This evening, the Green Girl went for a run on The Strand.
I arrived at the metered beach parking lot just as the sun was beginning to set.
As I started out on my run, my body felt good. I was pleased that my calves were somewhat loose for a change.
I made an effort to focus on relaxing my body - especially my shoulders. Lately, I've been noticing how much harder it is for me push my body when it's overly tense.
I headed south towards the Manhattan Beach Pier.
At the end of the concrete pair is a circular building housing the Roundhouse Marine Studies Lab and Aquarium. The aquarium is open to the public and admission is free.
I ran behind the building to the edge of the pier to catch the last glimpses of the blazing sunset over the dark ocean waves.
On my way back, I discovered my muscles had relaxed and I was able to pick up the pace.
By this time, sections of The Strand were enveloped in complete darkness and my eyes cautiously scanned the pavement for uneven footing.
I relished every second of my run tonight.