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The drive to Hana and a last minute run

Posted Mar 09 2011 7:48pm

I’m back at home in Vancouver again, missing the warm weather and sunny beaches of Maui.  We had a fantastic trip with my whole family (Mom, Dad, seester, bro-in-law, niece and nephew) but travelling with little kids is definitely challenging!  The boys were pretty good on the whole, but Marcus was a bit out of sorts in a new place and it took him most of the trip before he started to enjoy the beach and the pool.  They were both great on the plane (phew!) and I guess what I’ve learned is that we’re just going to have to go back to Hawaii again soon so that Marcus can spend more time enjoying the beach!

I kind of kept up with my running while I was gone.  Here’s my scorecard:

  • Sunday’s scheduled 10km – DONE
  • Wednesday’s scheduled 6 hills – DONE
  • Thursday’s scheduled 6km – run on Monday instead
  • Sunday’s scheduled 11km – FAIL

By the time Saturday rolled around I just didn’t feel like running the 11km the following morning.  I know, that’s lame and if I didn’t run every time I didn’t feel like it then I’d never actually get out there.  But, I just didn’t have it in me.  I wanted to relax.  I wanted to enjoy my last couple days.  I wanted to do the drive to Hana with everyone on Sunday and we planned to leave at 7:30 and I didn’t feel like getting up even earlier!  I figured I could still get up on Monday and do it if I wanted to. 

So Sunday we went on our drive and saw some really cool things – like this secluded waterfall and pool…

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The drive to Hana is somewhat legendary because of the very narrow and very twisty road but some of the sights were amazing.  There had been a rain storm earlier that day so all of the streams and waterfalls were gushing (although were pretty silty and brown). 

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This is actually the bark of a Bagras tree (also called a Rainbow tree or a Painted Gum tree) and it was so cool because they were so colorful and pretty…

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In the end we made it to Hana Bay where Marcus had fun playing on the beach with his Daddy…   IMG_0815 We could have gone further to see some really spectacular waterfalls but decided to turn around and head home to catch a final afternoon in the sun.

Monday morning (our last day in Hawaii) I got up and felt bad that I hadn’t completed my 11km run on Sunday.  I felt like I should get in one last run so I decided to do a quick 6km to make up for the run I had also skipped on Thursday.  I say ‘quick’ because it was shorter than it was supposed to be and not ‘quick’ in terms of speed.

Here’s the digits:

  • Total distance: 6.10 km
  • Total time:  44:13 (ouch!)
  • Average pace:  7:14 min/km

It wasn’t my fastest 6km but it was such a beautiful morning.  I forgot to grab my camera and I’m sad I did because I ran down to a beach access and the sun was just coming fully up when I got there and it was soooo pretty.  Despite the nice morning it was kind of a crappy run.  I just didn’t feel very strong.  In fact, I downright hurt.  I guess hydrating with alcohol all week finally caught up with me!

Anyhow, I was glad to get in one last run since running in Maui is so much better than running at home in the rain!  Now that I’m back though, I have more hills on the schedule tonight.  Great…

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