Everyone has some place in the world where they feel the most…themselves.
Where everything is awesome. And all is right in the world.
I have a couple…one of which is Hilton Head, SC.
Nothing puts my head on straight quite like a run on that beach. This weekend, i was fortunate enough to get in a couple of those….as well as multiple walks of varying lengths.
I got in two 4-mile runs and they couldn’t have been more different. And not just because I headed in different directions for each.
Our usual hotel is mid-island. So you can go miles in either direction. And its been three years since our last trip, so i’d forgotten some of my markers. But heading north, I hit my two mile marker exactly where a small stream requires a turnaround (unless its low tide, or i want to splash in the puddles). This was also the perfect spot for a run-selfie. 🙂
It was a gorgeous run. High 70’s and humid…but sunny and scenic. And really put a smile in my heart.
It wasn’t super fast, but i didn’t care. I was running in my happy place and THAT was what mattered.
But, once is never enough….so Monday i went out again.
Monday morning was not as nice weather wise. I watched it rain and the second it stopped (or at least i thought it stopped), I grabbed my sneakers and went out. And the second I left the hotel, it started pouring. I mean, great big torrential downpour drops. I was soaked to the skin in seconds. But there was no way i was going back in. I had flown down the coast to run, and run I was going to!
And i was rewarded, with the most amazing rainbow I have ever seen. Huge and wide and right in front of me…and I spent over a mile, just staring at it and smiling.
Because there’s nothing like following the rainbow to tell you you’re on the right path.
And when i hit the two-mile marker and turned around, I had this gorgeous sunrise greeting me.
As well as tons of little sandpipers. And pelicans soaring over the water looking for their breakfast. I also passed a sea turtle nest marked off. And, somehow, finished considerably faster than the day before. Even clocking an 8:50 mile four. I guess when you run with your heart lighter, your feet are faster.
The beach is just so full of wonder. Its a place to let your stress empty and your soul fill.
Its sand therapy.