"I always loved running...it was something you could do by yourself, and under your own power. You could go in any direction, fast or slow as you wanted, fighting the wind if you felt like it, seeking out new sights just on the strength of your feet and the courage of your lungs." Jesse Owens

Running on the beach

I am absolutely loving running at the moment. Especially as I have this beautiful route which goes something like this. Leave house, 2 mins later arrive on beach. Run 20 mins in one direction. Run 20 mins back. 2 mins to home. Don’t get me wrong. I loved running last week in Regents Park when I was at the Primrose Hill Palace (mum and dad’s) but there is no run that is better than a beach run.

Here are some pics I took on my last evening run just to prove what I’m on about.


In my everyday life I sometimes feel the lack of physical freedom that is normal when you raise kids. This is definitely a bigger deal now that I don’t have another job to go to. It means that I am rarely on my own. I travel with a pram, handbags, bags of shopping and a toddler holding my hand OR I am carrying his scooter. We are lucky in Whitstable that we can walk everywhere but it takes forever to get ready to leave the house. I never just pick up my keys and phone and LEAVE. Until now. Now it is still light when my husband gets home. And last night I was ready. I got the kids to sleep. Then I changed into running shoes and waited. The moment he was home I was off, running along the beach. I’ve always hated to run but now I love it, because I love the physical sense of complete freedom. Some days I think I could run forever. But my body isn’t ready for that. I have stopped thinking, “I hope this makes me thin” and now I just do it for the joy. And yes. I felt this way when I ran in the rain too. Tho I didn’t take pictures.

Please remember I am training for the Royal Parks Half Marathon and I would love you forever if you sponsor me.


3 Responses to "Running on the beach"

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  1. Amy

    April 29, 2013 at 2:36 pm

    Looks truly inspirational! Yesterday I went for my first jog (more accurately an ipod-driven mixture of one-song-jog, one-song-walk for as long as I could manage..) since I’d been ill and it felt great. We have Dulwich Park round the corner and having the greenery and the trees and the fresh air makes so much difference, so I can only imagine how glorious the sea and skies must be for you. Good luck with the training!

    • Clare

      April 29, 2013 at 4:08 pm

      Thanks Amy. I too am doing a walk/run combo while I build fitness but am loving it. Hope you are feeling lots better poor thing. Xx

  2. Veebs

    May 17, 2013 at 2:32 pm

    Tempting me even further! I am a runner and I love love love a beach to run by! Perfection x


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