Sunset Beach Runs
Whether you live near a beach or your travels take you to one, running along it at sunset is not only food for the soul but the best way to transition from daytime activities into the night. In fact, it allows you to completely leave behind the happenings of the day and start the evening afresh.
There is something majestic about having the wind in your hair and the sand in your toes; it is a feeling second to none. The beauty of the sun going down to rest and the sky awash with colour literally speaks to your soul and you can only finish one of these feeling great, a little out of breath sometimes…but generally fantastic.
The way you choose to do your beach run is totally up to you, on a path, along the beach, shoes or no shoes; the options are endless. The most primitive and natural way is barefoot on the sand. This is beneficial in that it not only exfoliates your feet but it also strengthens your arches and ankles. A number of studies suggest that more calories are burned on sand than on asphalt, which is of course an added bonus! Be on the look-out for jelly fish, shells and other sharp objects as these could bring a nasty end to a lovely evening out.
Depending on your mood, you can either run on your own or use the time to catch up with a friend. Running solo is valuable as it allows you to be alone with your thoughts, and is the ideal way to touch base with yourself and tune in. This is often where the best ideas come from or where difficult problems are solved. There is a great inner peace that evolves from a solo run so make sure you make time for the odd one.
Running with friends is far more social and a fun, healthy way to fit them in to your busy schedule. If you have a friend that runs at your pace, you can run for miles while chatting without even noticing.
The most awesome thing about a sunset beach run is the special ending, the sunset swim. Whether it is fully clothed, in your underwear or in a costume or bikini, the ocean will rejuvenate your spirit and leave you feeling refreshed for your next engagement. If you have been on a long run or are in training, then a soak in the sea is also the best post-run recovery method you can get.
The sun, sea and sand combination is age-old and its healing qualities inevitable. It is always a hit and can only leave you feeling happier, more inspired and ready to take on the world. So, lace up or take those shoes off and get out there. You won’t regret it.
Author: Lexi Kate