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March 5 – March 11, 2012 Weekly Recap

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Weekly Totals:
Miles: 68.37
Elevation Gain: 7,964 ft.
Elevation Loss: 8,597 ft.
Time: 12:09:53 h:m:s

3/6 – Millard Camp Loop: 9.5 miles, 1,757 ft.
3/7 – Altadena-South Pasadena Out and Back: 13.58 miles, 713 ft.
3/8 – Brown to Echo: 13 miles, 3,447 ft.
3/10 – Kaumana to Lili’uokalani Garden – A.M.: 11.42 miles, 697 ft.
Kaumana/Waianuenue Out and Back – P.M.: 6.47 miles, 655 ft.
3/11 – Kaumana to Starbucks: 14.41 miles, 695 ft.

What Hilo lacks in trails and consistent weather it more than makes up for in natural beauty. Running the streets that sparked my passion for the sport was surreal. I started running the roads of Hilo around the same time in 2008 in preparation for my first marathon. This week I found myself on the same streets, running in the Hilo rain, with a sense of peace surrounding me. Perhaps it was nostalgia or the quiet beauty of the town that brought about calmness within me, but it was something I had not experienced in my running for some time. Even the countless hours on empty single tracks in the Angeles couldn’t bring about such an experience. Made me feel very thankful to have re-discovered the sport in Hilo. It was nice seeing familiar faces running past Bayfront store fronts and the security  knowing that a Sunday run along Lili’uokalani Garden and Keaukaha meant running into my favorite runners. It was a joy talking story at Starbucks.

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