STATE #8 IS DONE! When I set out to run a race in all 50 states I figured Hawaii would be the hardest to get. I guess I was wrong about that!
Three weeks ago, I got home from work and Justin had a huge smile on his face, he told me we were going to Hawaii! I knew there was a good chance that we would be since one of his clients was in Hawaii and they were finishing up a project but I didn’t want to count on it happening. The best part is that when he told me he also told me to find a race (so happy he is supportive of my running!) so I could knock Hawaii off the list.
We knew we would be staying Honolulu so I needed to find a race on the island of O’ahu. That narrowed it down to two different races, at 10 miler or NiteRun Hawaii Kailua. Since I had just run a 10 miler the weekend before, I was looking for something a little bit more laid back. NiteRun Kailua fit that requirement perfectly!
NiteRun sounds fun right? Well even more fun, each runner/walker got a headlamp! If I wasn’t sold before, I really was now! Who doesn’t want a headlamp?
I got to the race site in Kailua at 6pm to pick up my packet and take in the sights before it was dark and I couldn’t see the area. The race was at Kawainui Marsh which is the largest wetlands in the Hawaiian Islands and is a beautiful area. I would have loved to run that area in the daylight.
The race started a little after 7pm and it was completely dark! As I got further down the path for the run I got a little nervous about getting hurt. The path was very narrow and rocky then add in the other runners and the dark in it made for an interesting course. I stopped at one point to take a picture of the other runners just to show how dark it was.
It was super hot and humid which I thought would really have an impact on my finish time. However, I ended up finishing in 42:51 which wasn’t all that bad when you consider the heat and humidity, the terrain, and the darkness.
It was amazing to run a race in Hawaii! I was really looking forward to running a night run but I wish I would have done it somewhere else. Hawaii is far to beautiful to be running at night!
But with that said, I can’t wait to hang my headlamp on my medal rack!