That’s what you’re supposed to do when you’re on a racecation right?
I’m not writing a full recap just yet, because sitting by the computer is definitely NOT what to do on vacation, but here’s just a quick update on the race today.
The whole island humidity, heat, Hawaiian time and aloha spirit are no joke friends. We’re taking all of them very seriously.
After a long restless night of not enough sleep I actually felt good this morning before the race.
I went out very conservatively since it was already warm and I just really wanted to be careful. Things were good until about mile 5 when I got sick and had to make my first stop.
It was then that I was questioning whether or not I was going to switch to the half marathon at the turn around. It was also then that I knew this was going to be a very long race. But, that just meant a little more time to enjoy the fact that I was running a marathon in Kauai. I mean, really, the opportunity of a lifetime.
It was hard mentally and physically, but I made so many stops along the way I really got to chat with quite a few nice Hawaiian people. This aloha spirit thing they’ve got going on here is just awesome.
I was passed my Dean Karnasez at mile 12. We chatted a bit and we both talked about how we were struggling because of the heat. More of our little talk later, but that’s him there in the blue shorts ahead of me.
I fought off some serious doubts about actually finishing from miles 12-17. Then I fought off some calf cramps the last four miles I felt coming on. They never truly hit me thank goodness.
I finished the Kauai Marathon though.
I am ridiculously happy that I did. Finishing a marathon is not always about your time, but just testing yourself to see just how strong you are and see just how hard you can fight.
This marathon was amazing from start to finish. Everything about it was awesome including the small island feeling, all the wonderful people, the scenery and the course.
You must add it to your bucket list like right this minute.
Personally finishing this race means so darn much I can’t even explain.
Sure, I pretty much got the opposite of a PR and probably my worst marathon time ever, but I got to run a marathon on Kauai.
I’m one lucky mama.
Oh and I guess everyone else got the memo about being on island time because even with my turtle pace today I still got 2nd in my age group.
Oh and yeah, my main man Bart is here and so are a few of my other main men.
I can’t tell you how great it is to see them at a finish line. It brings tears to my eyes every single time.
Completing this race is a game changer for me. I’ll explain more on that later. Right now, we’re celebrating and enjoying every single slow minute on island time.
Our new favorite word is REST!
Mental, physical and emotional rest.
I need all of them and am finally taking that very seriously also. Gosh, too bad though that I don’t have a really enjoyable place to do it or some really amazing people to share it with or anything.
I’ll get a full recap on here sometime. I’m just not promising when.
See you soon!
Yes, I already know it will be.
I also know I’m going to make this post as quick as possible.
Check out the loot I had packed up in my cool Six Pack backpack for the trip.
Yes, by the way, I always travel with my vitamins, etc.
It was a very long travel day with just a couple of flight mishaps.
We made it to Kauai just in time to snap a quick blurry picture on the way to the race expo.
Since it was the end of the second day of The Kauai Marathon expo it was pretty quiet. I missed all the excitement. I guess I’m good at that. Ha.
They were serving up coffee right at the entrance though. How cool is that?
The expo was pretty small and low key and everyone was so nice.
Bib pick up was a breeze. I think this is the first race ever I just had to go to the S.
A couple of quick race expo highlights were finding out that these teeny tiny bananas are called apple bananas and are supposed to be fabulous.
Obviously I grabbed a couple.
I passed up the bikinis,
but almost bought some hot sauce.
I figured I’d wait though since I’ll be here for awhile and I’m sure there’s lots of hot sauce to be discovered post race.
Everyone was drinking these KonaRed drinks coconut water drinks.
This guy told me that these bracelets can help reduce inflammation in the body and alleviate joint pain, etc.
I feel like I’ve heard of these before, but have never tried them. How in the heck do they work?
I saved a little money since a lot of the cool marathon merchandise had already been bought and there were only a few sizes left. I do really dig these shorts though.
This shirt is super cool too because it has every participant’s name on it.
I didn’t buy anything though. Maybe tomorrow after the race if there’s anything left.
Just in case you’re curious about tomorrow’s events I thought I’d show you the schedule.
I had my usual pre race no cheese veggie pizza for dinner and am hitting the sack.
I think I’m ready.
Not to go all out and race like a crazy woman tomorrow, but to run 26.2 fabulous miles in Kauai. This is the chance of a lifetime.
Let’s hope I get my number on right side up, yes?
I’m still figuring out which outfit to go with. It’s going to be a 4:30 am decision I think.
I just have to say that no matter how long it takes me to run tomorrow, the second I cross that finish line is going to be magnificent for so many reasons.
Instead of staying up and trying to list them all at the moment, I’ll just have to fill you in on the other side.
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