Now that we have my itchy, welt-y, icky rant out of the way, we can talk about the nice things that happened on vacation. And there were lots!
Hanging out on the beach and jumping over waves
Eating “Sweetest Fish” Italian ice because it’s finally out of litigation
Playing with Pat’s niece
Going to the Kite Loft toy store and admiring a stuffed penguin that Pat later surprised me with after the trip because he is vying for Best Boyfriend Ever 2016; please vote for him
Not being at work
And finally… going for all three of my planned runs! Luckily I got them in before my plague level rose to code red, and they were all pretty good. I knocked out three runs of five miles every other morning, along a route that by my estimation is as close as you can get to a treadmill in the real world: the Ocean City boardwalk. Straight, flat, and the wood ain’t too rough on the joints. And the ocean breeze – and ocean views – are a niiiiiiiice touch. Plus, water fountains!
It was only super hot one morning, but as I made a point to be out of the sun and into the shower by 8:30am I didn’t suffer too badly. What really boggles my mind is that I often saw people running on the boardwalk in the middle of the day. What are you trying to do, drop dead of heat exhaustion?
This is my favorite part, though. Remember way back during my first boardwalk run when I found the sign that told me I had to touch the spot or I wasn’t finished, and also, I was immediately to turn around and do it again?
WELL. There’s another such sign on the OTHER end of the boardwalk. How did I never notice that before?
What I love about this is that it creates a feedback loop. Even if I do touch the spot, I am instructed to repeat my run on both ends. Therefore if you begin running on the boardwalk, you can never stop. That’s running the Rod Serling way!
That about wraps up this edition of Vacation Running. Check back in September when I take on: THE OUTER BANKS.
Do you run on vacation? How about at the beach? Do you do it in the middle of the day when it’s 90 degrees? STOP THAT.
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