Friday, July 24, 2015

Running with Strangers, Music with Friends


I would like to thank the random man in the green shirt with the hydration pack who helped me to run faster today.  I’ve been running much slower than my usual here in the islands.  Looking back over my averages, there has not been a single day where I averaged under a 10 minute mile (sure I’ve run individual miles faster than that on long runs but as for my run averages they’ve been coming in plus 10s and 11s).  I haven’t been too concerned about speed because I’ve been upping my mileage, the humidity and heat have been kicking my butt, and I’m on vacation!  Don’t get me wrong, I don’t mind running 10 minute miles or even slower, if I’m chatting with a friend, purposely taking an easier run, or warming up or cooling down.  It is just that I’m used to moving a bit faster at home.  So today I went out extra early, the rooster did not fail me this morning.  As I started out at my island pace, I noticed a runner coming up on the opposite side of the road.  I got it in my head that I would try to keep pace with him for a while.  Thanks to random green shirt guy my first two miles were under 10 minutes and when he left me at mile 2, when I stopped to drink water, I was in good shape to average under 10 for the run.  I couldn’t help but wonder how far he was going with that hydration pack maybe just a couple miles more up to Kapalua or maybe he planned to run the whole trail up to D.T. Flemming Beach.  Either way, he did me a favor letting me glom on to his pace this morning. 

View on my morning run.




After a morning of reading by the pool, we spent the afternoon in Lahaina shopping around.  We tried a new place for dinner and it was really good.  Frida’s is owned by the same people who do Mala and Honu Seafood and Pizza.  It is right on the water and has a beautiful view at sunset.  We weren’t that hungry because we shared a shave ice just an hour or so before dinner but we split a tostado that was just the right size and fresh and delicious to boot.  Their chips and salsa were fabulous and the fresh lime margarita was outstanding! 




With dinner done, we moseyed over to LuLu’s to hear Howard and the gang play and found that it was packed!  Greg was invited up to play a few songs during the break and the man next to me at the bar, stopped mid sentence in a conversation with his friend to turn, affectionately slap me on the arm and proclaim, “Oh my God, he sings so good!  He’s your husband? What’s his name? He’s amazing!”  We also had the pleasure of meeting Howard’s oldest daughter, a beautiful and sweet sixteen year old.  Howard urged her, “Go sit with my friend Greg!”  We got a chance to visit with her for a bit during the last few songs of the night.  Of course generous Alan, the bass player, and his son gave us a ride home when the music was over.  It has been nice for us to have a balance of meeting new people and visiting with familiar friends while on the island!




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