Running in Honolulu – Nimitz Highway Bike/Run Path

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nimitzRunning in Honolulu…when I need a nice FLAT 4 mile up and back, the perfect place to run is the asphalt bike/run path that runs along the Nimitz Highway, near the airport, in Honolulu. From town, I hop on the Nimitz Highway and drive towards Honolulu International Airport. I usually turn off on Ahua Street or Puuloa Road. Parking can be a pain because of the many commercial businesses in the area. I usually only run here on the weekends, in the morning.

The Nimitz Highway travels underneath the H1 Freeway viaduct so you are protected from the blazing afternoon sun and somewhat from the rain (the path runs underneath or along the viaduct at times). There are a few stoplights to go through but they are green, most of the time, since Nimitz Highway is the main road. There is a lot of traffic, at times, but the path is relatively safe. Just watch out for vehicles turning right onto or off the Nimitz.

nimitzNow if you’re in the mood for a long run, you can head towards the Pearl Harbor Bike Path which is around 2.75 miles away. The Pearl Harbor Bike Path will give you another 4 miles of asphalt to run on. Here’s how to get there:

  • First, cross Valkenburgh Street and continue on the bike/run path which will eventually run parallel with Bougainville Drive.
  • After approximately .8 miles, cross Radford Drive and turn to the left.
  • After approximately .2 miles, cross Kamehameha Highway and turn to the left.
  • You will stay on Kamehameha Highway for approximately 1.6 miles passing Makalapa Park, Ford Island Bridge, and Richardson Field.
  • Just after passing Aloha Stadium (on your right), turn left on short access road that will lead you to the beginning of the Pearl Harbor Bike Path.

If you happen to miss the access road to the Pearl Harbor Bike Path, there are other access points that you can see from Kamehameha Highway so no worries!

Favorite Places to Run – Ironman Marathon Route

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Photo by Chris McCormack / CC BY

On our vacation to the Big Island, I was stoked (excited) about where the fam (family) and I were staying. Ali’i Drive (dramatic pause). Yes, Ali’i Drive. The same road that is part of the marathon course for the Ironman World Championship in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii.

This is the hill I died on!

The first morning, I was out the door at 6am. Unfortunately, I didn’t research the marathon route and ran in the wrong direction! After a mile, there was this huge hill that I died trying to climb. Actually, I made it to the top but had to slow to a walk a couple of times (or a few times).

Now, I did see a few runners/walkers and encountered many cyclists so at least I wasn’t alone in my agony! Later on, I finally did google the marathon course so I was ready to go the next morning. At the break of dawn, I was back out there. This time I was running in the right direction.

Bike lanes for runner & cyclists!

There are some great beaches and ocean views on Ali’i Drive. There were lots of runners (and lots of hotels and resorts) that gave me inspiration and some inner competition (racing against another runner without them knowing it).The road is very safe with bike lanes on both sides of the street. There will be some cyclists so stay focused on the road ahead of you. If you run far enough north, you will run into Historic Kailua Village which will be crowded with restaurants, shops, cars and people.

You can run around 5 1/2 miles, on Ali’i Drive, from the Kona Coast Resort (where I stayed) to the end of the road. You can’t really run on Ka’ahumanu Highway though I did see some cyclists, on the highway, outside of Kona and past the airport. So…if you want to run the entire marathon course, it is possible. On to the photos!!!

Kahalu’u Beach Park…duh!

Lots of vacation homes around here!

La’aloa (very sacred) Bay Beach Park!

Beautiful view of the coastline!

Roadside shrine!

Passing some resorts!

Another beach park?

A very small church and the southern turnaround point of the Ironman marathon!

Upcoming Races June 2017 – Oahu

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upcoming races
Mango Madness 10+ mile
10+ Mile Trail Run | Makiki Pumping Station
Saturday, June 10th 2017 at 7:00 a.m.
hurthawaii.com

Surf and Turf 5K
5K Run | MCBH Kaneohe
Saturday, June 10th 2017 at 6:30 a.m.
www.mccshawaii.com/races/

Mongoose Scamper 5K and 10K
5K and 10K | Hickam Beach
Saturday, June 24th 2017 at 8:00 a.m.
https://flpregister.com/268

Sock It to Me! The Mystery of Sock Sizes

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socksI’ve always been confused when when it comes to shoe and sock sizes. I’m just going to use U.S. men’s sock sizes to avoid even more confusion. Why are they different? Why can’t shoe and sock sizes be the same? When I’m looking for socks, the sizes I usually come across are 9-11 (M) or 10-13 (L) or 12-15 (XL). Why the overlap? Nike socks are 6-8, 8-12 and 12-15! What the heck?

Well, the mystery isn’t much of a mystery! Measure your foot and you will find your sock size. For example, my foot is 10 inches long so my sock size is 10 so I could technically wear size medium or large. I always go for 9-11 (M) because if the socks are slightly too small, they will stretch and fit fine. If your socks are too big, too bad, too sad!

Shoes are supposed to also be based off of the length of you foot. Well, according to some shoe charts I’ve come across, my foot length 10″ (9 15/16 on the chart) equates to a shoe size of 8…what? Sorry, I wear a 9, sometimes 9 1/2. You have to also factor in that shoes sometimes run a half-size small or large.

When it comes to running shoes, I’ve had some bad luck with online purchases but most of the time my shoes ordered have fit fine. You need to be vigilant research or go to a shoe store and try them on in person. Of course, the best deals are found online so I’m willing to take that chance.

When it comes to socks, I’ve never had a problem with online purchases. Socks have some wiggle room, because they can stretch, so no problems with too loose or too tight.

The only time I’ve purchased socks at a brick and mortar store was at Ross. They had some Nike Dri-Fit socks for $1.99 a pair so I had to hoard those! When my socks start wearing out, I usually head to Amazon and buy Saucony or ASICS socks in 3 or 6 packs which are way, way cheaper than in an actual store.

Sooo…if you measure your foot, you will know you sock size. Shoe sizes are not so easy. I’ve heard some complaints that some shoe manufacturers run a half-size small or large. I wonder if these people actually know their true shoe size…if they’ve actually measured their foot?!?!