Blair’s Weekly Update 06-19-2016

Table Duty:

Much mahalos to the new Tom (same great guy, much svelter-by 60 pounds) and Purple group staffer Lorna (great to have you back!). Great food-PNB’s, pretzels, etc. and two separate drinking stations. Thanks for your generosity and thinking of all of the thirsty runners coming back.

Group Reports:

Advanced Group by David Fitzpatrick:
(Pace < 9 minutes per mile)

The advanced group welcomes everyone. Our goal is 9:00 miles and faster. We did a nice 12.75 at a varied pace, averaging about 8:45 pace. Next week we’re starting at 5:45 a.m. from the Kahala Aloha gas station. We are starting earlier because temperature is increasing. Run fun!

Pink Group by Leslie Regodos
Pace 9:30 – 10:30 minutes per mile)

Kozo, Hao, Horacio, Cindy, Earl, Katsu and I met at 6:30 a.m. at Kapiolani Park and ran approximately 5 miles around the Ala Wai Canal to Kalakaua Avenue and back. We worked on controlling our pace and ran at about a 9:40/mile pace.

We returned to listen to Dr. Scaff’s talk about blood pressure. After the talk, We were joined by Henry, Ryan and Christie. Christie joins us from Tennessee and has already finished several marathons. We ran a loop up Diamond Head Avenue to Triangle Park and back along Monsarrat Avenue. We were short on our distance goal, so we ran a loop around Kapiolani Park, including a brief run along the ocean and the war memorial natatorium. Today we ran a total of approximately 10.4 miles.

Thank you to the table volunteers for the generous spread of snacks and refreshments after our run today.

Next week the Pink Group will again meet at 6:30 a.m. at Kapiolani Park.

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

Happy Fathers Day! There were approximately 12 Silvers who join us along some portion of our route. Ron led our silver crew, with Lynnae as sweeper. The group included Lance, Jen, Russ, Trieu, Hong, Carrie, Dawn, and Melissa. Volunteer staff leader Alberto joined us from Triangle Park for a couple of miles, and we bypassed Tony near the middle school. Most of the group finished at Waiholo, but Ron and Hong headed back to Kapiolani Park. Weather conditions weren’t bad. There were some clouds and the breezes kept us cool and feeling great. Overall, it was a nice day for a run.

Stats: Thanks to Ron, the group ran 10 miles well within our pace range. Mahalo to Melissa for the salty grapes, Lance for the lihing apple, and Trieu for the salty popcorn! Our impromptu picnic and fellowship was fun way to conclude a run.

Homework: Two times during the weekday, 1-hour each, with a rest day in between.

Tip: Ron had a good safety tip about running on the road. If you’re running in the same direction as the traffic, run on the inside path furthest away from the traffic, and allow runners coming opposite you to take the outside path since they will be in a better position to see the traffic. This is particularly helpful when running past Diamond Head by the ocean, when we all have to share the same side of the road. And of course, stay out of the bike lane, since bikes can come upon you very quickly and are virtually silent.

The Runner’s High Moment: What brings a moment of happiness along the running route? Meeting a running buddy when you’re getting a late start and the group has already left you behind. It’s nice to know that you don’t have to run solo after oversleeping. Thanks Melissa!


  • 6/26/16: 10 miles, to include Kahala Avenue. Optional early start at Waiholo, 6:30 a.m. (meet at 6:20 a.m. and keep quiet in the neighborhood). The rule is that the group starts with whoever is there, and the person who has completed the most marathons is the leader. Be there, or be left behind.
  • 7/3/16: No official clinic. Suggestions welcome for a neighborhood run (& pool party).
  • 7/10/16: 12 miles.

Community: The 69th Annual Friends of the Library of Hawaii Booksale is going on now through June 26th. Funds raised go to support Hawaii’s 50 public libraries. Please stop by for great deals on used (and new) books, CDs, DVDs, and artwork. For more info, please visit: Mahalo for your support.

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)

We had our hardy group of regulars which numbered around 26. We missed our usual leader Bob but none the less we pushed to do our second ten miler. Staff leaders Guru Sam, Jessica, Mommy Monica and Blair helped lead the group through its first few miles, then at the Kahala gas station, the group splintered off into various sub groups. But the “main” group with 14 strong managed to make it to the “telephone booth” and back – ten miles. Aside from our leaders, nurse extraordinaire Melyssa, super-duper realtor Violet, “PGA secret agent” Charlie also helped to lead for the first half. Newcomer Yumi, Elaine, Elena, youngster George, expert builder Rich, Russell, Russel, Francis, Ming, Andrew, Stephanie, Hannah, Jaimie and our good friend, Kumiko made up the rest of our vibrant group! Sorry if I missed any one today. Great job to everyone – it was hot and humid today! We continue with another ten miles next week and add Kahala Avenue on our return route.

