Kaua’i is awesome, no doubt about that. It’s appropriately nicknamed the Garden Island and has many great things to offer: lush tropical forests, minimal tourists, smooth white sand beaches, JoJo’s shaved ice, and those damn roosters crowing at all hours (okay, not so great, but they are everywhere).
After an action-packed year full of racing and running ourselves into the ground, my boyfriend and I decided to take a little trip to Kaua’i to ring in the New Year. Naturally we shied away from relaxing on the beach (for suckers!) and instead took to the jungle for some trail running. Or so we thought. Turns out when a trail in Hawaii is labeled as strenuous, it actually IS really freakin’ hard. Usually I scoff at “hard” trails knowing that it means a little elevation gain or some technical terrain. Well not here. Strenuous means scrambling up and down rocks on all fours, slick-as-ice red mud, using tree roots as railings so you don’t tumble off a cliff, and trying not to let your sneakers get sucked into the ever present mud pits. Good stuff. Makes me really appreciate the Marin Headlands. Below I’ll highlight the more exciting trails we ran/hiked.