Today was a running day that tested me, I got up at 4:30 am ready to meet the roomie to run like we normally do and then she comes over and says she doesn’t feel good. This is the real test for me.. do I still run at 5 am by myself or go back to bed and wait for another day to run together? I ended up running and it felt super empowering to know that I had the willpower to go when it’s dark out even though I was on my own! Guess what, it turned out great. I felt great, I had no side aches, I wasn’t out of breath, and I ran 4 miles that felt like nothing.. could’ve gone further. I am so happy that we started getting up to run, there is something so simple about the world when it is quiet and dark. Don’t get me wrong.. if a car slowed down too much or there was someone in the road I got a little freaked out and the heart rate would spike.. but I lived!

We are almost 6 weeks into training for the half marathon, I have been running longer than that but as far as sticking to a training schedule it has been a little over 5 weeks. Last Sunday for our long run we did 7 miles, I don’t know if it was a mental thing or what but I gotta tell you, that was a very hard run for me. It was the first time I had ever run that far and it was a different route than we normally take but man, that first mile, I thought I was going to fall over. And after the run was over… dead. My legs, my body, if I would’ve let myself I could’ve gone back to bed for another couple hours. Normally after runs I am really awake and ready for the day, I don’t even need my coffee! (Till 2 in the afternoon of course) Either way, we are doing an 8 mile race in a little over two weeks, I am a little nervous for it! Wish me luck. 🙂

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Above is proof that we have been working our butts off.. besides one little Friday run we missed. We had just gotten a new #Peloton stationary bike and burned ourselves out that week! Pulled this training schedule from this website that has info on training for a half. Great website, check it out.. I modified the training to fit our schedule but it really helps having something to look at.

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I’ve never been much of a runner and always thought I was pretty crappy at it. This time, in order to get better, I thought I would start a running journal to help me keep track of my progress. I write down the date, time of the run, how far I ran, what I ate before the run and what I ate the night before. I also note if I had cramps and I use a smiley face system to note how I felt during the run. (I know, that part is kind of corny but whatever, it helps me) So anyways, today was the first day that I got to write how great I felt during my run, I had zero cramps and I could’ve ran a couple more miles! Hopefully keeping this journal will help me in knowing what to eat the night before and the day of running for my optimal running potential.

I also wrote in the last blog that we had been getting up early once a week to run and how hard it is to get up at 4:30 am. It is still pretty tough don’t get me wrong, but, we have gotten up early three times this week and so far I feel pretty great! I also started listening to an audio book called the miracle morning, which is supposed to help you become a morning person and explain how waking up early can make all aspects of your life better. I am not too far into the book yet but so far it seems to make sense. And I gotta say.. I do love this extra time in the morning to do whatever I want.. like write a blog! 🙂

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I also had time to make an actual breakfast! 🙂 

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Let me just start by letting you know that I am not a morning person, I’m not super grumpy or anything but getting out of bed is hard work! The half marathon I am training for starts at 5 am… STARTS at 5:00 am, just in case you didn’t get the start part. Once a week, sometimes two, my roommate and I decided to get up at 4:30/4:45 am to run so we could be out the door by 5. YIKES! If it weren’t for my roommate there is no way I would get up, I would probably hit snooze twice and then shut my alarm off. Knowing that someone else is counting on me to get up and run helps a lot! What they say about running/working out with a partner is all true.. I don’t know that I would be as committed to this if it weren’t for her!

My favorite part about running is that the more I do it the easier it gets and I feel like I can accomplish anything! I am still doing 3 mile runs for the most part but I am stopping less and my time is improving a little bit each week. It is a little frustrating that it is taking me so long to get better at it but maybe that is what pushes me to work harder and keep at it. I also don’t get as many side aches as I used to when running, which helps me go further. My goal for this half is to finish and run 80-90% of the race with minimal walking. Can’t wait!

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Before I moved to Hawaii I had been running/working out quite a bit to get in shape. Don’t judge me, I thought I was going to be in a swimsuit 24/7, turns out, I have to go to work to pay for our place and groceries… so that doesn’t happen.

Anyways, I hadn’t been running for awhile due to the heat here this past summer but I have recently taken it up again. When I first got back into it it was HARD work, I mean, just getting up to one mile without stopping took me at least a month. My roommate and friend who has done races before started running with me and giving me pointers, which has helped a lot. I’ve even gotten to the point where I am researching constantly and listening to podcasts about running.

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Walking back from a run around Waimea Bay

I’m excited to report that we have signed up for a half marathon at the end of May! And to get ready we also signed up for a race that is 8 miles in the middle of February. I’m more excited to report that for the first time during a run I was able to hold a conversation without being completely winded and I felt great. The run was about 3 miles, and I didn’t start feeling amazing till the last half mile but I would say thats a good start! Cheers to sticking to a training schedule, we aren’t messing around!

