#32- The Doorway- We Run This Beach Marathon- Gulf Shores, Alabama
#32- The Door Archetype- We Run This Beach Marathon- February 2022- Gulf Shores, AL
The next morning had a sunrise just as perfect as the sunset the night before. I left my daughter in the hotel room and I knew she would spend the day down on the beach taking in the sand and surf. I drove to a parking lot for the start of the race a few miles down the road. There was a bit of time to walk along the beach and gaze out again at the vast open expanse of water. I fully embodied myself standing on the edge with the rhythmic sound of the waves crashing in and receding away. I wandered around a bit and casually approached the start and had apparently lost track of time, because within a minute the announcers called for us to begin. We were off! We ran away from the beach, down the street and into the maze of boardwalks and paths that snaked their way through the State Park, where we would spend our 26.2 miles around three lakes, among Live Oak trees draped in Spanish Moss within the nine different ecosystems of the park. It made for a beautiful run and a calm atmosphere to take it all in.