Family Run and Beach Picnic: A New Tradition
Last week was EPIC for family date nights! Two nights, in a row, we took advantage of the spectacular weather, and went running along the coast after work. Instead of grabbing Korean on our way to the beach, like we did the week before, we took a pre-packed dinner. As soon as Justin was home, and we were all changed and ready, we left for our run.
The plan was to run until we found a spot that we liked, and then stop to eat. Our food was pretty light, but we weren’t sure how we would feel about running after dinner. We decided that if we felt too full, we would just walk back. Little man, as usual, had the comfy seat, and was more than happy to accompany us on our run…
This minion cup of his is amazing for runs, because just above the liquid compartment is a small cup area for snacks. He loves it so much, so I was happy when Justin brought it back from Texas with him.
That Golden Glow
The late afternoon sun was warm, but but felt sooooo good on our skin. Look at that golden glow – just magic!
In the picture below you can see how clear the skies were. We could see all the way to Laoshan (the mountain range on the horizon). We love this boardwalk that goes along the coast. At certain points, it leads away from the sidewalk, and across the sand.
The New Kicks
This was our first run in our new shoes. Justin said that we would have had the exact same shoes, but Nike doesn’t make “couple shoes”. He brought these shoes back from his recent trip to The States. Yup! We would totally wear matching shoes – We are super nerdy like that! hehehe…
Sunset Behind FuShan
Due to our location along the coast, the sun “went down” just behind FuShan (the mountain that we have hike many times).
We settled on a beach, after about 30 minutes of running. Although we were hot and sweaty, we realized that Eli probably wasn’t. If we wanted to give him some time to play, we would need to stop running right then. It is technically summer now, but it sure does get cold after the sun sets!
When we took Eli out of the stroller, and stood him in the sand… he stood still shivering for a few seconds. Poor kid!
It wasn’t more than a minute before he realized he could start playing…
Woohooo… SAND! (Which he calls, “BEECH”)
The “Wow” Moment
Eli played for a while, and we took out all of our picnic food. When we called Eli over to eat, he just came and sat down between us. No complaints, and no running off to jump into the water. The three of us looked out, over the water, and just RELAXED… It was AMAZING!
Eli has always run off, and now, we can finally just sit and enjoy the surroundings. NICE!!
On our way back we ran by a large group of old Chinese folks doing their evening exercises. I LOVE this in China. The older generation really care about their health and fitness. Even the oldest of old guys are stretching and dancing.
The run home was chilly, but fortunately we had a blanket to wrap Eli in. Thankfully his crazy wave-diving days are over, so he wasn’t wet. By the time we got to Shilaoren – which is the beach near our apartment – it was completely dark. We had logged over an hour of running, and we had shared a wonderful family picnic on the beach. It was, most-definitely, a PERFECT family date night!