Dispatches from the Friendly Isles
Saturday, April 12, 2008 | Author: Mad Typist

Jessie Race 2
Originally uploaded by mad_typist

Aloha all. Just arrived in Hawaii. Holy crap, it's easy to forget how beautiful it is here. Hawaii is my favorite place in the world to run. In fact I just got back from my morning run about 20 minutes ago,

I was digging around and found this old picture of me. It made me realize I've puffed up quite a bit since I left. Now, granted, this picture was taken after I had just run 2 half marathons in the span of 2 weeks and had been training for 4 months. Still, it's good motivation for me, as I struggle to stay motivated over the next 4 weeks to get into my running routine. I'm going to shoot for a morning run at least 5-6 days a week while I'm here. Though it sucks getting up early, the nice thing about running in the morning is that no matter what happens in the day, no matter how badly you eat or laze around, you've done your workout for the day. I find that if I wait until the afternoon, it's much easier to find excuses not to run - I'm too tired from work, I need to get ready for dinner, I want to go hang out or shop, etc etc...

I'll be here for 3 weeks working. I know, I know... it sounds like a boondoggle, I admit it. But I'm actually going to be very busy during the work week. Embedded requirements analysis is fun, but grueling stuff. That's why it's important that I not let it grind me down to the point where I neglect to workout, go swimming, etc.

Other plans include golfing as much as possible (perhaps taking advantage of twilight rates at some of my favorite military courses), bike riding and seeing my family. And yes, of course I'll take some time to relax on the beach and drink margaritas.

I'm staying with my sister at least part of the time. Here's one of my favorite pictures of us from when we were kids (I'm on the right).

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