Last vacation day and I did very spontaneously joined a half marathon in Central Park. But it was of course a fab event arranged by NYRR. Remember the name New York Bonzai half marathon until next December if you are heading to NYC for some fun. I had a super burger at Shake Shack yesterday and I wonder if it was any suspicion inside it because I had loads of runergy to get out. The 21Ks felt like a walk in the park and I finished the run in 1:50 hours and it was supposed to be the “be very tired” task from the advent calendar that I am following but I never got extremely tired, it was just a happy Sunday run and a perfect end of the vacation.
I had a good nights sleep onboard the Hawaiian plane to JFK although I woke up time after time since I was starving. But now I am here and I have never before seen this many people in this city. It is crowded everywhere. I checked out some Christmas trees here and they are absolutely top notch ones. That compensated for missing the Lycia celebrations. Then I was supposed to do some shopping but it was impossible due to all people and I can’t take it when you have to wait inline for just entering a store do I just went to Bloomingdales, Victoria’s Secret, Zara, Banana republic and a few others. Most of the places had 40% off everything today so a really good weekend for shopping here if you could manage the crowds. Now Is will sleep because tomorrow I will run the last half marathon of 2014 in Central Park. Just because I feel for it! Just one more thing, New York Christmas really is like in movies.
Halfway through until Christmas and I am still at Hawaii enjoying sandy beaches, crystal clear water, sunny days and the Polynesian hospitality. I really don’t mind being here. This last day at this magic place I started with running the last 10Ks of the Honolulu marathon route and it was amazing. Million dollar views all the way alongside the coast. I had my bikini under my shorts and t-shirt so when I was done running I went straight into the pacific at Waikiki beach. I guess the advent calendar task of the day was taking a swim and dry up in the sun – original task was visit a pool and sauna- but that is over course here at Hawaii. A Starbucks frappe on that and I am good for a 10 hour night flight to New York. Couldn’t had a better ending of this vacation than this!
I am at Hawaii today as well and it is not often I wish I could stay longer at certain places (some exceptions of course) but I really do not want to leave this fab place tomorrow evening. Well, I am heading to New York so not that bad but still. I love Hawaii. Today I have checked out another city, Kailua, and it was the beach that made me go there. And what a beach. The second nicest beach I ever been to after Boracay. It was a bit cloudy so the pictures did not turned out that fab but it made it more comfortable to enjoy the beach. I walked all of it and then I also did some core exercises but I had no lussebuns to wait for as the description of the advent calendar task said but who needs lussebuns anyway?
It is 11 hours time difference from Sweden to here at Hawaii but luckily I have not faced any extreme jet lag. I wake up at 3 am every night check the watch and go back to sleep until 6:30 am which is perfect so I can watch the sunrise, have a light breakfast and perform a morning run. This is a perfect place for running and today I took my tired legs for a 10K run at the 10th. Just like the advent calendar say, run as many kilometers as the date. The route I have been running towards the airport is so scenic that you almost forget to run. Mountains, the ocean, other runners, palm trees, surfers, boats and lovely flowers all around – it is simply too good to be true. After the run I have not done anything except spending hours and hours in the water. I did not broke my 8 hour record but four hours isn’t bad either. Now I am going to finish up my tea and watch some Christmas then I am pretty finished for today with activities.
Aloha from Hawaii! I am sort of enjoying the vacation life here at Honolulu and this beautiful Tuesday morning I started with a 10K run. Neither more or less, but the run path was one of the best I tried this far in my life. Just amazing. On Sunday Honolulu marathon takes places and if I had known that before I went here it wouldn’t be impossible that I would have joined the only marathon in the world without a maximum time to complete the 42 195 meter course.
After the morning run and some hours in the Pacific Ocean I got my legs moving again. For the afternoon I had planed a hike to the top of Diamond head and guess what, it was awesome (check out pilla85 at Instagram for a video). My first time on this Hawaiian top notch sight and therefore also s check mark in the advent calendar for the task of training something you have not done before. I have of course hiked but not to this peak and honestly, four hours of walking in 28 degrees and sun is training.
I left LA this morning and took Hawaiians first flight of the day to Honolulu. At noon I arrived to the island of Oahu and the airport looked as I remembered it to be at my last visit twenty years ago. I had a smoothie and then I headed straight to the beach. Waikiki beach. It was more beautiful than I remembered it to be and I am absolutely in love with this place. Mountains, palm trees, beach, sun and crustal clear water – what more do you need in vacation paradise? I spent the next hours at the beach, swimming a bit, reading a book and just watching the amazing view. I guess watching the amazing view is as similar to meditation that I ever will get so that is today’s advent calendar task. Thinking about life at Waikiki beach. Sun, sand and Hawaii magic!