So these brave souls are the group that decided to join in the Full Moon Run for the Falmouth Track Club's Winter Warrior Challenge. The original plan was for about 5 miles at Sandy Neck Beach but the man who plans these events is great at tailoring these things to the ability of the people who come out so that distance was fluid.
We had a couple walkers do 1 route and the rest of us ran from the parking lot down to the road that cut through the dunes and marshes. I believe this would be the road you drive on if you have a permit to go out on the beach. I haven't been to Sandy Neck in forever...dare I say 20 years so doing this by headlamp was a new experience. We ran by some cottages tucked in the dunes. A little icy but with proper lighting we kept everyone safe. Soon we located what we thought was cut-over 2 to the beach. It was not but it afforded us smooth sand dunes, grass and the sound of the ocean. I am not sure we should have done this but we feared going farther than a few peoples ability and we were as gentle as we could be. Soon we hit a crest and all you could see was ocean. Indescribable.
I didn't bother with photos. They wouldn't have come out well and I would like to focus on being present in events. Just soaking it in. The memories and blog posts should be enough.
Soon we started back on the beach. I found a good rhythm and just ran alone for a while. I was almost meditative. No music just the moonlight, the sound of the ocean and keeping my balance of course. 2 headlamps popped up on my left and they let us know the good news that we had made it back to the parking lot. I was so focused on a building far off that just didn't seem to be getting any closer no matter how long I ran so I would have missed this path if they hadn't walked out and cheered for us.
I decided to call it a night at this point with 3.8 miles under my belt. I have not been feeling well and running on sand added some extra effort. About half the group continued on another loop down the beach to add some additional miles. I am happy to say that with the understanding of this group I am growing more comfortable with my ability and just participating to my level. These people are "big runners" in my view so it can be a little intimidating but I also figure they can teach me a ton.
I am not sure when this shell came into the night but they posted it to the group on Facebook and someone made sure my name was added.
Ice Ice Berry was in the house!
While running I got into a conversation with a member about how you need to keep running interesting. We all could have just run our own run but making this event to run together in such a beautiful place on a full moon makes great memories. I couldn't agree more.