The Kona Marathon was this weekend in Waikoloa. After switching races last year due to an injury I was back to complete my goal of running the Half Marathon. The races and the Hilton Waikoloa offered a very generous room rate for Kama’aina runners, which allowed us to stay at the resort for the first time. I’ve always wanted to stay here, and play in the water slides and pools, but the Marriot has always been considerably cheaper until now. So, we made a fun day out of the event.
We arrived early for packet pickup, I check to see if we might be able to get our room early. They allowed us to check in at 12pm, which was really awesome, as check in is usually 4pm. We got a room in the Hale ‘Ike Palace Wing, which was very nice. The building was quiet, and the room was huge.
Since we got there so early we took the time to play in the water. Sadly, I still have a cold sore so I had to keep my head above water. I wasn’t able to go on the larger slides. I made do, and the kids thought I was ridiculous going down the little slide.
After, swimming we ate bentos in our and enjoyed the sunset.
I woke up at 4:15 to walk over to the start line for the 6am send off. It was a beautiful morning, which a slight breeze.
I finished with a PR of 2:25. I had been shooting for 2:20, but that’s okay. I was on track until the last few miles. I felt good for most of the race, but really started to feel it at mile 9. My Achilles’ tendon has been bothering me a bit, and it let me know it was there at 9 miles mark. I didn’t push it, as I want to keep that tendon happy. I also did a PR at the 10k mark which was exciting.
Here is my annual finisher photo with the UCC cup. I was ready to go stretch, eat, and put my feet up at this point. I really gave it my all for this race, and I was feeling it.
Half marathon race swag. The kitty wanted to be in the picture. Say hi kitty.
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