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On the top of my bucket list had always been running and completing my first marathon, I’d talked about it for years and when I saw there was one in my favourite holiday destination Hawaii, I booked my flights, signed up and started training!!!
To be fair I had also signed up for the Melbourne Marathon 8 weeks prior to the Honolulu so the training was either going to be really, really easy or really, really challenging.
I had gone from never running a marathon in my life to running 2 in 8 weeks.
So what enticed me to destination running?
There are a couple of really simple explanations to that, I LOVE to travel so for me a trip to my favourite family holiday spot was a really easy choice.
Secondly, when committing to a distance event there will inevitably be a good amount of training to go with it. Now I really enjoy training, it gives me drive and focus that I take into my everyday life but there are always days when that sleep in or movie on the couch can be very inviting and the ability to be able to put on your training outfit get out there and daydream about the location you are destined for can really help with motivation.

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And finally….. the atmosphere. A lot of marathons out there focus on having a real festival feel. Upon arriving in Honolulu you can most definitely feel that. First stop was to pick up my race number at the expo which is open for the 2 days before the event. What a GREAT buzz it had there with plenty of stalls to pick up any last minute race supplies and event merchandise. Im sure that all 35,000 competitors purchased an event top as you couldn’t walk anywhere in Waikiki without seeing another proud and ready runner. A lot of the local businesses also get behind the race offering discounts to entrants.
Then there is race day, the Honolulu marathon commences at 5am to the most spectacular fire works display then making your way through Downtown Honolulu, past the Christmas lights display at the Town Hall, through the heart of Waikiki then you track the breathtaking run down to Hawaii Kai and all the way back to Waikiki.
A number of things helped me finish this marathon, first was the friendly locals and volunteers that cheered everyone on along the way, the finishers medal (spectacular), the Honolulu Marathon finishers tee shirt and finally the malasada (Hawaiian donuts) provided for all the runners.

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So would I do it again? YES! In fact I have already registered for Honolulu this year but I also have my eye on the Great Wall of China Marathon, NYC Marathon and my list goes on.

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Xx

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Honolulu Marathon
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