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Running in Kona

This morning was the morning I was the most nervous about as we had a long run planned. I was excited to run in one of the most beautiful places in the world, but with my longstanding grumpy stomach, I just didn’t know how it would react in a new environment with new foods. I wanted to fit in 16 miles, so I could do a 20 miler next weekend as I switched up my training to work towards the Santa Clarita Marathon which is quickly approaching.


The morning started out perfect. It wasn’t too hot or humid and though it was dark, it was nice. We also got these cool little Nathan clips that clip onto your shoe and are super bright. I had never seen anything like it! We were off and running and within 2 miles I was slowing down and searching in panic for a bathroom. Per usual. I probably found one of the most disturbing portapotties I’ve seen in my life and we were on our way again. It was a beautiful run once the sun came up but my body was just blah. Heavy legs + great scenery = keep going.



With views like this how can you not keep going. Around mile 11, I knew the best thing for me would be to stop sooner rather than later. I wasn’t feeling 100% and my legs were getting slower and slower. The run was so pretty and if I had gone up one more hill I’m sure I would have been treated to even more views, but it just wasn’t happening today. It was a gentle reminder that not all runs are going to be great or even easy, but you can still take time to enjoy what time you can fit in.



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  • Reply Toronto Girl West

    First of all, 13 miles is still fantastic!! And what a stunning place to do them in!!! :)

    Lastly, is it wrong that I’m curious as to what made the port-a-potty so disturbing!?!? lol I think I’ve been desensitized by spending too much time googling the Chinese public washroom situation! lol

    October 12, 2013 at 6:10 pm
  • Reply Christine

    I’m sorry you didn’t feel good on this run, but jetleg and also a different climate can do this to your body. I hope you are feeling better by now.

    October 13, 2013 at 2:54 pm
  • Reply gina

    13 miles is still pretty awesome and at a 9.40 pace with HILLS. Man you did great in my opinion. I, on a good day, do good to keep a 9.40 pace for 6 miles (flat, no hills), but get up to 13+ and i’m barely keeping a 10 / 10:30 pace. You are correct, not all runs turn out how we want them to and are not all great, but just being out there is GREAT. 13 is better than 0! gbena on Instagram

    October 15, 2013 at 9:00 am
  • Reply Leigh

    Those views on your run are gorgeous! I would have struggled to run without tripping over my feet because I’d be focusing on the views too much :)

    October 15, 2013 at 8:54 pm
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