Wanderlust vs. Sleep

It’s my little tradition to wake up early in Hawaii and run on the beach.  Our resort is perched up on a bluff, so I had to get creative.  The people at the front desk warned us not to take the public access trail to the beach at the entrance of our resort.  I figured they just wanted it for themselves, so of course, that is where I had to run.

At 5AM, like clockwork, my eyes opened, not accustomed to the time change.  Fighting the urge to just lie there, I pushed myself out the door, reaching the dirt trail by 6AM.  At first, I was a little nervous, reading all the signs warning me of danger, suddenly alone in a canopy of trees. Determined to keep going, I carefully maneuvered down the steep, muddy slope, and discovered a glorious little beach.

So glorious, in fact, a few smart campers have their tents protected beneath the thick tree branches, waking up to this amazing view.  I startled a bohemian sort of man, meditating alone at the base of the trail, his canoe and tent behind him.  Or, maybe he startled me. Either way, he has the best front yard on earth.

Jogging on the beach, I let a passing rain storm drench me, smiling with my face pointed to the sky.  My wanderlust restored, I reveled in life.  Sleep is tempting, yes, but nothing beats an early morning outing, alone, on the beach.

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12 thoughts on “Wanderlust vs. Sleep

  1. I am so jealous of you!!! Not only are you in the most beautiful place, but you took an amazing run this morning! Jealousy!!! Have a blast, and run a lot, just for me!

  2. allaccesspass says:

    Gorgeous! And jealous! Enjoy!

  3. What a wonderful way to revitalize your soul!

  4. neuroticnancy says:

    I cannot wait to do exactly what you are doing right now in March!! Enjoy it!

  5. kingmidget says:

    This is the best thing about running, compared to cycling. How easy it was for you to experience it.

    • oliviaobryon says:

      Agreed! Are you a cyclist? My husband is and has been so envious watching all the people on their road bikes zipping up and down the highway.

      • kingmidget says:

        Earlier in my life, I tried cycling, but was essentially limited to one ride on weekends because I don’t live near the bike trail for convenient rides. Did a lot of riding with my dad and brother up in the foothills. Four years ago, I gave it up for running. Ran four half marathons. Now, I think I’m going to have to give running up because of my never-ending groin injury. But I can cycle and not aggravate the injury, so I’ve started again. The best thing about running is its ease — no equipment, no worry about flat tires, just tennis shoes and a path or road to run on. Much easier to take running shoes to Kauai than a bicycle.

  6. hipmamamedia says:

    the pictures are absolutely beautiful. Wow! Enjoy your time in this paradise.

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