Aloha. Again. Back on the Hawaii Trail for the third time in five runs!
The weather was hot but patchy clouds provided occasional respite from the killer sun. Tacking on a little warm-up at the start, when I hit the trail I found the stones slippery despite wearing my Asics, no wonder the first time I'd ran down the stones I labelled it the slippery death route.
Found this little guy hopping around on the steps.
I hit the semi-paved track and at the creek crossing where I couldn't find the nerve to 'walk the plank' last time, I quieted my mind and shuffled across. Very impressed with myself I thought: "now to seal the deal I have to run up all the hills without walking".
I found the nerve to walk across the right hand pipe!
Wonderful little trackside waterfall.
Bright sunshine and shady stairs
As I continued the heat wore me down and the hills loomed large. Struggling up all but the last hill it was a good effort, just not a great one, and not enough to be impressed with.
When I hit the road I locked myself into a comfortable pace, once again pretty pleased with the pace of the last 3 - 4km. Overall a hard run, a good run, but not a great one.
See you on the trails!