Blair’s Weekly Update 06-12-2011

First Bus Run

Thanks to everyone for being very prompt so we could leave on time. About 140 runners rode three Robert’s school buses and got dropped off at two locations. Thanks also to all of our members who generously donated funds which were more than the fare. The clinic is very appreciative.

Group Reports

Grey Group by Ivie Kumura

(Pace – 10:30 – 11:30 minutes per mile) Piers,

We counted 18 Greys for our bus run. Staffers: Horacio, Byron, Lilia, and were very honored to run with you. It seems we ran in two groups – what Byron called the Greased Greys (10 min/mi pacers) and the true Greys (10:30 minutes/mile pacers). Thank you all – Christine, Lance, Keysa, Donna,Satomi, Dave, Earl, Corwin, Tosh, Jyo, Genzai, Missed some names, again! We missed Andy; Andy will miss a few Sundays. He’s on an emergency family leave back in Oklahoma. The Silvers were on our tails, along with the WHITES. It was nice to do a long and flat run for soon we will bump up another 1 mile to make it an 11-miler. It was a humid day and we got a feel of what it is like to run the length of Kalanianaole Highway. Remember safety – heads-up for bikers, runners, and cars. Lots of uneven pavement, so watch one’s footing as well. Dennis managed a fall and scrape, (but no one’s telling on him). No one saw. How is your training going? Homework = one hour runs twice a week before our long Sunday run. Proper hydration for peak performance, especially on humid days like this past Sunday! Hydration is not only during your run, but throughout the day, every day.

June 5th 10.27 miles Overall pace: 12:37 time running 2:07, Running pace, ranges: 9:55 to 11:19
June 12 – 11 miles bus run (taking Hawaii Kai loop), Kahala Avenue Greased Greys: were doing 9:50 to 10:00 first 6.8 miles, the True Greys (10:30) Not sure the final stats (I had to leave for a graduation party) – will get it posted next week.
June 19 – 12 miles Fathers’ day, do it for Daddy (this is our 10% increase in “distance”)
June 26 – 12 miles

Silver Group by Lynnae Lee

(Pace – 11:00 – 12:00 minutes per mile)

There were 13 members who joined the Silver Group for our first bus run of the year – Bob, Russ, Sam, Andrew, Eric, Tanya, and newcomer Steve (to name a few). Our regular Marsha was missing due to an all girls off-island trip – hope it was fun! We were led by our faithful leader Alberto and were closely following the Gray Group around the Hawaii Kai Drive loop until they took off on Kalanianaole. Along the loop we passed by a rather large group of ducks and geese with red bills who were noisily jabbering as we snaked along (probably not used to seeing such a large pack of runners). Three groups running in close proximity (gray/silver/white) can be a sight to see. Those who were unfazed by the rainy weather the night before were rewarded. Conditions started out great – a little cloud cover, no rain, and the all important breeze! However, our joy was cut short as the breeze seemed to disappear the closer we got to Kahala, and the sun came out from behind the clouds to remind us that this is summer. We got to experience Nelson’s aid station for the first time this year, set up in his usual spot – thanks for the pretzels! And we made it to the gas station in fairly good form to see it finally open for business! (Gotta remember to bring some emergency cash for special replenishment as our runs get longer.) We returned back to the park via Kilauea instead of Kahala Avenue, which will be for another day. All in all, it took about 2:16 including water stops (13:57 pace), or 2:03 without (11:43 pace), for a total of about 10.5 miles. Good job Silvers, keep it up! Per Paris’ schedule, next week is 12 miles. A quick note as we start going further distances in the summer heat, think about adding supplements and make sure to do your homework runs. Our homework runs become more important as the year goes on. Let’s remember to keep safe and healthy throughout this training season.

White Group by Blair Hoashi

(Pace – 12:00 – 13:00 minutes per mile)

Bus Run

We started off with 12 members today; Joe, Dwight and I led a group of very determined runners from our starting point at Maunalua Bay. We took in the Hi Kai Loop and the Kahala Avenue stretch to make our trek a 10.94-mile route. The weather was great at the start – cool breezes under cloudy skies. It became hotter and muggier as the morning wore on. Congratulations to Keiko, Randy, Barry, Nora, Kara, Diane, Beth, Sandi, and Betsy who took in the journey with its group’s leaders. We ran at a pace of 11:44 minutes per mile over the distance, a tad faster than our usual 12 minutes per mile pace. Pace leader Blair coming off injuries and being a “no show” at Sunday runs for the past few weeks, must have had some extra adrenaline stored and pent up which was released today. The Guru should be back next week and I am sure he will set the proper pace to follow; otherwise, we will face his wrath. (Just joking Sam; we miss you!)

We expended approximately 1,200 calories on our run.

Green Group (Beginners) by Rosemary Kyte and Chris Isham

We got dropped off at the 7-mile point, Kaiwaikui Beach Park in Aina Haina. Chris, Tom and I headed out another mile then turned around, making for a just under a nine-mile day. Congratulations to our participants making that distance for the first time. Norm and the two Gails headed directly back, for a 6.5 or longer finish depending on optional side trips along the way. It was great fun to see so many groups out on the course – over taking or being overtaken. It was mostly overcast, but warm and humid and points, making water intake and pacing all the more important. I got to run with Jane today and share in her success of transitioning from walking to running – pacing is the key! See “The Walk and Talk Tests”, page 10 of “Your First Marathon” for the specifics. It is never too late in the year to join the clinic, we’ll find you a pace group and distance to meet your needs. Our primary purpose is to teach, and to put into practice, the benefits of endurance training.

Lucky 13s ran the marathon route from Trinity Church to the marathon finish line. Outstanding job by all! Staying in single file is extremely important, especially when running on Kalanianiole Highway and also on Kahala. In addition to our own safety, we must share the route with other runners and bikers. Finally, even on the cooler, overcast days, it is important to take advantage of every water stop and keep yourself hydrated. Again, great job by the “lucky 13s”!

Da Comment Corner

We hope all of you “enjoyed” the Bus Run; two more are scheduled and much of the scheduled routes will be run over the actual marathon course.

The second Bus Run is tentatively scheduled for August 28th. The furthest drop off point for this run will be near Sandy Beach, approximately 13.5 miles.

Have a great week!

See you at the water stops,