I like to participate in life rather than be a spectator. Music, dancing, theatre, travelling, food, cycling and walking are some of my passions. Writing is an enjoyable pastime that allows me to share my experiences.
Running 5km barefoot on a beautiful beach is a fabulous way to begin your weekend. Last Saturday, I ran/trudged The Beaches completing my sixth parkrun since joining the group at Rooty Hill. I relished the challenge of sand running and enjoyed the coolness of water washing over my toes.
With over 250 parkrun locations in Australia, being away from home on the weekend does not mean you have to miss your Saturday run. They say variety is the spice of life and trying a new location adds excitement and novelty to one's exercise regime.
As with all parkruns, this is a free timed 5km event but the difference is that this course changes with the tide and the condition of the beach. Obstacles can include submerged rocks, other beachgoers, sloping shorelines and the surf. Running two laps means more interaction with the friendly volunteers and fellow runners.
The Beaches parkrun usually has around 50 participants and they are very welcoming and supportive towards 'tourists' such as myself. After the event, many of the runners cooled off with a quick dip before a coffee debriefing at the Surf Club.
Who would have thought you could have so much fun, doing something so hard?
Great article, Janelle! They actually have park runs worldwide now. I have a relative in South Africa, who attempts one in every city/town/area she visits and as a granny, has already done 101 on last count. I'm always impressed with holidaymakers exercising on holiday - I always start off with good intentions but by the 2nd day, my exercise plans usually fizzle out!