This past week of 25k training has absolutely been my favorite. My husband and I spent the past week in HAWAII! We finally decided to treat ourselves to a tropical vacation and spent the week exploring the island of Maui.
While running on vacation is definitely not ideal during any serious training, I felt that this was the perfect time for us to get away. After struggling with running motivation throughout the winter, I finally got on track the few weeks before we took off.
Leading up to this vacation, I knew I would likely be missing most of my runs but still planned to complete the mileage with hiking and various forms of cross training.
Lucky for us, staying active in Hawaii was a piece of cake. This training week looked a bit different than most others, but it was well worth it.
I always love living in a place that experiences all four seasons to the fullest. I truly enjoy winters filled with snow and love the fall colors, spring flowers and gorgeous summers. But wow – I can definitely see why people pack up and move to Hawaii.
This past week on Maui was certainly one that I will remember for the rest of my life. Staying active throughout the week was easier than ever, and what could be more enjoyable than cross training in these beautiful places?!
Check out my 25k training recap for week 11 in Hawaii!
25k Training Recap: Week 11
Monday, 4/1 – 5 miles hiking
We drove the Road to Hana on Monday and experienced such beauty. The road is only about 50 miles but with so many twists and turns plus narrow, one lane roads, it takes hours to drive it. Luckily, we stopped at so many places along the way that we were able to explore some great trails.
Although we were in the car quite a bit, we fit in a little over 5 miles of hiking in total. Just about every stop required some sort of hike and the distances really added up! We saw waterfalls, black sand beaches, rocky coasts, red sand, bamboo forests, and so much more.
Tuesday, 4/2 – 6 miles hiking
We headed to Haleakala National Park on Tuesday to drive to the summit and explore some of the hiking trails. The road was windy leading up to the summit and took over an hour to go just 19 miles! But once we got to the top it was totally worth it.
The views form the summit were breathtaking. We hiked 6 miles in total of the Sliding Sands trail. This trail was deceiving because it sure didn’t feel like we were descending on the way out, but boy was it a climb coming back up! The cloud coverage kept increasing throughout the day so the entire hike back took us right through the clouds. What a great workout!
Wednesday, 4/3 – Snorkeling
I unfortunately broke my watch in the saltwater on Wednesday, so I’m not sure how many steps we fit in in total. We started the day snorkeling in Honolua Bay, and it was quite a choppy swim away from the rocks. I will definitely count this as my cross training for the week!
After snorkeling the bay, we headed to downtown Lahaina and got quite a bit of walking in. I’m not entirely sure how far we walked, but I’m sure we at least fit a few miles in. This town was beautiful and had a Banyan tree that covered an entire block.
Thursday, 4/4 – Walking
We spent Thursday morning swimming and walking the beach before heading out to explore a few new towns like Paia and Wailea. I felt so lost without my watch all day and really wish I had an accurate record of how many steps we fit in, but either way I know we were active.
Friday, 4/5 – Rest
We took a red eye flight home and I knew before even taking off that Friday was going to be a rest day. There is nothing quite like 12+ hours of traveling, along with a 6 hour time change to really wear you out. We got home just before dinner and spent time unpacking before heading to bed early.
Saturday, 4/6 – Yoga
There is nothing quite like 10 hours on an airplane to really tighten your muscles. I knew that my body needed some time to stretch and relieve the kinks and tension from all the travel this past week. I completed my usual recovery yoga routine and boy did it feel good. I can still feel a few knots and hot spots but things are definitely starting to loosen up.
Sunday, 4/7 – 10 (ish) miles
I really surprised myself by completing my scheduled long run this weekend. I headed out knowing that there were 10 miles on the schedule, but not wanting to push my body too hard if I was still feel tired from the travel and time change.
At the start of this run I expected to complete 6 miles, but once I got going things really loosened up and I started to feel pretty good. At 3 miles I decided to keep going to 4, and by the time I reached 4 I figured I might as well just complete the run as scheduled.
Since I still didn’t have a watch, I planned my route ahead of time to figure out where I’d need to turn to get 10 miles. I took my best guess with the halfway point and am hoping that my distance came close to 10! It feels so weird to run without a watch.
This week was definitely a week that I will remember for the rest of my life. While I truly believe in the importance of staying active and maintaining a healthy lifestyle in any location, I also believe that it’s important to cut yourself some slack once and a while.
I was determined not to spend this vacation adjusting our plans to squeeze runs in, only to run out of energy when we were sight seeing. I am happy with how this week played out and feel confident that no fitness was lost. I’m eager to jump back into training and hoping to resume some semblance of a routine after a week away.
Here’s to establishing a spring running routine!
Previous Running Recaps:
- 25k Training Recap: Week 10
- 25k Training Recap: Week 9
- Fifth Third Riverbank Run 25k Race Recap
- Bayshore Marathon Training Recap: Week 1 – 8
- 2018 25k Training Recap Posts