Fourth of July Sunday – no clinic but the group plans to meet as usual at 7:30 a.m. at our clinic location.

Blue Group by Val Ogi:
(Pace 12:30-13:30 minutes per mile)

Andy lead the way with 32 in the blue group today because we were joined by Derby & Lucky 13’s, yeah the more the merrier. 3 went ahead of us at Triangle Park, 6 left us at Waiholo due to starting their 10 miles from that location. We ended up doing 10 miles 13:30-minute average pace. Thank you to Lorna and Tom for providing us with loads of food. Also Tom for bringing down filtered water for our coolers what a treat!

I will be bringing down Clinic Merchandise next Sunday. Maile will be in Japan, Fiona in Florida, so after I pack up I will join Andy in taking the group out to the “phone booth” for our last 10-miler, we should bump up to 12 miles in July. We also need to discuss July 3rd schedule as its a 3-day weekend.


Sweet 16’s by Cliff Hand:

Happy Fathers’ Day! Thank you everyone for making the time on this special day to keep up your training routine. We fourteen in the group today: Dave (new to our group), Harry, Glenn, Chien Wen, Candi, Linda, Fran, Arlene, Karen, Lynn, Dan, Jenni, Cliff and Roanne. We visited the phantom phone booth walked 9.5 miles in just under 3 hours with the rest stops. We kept the stops short and we got back quick. The weather was great and the breeze really helped. You gals/guys also did another great job on the word puzzles. I dunno about you all, but they really help the miles fly by for me.

Special thanks to the volunteers running the snack table! We appreciate you staying until we finished. The snacks were awesome and the drinks never stopped flowing.

Try to see if you can find a buddy (if you have not already done so) to do a mid-week homework walk. It’s make homework a lot easier and help you stay accountable once the busyness of summer takes over. Homework this week is 2 one hour walks. I hope that everyone has their homework days automatically scheduled in their calendar. We’ll be looking to do about 10 miles on Sunday (6/26). You all look strong going out and finishing the last mile of our Sunday walks. Keep up the homework!

Green 15’s by Lou Crompton:

Nice to hear the conversations today of what some children did for Father’s Day… wow, some pitched in and bought Dad a tour of ancestral England! My young urban professionals didn’t chip in collectively to buy a card… they must be busy. We heard about high BP today. High BP is certainly a concern, yet some of us in the crowd eat “right”, exercise a lot, and have a BP of 100/50, pulse 50, without meds… makes me wonder what is too low? We had 10 green ones at the starting line and took off for our scheduled 9-miler. Beginners Laurice, Jordan and Kitima took the lead and found our turn around point. In the future each of our Green Team knows where the phantom phone booth is so we won’t have to meander along Kal Hwy looking for it, hooray. Came back when the Garmin said 9.0 and that was in 2H 19M for a 15.4 m/m overall pace. We remain on trajectory to our marathon finish time target. Next week we can zip out and back for 9.5 miles. Does that mean we break the 10 miler threshold on our informal 4th of July weekend? Great spread by host Tom and his gang on refreshments …fruits, PB&J bites, pretzels, bread, multi-color mini muffins, chocolate, lots of chips [what, no salsa?]… you all exceeded your stipend… much appreciated. Try to increase homework to 3 hrs. during the week. Aloha

Golden 14’s by Dean Takashige:

Sunday started out with a slight overcast and a nice cool breeze. This dissipated by mid-run to remind us that its Summertime…

The 14s had a nice run to the gas station and back, through the Kahala neighborhood. For a few this was the first time on this route.Stopping at fountains provided by the generous homeowners who year after year have been supporting the runners.

Nothing new, except to remind everyone to drink lots of water and don’t forget to put on the sunscreen.

This week we ran 8.6 miles in 2 hours and 37 minutes and burned about 824 calories.

Keep up your weekly homework runs, be safe and we will see you onSunday.

Da Comment Corner:

Fourth of July Sunday Run:

Please check with your group leader as to your groups’ plan for this coming Sunday.

Have a safe and festive week!

See you at the water stops,