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#Simon2zion: Jammin’ with Willie Nelson on Maui

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I woke up with Willie Nelson today!

Still dark, I wake up groggy and slightly hung over from my half a gram joint the night before. Feeling slightly nauseated I go into the kitchen to make my coffee and load my pipe with Willie Nelson reserve. As I sit on my lanai watching the sun rise over Haleakalā, I sip and I puff. Oh yeah, did I mention I’m on Maui right now? Decided to give myself a break from the Portland weather and get some hard-core training in, with a little water play.

OK, back to Willie and I. Giving myself a moment to wake up I slowly get dressed and rub my skin down with ‘2Toms.” It prevents chafing and is a total necessity when running long distances, especially in humid weather. I then prepare my feet by dousing them and baby Butt cream. That’s right, Desitin works wonders to prevent blisters.

I take a deep breath and leap off the curb onto the pavement. I set my watch for run mode and hit start. Today is speed work. Willie and I cough a little bit as I enter onto South Kihei Road and head towards Wailea. The 20-minute warm-up seemed effortless in my HR zone easy. My head was clear and ready for concentration.

Willie really gave me the confidence to push through my  accelerations. For the next 2 miles, I sprint for 30 seconds and jog for 90 seconds in between. I push myself hard on my sprints. Well, for 90% of them. I focus on form and striking the pavement evenly. Right, left, right, left. The balls of my feet play a rhythm that my heart wants to keep as I drive each step forward. My watch chimes each time I hit my HR threshold.

I’m feeling pleasure in the exhausted state my body feels during each jolt of power I shoot through my legs. Whenever pain or doubt creeps in, I deal with it by slowing down and breathing, reminding myself to listen to my body. I pay attention to my watch intensely. Either waiting for the 30 seconds to begin or for it to end. I feel so pumped that when I make it through the 2 miles of on-and off-sprints, I tack on another half mile because I’m rocking it with Willie.

Drenched in sweat I circle around the neighborhood and get myself on the path to return to my condo. Slowing down to my recovery pace, I smile feeling uplifted and proud from my efforts. South Kihei Road is hopping with busy tourists and locals walking their dogs. I playfully make a game of it as I dodge each one laughing every step of the way.

About a block from my condo I spot the entrance to the beach. Fully dressed in shoes and all I run down the boardwalk only slowing slightly when my feet touch the sand, and jump right into the early morning surf. I dive under as the people watch from the shore. Feeling refreshed and joyful, I let the waves push me back into land.

My lead like legs moving strong but slowly to beat the next crashing wave. I weave through the crowd, up the boardwalk, and straight for the shower. Quickly rinsing the salt off in the chilly water, I look around to see the best route to cross the busy street. I return back to my lanai and strip down to nothing. Promptly ringing my running clothes out and placing my shoes in the sun, I make a decision to have another chat with Willie Nelson before returning to the ocean with my paddle board.

The Willie Nelson Reserve is a sativa-heavy blend of Vietnamese Black and Highland Nepalese (sativa/indica ratio of at least 60:40). I found this to be a beneficial strain to smoke while exercising. He was highly energetic, supportive and fun. I will definitely jam out with Willie again soon. Like tomorrow when I run the volcano.

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Simon was swimming before walking, competitively running before Elementary school retirement and spent more money on her bicycle at 16 then she has ever on a car. She was born to move. With the emphasis of fitness in her life, came the understanding of nutrition and her desire to study the human physically, mentally and emotionally. This came to her at a time of development that was highly important and influential. She was 12. A short year later she met Mary Jane and like many, fell in love at first puff. Even though cannabis and her have had their fair share of bumps in their relationship, cannabis never seems to stop amazing her with the plant’s medicinal super powers. She feels like her exposure to both Western and Eastern medicine, through childhood and career choices, gives her a wide spectrum of tools to utilize, and marijuana is one of them.

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