Half Marathon #40
Most people thought I was crazy when I said I wanted to run a half marathon on my honeymoon. Luckily, Rich was on board (because a trip to Hawaii from ATL isn’t exactly easy, we may as well kill two birds with one stone).
The race started at 5am- which meant a 4am wakeup call for us. The good news is that we were less than a mile from the start so it wasn’t too bad. I had my usual breakfast (gluten free bagel and almond butter) and got ready and we headed to the start. We got TONS of compliments on our outfits.The half marathon was an out and back and the marathon was a point to point, so our start line wasn’t too big. Before the gun went off, there was a really cool fire dance.There weren’t corrals, so we lined up more towards the middle. This race was purely a fun run for me and the plan was to run at whatever pace Rich wanted.
We ended up passing a lot of people the first two miles. We should’ve started more towards the front but it wasn’t too crowded and hard to pass. The first few miles really went by quickly- it was pitch black and hard to see anything.Rain wasn’t predicted, but it started to sprinkle as the sun was coming up. It felt good with the heat and humidity we were already feeling.
I asked Rich if he was okay with the pace and tried to pull him back a bit (I wasn’t sure what he would be able to maintain) but the course was pretty flat so it was easy to get carried away and moving a bit too fast. I could tell it was starting to catch up with him though and just made sure my Nuun bottle was full and gels were taken (I ended up not using any).
Right before we hit the half way point and the turn around there was one bit of course entertainment with bongos and dancing. Otherwise, the course was fairly quiet.
Rich was losing steam. I just stayed with him and did my best to keep him happy, hydrated and moving. I’m pretty sure the last 3 miles he just grunted a lot but he never quit and I’m really happy with that. I told him if he could give me all he got, we would get a sub 2.
Once we hit the turn towards the finish area near the resorts, I realized the course was going to be short. Rich gave it all he had and we crossed the finish line hand in hand.
I gave Rich a bit of a hard time- had I run at my regular pace- I would’ve placed. Not that it really matters, but it would’ve been cool to get on our honeymoon.
Short course and positive splits for the win? Oh well. We had fun!
We grabbed our medals and mini Jamba Juice smoothies, fruit kabobs and ice cold towels. Seriously the best post race treat I’ve ever had. I don’t remember the other options because these were the only things I cared to grab. We took a few pictures and chatted with a few other runners (who all mentioned the short course) and headed back to the hotel. There was a post race party with beer and pizza and music but we left before it started. We had plans to do the road to Hana and with an early race start and a finish by 7am, we were on that road by 8:30am for a long day of fun.
- Post race options
- First race with the hubs
- Early start to avoid heat and give you a full day of fun in Hawaii
- Gorgeous views along the ocean
-Not so Much:
- running in the dark (yes, a positive to avoid the heat but negative to the sight)
- expensive ($100 per person-registered in March)
The medal and shirt aren’t too bad. They aren’t my favorites and they are not the most terrible, either. The medal has a lot of detail that tells more of an overall story and the lanyard is decorated, too.
I don’t know that anyone would make a trip to Hawaii to run a race, but if you do, I would recommend this one. It’s on the flat part of the island and that makes for an easy run if you are enjoying your vacation and really in the mood to race and just want to run. There are several other races on Saturday (10k and 5k) but we didn’t see those. The marathoners that we saw when we were leaving the resort area to head to Hana looked pretty miserable- the sun had come out and there was little shade and I was really thankful we weren’t doing the full.
I’m so glad we ended up doing this on our honeymoon and not as my 50th state. It was the perfect beginning for our marriage.
Would you travel to Hawaii to run a race? Have you been on vacation somewhere and realized there was a race and decided to do it since you were there?