Blair’s Weekly Update 04-19-09

Doc was away this week so Peter gave a short talk on pain relievers (Tylenol, Advil, Aleve, aspirin) and also talked about the upcoming picnic on May 5th (mentioned by Norm Uyeda last week). It should be a lot of fun – it is a potluck event and runners can sign up for various dishes that they would like to bring. Salads and desserts are great choices but if you have that one “dynamite” dish that you want all of us to try, by all means, please bring it. (Liability waivers will be passed out at the picnic – just kidding!) The clinic will provide the chili, rice and drinks! All family members welcome! There is also a $1 charge per member. The picnic takes place right after a group’s run. Coolers with ice are provided to store your food items while members are running. The picnic will be a great way to get to know your fellow runners better. Please sign up on the sheet ASAP.

Special thanks to Advanced Group Leader Les who assumed the table duty role. The cut fruits, pastries, and drinks were delicious! Please take care of your disc problem ASAP so you can continue to lead the Advanced Group through its training. Please take care and hope everything goes well.

Group Reports:

Red Group – by Jeff Beard

The Red Group went out with 7-8 people on Sunday, most of them doing a 10-miler. I say “most”, because I couldn’t even make it ½ block. I hurt my back at work on Saturday, but I figured, “Well, I can still walk, so I should be able to run” – and I was wrong! Ten steps into the run, I knew there was no way I could continue. So, if your mind says that you don’t feel like running, ignore it – if your body says that you don’t feel like running, pay attention to it. I shouldn’t have even gotten out of bed, much less run. Hope to see you all next week – and remember, keep up those weekly runs – this is the strength/endurance building time.

White Group – by Blair Hoashi

The group started off with 27 members today – a pretty big group!. Staff members Guru Sam, Ivie, and I took the group through its usual paces. About half of the group cut short their run to 4 miles and attended the shoe talk; the other half led by Sam and Ivie did their prescribed 8 miler. As I led the “shoe talk” group back from Triangle Park to Kapiolani Park, I noticed that almost all of the group members were women. As discussed in our morning briefing, many or most foot and leg injuries start with our shoes. Our shoes are the most important “piece of equipment” in running. With this in mind, can we come to any conclusion about which sex might be “smarter” about running? In addition, members got a 20% discount on shoes! Are they that much smarter?

Please keep up with your (two) one hour runs during the week. As Doc mentions, (4) 30 minute runs are not going to get you where you need to be to run longer distances. One needs to run at least an hour to get your body accustomed to running on fat metabolism.

Blue Group – Andy Hirano

Our run began at 7 a.m. with a small group of 10, once around Kapiolani Park prior to the Clinic. Guess some folks had trouble getting up. After Peter’s talk, we had a group of 32 runners for the shortened 4 miler before attending the informative shoe talk. Andy gave a brief overview of the elite 113th Boston Marathon which was held on April 20. The qualifying times just to enter was amazing. We will add two more miles beginning our 8-mile run next Sunday to the Kahala gas station and back. See you all next week.

Beginners Group – by Norm Uyeda

The Beginner’s Group went for another 4.3 mile jaunt out to Triangle Park but the pace was slowed down a bit due to the warm running conditions. It seems like the group had less participants than last week, with the Shoe Talk and the AIDS Walk cutting into our numbers.

Today’s subject for the Beginner’s Group was “homework”. “Homework” would be defined as the Clinic’s base training schedule of “one hour for 3 times a week” of jogging or walking or a combination of both. The real importance of doing your homework will be felt in the longer runs of 10 miles or more when your body needs to have been tempered by the constant training and resting periods. You can “fake” a 6-mile run, but a 10-mile run is hard to complete without having done your weekday training. Anyone needing company for their homework is welcome to join the Ala Moana gang on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 5:00 p.m.


Da Comment Corner

Boston Marathon Finishers:
Congratulations to clinic members Rosemary Spraker (3:30:27) and 63-year old Kozo Yamagishi (3:50:33) on their great accomplishment!!

Thank you Tin of the Advanced Group for the information.

Shoe Talk:
Assistant Manager Gaston gave another impressive talk on getting the proper shoe, the proper insert (if needed), socks and clothing. Like Norm Uyeda mentioned in his comments about the first Shoe Talk, I too get something new from the talk every year. And, I have been attending these for over 10 years. There were about 70 runners in attendance and many runners (women and men) took advantage of the 20% discount offered on shoes.

Power Bars:
Costco has a buy one carton and get the second free special right now. I believe coupons are necessary.

Special Thanks!
Thank you Keith Y for “volunteering” to take photos of the shoe talk. Much mahalos; it will surely add to Norm’s CD.

600 and counting!
As mentioned last week, we have over 600 members subscribing to our updates. Special thanks to the staff leaders who contribute their weekly reports which help group members keep abreast of what is happening within their group.

…Remember Al, when there were only 6 recipients?

A very special thank you to Webmaster Bob who is spending an inordinate amount of time and effort to make sure that our new delivery system works! Much, much mahalos from all of us!!!

See you at the water stops,