Following other runners on blogs and Twitter I can’t help but getting curious about where they do their everyday running – how does it look? Is it safe? Cold/warm? So I’m thinking I’ll give you my story, show you my neighborhood and maybe you could show yours?
I run on the south side of the island Hawai’i. My “town” is not much of a town, more like a very spread out community and the mix of people living here is definitely interesting. Since moving here 3 months ago I’ve met one (1) other runner out and about and people driving by in their cars are.. Yeah, mostly men and they definitely enjoy seeing me out there. Sometimes I feel like they’re just being nasty with their big smiles kind of obviously checking me out but most of the times it’s actually pretty nice with a smile and a “Go girl!” through the window.
This place is set on a hillside which makes for amazing views and cooler temperatures, which is great. Even running on the highway I feel motivated and inspired by what I have around me.
My biggest problems with running here are:
I’m a dog lover. I really do like dogs a lot and wish I had my own. But in this neighborhood there way to many dogs that are just put outside in peoples open yards to guard. Many of them are chained up but there are a bunch of these dogs just wandering around. This creates a big problem for me, and make me really limited in what routes I can take. Several times I’ve been stopped on my run by packs of dogs, chasing me down while barking and growling at me. In the beginning it actually made me cry out of fear and now I’ve learned what streets to stay away from but I still meet some nasty guard dogs every once in a while – trust me when I say that I’m happy to carry mace..
So I already mentioned that I live on a hillside. Kind of in the middle of the subdivision. I never get more than a total of about 1K of flat running whatever route I choose to take for my runs. It is hard. Sometimes I wish I could just get a flat run, to go further and easier on my body. But to be honest, I realize that all these hills are probably doing me a favor.. Running my 10K race in another town here on the island I noticed that it felt so different with only about 40m elevation gain – I could just go and go and go… So I’m going to stop bitching about the hills here and just see it as a way for me to get strong as a runner.
Q: Where do you run? What’s the good and bad things with your running routes?