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Well, I can’t lie, most of the reason I moved to Hawaii was for the perfect weather all year round. But the last 3 months I have had a rude awakening! I was well aware that most places here didn’t have air conditioning, which would be fine if it wasn’t 90 degrees with 65% humidity. It would also be fine if we had some trade winds, but lately it has been pretty still out there. I’m told it will get better.. And I’m told this is the hottest summer ever.. Just my luck. Anyways, trying to keep cool the best I can. We had a little free time today so we went down to Waikiki beach for a bit. 

 

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I know I shouldn’t complain because I know I am super blessed being able to live in this beautiful paradise but I’m hoping for some cool relief soon.  Until then, I will sit here with my homemade air conditioner and suffer through the heat. 🙂

My high tech homemade air conditioner

 
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It’s my birthday weekend and I live in Hawaii.. I should be happy right? Then why am I crying to my husband on the night we celebrated my birthday!?!? This is sort of embarrassing but I am a baby and I miss my friends and family. I have no regrets about moving here and so far no island fever because I can’t drive to another state. I just miss having all my friends.. especially on my birthday. 

  
In Arizona I would have done the same thing I did the last 4 years. I would’ve gone to zipps sports grill and throughout the happy hour and late happy hour all my friends would stop by… they would buy me too many shots and the next day I would regret it. But that was one of my favorite things.. And I wouldn’t change it for anything. 

My birthday was still pretty great even though I’m a baby and having a weak moment. I woke up and my roommate made me breakfast. Then my other roommate (bestie) took me to get a pedicure. 

 

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Then we got a drink at a place on the water and had (late) lunch at one of my favorite spots. All in all.. it was a good day and I can’t complain, this move has just been a difficult one. Still….

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Previously I wrote a blog about the costs of moving to Hawaii which I knew would be expensive but didn’t realize the reality of it until I got the quotes. This time I want to tell you about the costs of living here which, again, I knew would be expensive but until you start paying the bills it doesn’t seem real.

Before we moved here most peoples reaction to our news of moving to Hawaii was..  “Do you know how much milk cost there, I’ve heard it’s really expensive?!?!” Seriously, I just told you I’m moving to Hawaii and that is your response? Of course I know how expensive it is, do you think I’m dense? Anyways, I don’t drink milk so that would usually be my response to those people!

One of our biggest expenses here is rent which, again, I already knew would be expensive. We are living with our besties and their 3 dogs so we already knew we would be splitting rent. When we first started looking at places to rent we set our max budget at $4,000/mo. That sounds completely crazy right? Of course I didn’t want to spend $4,000/mo but we figured we could make that work with two couples. Plus, we figured we would have to spend that much money having 6 dogs! We ended up finding a great place for $3,200/mo, the floor plan is split so it is ideal for two couples.. AND we didn’t have to put down a dog deposit or any extra rent for the dogs… JACKPOT.

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But check out that kitchen floor and blue cabinets.. 🙂 And our perfect 6 little monsters.

Next… groceries.. do you know how much a gallon of milk cost here?!?! Just kidding, but for real, a gallon of milk cost $4.69 the last time we bought some. My roommate drinks milk and I just happen to have a Costco receipt in front of me. Having a Costco here pretty much saves us. Most things you buy at Costco are really not that much more expensive here. And we have already learned that there are certain things you buy at Target vs Safeway or Foodland to save money. We also started looking at coupons to get better deals on the things we buy. For example, 1 lb of strawberries the other day at Safeway were about $5 but I had a coupon which  made them $1.50 instead! We make a monthly trip to Costco and spend about $400/mo (Per couple to cook for 4). Other than that we have some smaller grocery trips/mo at other stores. They also have plenty of farmers markets here which saves us some money and gets us some fresh produce.

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Costco peppers for chicken fajitas. It was $7.79 for 6 peppers in case you are wondering.. totally worth it, yum!

I guess the only other thing that gets us is gas and honestly I don’t think it is that bad. We have been sharing a car since we got here so that saves us some money. It is a little inconvenient at times to only have one car but looking at the big picture it’s not that bad. We get our gas at Costco most of the time and I believe last mo we only spent about $80. Looking at our Costco spending it looks like it will be anywhere from $80-$110/mo which is not much more than it was in AZ.

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Either way.. the views are free and I love it

All in all.. yes.. Hawaii is expensive but we planned for this move and saved our pennies. My only advice would be to do your research if you want to move somewhere completely different.

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