Kitsilano Low Tide Beach Run in Vancouver RevisitedI ran the beach during low tide from Kitsilano pool to the Vancouver Yacht Club on Tuesday with my running partner who does this run all the time.
I made mention about how awesome it was and that I really had to stay present during the run which seemed to make it even that much better for me.
I’m told that a lot of runners like the meditative quality of running and how they can zone out and just run and run.
Well first of all, I have to make a qualified effort to even go for a run. I’m new at it and just began last fall during my fitness boot camp program in Edmonton. I ran three times a week for about 6 weeks, then a few more weeks after that until the snow flew.
This summer, I had to force myself out of the door to go do it, began a couple of the boot camps, but due to my fathers death and traveling during the summer, only got in a few runs.
This particular run however was absolutely fantastic. I think I have finally found the specific ingredient that I need to enjoy running. The simple act of staying present, of being aware of my four foot space around me at all times and having to stay present during the run.
Let me paint the picture for you: Low tide, some sand, some rocks both big and small, logs and seaweed. Having to be very aware of where I’m placing my feet, what I’m jumping over and where I’m landing. Planning the route through the rocks and sand slows me down just slightly, but at the same time keeps me very present.
I love it.
I’m moving to Vancouver and my plans are to run the beach at low tide and do the grouse grind three times a week for cardio. Mix in some whitewater kayaking for upper body cardio and I think I’ve got it covered.
The run down to the Yacht club and back to the pool takes about 30 minutes. I add in a couple of sets of stairs at the “showboat” and then do a sprint up the hill to 4th ave.
If you live in Vancouver, check it out.
No training again tonight, spent the afternoon working and then decided to just stay home my last night here and build some IKEA stuff for a friend.
An interesting note about my back and shoulders. After having my massage yesterday, I feel like I had the most intense back workout even though I didn't. Gin did so much work on my lats and rhomboids that I just
feel like I've had an intense back workout. She's amazing.