The Fence and The Foot



This fence runs the length of what used to be, pre-Sandy, the Long Branch Boardwalk. It annoys me because it stands in the way of me and the beach. I have to trek to Pier Village usually to find the closest beach access.  Unless of course somewhere along the way there’s a gap in the fence that I can squeeze through. I would never move it myself…but…. if a space was already there it’s far too tempting to resist. Plus I love jumping off the sea wall into the sand.

I forgot to set my alarm this morning so I woke up late. I didn’t make it to the beach before the sun peeked over the horizon but I was pretty close. I’m really sick and tired of having Plantar Fasciitis in my right foot.  I’ve not run since Tuesday and it’s making me crazy. Big plans for snowboarding at Hunter Mountain this weekend and I was hoping it would be better by now. Just like the fence, I’m not letting the pain stand in my way.

Hopefully next week I’ll be back to running with a little luck and some runspiration. I have to give the shuffle in my iPhone props for putting together a pretty sassy three songs in a row that kept me moving on my way today.

Take Your Mama – Scissor Sisters -~- MoneyGrabber – Fitz and the Tantrums ~-~ Nicotine and Gravy – Beck

sunrise 2.15.13Here is the sunrise on February 15, 2013. TGIF.




Some days I wake up and just don’t feel like running. It’s easy to make excuses to stay in bed and not go outside into the cold. I’ve been trying to rationalize getting up and at it instead.

Living .2 miles away from the beach in Long Branch, New Jersey goes a long way in helping shake the sleep and laziness off. Seeing the sunrise has become a little bit like my religion. Not a terribly religious person by nature, watching the day begin from its onset is simply amazing. Not every day is blessed with a splendid sunrise. On days when it’s clear enough out, there’s no reason to miss it. There may not be one tomorrow or for several days.

Accomplishing a run of however many miles, feeling grateful for and happy with my place in the world along with seeing my fellow Long Branchers all before 7:00am can’t be beat. I’ve been wanting to get back to blogging so I’m going to try starting with runspiration posts.

Today’s runspiration began like this:
My foot hurts, I don’t want to run or get up.
The sky is clear.
I can see dawn colors.
Lets walk to the beach.
The fence will be in the way.
Then walk to Pier Village.
Walking will take too long.
Ok let’s just run.

There always seems to be a song that comes on during my time out and it strikes me as timely. Today’s run song of the day: Dave Matthews – Oh

Seeing the surfers out at dawn made me add learning to surf to the summer, or post snowboarding, “to do” list.