Tuesday, January 11, 2011

The Second Run

I think after that 5K on Sunday coach realized the severity of the situation when it pertains to my running. The plan this week goes something like back the hell off the swimming and riding. Go run. Then run some more. Oh you already ran today? Run again anyway.

I don't mind this at all- clearly its what I need- and since all the running might better be described as jogging, it doesn't wear me out or anything. Nah. I just feel like Forrest Gump. Run, Michelle, run!

The second run today was actually just entirely awesome. Mostly because I did it with Moana in the jogger. After I picked her up from daycare I drove her over to Kailua Beach to do the Lanikai loop. (Angela remembers this location fondly I bet... :)  Anyway, it took a bit of coercing to get Moana to agree that running with mommy would indeed be better than going to the playground (our usual post-day-care outing) but eventually she was on board. Yes! Let's going running Mommy!

Moana is no dummy though- she recognized the road to Kailua and right away changed her tune. LET'S GO BEACH she started chanting. Hmmmm. This might be a tough sell getting her in the jogger if the beach is in sight...

I promised her that we were going to run to the beach (omitting that while it wasn't necessary to loop all of Lanikai first, we were going to do that anyway...) It was so cute though- she is always so concerned that she does not have running shoes to wear while she sits in the jogger. I really need to get her a pair. Since she didn't have any, she absolutely insisted on wearing my socks. I let her win this one. Happily for me, K-Swiss makes good shoes that don't rub so I was able to run sockless without any issues.

La la la... we jogged the loop. Moana sang out loud most of the time so I didn't need my iPod. At one point we saw one of those bouncy house things set up in someone's yard- you know the huge ones rich people who live in Lanikai rent for birthday parties? Moana has only been in one of those once but she totally knew what it was today. She started singing Happy Birthday (to me!). Perfect. Then toward the end of the loop there is a bit of a hill (local folks will know what I'm talking about) and she started singing The bear went over the mountain the bear went over the mountain the bear went over the mountain and what do you think he saw? So freaking cute that she sings that now every time she sees a hill. Sesame Street is the bomb for teaching her that song. Anyway, this is what we saw at the top of the hill. Ahhhhh. Kailua Bay.
There's nothing like starting the day by running next to the ocean... and then finishing the day the same way!

Scott actually goes to the beach park here to play soccer on Tues/Thurs evenings, so after we were done we got to see daddy playing soccer! This made Moana quite happy. And you can tell from this picture that soccer may be her sport of choice sooner rather than later.
Then of course we took the shovels to the sand and dug holes and buried our feet. Moana was just a wild NUT by this point she was so happy. It's not that often that we go to the beach on a Tuesday. She's probably crossing her fingers (and her shoeless toes) that coach keeps putting double runs on my schedule... :)

11 comments:

mmmonyka said...

Your running partner is super cute!!! I can't believe that you haven't bought her a pair of running shoes yet! It's a must.
Couple more years and you will have a partner in "mile repeats" crime:)

Running doubles, wow! Last time I did those was in highschool (in order to increase my mileage to high 20's). I felt super hard core and bad a$$:)

Mary IronMatron said...

That is hilarious... I found it hard to get my kids into the stroller once they were old enough to voice their opinions. !

Angela and David said...

Zach is taking credit for teaching Moana to bury her feet! So jealous you get to run where you do. And your running partner is much nicer than mine - mine is constantly shouting out demands of "Go faster. I want to go FAST." You can borrow him for interval work if you'd like.

Kim said...

ah i actually love running doubles but i hate the in between part - do you shower? do you watch tv in your clothes until it's time to go again? do you eat? glad moana could entertain you for the 2nd run. before you know it she will be running alongside you!

Elizabeth A. Rich said...

Awwww... how fun Michelle!! She is just too cute.

Molly said...

You've got a built in running cheerleader! Just think...another 10 or 15 years and she'll be out there running at your side :-)

cherelli said...

what fun - and in such a beautiful location too! That is funny how many distraction techniques have to be used to get what you want done :)

Laura said...

OMG I almost cried reading this. We got married in Lanikai!!! AND it snowed almost 30 inches today.. how I wish we were in Hawaii again instead of CT!!!! I know which hill you speak of.

Kiet said...

The bouncy things are overrated, I read an article where they tested those things for germs and bacteria and it was disgusting. So now you know, overrated.

Teresa said...

Double run days are the best!!! You are going to kill it out there this year!! Yeah!

N.D. said...

loooks like a great run. Nick won't sit in the stroller for more than 10 min.I love it that she wants running shoes! I love having a girl.