Blair’s Weekly Update 06-21-2015

First Bus Run:

Thanks to everyone for being so prompt so we could leave on time. About 135 runners rode three Robert’s school buses and got dropped off Maunalua Bay in Hawaii Kai and the second beach park. I could hear all of the chatter going on – like students on a regular school bus -great camaraderie! Thanks also to all of our members who generously donated funds which were more than the fare. The clinic is very appreciative. It started off as a very hot day!

Special Table Duty:

Special thanks to Nelson and Marsha of the Purple group and staffer Jeff for putting on an informal table duty spread! We are indeed fortunate because we usually do not have special volunteers like Nelson and Marsha willing to give up their bus run to serve others. Jeff, as usual, ran in faster than most and prepared his mango bread and coffee for us to enjoy! U R ALL DA BEST!

Group Reports:

Red Group by Stephen Cole:
(Pace 9:00 – 10:00 minutes per mile)

The Red Group went out on the bus run on Sunday with Steve, Tabby, Lisa, Earl, Joe, Jun, Les, Mike, Chris and Kozo for a 9-mile run from Hawaii Kai to Kapiolani.

We didn’t start running until 8:00 a.m., and it was already feeling very hot with hardly and hardly any clouds or breeze. We took a slightly different route back, opting for Farmers Road. to take advantage of the water stops to help hydrate more. Everyone did a great job as usual, and finished well.

Next week we’ll all meet at the 1st beach park and be ready to run by 6:00 a.m., so we can run 8 miles to the park with 6 miles on the way back out to beat the heat.

Happy running!

Grey Group by Ron Alford:
(Pace – 10:30 – 11:30 minutes per mile)

The Bus Run: Nine Greys including Asami, Lance, Emily, Bobby, Bryan, Nikki (welcome back!), Diana, Bethany, and Ron boarded the busses for the trip to Maunalua Bay Beach Park. Our planned run included the loop around Hawaii Kai and we were joined by Leslie and Abe from the Pinks because they wanted to do the loop in the clockwise direction. We stopped at the dog park on Keahole Street for water which is fortunate as the fountain at Holy Trinity was not working.

Even though we got a few breezes here and there it was pretty hot the whole way. On Kalanianaole Highway we were mixed in with the Silvers for a while (making us the Chromies!). Along Kalanianaole Ron explained how the race route would be set up along the highway out to Hawaii Kai on marathon day. We continued on the marathon route down Kealaolu Avenue then along Kahala Avenue to Triangle Park where everyone set their own pace to the finish. Congratulations to everyone for finishing strong on a really hot day!


  • Distance: 11 miles
  • Running Time: 1:59:11
  • Total Elapsed Time: 2:21:41
  • Average Pace: 10:49

Remember Ron will be away for the next four weeks so run with Bill if available or, if not, join up with the Silvers (11:00 – 11:30) or Pinks (10:00 – 10:30).

Silver Group by Lynnae Lee and Carl Silva:
(Pace – 11:00 – 12:00 minutes per mile)

On the first bus run of the year, the Silver Group was split. Those with Fathers’ Day obligations adjusted their schedule to run earlier. The early birds ran from Waiholo Place out to Maunalua Bay to meet the buses and welcome the rest of the group to a beautiful starting point. Once the full group of 10 Silvers was together, John and Lynnae led them around the Hawaii Kai Drive loop, the turn-around point of the Honolulu Marathon. The group included Speedy Joe, Lance, Andy L., Moon, Carl, Beth, Jen, and Amanda. The completed run gave us 10+ miles at a pace of 11:30 minutes per mile.

Valuable information was shared when it was pointed out that Maunalua Bay is one of the best bathroom stops on marathon day. Most people take the time-consuming bathroom stop at the beginning of the Hawaii Kai Drive loop, but if you can hold it until you complete the loop, there is a line of vacant porta-potties waiting behind the water tables under the palm trees along Kalanianaole Highway as you come out of the loop and head for home. This stop can help you save valuable minutes off your time.

Water was a bit of a challenge for those who neglected to carry their own. The water fountains at the Hawaii Kai Dog Park and Kawaikui Beach Park were at a sad trickle, while the fountain at Trinity Church was completely dry. Luckily the day was filled with cooling trade winds and generous group members offering to share what they had; talk about the generous spirit of a marathoner!

The summer heat can have brutal side effects and put you in a funk. Please take precautions! Hydrate before coming to clinic and carry supplements. You know your body, so respond to its cues appropriately. Carry identification and bus fare just in case, and be sure to let your running mates know how you’re doing. Also consider your diet the night before; alcohol will dehydrate you, and a heavy meal could mean heavy running. This is all part of the training.


  • 6/28 – 10-mile run with Kahala Avenue. People who want to start earlier can park along Waiholo Place at 6:25 a.m., run at 6:35 a.m.
  • 7/4 – Firecracker Run @ Kaena Point. A beautiful trail run! See
  • 7/5 – Independence Run. No official Clinic, but we will have a special run. Tantalus??

Community: The Friends of the Library of Hawaii is holding its 68th Annual Book sale at McKinley High School Cafeteria. Event runs daily through Saturday, June 27. This is one of the best recycling projects in the state, and all proceeds go back to support all 50 of Hawaii’s public libraries. Please stop by for great deals on used (and new) books, CDs, DVDs, and artwork.

And finally, happy Father’s Day to all of the HMC fathers and grandfathers. Hope everyone was able to honor the fathers in their lives.

