Blair’s Weekly Update 06-27-10

Our First Bus Run!

Nearly 180 runners boarded 3 school buses to participate in our first bus run. Most of the runners were dropped off at the Mauanlua Bay stop; a few were dropped off at a shorter location. Thanks to everyone for being so punctual and orderly. Also, much mahalo to everyone who donated more than the required $2.

Initially, the overcast skies made our start very comfortable but as the run progressed, the “trades” blew much of the cloud cover away and the sun started to bear down on us. It was hot! I hope everyone was properly hydrated and took in a few pretzels. Our next bus run is tentatively scheduled for August 1st!

No official clinic On July 4th:

Please check with your staff leaders about unofficial runs on Sunday.

Table Duty

Special thanks to the person or persons who set up an informal “drink and food” table. Thanks also to Jeff Beard who frequently supplies us with his great homemade banana bread!!

Group Reports

Advanced Group by Les Young

The AG had seven runners for the “Bus Run”. We did approximately 12 miles by adding Lunalilo Home Rd. and Hawaii Kai Dr. to the total mileage. I have been convalescing for the past three weeks and finally got my epidural shot this past Friday. My back feels a lot better, but I still have some numbness and stiffness in the legs. Another week and I should be fully regenerated. The group ran an 8:30-8:15 pace while I lagged behind at a 9:00-8:45 pace. Big Mistake!!! Violated the 5% recovery rule and could only complete 8 miles. As soon as my running form broke up I knew I was running inefficiently and I was risking injury. The temperature was 85-86 degrees. The group kept hydrated making sure to find every water stop. I monitored the group for signs of heat exhaustion to include dizziness, nausea, weakness, and redness of the face. Thanks to Jeff Oh who ran back, got his truck, and picked me up. The group will meet next week at 7:00 a.m. at Paki.

Red Group by Jeff Beard

The Red Group went out for a 10.8 mile run on Sunday – around the Hawaii Kai loop, then back to the park. Most of the group (Greg, Nancy, Jeff (from the Advanced Group), and Prasad) took off on a sub-9:30 pace – by the first 3 miles, they were out my sight! I finally caught up with Prasad at the gas station, and we cruised in closer to a 9:45 pace. I felt strong the whole way, like I’m finally getting my strength back. It was hot and humid again – the occasional breeze helped a little, but it was still muggy – most of us couldn’t drink enough water to stay hydrated and cool! Reminder – we’ll meet at the park at 6:30 this coming Sunday – hope to see you all there.

Purple Group by Nelson Shigano

There were 7 members of the purple group which ran our first bus run. Staff leaders Rachun, Erico, and Robert led Doug, Ellie, Dean, and Gannon from Hawaii Kai to Kapiolani Park for a 10.8 mile run. Congratulations to all which finished in good form on another hot day. Next week the purple group will be meeting at 6:30 a.m. at Kapiolani Park for a 12 mile run

Grey Group by Ivie Kumura

24 GREYHOUND bus runners made it this past Sunday. Andy, Max (welcome back from Florida), Dr. Rob and Donna (also, welcome back from Florida and the Carribeans!), Louie, Nellie, Sachi, Jae, Pierre, Joe, Lance, Miles, Eric, Mitchell, Christine, Jesse, Michelle, Beverly, Doug, Dennis, Jing (welcome back from Beijing!), Tom, Samantha (welcome Newbie!), and Ivie. We managed a 11.15 mile run, through Kalanianaole Highway, Kahala Avenue, and the marathon finish! Though it didn’t ‘seem’ hot, it was very humid, so we were able to practice ‘hydrating’ ourselves, even if it is ‘perceived’ to be ‘cool’.Thank you Sachi for providing us with ice cold water!That hit the spot for us! Samantha, new to the route and clinic, was quick to ‘thank the trees’ for the shade, and note the highway was really, an ‘obstacle’ course. Reminder: fire hydrants, bus stop benches, trash cans, come up fast as we are running in a pack. Be aware of what comes up in front of you! Runners, strollers, walkers, and bikes, come up even faster! Lets’ continue to be safe! I know what it’s like to hit those trash cans! OUCH!

Michelle, good luck to you, as you move back to Maryland! We enjoyed running with you, whatever marathon you do there, is sure to be exciting, whether the Battlefield Run, or the Marine Corps. We’ll miss you!
Kahala Avenue, up Diamond Head to the last 1.2 miles to the marathon finish tests the strength of our mind. Remember your relaxed, efficient stride, and remember to breathe comfortably. Practice your most comfortable breathing pace, relax your abdominal muscles, and breathe slowly, efficiently, rhythmically and deeply.

