Cue "Eye of the Tiger," everyone. Because I killed the Kauai Half Marathon last week! 13.1 miles? Check! PLUS, I raised over $5,000 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society in the process thanks to the incredibly generous support of friends and family, many of whom are reading this blog. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
It was my first race, and traversing the garden isle of Kauai before the sun even came up was a surefire way to get me hooked on marathon running. Watching the sunrise over the lush, green mountains as I approached mile 5 was definitely one of the more unforgettable experiences of my life—as was the incredible rainbow that appeared in the sky above me just half a mile before crossing the finish line.
I didn't get the greatest time—my average pace was exactly 11 minutes per mile—but in my defense, the course was really tough! Very hot and VERY hilly! I consider it good practice for the Nike Women's Half Marathon, which I'll be running in October in San Francisco. :)
So what did I do to reward myself after successfully completing my first Half Marathon?
Spent 10 amazing days on the island with my best friend.
Took in incredible sunsets.
Kayaked tropical rivers.
Hiked to secret waterfalls.
Explored the wondrous and mysterious Na Pali coast.
Floated among hundreds—hundreds—of dolphins.
And, of course, indulged in many a delicious, fruity cocktail!
Bring on the next race!