Linda Nagata: the blog at Hahví.net

What I Did For My Birthday

November 7th, 2012

I’ve always been into fitness, but over the last couple of years I’ve been more consistent and have been pushing myself further. My workouts vary between road running upcountry, and treadmill along with weights at the gym. Upcountry runs are usually between 4.5 and 5.5 miles. Treadmill runs are shorter and faster. They don’t involve any hills and take place at sea level which means more oxygen! So it’s a completely different experience from running upcountry.

So I’ve been wondering how well I’d do on a road run on flat terrain at sea level. Could I do seven miles? That doesn’t sound like much for serious runners, but for me it’s meaningful. So for a birthday workout I decided to go down to Kihei/Wailea and run, because I’m not getting older, I’m getting better! Right?

Unfortunately, it didn’t work out quite the way I’d hoped. First, the distance was only six miles, and second, the land was not flat. I knew there were hills in Wailea…I just didn’t remember there were quite that many hills, or how steep some were.

My big mistake was that I left the road and ran along the beach walk. This meant I had the heat of the setting sun blazing in my face, but worse, I had to jog up a steep hill to get back to the road, which was, uh…challenging.

But in the end, I made the 6.1 miles in 59:40 and witnessed a gorgeous sunset. So it’s all good in the end.

Here’s my course:

Posted on: Wednesday, November 7th, 2012 at 9:41 pm
Categories: Fitness.

5 Responses to “What I Did For My Birthday”

  1. William Baum Says:

    Happy Birthday and congrats!!

  2. Linda Says:

    Thank you!

  3. Paul (@princejvstin) Says:

    Happy Belated birthday!

  4. Bill (Ho`okoa) Martin Says:

    Congratulations!! And Happy Birthday.
    Did they ever open up that shortcut from Wailea-Makena to Kula Hwy??
    The shortcut required a landowner to open the gates, and allow public access.
    Did that ever get negotiated??? That really cuts out that long drive from West Maui up to the Vineyards.

  5. Linda Says:

    Thank you, Paul and Ho`okoa!

    The Wailea-Makena shortcut? No! That won’t happen in the foreseeable future. There was supposed to be a road put in to facilitate movement between the research & technology park in Kihei, and the Air Force facilities at the summit. There was much debate over where it should go, and it was finally decided to link it up to Pukalani. But I haven’t heard anything about it in years.