Caren Ware's Blog

March 25, 2012

WOWIE, back to Maui

Filed under: Uncategorized — Caren Ware @ 8:24 pm

Wowie Maui.  I really love the island.  But I am tortured by our racing schedule.  I don’t get to relax and relax on it.  When there is a race to time, there are databases to merge, bibs to assign, packet pick ups to attend, and a.m. alarms blipping  hours before the first rays of dawn.   I felt bummed working so hard on a place meant for so much fun.  I came up with an idea. I invited Chad and Bianca, the owners and trainers of Crossfit South Redlands. I told them their main job would be to spend five days having the best time they could conjure up on Maui.  Both, in superb shape, energetic, hardworking, and playful , didn’t even blink an eye.  “In a heartbeat!”.  And that is exactly what they did.  They have great pictures teeing off on pro golf courses, sampling island made gelato every night, sipping Mai Tais and Lava Flows.  They snorkeled and swam with the turtles, did a wod on the beach using a branch as a pull up bar, and attended a luau. They laughed and loved it, and I enjoyed joining them on the trade windy boat and snorkel trip.  We ventured to a crossfit gym in Lahina and jumped into a workout. The camaraderie in the gym was great.  From there, a couple from Seattle became friends over hearty Burgers in Paradise. The subtle, live music lured easy flowing conversation that meandered until the waiter had to let us know the restaurant was bused and ready to close.  Thank you, Chad and Bianca, for being those kinds of people that I knew would love this kind of a place.

And thank you, Rudy Huber for staging the Valley to the Sea Half Marathon, 5k, 10k so…so island style. www.valleytotheseahalfmarathon.com: A quaint packet pick up in the Hide-a-Way restaurant.  A remote start in the lush IAO Valley.  A drop across the island and a beach run to Kihei.  Paddles, shells, and lava rock awards.  Bragging rights for those who can say they ran across the island.  He has another adventure planned on June 2, 2012 called the Kahakuloa Coast Run & relay, a 14.5 mile run to a picturesque island village.  This gem of an event is limited to 100 participants. Info on it is found at http://www.runsignup.com/Race/HI/Wailuku/TheKahakuloaCoastRelay

Rudy also race directs the Maui Marathon, Half Marathon, 5K, 10K, and 1 mile held September  16, 2012. Visit mauimarathonhawaii.com.  If none of these distances suit, you can combine three of them and be acclaimed a Warrior Challenge Finisher.  There’s an ocean of running.

I fly on to a very hectic spring timing season and a  burning regret that I am still  racing against that setting sun. 

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