails, but there have been more fatalities from turkey hunters accidentally shooting and killing a person instead of a turkey than any other hunting season. They warn that you should not wear red, white, blue or black because these are all colors found in a tom turkey and you could be accidentally mistaken and killed. We have not given up completely on running trails in May, but we sure were glad to find an alternative, esp. one so much fun!
It sure was lovely running along the shore at the ocean. There were no bugs and no turkey hunters. Plus we found adventures we had no idea that we would find. We ran along shores we had never been to before. Plus it was longest beach run for me, ever, in my life, which was an amazing feeling! It was truly spectacular in every way. I cannot wait to run again. We kept running all day, never knowing what lies ahead. We had the beach to ourselves (except a fisherman or two here and there) and spotted something in the distance as we ran happily along the shore as the waves crashed into the sand. We had no idea what it was from far away, but had fun trying to figure it out from a distance. As we got closer we saw it moving a bit and now couldn’t wait to to find out what it was. Much to our surprise it was a seal. He was so cute as he seemingly was lying there relaxing in the sand. He would move as if to stretch happily relaxing and taking it easy as if like a person may do. It was really cool sight to see. I am so glad I got to take a picture. It was so very beautiful running along the ocean shore and we ran and ran until we surprisingly came to the end where there was a beautiful rock boulders formed a walkway out into the ocean several feet, perhaps 100. The sight, the sounds, the smells of the ocean are always so wonderful to me. They rejuvanate my soul and fill me with such a sense of well being even though I felt really good beforehand, the ocean always has that effect on me. The ocean makes me feel like me only better. It was the best feeling having the ocean to ourselves, for the most part, esp. earlier in the morning. As the day went on, more people started to come but since it was still too cold for a usual beach day, not many people came to the beach. It was, however, perfect to run on the beach, we weren’t cold at all as we ran along the beach. We did start the day wearing light long sleeves tops over lighter no sleeve tops, but quickly took them off after about 2 miles. We cannot wait to go back for more beach running. It is so much fun to try to out run the waves and challenging. Explore your world and enjoy it every way you can think of to feel fit forever. #feelfitforever