White Group by Blair Hoashi:
(Pace – 12:00 – 13:00 minutes per mile)

Bus Run:

22 runners started off with staff leaders Guru Sam, Monica, Dwight, Richard and Blair from Maunalua Baythe fun and frivolity started as soon as we assembled and began our 9-mile trek “homeward”. The weather was extremely hot from the start but we had some trades blowing from behind. But as we progressed on our Kalanianaole route, the wind subsided and “Mr. Sun beat down on us”. We ran back from Kahala through Farmer’s Road then back to Triangle Park (with shade), then “home”. 22 started and 18 finished together at our clinic starting point. Great job to everyone – the conditions were not the best.

Malia, Ivana, Russell, Melissa, Brett, Jaimie, Jin, Tomoko, Denise, Violet, Masato, Randy, Charles, and Mike were some of the runners in the group. I apologize as I missed a few of you. Again, you were all fantastic and wonderfully vibrant throughout the whole run (everyone must be doing their homework)! Congratulations on finishing your first Bus Run!! Miss you Bob!

Blue Group by Dave Darby:
(Pace 12:30 – 13:30 minutes per mile)

Today’s Blue Crew consisted of… Andy, Val, Dave, Coco, Betsy, Marisa, Michele, Emi, Enli, Tannia, Brent, Robin, Mo Beta, Mary and her son, and one other. What started out to be a gorgeous Sunday morning, Father’s Day gathering at Maunalua Park, turned out to be a sweltering 85 degrees less than 2 hours later. The sunrise greeting us as we looked toward Koko Kai allowed us to take a few nice photos and discuss the run route and then we quickly got started. To make sure we got a full 10 miles into our route back to Kapiolani Park, we ran about 1 mile east on Kalanianaole Highway and did a U-turn, heading towards Kapiolani Park on the Honolulu Marathon Route. On our return, we found the well was dry at Holy Trinity Church, our first water stop, and we had to continue our trot onward to Kawaikui Park, nearly four miles into the run. That is why it is important to always carry water (if you can) or know where the alternative water spots are located. The lack of early water spots took a visible toll on our runners early into the run – heat and humidity and fatigue. Despite the heat, we monitored each other, kept a very good pace, stopped at each water break area we could, and maintained an awesome single-file line.

Run summary: We all finished & no injuries! But remember to hydrate early, and often. We finished 10.35 miles in 2:19 and were extremely surprised to find Nelson’s Oasis had been established at the Clinic Meeting site! Nelson, thank you so much for setting up the precious ice-cold Gatorade and Water among the various snacks…and Jeff, thank you for always bringing that delicious mango bread!


Green 15’s by Lou Crompton:

Fun outing today… we ought to do something very similar in maybe 2 months. And the great mystery was eventually solved – where is #7? We waited and waited…we were last to leave the parking lot… where was she? Surprise… we won’t mention names but one of our gang got off the bus at the first stop… hmmmm. OK, so she made new friends on the walk back. Rest of us returned from Hawaii Kai Drive to our usual end point for a distance of 8.7 miles in 2 hours 11 minutes for an overall pace of 15.1 minutes per mile… that’s 1/3 the marathon distance…so we remain on target for a marathon finish of 6 hours 35 minutes (again). Couple macho men veered off to pass under the imaginary marathon finish line for a 9-mile route. Good job by all. And thanks for the pleasant and truly surprise “oasis” when we got back. Next Sunday, Green Team will go out for a 9.4-mile survey of toilets, phantom phone booths and ritzy houses. Sounds swell! Try 2 homework runs of 1.5 hours if your time permits or 3 runs of an hour each if you have to, but we are going for longer Sunday distances so better to build up endurance with the 90-minute jogs. Aloha

Golden 14’s by Dean Takashige:

Today was the longest and it also felt like the hottest day of the year. Clear and sunny skies, with and occasional breeze. This was our first bus run of the year, we opted to take the first drop off point at Kawaikui Park and run back. For a few of our runners this being the first time beyond the Kahala area.

Probably due to Father’s day we had less runners than usual. Outside of the route nothing really new except to get used to a lot more bike riders much more traffic along Kalanianaole, K-highway. This is where we need to pay attention and keep a single file. Although it was hot stopping at every available watering hole helped us keep moving along. Everyone did great, so keep up with your homework, at least 1 hour 2 times a week with a day of rest between runs. We ran 7.2 miles in 2 hours and four minutes and burned 733 calories.

See you next Sunday.

Lucky 13’s by Kim Ramos:

This week we completed our first bus run. Great job everyone for arriving at Kapiolani Park at 7:15 a.m.. For this bus run we got dropped at Kawaikui Beach Park. On this specific run we ran through Kahala Avenue and ended our run at the Queen Kapiolani statue to highlight the last 8 miles of the Honolulu Marathon. We ran for approximately 2 hours for 8 miles and burned about 630 calories.

During the run two runners fell down. The first runner fell down after stepping on the metal plates on the sidewalk. The second runner fell accidentally by tripping over their own feet. To prevent any accidents or injuries during our runs we need to be aware of our surroundings and use our signals of “heads up/hazard” down our line. Safety is key for our runs. Keep up with your homework runs, two times a week for about an hour. See you folks next week.

Happy Father’s Day to all the Fathers in our Honolulu Marathon Clinic Group!

Da Comment Corner:

Second Bus Run is tentatively scheduled for August 16th. 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,