I traveled to Hawaii for business and took a few extra days to spend with family. Running wise, I intended to take advantage of the nice weather and kick start my running program. Before my first run, I was doing my "advanced piriformis stretch" and my brother said, "oh, the pigeon pose." Perhaps I should have started yoga months ago! We ran four times during my stay, which exceeded my expectations. I did the pigeon pose every morning and evening, and before and after each run. After a pain free week of light running, I decided to resume my trail running this week in California. The weather today was pleasant, perfect for my seven mile route on the Pleasanton Ridge. My breathing was a bit more labored and my legs a little low on power, but overall it wasn't as bad as I expected. As I passed a couple hiking up the ridge, the gal said, "you're a stud," and the guy followed with, "we wish we were you." I love the encouragement I get from hikers, runners, and mountain bikers on the trails! Any thoughts of walking quickly disappeared and I pushed my way to the top and across the ridgeline to my turnaround point. After a short pigeon pose stretch at the top, I descended the ridge pain free. It was a good (re)start to my training program.
While in Hawaii, I went to the parents' house and spent a few moments sorting through a box of my childhood memories. After accumulating a house full of clutter in California over the last twenty years, the sentimental value associated with the boxes in Hawaii decreased dramatically. I do, however, cherish the old photos -- particularly my baseball and marathon pictures. The photo above was from my final marathon, the 1983 Honolulu Marathon. My first marathon was the 1980 Honolulu Marathon, but I won't share that photo....I'll just say I was a pretty skinny 14 year old...with an era-appropriate hairstyle...and era-appropriate, goofy glasses. :-)
Below are a few photos from my trip.
Fresh Akule for $4.95 per pound at a market in Chinatown. Whenever I'm in the islands, I always try to have local seafood. I travel on business to Hawaii, Guam, and American Samoa, and the fresh, tropical seafood is always incredible.
This is a view of Aloha Tower from an office building on Bishop Street. I loved the view from the office window. I had a Mahi Mahi sandwich for lunch that day, blackened with Cajun spices. The only thing it was missing was a cold beer...