My #Wanderlust weekend continues.
When I arrived at Virginia Beach, VA, last night, I saw large groups of teens hanging out by the cheap and gaudy tourist shops. I saw the rows of chain hotels and motels lined the main stretch of Atlantic Ave, each standing on a lot that is smaller than a pimple. I wanted so badly to fly out of there and never return. But it was late and I was tired so I ended up settling in to a Hilton two miles away from the main stretch.
I am glad I did. This morning, I went to the boardwalk for a run/jog/walk. The scenery was still very disappointing. See below.But once I got off the boardwalk and got on the beach, it happened. I was transformed and I was alone with the water, sand, and the birds. I went for ~12 miles. For runners, this was a great beach during the off-season. Pristine sand where you sink down about 30% on each step so you get a great workout. I felt the forces of my muscles, my mind, and my heart, working together to move me toward the waves.
The alignment of the head, the heart and the body was strung together after mile 6. The sun on my face, the wind in my hair, and the solitude! Here is how I would describe this sensation since words often fail the experience. Substitute any “you” with “myself.” Complete happiness and empowerment. Felt like I was dancing.
But then this came into my head as I was stretching my muscles out on the sand. A complete breakdown of the serenity.
This is the duality of being human and I am arriving at a place of recognizing it.
Lastly, let me conclude Virginia Beach so this post does not turn into a public diary of Peilin Corbanese. This is a great spot for runners off-season. If you are looking for a secluded beach or a nice beach for a family vacation, Virginia Beach is not for you. If you are looking for a cheap carnival experience on the beach, this is it! If you stumble upon this spot and have low expectations, then it will do.
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