Sunday, April 20, 2008

Sunday Long Run...

One of my favorite moments in the week is my Sunday long run. There is something about a long run on a Sunday that just wraps up the week & leaves me feeling refreshed...

Perhaps it is the feeling I get when I settle into my pace, find my rhythm, and everything in life becomes far away except my surroundings within each mile. This particular morning had my thoughts on my home... the beauty I am exposed to... this island where no matter where you go everyone is your family & friend...the sunrise...the beaches...the other runners and cyclists on the road all sharing the same wake-up call...

With Jim on Oahu for work I loaded Kainoa into his jogger and off we went. We passed dozens of friends, sandy white beaches, and surfers heading out for a little session in the waves. We ended up down in the "Pit" (the old Ironman turn around). Mile 8 saw us climbing up a hill where a few times I begged Kainoa to get out and walk... he just ate more breakfast. We then ran into Pat (who took our photo and laughed at us running full speed down the hill where I let go of the jogger and Kainoa had the ride of his life). About mile 10 I was enjoying memories of Ironman when we passed the run turn on Ali'i drive. The next five miles Kainoa took a nap and I listened to the sounds of the palm trees, church services on the beach, and the greetings of friends we passed along side the road. Once we finished the run everything in me wanted to keep going... if the feeling of a long run could last all week I think this world would look a little brighter...


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bree....I totally know how you feel wanting the run to last forever. That Alii Drive run is hypnotic and it puts you in another state of mind. It kinda reminds me of a Jimmy Buffett song. Wanting it to last forever....not necessarily a place but a state of mind....soak it up and before you know it all the sights and sounds you experienced on this run will return another day. I love these days too and often rewind them in my mind during the week. Ironman memories always seem to kick-in on Alii Drive. Amazing how we can recall exact detail of how we felt during Ironman on any given part of Alii.
Keep on enjoying and I hope I can run/pace with you someday!!

April 20, 2008 at 2:03 PM

Blogger Beth said...

I feel the same exact way about long runs...always have. Might be my favorite workout of the week. :) Your home is so beautiful Bree!! Keep enjoying!

April 20, 2008 at 2:24 PM

Blogger TB said...

Man I love my long Sunday run also(no jog stroller though, ouch)...

A little praise and worship on the ipod gets my mind set for church.
have a great rest of your Sunday!

April 20, 2008 at 2:26 PM

Blogger Kellye Mills said...

Oh... I can't wait to be there and run there and soak up every single moment I can!! Great run and nice jogger! :)

April 20, 2008 at 2:47 PM

Blogger kerrie said...

i hope we can join you sometime with our matching jogger :)...i too love my long runs, especially when i get in the groove. how nice that you had company!

April 20, 2008 at 3:03 PM

Blogger Marit Chrislock-Lauterbach said...

Ditto on the long run. Moreso than anything - I miss my long runs. You said it so well! Cheers, my friend! Glad to hear that it went so well - and the photos are fantastci. Man oh man - another GREAT reason to head out to Kona asap. :)

See you soon!

April 20, 2008 at 8:24 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

You must take that camera with you everywhere! Time to pull out the video camera or i'm taking it back! Really, i'm not kidding!

April 21, 2008 at 3:24 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bree! Oh, this post reminded me of my long runs and WALKS with the twins when they were little. I couldn't go forever since they were SO heavy with a double-wide stroller AND double the weight, but I really found solitude in those runs and they made me stronger lugging that jogger around! Glad you enjoyed it so much! FUN! Jen H.

April 21, 2008 at 4:29 AM

Blogger Bruce Stewart said...

It would be nice if it were so easy for everyone to do that. I guess that is one of the benefits of being in peak condition. It will cause me to dream more of saving up to buy that ideal home in Hawaii.

April 21, 2008 at 4:31 AM

Blogger Eileen Swanson said...

Sweet, Wee! Love the magical feeling of a long run. I had my birthday long run with R yesterday, I am going to write about it too. It was awesome. We talked about you a bit....all in good fun ;-)

Luv u lots,

April 21, 2008 at 5:00 AM

Blogger Lucy said...

I love your comments about your run! After the hail and snow we have had here, Hawaii is looking pretty good! (I have a friend who took her daughter for baby jogger runs until the girl was 5 and the jogger broke! Unfortunately both my kids were not that into my long runs.I always ended up having to stop and play hide and seek in the woods or something!)

April 21, 2008 at 10:52 AM

Blogger Trigirlpink said...

I am BEHIND the blogger 8 ball!! The pool! Your Coach! The long run! Yikes!!!!!
I want to come and swim OUTSIDE in a pool. Looks like a really nice set up there.
Congrats on your coach putting up with you for an entire year!! lol!!

Please save a Bree run for me if I ever come to visit there. I promise I'll push Kainoa in the stroller so you can point out the sites!

April 21, 2008 at 11:52 AM

Blogger Jennifer Cunnane said...

I SOOOOO want to go there someday and play in the sun doing swim, bike, run - glad you enjoyed!

April 21, 2008 at 3:16 PM

Blogger Ange said...

I love reading about your runs with Kainoa in the jogger. It brings back such special memories for me. I ran miles and miles with my kids in the jogger. Your home is beautiful. I love seeing the pictures of the sparkling water.
Have a great day. So glad you had the perfect run. We all know that "never want this to end" feelign on a run. It's the best. And it's one of the reasons we keep going back for more.

April 21, 2008 at 3:34 PM

Blogger Iain Banks said...

Long runs are the best esp. during the ice, no chilling winds, no darkness. Perhaps some of that doesn't apply in Kona :-)

April 22, 2008 at 8:09 AM

Blogger Mel said...

Who couldn't love a run with that view....WOW, need some company :)

April 22, 2008 at 3:55 PM

Blogger LoveOfShoes said...

I've been lurking around here for awhile, just wanted to wish you luck at St. A's!

April 23, 2008 at 3:01 AM

Blogger Bruce Stewart said...

Have a good race in Florida. I wondered why you hadn't posted for a few days. It must have been all the last minute preparations. I found out from your sister's blog that you were going. Not many secrets on the Web I guess!

April 23, 2008 at 9:46 PM

Blogger Speed Racer said...

Cool new digs. I will never understand how you can enjoy long runs so much... but the pictures give me a pretty good idea of why.

April 24, 2008 at 5:42 AM


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