Well, my vacation is over..
Actually, 8 days on a tropical island was an amazing experience, and I came back recharged and ready for action! (aka my bank account was shrinking so I needed to get back to work). I really missed blogging (runner nerd, I know) so I’m happy to finally be writing again.
I came home to a really nice surprise…Another running blogger, TartanJogger, has nominated me for a Shine On award!
My blog is relatively new, and I’m so grateful that anyone has taken the time to visit my site. I now need to nominate a few of my favorite bloggers and answer some questions about myself, so I will focus a post on this in the coming week. But thank you for thinking of me TartanJogger! And go visit her blog! With a name like “TartanJogger,” you know it’s a fun read!
My boyfriend and I spent 8 incredible days on the Big Island, Hawai’i. We ate, we drank, we swam, we relaxed…and we stayed relatively healthy and active. I ran a grand total of 8 miles on the island. Small fries compared to what I used to run, but after a 6 week layoff from running, I can appreciate 8 miles.
I’m not saying we were on our absolute best behavior at all times, but I think we were able to successfully strike a balance between vacation foods and laziness…
…which there was plenty of
And healthy activity…
Y/N: Does splashing around in the ocean count as “cross-training”?
This trip was originally planned around the Kauai Half Marathon, but because of my injury I was unable to participate. However, I’ve started up training again and ran four out of the eight days I was in Hawaii. I’m still run/walking, but so far everything is good as I ease back in to the routine.
August 29, 2013
Trailing behind my boyfriend on Ali’i Drive
My first run was in Kailua-Kona along Ali’i Drive, on the second day of our trip. This is apparently a really popular running route on the Big Island, and I believe the Kona Marathon even runs along this road. It was a lot harder than I thought it would be to find softer surfaces and trails for me to run on-I’m trying to avoid pavement as much as possible-but this was the most convenient option near our hotel. I did run on dirt and grass along side of the road whenever possible. This first run was slow and steady and crazy sweaty! I felt great during and after the run, but the warm temperature and HIGH humidity took some adjustment.
Afterwards we grabbed lunch at the Kona Brewery. What better way to hydrate after a nice run than with beer?
Being the indecisive person I am I couldn’t choose one beer so I went with the sampler
August 30, 2013
No run: beach day!
Rest days are an essential part of training…
…and so are carbs!
Ahi Poke Bowl from Da Poke Shack
That evening we continued our essential rest day with dinner and drinks at sunset!
Kona coffee and ice cream: more essential carbs
August 31, 2013
Scenery along Ali’i Drive
I ran along Ali’i Drive again because it hugs the ocean, and it’s just so beautiful! I felt sluggish around the half way point-maybe it was the humidity, maybe it was the Mai Tias from the night before?
But toward the end I had plenty of energy and had to pull back my speed some. I’m so afraid of becoming re-injured so I’m being extremely cautious!
September 1, 2013
1 mile trail run
At this point in the trip we transferred from Kona to Hilo. One thing I absolutely had to do on this vacation was visit a volcano. We drove to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park to hike on Kilauea Volcano! We first went the the observatory to get a front-row view of the Kilauea Crater.
Coolest thing I have ever seen?
Then we walked through the Thurston Lave tube:
Followed by a 4 mile hike across the Kilauea Iki Crater!
I still can’t believe I hiked across a volcano crater! It was so surreal and apocalyptic..I felt like I was on another planet! So where did the run fit it? This was a 4 mile round-trip hike and during the second half I was tired and starving. I saw a sign that said we had 1.8 miles to go, so I decided running it would be fast than walking! It was mostly running uphill out of the crater, so it was very slow-but now I can say I ran on a volcano! My legs started to cramp up so we only went a mile..but still so fun.
September 2, 2013
Our day started with an unexpected hike at Rainbow Falls in Hilo:
From what I’ve read, this waterfall has dried up over the last few years-but it was still beautiful. We took a trail off the main path and ended up on a rainforest hike to the top of the waterfall!
When we got to the top, we found ourselves crawling across all of these rocks. It was really fun but it started to rain and it became dangerous and slippery! Especially since we were not prepared and BOTH wearing flip-flops!
After the hike, we visited BJ Penn’s Training and Fitness gym so Rich could train and I could take yoga. I took “Power Yoga” which was far from relaxing, but probably suited for a fight gym. I felt really worked out when it was over-the instructor had us doing the splits and (attempting) handstands against the wall!
September 3, 2013
My final run in Hawaii was around a beautiful Japanese Garden:
Again, it was hot and humid but the scenery was peaceful. We spent the rest of the day driving back to Kona for our final night in Hawaii, so it was nice to stretch my legs out in the morning.
Last sunset in Hawaii..until next time!
The remainder of our time in Hawaii was R&R, but I feel like we were able to stay pretty active for the duration of the trip. Running along the ocean, hiking, swimming: to me, the best exercise is the kind that doesn’t even feel like work.
I hope everyone had a fantastic week…I’m looking forward to catching up with my fellow runners!