After volunteering at the Christmas In July 5k Run, the Green Girl went for a run.
I started at Dockweiler State Beach and headed north on The Strand.
The Strand is a 22 mile paved bicycle path that runs along the coast from Pacific Palisades to Redondo Beach.
Despite the warmer temperature, I felt strong today. I felt quick on my toes and I was able to maintain a good pace without pushing myself.
When I hit Ballona Creek, I crossed over the bridge to the Ballona Creek Bike Path but instead of following the path east, I headed west towards the narrow peninsula.
At the entrance of the headland, there was a gate that was fashioned to prevent bicycle traffic from entering. I zigzagged my way through and continued down the path.
This section consisted of a paved bi-directional path bordered by rocks. Fishing lines were propped along the sides.
A considerate seagull moved to the side when he saw me heading in his direction.
I luxuriated in the beauty of being surrounded by a body of water on both sides. The gentle sound of waves crashing against the rocks soothed my soul as I reveled in the sensation of the cool ocean breeze.
I ran the length but instead of turning around right away, I stopped to sit and just enjoy the scenery.
On my way back, I realized I had rediscovered a certain joy that's been absent from my runs for awhile now. I felt liberated.