Friday, August 20, 2010

Aloha and Mahalo from Kauaii

As I write this, I am sitting on a veranda watching the waves crash down in beautiful Kauai. This trip is a birthday trip to Matt and I am so happy to be able to spend some quality time with only him. We plan on lots of ocean fun and exploring the Island both hiking and running. The weather here is warm and I LOVE warm weather! We have not had much of a summer in Santa Rosa this year. I have missed running early in the morning feeling the warm air. This summer has had a bit of winter in it.

To catch ya'll up on the happenings of my life I want to start by telling you that I have found an amazing, ( I love that word ), circuit training class. I have only gone to it twice, but have absolutely loved it. It kicks your butt and then spits you out. I sweat like a pig there and I come home drenched with my eyes blackened from my mascara running amok. It's a beautiful feeling to push ones body and feel the power of strength fill your soul. You come home looking exactly like you did going in, but somehow you leave there feeling like a hard, fit elite athlete. That is a great feeling.

I have started running a nice 12 mile loop near my house with just enough climbs, flats and descents to give you that "feel good" feeling. I know it will increase my fitness level as I plan on incorporating that into my weekly mileage. I am doing well on my nutrition plan and have finally become comfortable without the "comfort" foods I had become accustom to for all these years. I am looking forward to bettering myself, (is bettering a word?). I want to find balance in my life, easing the demons of anxiety that have quietly come to call my body their home. I want to allow only the good in and keep out the bad if you know what I mean.

Work at the hospital has been crazy busy. I swear it is harder than running a 50 miler. The only thing different is that at work I have a bathroom to pee in and you don't get a tee shirt for all the hard work! Oh, and a 50 miler is more fun! Duh!

The Coastal Challenge is just around the corner and getting the funds together is never easy. I look so forward to running that stage race again though. Talk about a challenge!! OMG.

I am just about ready to go out for a little run this morning so that is all for now. Aloha and Mahalo!


olga said...

Kelly, sweetie! Rings so true...I am spending a trip with my boy next weekend in Seattle, and am GLAD I bailed out of a 100 miler. So more goes on, and it gets more difficult to be balanced. Last night I skipped 2 workouts I planned to spend time with my son, who was house-bound last week before school. And I want to know more about the class you're taking! Yes, food is doing pretty well too. So much life to live, where is the time:) Enjoy!!!

kelly said...

Olga..I am so glad that you are spending time with your son in Seattle! Those are special times that we spend with them. I am reading EAT PRAY LOVE by Elizabeth Gilbert right now and if you haven't read it, you should. I think you would love it. I am really enjoying it myself and I think you will see yourself in this book. I am seeing myself a bit in it too. I will tell you more about my circuit training later. Gotta go for a short run. Catch you later, my friend!

Ultra Sam said...

Good on ya!

I wish you all the best.
What I have learned is that if we get out of bed in the morning and do good things with love in the heart then we win.

may the spirit of Korima infect you and your running.

Keep running - and doing good things!