When one typically dreams of a vacation to Hawaii, they may dream of white beaches, relaxing by a pool, and drinks with little umbrellas. I don’t think many dream of running a marathon, which is how I spent my latest vacation in Kauai, Hawaii.
In a classic New Year’s resolution decision, my brother Patrick and I decided that 2018 would be the year we would run a marathon together. It would be his first and my fourth, although four years since my last race. Fast-forward to April 2018 and we had decided on the race, The Kauai Marathon. If you’re going to run a marathon, why not run one in paradise? It was such an appealing race that my wife Lauren decided she would also join in on the fun and run her first ever road half marathon.
Fast-forward again to September. My family and I all landed safely in Kauai despite the lingering effects of Hurricane Lane off the southern coast of Kauai. We quickly realized the humidity and the hills were going to be the biggest challenge on race day. The day of the race quickly came and that morning we woke up very early, did our no-rain dance, put on our sunscreen, and through the dark got to the starting line for the 6 AM start.
The racecourse was a beautiful loop through the countryside of Kauai. As we ran, we passed by the Maluhia Road Tree Tunnel, cow pastures, locals cheering us on, and traditional hula dancers every mile or so. We also ran up a lot of hills and were completely drenched in sweat by mile 2.
Overall, the race was a great challenge and went very well. Lauren ended up finishing ahead of her targeted time and my brother and I finished with smiles on our faces. Smiling because we finished together, but mostly smiling because the race was over and we could enjoy the typical Hawaiian vacation of relaxing on the beach and having drinks with little umbrellas.