Sunday, May 17, 2015

While the cat's away...

Jim was gone for a week to the overland expo in Arizona, so Cheryl and I decided to do a girls long run in Palm Springs.

Overlooking the Palm Canyon Oasis:



Down in the Oasis:



It didn't take us long to come out the other side...



And head out into the desert.



It is really beautiful!



But the trails aren't marked very well... Where are we?



13.1 miles later, we made our way back out. We were bushed so we booked a hotel for a night.

The next morning, we took a short 2 mile run out to Tahquitz Falls. This part of the desert is completely different than yesterday.





It was a fun fun weekend!
But back to work for everyone tomorrow.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Kauai day 10 - going home

There are a few things I didn't mention ... we went swimming... several times :oD









We got shaved ice... several times :oD



...and now that the kiddos like coffee, we hit Kauai Coffee!



We learned a few things this trip too...

Wasabi Ginger Lay's... YUM!!!



Cheryl really stinks at SUDUKO...



Chris really stinks at steering a kayak...



And most importantly... bananas grow pointing up!



Well, time to say good-bye to Grandma K...



And head home...



ALOHA!!!!

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Kauai day 9

Today was our last full day on Kauai. Jim and Cheryl went surfing this morning, so Chris and I went running. Here we are at Shipwreck Beach.



We pretty much took the same path that Cheryl and I did yesterday, but instead of going through the Poipu resort on the way back, we took the Koloa Heritage Trail.



This way took us though the tide pools...



Where we saw a turtle...



We got a good view of Jim and Cheryl surfing...





Surfing and running are over... Cheryl got a little beat up on the rocks and Chris has a bit of a sunburn...



Time to checkout those caves...



And away we go...





We arrive at a big sinkhole...





To get in we have to crawl through the cave entrance:



But it opens up inside:



To the sinkhole:



There is another cave on the other side of the sinkhole (the one behind Chris) the opens out into the ocean. Ancient Hawaiians used to use this cave. They also filmed Pirates of the Caribbean here.



We have never been here before and it was very cool!
Our trip is almost over... ALOHA!

Monday, May 4, 2015

Running "The Ave"

The marathon weather was perfect! 55F at the start and high 60's at the finish. The course was an "V" shape with the start/finish line at the bend. Cheryl lead out and back on the first leg of the "V" (13.1 miles), and I lead out and back on the second leg (13.1 miles). Our goal was to finish under 5 hours, and we finished in 4hrs 53 minutes... that's not even close to a good marathon time, but it's good for us, YAY!

Here are some pictures from our day!







Where did everybody go?





And look! We made the local paper! Can you find us in this picture from "The Lost Colony"?



And after running 26.7 miles... yes, that's .7 not .2 according to my GPS... We jumped in the car for an 11 hour drive home. We rolled in just after midnight. Today was back to work {{{ Y A W N }}}

Here's the numbers:

Joni 4:53:46
Age group: 13 / 24
Overall: 351 / 508
women: 148 / 246

Cheryl 4:53:47
Age group: 38 / 49
Overall: 352 / 508
Women: 149 / 246

Everyone was right. The first marathon is the worst. We aren't feeling to bad today. Cheryl is starving and eating everything is sight. My stomach isn't feeling right, so I haven't eaten too much today. But I think overall, I'm less sore than Cheryl is today.

Our next marathon... Kauai Marathon 2016 :oD

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Never Again????

This month, two years ago, I ran my first marathon....
This month, two years ago, I said I would NEVER run another marathon....
Today, I'm running another marathon...

Wish me luck... I'm going to need it...

Friday, May 1, 2015

Kauai day 8

As I said yesterday, Cheryl and I found out that the Mahaulepu trail runs all the way from Poipu to Kawailoa Bay. So, of course we had to run the entire length... starting in Poipu. Here we are on the cliffs overlooking Poipu.



We ran along the cliffs...



...through stands of trees...



... down to the beach...



... through the Hyatt's golf course...



... and through an ancient hawaiian fishing village...



Then we discovered the Mahaulepu Caves. We decided to skip it and bring Jim and Chris back tomorrow.



On the way back to the room, we stopped for a rest at a Hawaiian Bus Stop.



After we get back to the room, the hunt for the perfect waves continue... We start at the beach on the way to Spouting Horn (next to the Beach House).



Then we hit:
Poipu
Kalapaki
Hanamaulu

And we finally end up at the beach across from the Coconut Plantation:





Not a surfing wave anywhere...
Today is not a complete bust, we head to Kilohana...



For RUM TASTING!!!



"Mom, stop taking pictures! It's embarrassing!"



The perfect MaiTai!



Then we hit the Hanapepe Art Night for dinner...



Jim stood in line for Kahlua Port Hot Dogs while Cheryl and I had Kahlua Pork Sliders...



YUM!!!
ALOHA!