Blair’s Weekly Update 04-30-2017

Doc’s Talk:

While we all huddled underneath the awning amidst a constant downpour, Doc proclaimed today as the best weather for running.

Table Duty

Much mahalos to Grey group staffers Byron and Ron for steeping in at the last minute to handle table duty chores; your PNB sandwiches were the best! The other goodies fantastic as well!

HMC Picnic Next Week – May 7th. Great way to get to know your fellow runners! Bring your latest edible creations; enjoy Zippy’s chili and rice along with mounds of delicious goodies. The groups do a quick run and get back around 9:30-ish to enjoy the picnic. “We run to eat”!

Group Reports:

Advanced Group by David Fitzpatrick:
(Pace < 9:00 minutes per mile)

The advanced group welcomes everyone. Our goal is to run 9 min/mile and faster. Les, Karla, and Satomi ran 11 in some very soggy conditions, and we are slowing building.

Next week we meet at 6:15 a.m. at the Kahala gas station. Have fun!

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

The Red group went out on Sunday with Steve, Sven, Linnea, and Lisa for another 8-mile run starting at 6:00 a.m. from the HMC meeting spot. We ran at about a 9:10 pace out to the Kahala gas station and back to Kapiolani park for a total running time of about 1:20:00. It was a great day for running, especially with temps in the low 60s and steady rain. Unusual for Hawaii!

If you’d like to join the Red group next Sunday, we’ll be meeting up again at 6 a.m. at the HMC meeting spot for a 10-mile run. We’ll do an out and back for 6 miles first, and then a loop around Diamond Head for the last 4. Please be prompt, since we plan on being back in time for the morning talk at 7:30 a.m.

Happy running!

Pink Group by Hao Yang:
(Pace 10;30 – 11:30 minutes per mile)

Richard, Lorna, Kara, Unyong and Hao began our rainy day run at 6:30 a.m. We completed around 6miles before Dr. Scaff’s talk. After that, We ran another 4 miles (to & from triangle park), joined by couple new friends.

Next week, we will meet at the clinic at 6:30 a.m., run 5-6 miles (around Ala Wai) then back for Doc’s talk. Then 4 miles after the talk. We should be done by 8:45 a.m., so we can join the clinic picnic at 9 a.m.

Please remember to bring something to share and $1 per person for the Clinic!

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

April showers and mid-60 degree weather was served up to the nine runners in the Silver Group who showed up to train today. Alberto and Lynnae led Koko, James, Kevin, Speedy Joe, Lee, Cody, and Carl on a 7.5-mile run at an average pace of 11.5 minutes per mile.

The Silvers saw their run expand from the initial plan of just doing 4 miles, to doing 6ish, to completing our full, scheduled 7+ mile run. We ran out to “Jimmy’s Pit Stop” at Kahala District Park and returned, mixing things up a bit by running back to Kapiolani Park via Monsarrat Avenue. We tested out the new path recently created on the Diamond Head side of the road with its nice, wide walkways and landscaped borders. We’ll have to revisit this area soon and explore more of what it has to offer.

Homework: Two to three runs during the weekdays for 1 hour each at a comfortable pace with a rest day in between.

Tip: Our biggest obstacles on this run were the puddles all along the route, but if you came prepared with feet coated with petroleum jelly, wet shoes were nothing to worry about. Though the thought of it may seem too “ooshy gooshy,” having this slippery stuff all over your feet really does protect you from painful, debilitating blisters that are very likely to occur when your socks and shoes get soaking wet.

The runners high moment: When you overcome the urge to stay home from a run when the weather isn’t looking too nice, and then you’re treated to a great run that turned into a fun time with fellow crazy clinic members.


  • 5/7/17: Possibly a shorter run 6 – 7 miles, so we can get back to eat at the Clinic Picnic. Bring your families to the park to join us for the picnic. It’s a potluck and cost is $1 per runner and each guest. Suggested things to bring that day:
    • Folding chair, mat or blanket, or all three;
    • Your favorite food item to share with the clinic; and
    • Sunscreen or raingear (depending on weather) for yourself and family members.
  • 5/14/17: 8-mile run out to the gas station in Kahala and back. We’ll soon be adding Kahala Avenue to the running route.
  • 5/21/17: 8-mile run. The Honolulu Ekiden and Music Festival will be happening, so the group will be smaller and parking around Paki Avenue may be tight.

