I have finally returned from Paradise - aka Waikiki, Hawaii - it was in a word: amazing! But I will write a whole post on the honeymoon once the pictures are all uploaded for now I will focus on my first run along the beach. Well, before I left I knocked out a 10 mile run on November 15 in probably 40 degree weather. So, I knew that I needed to take advantage of Hawaii's amazing temps and take the new running shoes out a couple times.
I decided on Sunday, November 20, to knock out about 5-6 miles since I was most likely going to sign up for the local Turkey Trot 10-Miler on Thanksgiving Day.
Here is the view I saw as I started my run at about 5:45am
I had decided on this run that I really wouldn't worry about time. I just wanted to take in the amazing view as I just let my feat his the ground. I ran down along the main drag of Waikiki, passing all the expensive stores (Coach, Burberry, Ferrari, etc) and finally found a little patch of green area that led me to the beachfront.
By the time I hit the beach I was about to hit Mile Two and felt it okay to slow it down and snap a couple photos to share with you all. So, here they are :)
I ran along the beach as long as I could before I was thwarted by a beachfront hotel and forced to turn back around. I headed back to the green patch, past the stores and back along the beach near my hotel. I actually hit my hotel at about Mile Four, but I wanted to keep going :) So, I headed to new territory near the Honolulu Zoo. I ended up seeing a bunch of other runners wearing numbers.
Damnit! I didn't even know the Honolulu Half Marathon was that day! Ahhh, I totally would've signed up. Oh well, next time I will do better research :)
I turned around at Mile Five and headed back to my hotel. I approached six miles and figured what was another .2, right? Might as well make it a 10k.
Despite taking it easy and stopping to snap pics, I finished 6.23 miles in 1:01.01 (9:48 min/mile pace). Still decent for me.
It am so thankful to have the opportunity to do this run: the atmosphere, the views, the fellow runners and just taking in the warm air! ;)