This morning we had the luxury of sleeping in. Wait for it, a whole half hour. My personal favorite time of day is the early morning when the sun is rising or has just risen, and there are barely any people or cars on the road. I love wandering streets, or in our case, the beach, with the waves crashing and a peaceful breeze around us.
Since we didn’t have any tour to catch, Mia, Meghan, and I decided to make the most of the morning by going on a long run. As we like to say it was a great day for LSD, Long-Slow-Distance. I had dreamt up a loop (really, I created it as I fell asleep last night), where we headed out towards the Mauna Kea trail, looped up around the golf course, and circled back along the highway and out towards the Hapuna public beach. From there, we looped again, making it 8.3 miles, and finished in the brilliant blue ocean water. It sure was a blustery day today. There were some parts along the road where the wind was pushing 10-20 mph and forced us to battle our way up the hills. There was also the Kona Marathon today, with options to run the half marathon, 10k, or 5k as well. We had considered driving out for the race, but the timing didn’t seem to work out. Besides, I enjoyed my run with Mia and Meghan, despite the wind.
Before we left, I met a woman who happened to have just finished the marathon and had been spending some time with her husband on the island. She was 47 and had completed 59 marathons and is planning to run the San Francisco Marathon at the end of this July. That is simply unbelievable! It also happens that they are from the Northern California area, Los Gatos, so we had some Nor. Cal. commonalities 🙂
Cleaning up and clearing out wasn’t too difficult and as we said our goodbyes to the Spinellis, I realized the trip had really come to an end. I know each of us love traveling with the Spinellis family. I’m not sure how we do it, but even though we go 3-5 years between trips, when we meet up once again, it is as if nothing has changed in our friendships. I hope that I will be able to find such friends that I can have these experiences, take trips, and maintain such close relationships that last throughout the years.
“Friendship… is not something you learn in school. But if you haven’t learned the meaning of friendship, you really haven’t learned anything.”
– Muhammad Ali