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

About 15 die hard runners, mainly regulars were part of this rain drenched group. Thanks to Rich for leading the pack along with the two Russell’s guarding the rear! Elena, Elaine, Danell, Quen, Jaimie, Ariel, Francis, Mika, George Yuna, and a few new faces trudged through the rain drenched, puddled roadways to complete their last 6-miler for the year!

Let’s remember the picnic next week! Bring your latest culinary creations! See you all there!


Buff Walkers by Susan Papuga:

A very wet and cold morning! That didn’t stop Kathy and Gloria from joining Roger and Susan for our walk around Kapiolani Park area.

When the weather is bad, use your judgement as to whether it’s better to come out or wait a day and do the long walk outside of clinic. While it’s not worth getting sick, please try and still do the work out later.

Next week, we’re in May, so starting 6 miles on Sundays. Also, next Sunday, May 7th is the pot luck.

See you there.

Sweet 16’s by Annette Hayes:

Cool temperatures (alright, I admit it was cold) and rainy weather were the perfect conditions for marathon training. For those who stayed at home, you missed out. The weather in December could be cool, rainy, hot or humid. Training under any of these conditions means you won’t be surprised on Marathon day. Today was a good time to experience running/walking in wet shoes and clothing. Chafing can occur as your wet clothes rub against the skin. Tips: apply vaseline to your feet or use a body glide to chafe areas to prevent blisters. After your run, take out the lining of your shoes and stuff dry newspaper in them to dry them out. Hope you have another pair for your homework runs while your shoes dry out. No excuses.

Five of us old timers took a brisk walk, followed by a run in to the park, for a total of 6.5 miles. Part of marathon training is to start slow and to end fast. Thanks to Byron and Ron for the refreshments. Cold watermelon on a cool day is still refreshing.

Next week is the first picnic. We will go out for a short run, then come back to eat. Bring family and friends, and something good to eat. This is a good time to talk to your fellow marathoners (kinda hard to talk while walking in single file, yah?). The following week is Mother’s Day. Give Mom a treat and bring her out to exercise with you. Keep motivated. See you next week.

Green 15’s by Lou Crompton:

What a difference a week makes… on a “nice” Sunday morn like last week we had 26 in our corral; today 8. Folks, you need to train in every type of weather condition… don’t know if 2d Sunday in December will be cool & overcast, hot & humid, cold and rainy. I’ve finished 2 marathons in cold, wind & rain. Once the wind was blowing strong along HI Kai Dr loop and the rain was pelting your face; other time it was raining from start through finish… yuck. You should not train only on decent weather days. Are your shoes slippery? How do soaked shoes effect your time? Do you chafe? Do your feet blister? Do you avoid metal plates on the ground as tho they were IEDs? Does the rain “cause” joint pain? Is jogging in a raincoat better or worse than in your normal gear… why? Running in the rain is a good experience & you missed a great training day today if you were a no show. Kudos to our diehard fans – Charlene, Karyn, Kristina, Theresa, Matt, Scott and Willard. Green ones slogged over 5.5 miles in 1H 22M for a 15 m/m pace. Mahalo to Byron for his array of Welcome Back goodies… he had enough stuff for a normal size clinic! Next Sunday we’ll go out for 6 miles, return in 1.5 hrs and enjoy a fun picnic. Bring $1 and a little food to share, perhaps a blanket or tatami… bring your family so they have a sense that you really do go out with a crowd on Sundays… aloha

Da Comment Corner:

Let’s enjoy our Spring HMC picnic! Lots of goodies and treats; get to know your fellow runners!

Change in Focus:

Doc mentioned that running in heavy showers is the ideal weather for running…..

During this Sunday’s run , I’m sure the bill on everyone’s visor/hat was constantly dripping with beads of water, our shoes and socks were water logged, and everyone’s tops and shorts felt as if it was pasted on to our bodies. Not my idea of ideal running weather but, did you notice that the attention that one diverted to these discomforts (soggy shoes and socks, pasted on shorts and top, cold, etc.) seemed to re -focus our water logged minds away from the rigors of running. The pain in the legs, the pull on the hamstrings, or the shortness of breath when climbing up Diamond Head, seem minor compared to just keeping warm and dry. The effort put into the run did not seem as pronounced. Our rain drenched brain said, “let’s get out of this mess as soon as possible; get this run over with and deal with the aching knees later”!

Keep dry and see you at the water stops!