I decided to finally take the girls for a stroller run along the Monterey Coastal Trail today. I’ve thought about doing this for a long time but it’s one of those things that just seemed scary. I’ve had a toddler for 4 straight years and toddlers are very unpredictable creatures. But today was the day, I decided.
I started off at Lover’s Point and planned to run 2 miles. I turned around near the Monterey Bay Aquarium. I haven’t been running and I definitely felt winded after just a mile. I was pushing a stroller with about 70 pounds of kid in it, but it was flat so it wouldn’t have felt that difficult if I had been running consistently.
A women running in the opposite direction actually clapped for me and said “You’re awesome!”. Actually, I think she said “You’re crazy”, but I’m going to choose to have heard the former.
I decided to stop at the little inlet that is fenced off where the harbor seals like to nap. I let the girls out so they could see better.
Eliza was so excited she made us stay there for a good 15 minutes. It actually made me think that it wasn’t so terrible that I was so tired and wanted a rest.
I had planned to run the rest of the way to make it an even 2 miles, but Eliza wasn’t having it. So I just let them run/walk with me.
I decided that it was better to think of this outing as a trip out to the coast rather than a run session. It seemed much happier that way.
And it was such a perfectly warm day, about 70 degrees and sunny.
We also stopped at the beach at Lover’s Point for a bit.
I’d never seen these before. Sea grapes?
Even though I thoroughly dislike swimming in water, especially the ocean, I love to be near it. The smell of salt and seaweed, the sound of the waves and birds, the breeze… it calms me, clears my head and centers me.
So, it was only natural that after that fabulous jaunt, we would stop on the way home for some ice cream.
It was a great day.