For the past six weeks, I’ve been in San Juan, Batangas for my community medicine rotation. San Juan is a rural town, about 120 km from Manila, that’s bordered by the Quezon province in the north and by the Pacific Ocean in it’s southeast side.
Though the municipality abounds with beaches, due to a busy schedule, I wasn’t able to go there as much as I would have wanted to. However, my chance arose when one barangay had scheduled an activity that I had to supervise. The barangay was in the southmost tip of San Juan and just behind the health center I was going to, was the beach! The only problem was how to get there, I could ride a jeep, or a tricycle… or I could run…
Run to the Beach
– L stands for Laiya, where the best beaches are found in San Juan –
As it turns out, the beach was still ~1.5 km from the marker… but after running for 23 km… I finally reached my destination… the beach!
After pounding the road for 2 and a half hours, it was a surprise to find out how relaxing it was to walk on the beach barefoot. The sand in San Juan isn’t as fine as those of Boracay… they were more grainy… but it was ok since every time I took a step, my foot would sink into the sand stretching each muscle and ligament… also, the sand and pebbles (smoothened by the waves) were like a million fingers which seemed to be massaging my feet 😀 It was a challenging run, but definitely well worth it!