LOL ok so maybe not.
I hate running. If you haven’t read any of my previous blog posts I really don’t like running. I like to lift weights, jump on boxes, pull on a row machine and do an occasional cardio session of interval running on the treadmill. I throw in a weekend hiking or paddle boarding trip and call that a workout. But I really really can’t stand running.
So if you or someone you know doesn’t enjoy running, wouldn’t it make sense that said person doesn’t really do/enjoy marathons?
Well I just did the Kauai Half Marathon and I LOVED IT. It had to been the weather. Or my new hat that I sported. Or my new hydration pack. Must have been because I was so high on adrenaline at 4 in the morning. Who knows.
Will was awesome enough to wake up with me and walk us to the start line. The organizers are AWESOME. There were lots of non-paleo carbs to eat – muffins, bagels, and mini-cinnamon rolls. Also had some fruit, yogurt, juice and coffee. I was most especially excited to see the Starbucks logo. HELL YEAH!
The Kauai Half Marathon is on it’s 4th year and is held on Labor Day Weekend in Poipu. It starts at 6AM and runs along a very green, scenic drive. It’s also all hills. Okay okay I’m exaggerating. It’s partial hills but they are KILLER hills.
So yeah, you see that? Epic. Well that was actually the easiest and most fun part of the run. It was really back to lifting and I just kept saying in my head “load the hips”. I ran up the whole thing and enjoyed every minute of it. Crazy yes, I know.
But it was such a beautiful run. It rained the first five miles pretty hard but I had a new hat to keep my face dry and happy. I never really felt bad during the run. Didn’t feel drilled or dying – oh and yes, I had some sugar strips (they’re like those Listerine strips you put on your tongue) and my hydration pack.
When I took this picture and turned around someone commented that I looked a little too happy at mile 5. Hell yeah I was happy! I had five miles down damnit!
Best part was the tunnel of trees. That’s mile 6 to mile 7 after some hills. But of course after that was another big hill but that’s besides the point. I actually didn’t take a good picture while I was running so I went back later on that day and took another picture. In person of course, it’s much more grand.
Tunnel of trees Mile 6
So after that crazy ass hill into mile 10 I felt awesome. I was happy that I wasn’t cramping like last time and I was still doing an easy jog. Between mile 8-13, it’s a run through the local neighborhood. If you’ve never been to Kauai you are missing out. The people come out onto their yard and cheer people on. Didn’t have that in our Hibiscus Half Marathon on Oahu that’s for sure. That was super cool. Even running into an old college friend and her family was even more cool.
Up until this point I’ve been laughing and joking that I’m only doing a half marathon because I’m only half crazy. Getting to this sign I changed my mind and decided to say I’m half badass. Because this is where I saw one of the people that was running the full marathon. He had to have been running a 7 minute mile. He was so fast!
Then after that mile 11 comes up. Yeayyyyy TWO MORE MILES! I was running what I knew had to been the last damn hill and saw the photographers. I wanted some awesome pictures so of course I decided to do a leap into the air as they took my photo! SO STUPID. Do that on mile 5 or 3 – not mile 11. LOL
I crapped SO BAD on both my calves. BOTH OF THEM. Last marathon it was only my left. So stupid. LOL
So for the rest of mile 12 I had to walk. Right up until the last quarter mile I power walked. Even then I knew I shaved twenty minutes off my last time because I pretty much ran 12 miles. I was proud, emotional and in so much pain.
You can’t really tell here but I was convulsing with pain. Afterwards I took off my shirt and laid on the grass in agony clutching my calves. I was in so much pain I was so nauseous! Thank goodness for the aid stations. They iced me up and sent me off.
But yes, as I said earlier I hate running. But I will definitely do the Kauai Half Marathon again. I went into this one way more prepared. I had carbo-loaded at least two weeks prior on sweet potatoes, added more fat, upped my Omega3 intake, stacked up more weight on my lifting. I wish I had ran more. Wait, let me rephrase that. I wish I ran, period. I didn’t run. I think my last run was the 5 mile Kailua beach run.
I wasn’t going for a faster time or even a faster pace. I just wanted to see where I was fitness wise going in without injury. I think I did great. And I’ll be back again next year FOR SURE!
I mean, you can’t beat a medal that is a BOTTLE OPENER for crying out loud!