New Town? New Running Route!

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Happy Sunday everyone! I apologize for the serious lack of posts lately. I’ve been going through a lot of crazy changes in my personal life. I’m excited to get back into blogging and connecting with all of you lovely ladies out there!

Of all the changes, moving about 40 minutes deeper into the country has been one of the biggest. I now live a decent drive away from the nearest grocery store. My house is nestled on a hill far into Kahaluu on the island’s east side, with a giant lanai jutting out above our neighbors. It boasts plenty of room for activities, is thankfully shaded by a gigantic tree, and touts some lovely views of the bay & Kaneohe sandbar.

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Yes, it’s picturesque, peaceful, and serene. The lanai is my favorite place to sip my coffee each morning and wind down with some yoga.

But let’s fact it: As a runner, the most important part about settling into a new crib is carving out a go-to running spot.

I’ve been too exhausted mentally, emotionally, and spiritually to do much running since I got back from Europe. Which is pretty out of character for me, but given the circumstances I’m glad I made it through without living off nothing but wine and ice cream. Now that I’m back on my pursuit of happiness, running – of course! – will play an integral role in my recovery.

I finally went on a beautiful run! I’m sure you’ve heard that we’ve been bracing for a tropical storm/hurricane double whammy this weekend, but we were blessed on Oahu to only get some minor wind and rain. So, I went out for a run.

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I was shocked that my pace wasn’t terrible, my legs didn’t buckle, and I didn’t get trapped in the inevitable downpour. Instead, I had a cool, breezy run along the oceanfront and backed up against the majestic koolau mountians. I ran past a big, scary bull grazing on grass, taro fields, and found a cute little park with plenty of room for intervals tomorrow morning.

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After all of the chaos that’s been going on in my life, having a kickass run along a lovely route felt exhilarating. I fell a little more in love with my new home, and made a little more peace with the heartache that’s been weighing me down for too long.

IMG_0882They say that exercise is the most underutilized antidepressant – for me, running is numero uno in that respect. It boosted my mood, brightened my day, and I even came home & went out with some friends. I’m stoked to have found some fresh solace in a new place – everything I need to have a positive first start to the next chapter of my life. 

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