It’s an ephemeral thing

One of the reasons I love running coastlines is that they are dynamic and ephemeral. The tides ensure this, changing the patterns of the beach every six hours. You could run twice in the same day on the beach and cover the same path yet the terrain will most likely be different. Where there was rock there is now sand. Where pebbles lay in a heap there is only a rockpool. It makes every run unique and special.

I managed 8 miles of ephemerality (Warning – made up word) yesterday despite not feeling at my best. The legs were tired too soon for my liking but I kept on going doing a figure of 8 loop including a jaunt back along the clifftop. Hopefully I’ll be back in full form very soon.

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Yesterday was rock – today sand.
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I discovered at Marcross huge swathes of snails. All multicoloured and making running on the rocks even trickier as it breaks my heart when I accidentally tread on wildlife
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Marcross – More sand! Very rarely do you get sand here. Where’s it all coming from?
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Inov8 XTalon print – Hey look I’m not heel striking!
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Humans create the ephemeral too – Like this driftwood shelter
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My route off the beach and up to the clifftop! 

Author: Gareth

Running coastal trails in South Wales and working on a healthier body and mind

10 thoughts on “It’s an ephemeral thing”

  1. I agree, very sickening to hear the scrunch of a snail under your shoe. A little life obliterated – and yet one feels some mild disgust at having to clean the slimy sticky stuff off the bottom of your sole. Existentially one wonders if ones own life is so fragile and how awful if at our demise we would just be a mess to clear 🤔🤓
    On the brighter side, how lovely that your beach is clean enough for snails to survive!

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