Running in Kailua

Hi from gorgeous Hawaii! Oh my word, this place is amazing. We’re not big beach people and Hawaii wasn’t somewhere we immediately wanted to visit when we moved to California, but everyone raved…and so here we are. And the raving is totally justified,it is spectacularly beautiful.

Speechless with the beauty!

I’m not going to bang on about our holiday, but I will talk running. I’ve squeezed two runs in so far. We’ve been staying on Oahu, in Kailua, a sweet little town on the East shore, in a rented little bungalow. It was a few minutes’ walk from the beach and perfect for us.

On Saturday, we were awake at a crazy hour, so I was out running by 6.30. I ran south along the road parallel to the beach and then looped around the residential area of Lanikai and back into Kailua. It was very humid and quite hot by 7.15 but oh so beautiful.4.2 miles in 38 mins at a 9.07 pace.

Good morning, Kailua!
Just a few minutes later and the sun had come out!

And today, Monday, I wanted to run a little longer. I ran north along the beach road, then looped through some residential streets and ended up on the marsh trail for a mile. It was busy with hikers (all women, alone or in pairs, so I felt very safe) and the views of the mountains, even in the grey, misty morning, were gorgeous. I ran on to the beach and along the beach for about two minutes before I decided that was waaay too much hard work, and returned to the road until I got home. 6.3 miles in 56 mins at a 8.57 pace.

The Kailua Marsh trail on an overcast morning
Kailua Beach

For the record, running in Kailua was fantastic. I felt totally safe, both in terms of traffic (cars are slow and very aware of runners and cyclists) and personal safety. I got some route ideas from and then changed them a bit. I’ve been running in my Nike Vomeros for the first time really – I’d done a couple of runs in them but am properly testing them out this week. They are SO plush after my Saucony Rides, it’s like running on pillows. I like it, I think. I’m not entirely sure, but it’s not unpleasant at all! So far, so comfy!!

Tomorrow we fly to Kauai for the rest of our trip. So here are a couple of snapshots of what we’ve been up to this week.

A grey day at Pearl Harbor
Jaw-dropping scenery at Kualoa Ranch
They filmed ‘Lost’ and ‘Jurassic Park’ here.
TeamRamsden in Paradise!

See you on Kaua’i!

9 Comments Add yours

  1. Bean says:

    Oh wow, so beautiful! Way to get in your runs on vacation but it looks like you have found some beautiful places to run. Hope you are having a great time and can’t wait to see some pictures of Kauai!

    1. Cathryn says:

      Landed on Kauai today…it’s not bad 🙂

  2. I love your running blog and the pictures are gorgeous!

    1. Cathryn says:

      Thanks! This place is amazing!

  3. Jen says:

    I love Hawaii and your runs sound fantastic! That said — quit blogging and get back your vacation!!!! 😉

  4. How gorgeous AND FUN! Enjoy yourself!!!!!

  5. aleksruns says:

    Gorgeous! Hawaii must be my most favorite ever place to run, no matter the hotness and humidity! Enjoy Kauai, I’ve heard the hikes there are amazing!

    1. Cathryn says:

      Yeah, they look amazing…but someone small has short legs and won’t hike more than a few miles. Slightly gutted about it.

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