Running in Kekaha


Kekaha is a tiny little town at the end of the road on the west of Kauai. There’s nothing there, except a beach with waves too vicious to risk swimming in…and a really lovely little rental house. We spent five nights in here and have had a lovely time.

In terms of running, it was considerably less fun than in Kailua. The town is much smaller and so the roads available to run were fewer and all residential so not particularly exciting. The ocean road was lovely but busier, although not ridiculously so.

On Wednesday, I meant to run in the morning but decided to hang out with my boys which was a decision I didn’t regret. So when it grew cooler in the evening, around 5.30, I headed out for 5 miles around Kekaha town. I ran through the residential streets. Kekaha is not as affluent as Kailua on Oahu and I felt a little conspicuous but not unsafe. The miles were unexciting but good to get done – I’d eaten too much during the day. The best bit was getting home and spending a good ten minutes running round and round the garden with a nekkid Dude through the sprinklers. They were ten of my best running minutes ever and it reminded me that one of the best things about running is being able to keep up with my favourite little boy! 5.1 miles in 46 mins at 9.01.

Spot the nekkid boy behind me 🙂

And then on Friday, I ran in the evening as well. It was hotter than Wednesday and as such, I didn’t really love this run – even though I ran in all directions, I feel like I was running into the still-blazing, setting sun for 80% of the run. But the views…they weren’t bad at all! 5 miles in 46 mins at 9.12 pace.

Looking west

We’ve had a lovely few days on Kauai. It is beautiful, although we both think Oahu is lovelier. Apparently there is fabulous hiking here on the island, we saw loads of trailheads, but we didn’t get to hike much due to the shorter legged member of our family. Here are a few things we’ve been up to.

Westeros on Kauai – spot Kings Landing, seven noble houses and the Wall!
Family foot-trait
Ke’e beach…one of the loveliest beaches I’ve ever been to, despite the shuddery spiders in the loos!
The jaw-dropping Waimea Canyon!

And finally, my mother’s day surprise…a flight over Kauai. Seriously amazing. Worth a 38 hour labour, emergency c-section and nearly dying for! As is the Dude.

Kauai plane
Nearly poo’d my pants during take-off but just incredible!

By the time this post goes live, we’ll be home again. I feel really honoured to have come here and seen these islands. It’s been a lovely week!!

5 Comments Add yours

  1. Looks like sooooo much fun! Glad you had a nice vacation and even better that you were able to get some runs in too.

  2. Bean says:

    Looks like an amazing adventure! Way to go sneaking some runs in. The canyon is amazing!

    1. Cathryn says:

      Yeah, it was jaw dropping! So lucky to have been there!

  3. Angela says:

    Arrrrrrgghhh, I repeat my jealousness!!! Looks like you had a gorgeous trip. What a cool place to run!

    1. Cathryn says:

      Yeah, it was lovely!

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