Blair’s Weekly Update 06-14-09

Doc’s Talk:

We had an abbreviated talk by Dr. Scaff who mentioned that the Bus Run is all about running on unfamiliar territory; we shouldn’t to get too complacent in our Sunday training over familiar routes.

First Bus Run:
We counted 124 runners who boarded two Robert’s School buses to Maunalua Bay (Hawaii Kai) and the second beach park. Despite a half marathon race going on, everyone showed up on time and boarded the buses in orderly fashion. Thanks to all of you! Special thanks to all who donated more than the bus fare of $2. Sensei Norm took a great group photo of all the participants (see Norm’s report below for photos).

Nelson S’ s Refreshment Stand:
No table duty today but Staff leader Nelson S. took it upon himself to have an ice chest of water and pretzels ready for all of the runners. Nelson S. ran in the half marathon race and finished early so went to purchase the water, ice and pretzels for the bus run participants. The ice cold water and pretzels were very much appreciated after the long run! UDABEST! Thanks for your generosity!

Group Reports:

White Group – by Blair Hoashi

Twenty nine runners started the Bus Run with the group and were led by staffers Guru Sam, Alberto, Ivie, Horatio, Paris and Blair. We ran an 11-mile route which included the Hawaii Kai Loop and Kahala Avenue. A few runners slowed down to join the next group when previous leg and foot problems recurred; please take care Shaira and Kate. Congrats to all of the runners! Liz, Emma, Rebecca,Al, Laura Maria, Byron, Dr. Rob and Donna, Dustin, Duane (who saved his sprint till the end; great job), Kea aka, brother and sister combo of Keith and Debbie, and Patti – great job!! Apologies, if I missed any runner. Congratulations!!

We start our twelve-milers next Sunday. Please make some time for the “homework” runs.

Blue Group – by Andy Hirano

The Blue Group began our 10-mile bus run with 23 runners. Following the advice of Dr. Scaff’s talk about course familiarization, we followed the official marathon route from Hawaii Kai to the Kapiolani Park finish line. The weather was hot with a slight breeze. Slow and easy was our pace. Kahala Avenue took its toll on the group, but for the most part the group stayed together. The finish line was a welcome sight and a few of the group went wading at Kuhio beach after the run. Summer is the time for weddings, and we have a newly wed and soon to be in our group. Irene was married this past week and Colleen will tie the knot next week. Both still came out to run today. Congratulations to both of them. We will continue to do our 10-mile runs till the end of June.

Beginners Group – by Norm Uyeda

Today’s Bus Run exposed the Beginner’s Group to new sections of the actual Honolulu Marathon and helped to prepare them for the main event in December. Important landmarks were pointed out along with tips and highlights to help familiarize the runners with the actual course and to ease the anxiety of running in unfamiliar surroundings. The “single file” rule was again emphasized to keep safety a priority.

We bid farewell to Aki who ran with us for the past several weeks (Sundays and weekdays at Ala Moana) and who will be returning to Japan. Hopefully, she will return to run the Marathon with us.

Thanks to Blair for putting together another successful Bus Run!

Photos of today’s Bus Run can be found at:

Jason’s Stats:
Time: 2 hours, 14 minutes, 7 seconds
Miles: 8.46
Pace: 15.52/mile
Calories burned: 1000

Da Comment Corner:

Congrats to Colleen and Irene, two of the runners in Andy’s Blue on their nuptials.

A belated congratulations to clinic members Michelle and Dr. Perry on the birth of their son, Max (who is already eight months old). Poor Michelle had to hear all of “our do’s and don’ts” of child rearing from my wife, Fiona and I as we waited in line for close to two hours to register for this year’s marathon at the Sports Authority.

Per Tomoki, manager of Runner’s Route on Kapiolani – a 20% discount is offered on all non sale items in their store for clinic members. Please mention that you are with the Honolulu Marathon Clinic. Thank you, Tomoki!!

See you at the water stops,