I’m still trying to keep up with my travel workout of choice, running. It’s been more difficult though since I’ve gotten back to Lubbock because there are just so many more workout options when I am here. And doing a group class like Zumba with loud music and fun moves just tends to put me in a better mood than running – even though I do look like a complete dork of course. I also just bought a flex belt from livetofitness.com that helps tighten your stomach while working out. So, in order to motivate myself and remind myself of why I am working so hard at keeping up with the running, I went through some pictures from our last trip to look at all the cool places I ran in. I already shared with you my South China Botanical Garden route which I really enjoyed when we were in Guangzhou. When we got to France, I ran for the very first time at a beach. It was so cool! I love the beach and running by the ocean was just the best feeling ever – well, up until the next day when my legs made it very clear that they, unlike me, don’t like running in the sand. Man, it’s hard!
When we are in France, we usually stay in Lesconil, a cute little town in Brittany. It’s located all the way in the west of France. The local area (département) is called Finistère. Its biggest city by far is Brest. Other towns include Quimper, Pont L’Abbe, and Lorient. Finistère is located in the bigger cultural region called Brittany, or Bretagne in French.
I don’t know if the water ever gets warm enough for swimming in the summer since I’ve only ever been in the region during winter, but I would assume so. One of my favorite activities when we are in Brittany is taking really long walks at different beaches. Marco and I put on our winter clothes as soon as the sun commes out, grab our cameras, and off we are. One of my favorite beaches there is the Point de la Torche, another really pretty one is just west of the port of Lesconil, and I heard that there is one on Ile-Tudy that is also really pretty. The one that is closest to where we usually stay is just east of the port of Lesconil. See the A in the picture below? “Our beach” is that tiny half-circle just to the right of it; not the big one above Loctudy, but the tiny one right beside the A. I don’t know if that is its official name, but many people refer to it as Les Sables Blancs because there is a camping area really close to it with that name.
After eating all that China had to offer and not really holding back on French delicacies either, it was time for a long run at Les Sables Blancs. I kind of got lost on the way back, so it turned into a much longer run that I had originally planned for, but the scenery more than made up for that. For about ten minutes I ran through small country roads by green fields and lots of trees and enjoyed the fresh air (I think I needed to clean my lungs after our stay in smoggy China). Then I got to the beach and realized quickly that running on sand only looks great when actual runners do it… when I attempt it, I barely even more forward! It was a little easier up on the dunes on the little walkway, so that’s where I stayed. The view was beautiful. I included a few pictures below, but since I snapped them with my phone you should really check out my previous post about this pretty Brittany beach to get the right impression of this beach.
This post is part of my series Workout on the Road: Running. Click on the link and you can check out more places I have been running in.
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