This was my first time in Hawaii, and also my first time ever running during a vacation. It was 70°F in December and the AirBnB where I was staying was right along the beautiful Kihei coast–so what better way to take it all in? Besides the amazing wedding day celebrations, I knew that most of my itinerary with my sister and her boyfriend would include eating and laying on the beach. As amazing as that sounds, there’s only so much laying around I can do, personally. So I got up early, starting each of my runs at 7:30AM and returning before anyone woke up. It was a fulfilling way for me to see a good stretch of the coast, rather than simply laying on it.
Despite moving fast, I felt relaxed running in Kihei, because this was the time I set aside for just me. A Hawaiian playlist I found on Spotify helped set the mood, the view was absolute perfection, and passers-by gave me friendly greetings (I’ve been told I could pass for a local). Further down the coast, I would take breaks to walk along the shore, climb rocks to see the tide pools, and take lots of photos.
I quickly realized how brilliant it was to have brought my running shoes on this trip, and now I’m always looking up new routes to explore on my vacations. I’ve been on a lot of quick weekend trips lately where it’s hard to squeeze in a run, but I try to do it when I can. It’s such a productive way to sightsee while also feeling like a local. It’s a chance to escape the typical tourist attractions and, most importantly, make room for all the delicious food you’ve planned for (i.e., my favorite part of every trip).