June 6: 10 miles – goal: 10:45 to 11:15 pace (I think we did it) We averaged 10:45 to 11:00 up to mile 7. and 11:30 including water stops.
June 13th 10.1 miles – goal 10:45 to 11:15. We did 10:18 to 10:41 for the first half, and the second half, not a faster pace. We reversed it, positive splits. Oh no, we need to practice again! Our overall pace, including water stops was 12:12. Runner’s World also states about water breaks:use walk breaks to successfully complete long distances. It’s a smart idea anyway to walk through an aid station (or while you’re on a training run) to ensure fluid gets in your mouth, not on your shirt. The walk should be quick-paced (no strolling) and short. THE PAIN!
June 20th 10 miles – goal 10:30 to 11:00 –This was a successful, “correct” training run. 10:46 average 5 miles and 10:42 average pace 2nd half. Overall pace: 12:02 including water stops.
June 27th Bus Run – We did Kahala Avenue, and the marathon finish! (fyi: 26 miles takes us to the start of the tennis courts, .2 miles, if you have enough gas, you can sprint to the marathon finish!) 2:18 total time. 11 miles 12:34 overall pace. 10:42 to 11:36 running pace. much longer water stops, this time!

JULY 4th – Unofficial Clinic – We will meet at 6:30 a.m. same start, Kapiolani Park, Marathon Clinic – 11 miles, to 1st Beach Park, Wailupe Beach Park, skipping Kahala Avenue, and Waiholo residential area.

White Group by Blair Hoashi

Another large group made up the White Group on our first Bus Run; 35 runners were led by group leaders Alberto, Guru Sam, and Sal. Blair held up the rear of the group as usual. The run started under cloudy skies but the sun and heat started to creep up on us as the run progressed. The group decided to do the “loop” to add approximately two more miles to our bus run. Our “usual” first water stop (at the Hi Kai gas station) was again not working so we settled for just a quick rest and water postponed until the next stop – not a good situation on a sunny day. Anybody know someone we can call to get the water fountain at the Hi Kai gas station fixed?

The group ran smoothly through the “mid part” of the actual marathon route (the beginning of Hi Kai and its loop) and greatly appreciated the water fountain at the church (16 mile turn around). We made our way to the “second beach park” (14 mile turn around point) and welcomed its bathrooms and water fountains. Our next stop was the “first beach park” (12 mile turn around point), which is many runners’ favorite stop. We greatly anticipated then savored the “oasis” at the Kahala gas station where Gatorade and PowerAde flowed freely. After the sighs of relief, conversation began to “flow” again – perhaps a sign that the group felt rested and was ready to continue their homeward stretch.

Due to Guru Sam’s wisdom, the group took a “semi” Kahala Avenue route because of the road construction going on. Remarks from other groups validated the Guru’s decision to avoid the Kahala stretch. We went along the golf course, crossed onto Farmer’s Road, and went through the neighborhood on to Triangle Park. The group then made our way back to our starting point. The 10.8 mile run burnt off approximately 1,400 calories and our running pace was between an 11:30 – 12:00 minute per mile pace.

Marie (Ms. Chile), Lea, Lynnae, Kara, Clayton, Byron, Marc, Craig, Les, Liz, Mimi, Ujol, Sondra, (USC) Kara, (USTA) Melissa, Nadia (Ms. Brazil), “New York bound” Joyce, newcomer Tiantian and many others who I will get to know as training goes on, were part of our jovial group. My eroding memory cells can only take in so many new and interesting people and things so apologies to those I did not mention!

No formal clinic this coming Sunday but staff leaders will be there at 7:00 to lead the group in a 10 – 12 mile run, right Sam and Alberto?

Blue Group by Andy Hirano

The Blue Group started the bus run with 22 runners in our 10-mile route to the actual marathon finish line. This was the Blue Group’s 6th 10-mile run. The weather was hot. Along the way, we enjoyed some refreshing ice cold water courtesy of Franklin and his wife Sachi. Thank you for your thoughtfulness. The run was nice as we met up with a number of other groups along the way. Well we did the actual marathon route along treacherous Kahala Avenue. It was really bad as there were pipe along the shoulder and in the middle of the street, leaving little room for us to run safely on the remaining grassed area. What an experience. The group made it up Diamond Head and on to the marathon finish line. We ended up with 12 runners. Congratulations! Next week, since there is no official clinic, the Blue Group will begin their run at 7:00 a.m. for those who still want to come out and run on Sunday

Green Group (Beginners’ Bits) by Rosemary Kyte

Our Beginners group covers all walking and running speeds up to about a 13-minute mile. Thaddeus led the “Lucky 13-minute milers” for our 8.4 mile bus run, with Harry taking midpoint and Norm handling the sweeper duties. Rosemary followed at a 15-minute mile pace. We also had Libby and Gail Fk on the course. The the large lead group stayed together surprisingly well considering the heat. We decided not to run on Kahala Avenue due to the ongoing construction that took away the parking lane on one side of the street. For next Sunday – the 4th of July holiday – Norm, Harry, Thad, and Rosemary will be down at Kapiolani Park for an unofficial Clinic at 7:30 a.m. on Sunday. Plans include a “short” 10-miler to add the phone booth to our list of turnarounds.

Da Comment Corner

As I notice the influx of women runners, I am glancing at this month’s main article in the Atlantic entitled, “The End of Men“.

Have a fantastic week and Happy Fourth of July!

See you at the water stops,