6 Favorite Running Trails on Oahu

(photo credit: Jeremy Snell)

I know that when you go on vacation you go on really difficult trail runs too, right? Sick. So if y’all are coming to Hawaii anytime soon, here are my favorite trail runs to do on da aina:

Koko Head Crater - for when you want your legs to feel like they will literally just be better if they were cut off of your body rather than staying intact and continuing this run. But fuck is it satisfying when you reach the top.

Pali Puka - For when you want to climb like you are in the second grade again and trying to prove what a badass you are by being able to climb to the top of your elementary school’s infamous climbing tree. (Side note: the infamous climbing tree at my school was named Fred and also was the infamous kissing tree.)

Kamehame Ridge - For when you want easily one of the prettiest 360 views of the island and do one of the easiest trails to attain said view. The entire thing is paved and it takes under 30 minutes to run it. 

Diamondhead Crater - For when you don’t want to have to drive from your hotel in Waikiki to get to a run with a good view. If you start in Waikiki, start at about 6pm, and you run about 2-3 miles through Waikiki and through Kapiolani park and then up the crater, by the time you hit the crater, you will have a perfect sunset run, and by the time you get around the crater from the other side, it will be dark and you will get a perfect city lights view of Honolulu. My favorite run on the entire island by far.

Pu’u Manamana - For when you want an early run that is more of an adventure on a trail than an actual run. 

Stairway to Heaven - For when you want to get up at around 2AM to avoid getting potentially arrested but have literally the most perfect view you have ever seen in your life. It’s not a run, it’s a hike. Just do it. But go with someone who knows when to avoid the guards.

5 Favorite Hummus Recipes

Oh, hummus. So creamy, so dippable. Almost as perfect as guacamole. It’s everything I ever want in food. Do you know when a bad time to eat hummus is? Literally never. Hummus is everything. In fact, I took a quiz to see how obsessed I am with hummus and it turns out… I’m pretty damn obsessed with hummus.

And while dipping a pita chip or a carrot or zucchini slices in it will perfectly suffice my 24/7 craving of this middle eastern gift to mankind, I like cooking with it as well, because you should be able to eat hummus at all times of the day. So here is a list of my favorite healthy meals to make that all have a splash of that Greek lifestyle, jafeel?

  1. Spicy Grilled Hummus Tostadasimage
  2. Crunchy & Spicy Hummus Wrapimage

  3. Artichoke & Red Pepper Meltimage
  4. No-Bake Hummus Pizzaimage

  5. The Big Vegan Bowl (FAVORITE)image

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Happy hummus, y’all.

(Source: fit-personality.com)

It’s 5:30AM. My friends are dropping me off near the start line of my most recent marathon. I slept for exact 2 hours the night before. All I have is my iPod, my number, and my gels. And I walk away from the car having exactly two thoughts:
What the fuck am I doing awake this early to run?
I’m kicking ass, that’s what I’m doing.
And yeah… That’s pretty much what goes through my mind before every race.

It’s 5:30AM. My friends are dropping me off near the start line of my most recent marathon. I slept for exact 2 hours the night before. All I have is my iPod, my number, and my gels. And I walk away from the car having exactly two thoughts:

What the fuck am I doing awake this early to run?

I’m kicking ass, that’s what I’m doing.

And yeah… That’s pretty much what goes through my mind before every race.

The most quality exercise tweets I have ever read courtesy of Thought Catalog.

"Ugh fruit has so much sugar omg it will totes make me fat." NO. Fruit is very high in water and has little to no fat (with the rare exception of things like avocado… which is God’s gift to man so we should eat that anyway). The sugar it contains is natural sugars which are good for you.
Speaking of sugar, it has way less than things with added sugar. 1 whole cup of strawberries has about 7 grams, while 1 can of soda has about 30 grams on average. I’ll take my strawberries with some lemon squeezed on that because there simply isn’t enough fruit for me in just the strawberries.
Have you ever tasted pineapple? Yeah. That shit is delicious.
Fruit smoothie? You mean the healthy delicious treat that is the perfect amount of smooth and cold and is just the icing on the cake of a hot summer day? Yes. Please direct me to the nearest Jamba Juice.
Oh, so many pretty colors. I think even dogs can see that beautiful piercing pink of dragon fruit.
Antioxidants. All the antioxidants.
Weird is good. There are weird fruits. See this list for proof.  
There is lots of dietary fiber in fruit. Who doesn’t like pooping regularly AMIRIGHT?
There is no cholesterol, extremely low sodium, and low calories.
It all just tastes fucking delicious and if we are so paranoid that something as healthy as fruit is making us fat I am probably just going to leave society and live in the wilderness amongst the fruits. I will live with the fruit and I will eat it and be happy because it’s good and lets all just have a great day and eat some rambutans god bless.
  1. "Ugh fruit has so much sugar omg it will totes make me fat." NO. Fruit is very high in water and has little to no fat (with the rare exception of things like avocado… which is God’s gift to man so we should eat that anyway). The sugar it contains is natural sugars which are good for you.
  2. Speaking of sugar, it has way less than things with added sugar. 1 whole cup of strawberries has about 7 grams, while 1 can of soda has about 30 grams on average. I’ll take my strawberries with some lemon squeezed on that because there simply isn’t enough fruit for me in just the strawberries.
  3. Have you ever tasted pineapple? Yeah. That shit is delicious.
  4. Fruit smoothie? You mean the healthy delicious treat that is the perfect amount of smooth and cold and is just the icing on the cake of a hot summer day? Yes. Please direct me to the nearest Jamba Juice.
  5. Oh, so many pretty colors. I think even dogs can see that beautiful piercing pink of dragon fruit.
  6. Antioxidants. All the antioxidants.
  7. Weird is good. There are weird fruits. See this list for proof.  
  8. There is lots of dietary fiber in fruit. Who doesn’t like pooping regularly AMIRIGHT?
  9. There is no cholesterol, extremely low sodium, and low calories.
  10. It all just tastes fucking delicious and if we are so paranoid that something as healthy as fruit is making us fat I am probably just going to leave society and live in the wilderness amongst the fruits. I will live with the fruit and I will eat it and be happy because it’s good and lets all just have a great day and eat some rambutans god bless.

(Source: fit-personality.com)