Take a Scenic Run Through Kailua

Thanksgiving’s over, and you’ve eaten enough pumpkin pie for the entire year. Ease back into your workout routine with something fun and motivational – join a runners club. It’s sure to get you pumped up or at least get your heart racing. The Lanikai Juice Runners Club in Kailua is a popular one on Oahu, which allows you to take in the sights, sounds and smells of the island – through the soles of your shoes.

Put your shoes to use while getting a unique tour of this quaint Windward town.

Every Wednesday at 6 p.m., walkers, joggers and runners of all levels meet at the store before trotting off for a three to seven mile run around beautiful Kailua. Personal trainer and running coach Toney Avakova leads the runners. They carry a GPS device with them to check their speed and distance. Toney offers her expertise to runners who want to learn more about technique, how to prevent injuries or about upcoming running events in the community.

And it’s always nice to have some kind of incentive when running – whether it’s a firmer behind or a slimmer physique. Runners participating in this social group get rewarded with free water and refreshments as well as a raffle drawing for Lanikai Juice gift certificates.

This club’s not only great for the turkey trotters but also for you hardcore runners looking to fit in a quick run during a vacation and for those of you looking to explore a new part of the island. You may even want to bring a camera with you in case you find something cool.

It’s often challenging to find the time and motivation to get physically active when on a trip. You’re forced out of the usual exercise regimen you have at home. This club may be the answer to your dilemma. Bring the entire family and enjoy an evening doing something healthy and fun.

You might even want to find out if you really did burn off those calories from the spam musubi or mochi you had earlier. Keep track of your progress through a database or attend one of the club’s workshops demonstrating ways to brush up on running techniques.

LANIKAI JUICE RUNNERS CLUB • Wednesdays, 6pm • 600 Kailua Road, Kailua, Hawaii 96734 • 808-262-2383 • Free • Free parking; Near bus stop