Blair’s Weekly Update 08-20-2017

Doc’s Talk:

Dr. Scaff mentioned the need to start planning your marathon strategy. He mentioned the need to make sure we back off from our training if our body dictates it.

Table Duty:

Much Mahalo to Annette for another round of table duty! Your generosity is always appreciated, especially on hot, torrid days like today.

Group Reports:

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

The Advanced Group welcomes everyone. Our goal is 9:00/mile and faster. Today we did 14, and some slowly extended to 15. It was a hot one, and next week should be too, so be sure to stay hydrated.

I’m happy to report that Les Young is doing very well, we all send our best to him and wish him a speedy recovery.

Next week we meet at the Kahala gas station at 6:00 a.m. :O)

Black Group by Maile Kondo Burgey:
(Pace 11:00 – 12:00 minutes per minute)

Luckly, I could come for running this morning even though I vomitted last night. Surprised my body potential for quick recovery but I did fasting (cleans) my tummy, so no eating this morning and felt so hungry.

Anyway, we had two parts of running plan this morning. Part 1 is… early bird, Maile, William and Barbara, got together & going out for figure eight around da park. Did 2.88 miles in 33 minutes before Dr. Scaff speech to earn some miles to help running in da heat and humidity.

Bethany fell down today but fortunately it was not that serious situation. However, we need to be more careful on the bumpy road!

And here is Part 2!

Six of us (Maile, Ron, Grace, William, Charlotte) including a guest runner, Atsushi, from Japan were heading out to the first park today. Because my condition was still not perfect, so I asked members if we could skip kill hill training today. And it was not super humid day but sometimes wind stopped then we were suffering in heat… But our mascot dog, Baylie, appeared to greet us so that we could charhe energy, lol Finally, made it through over 14 miles! Total distance today including pre-run was 14.76 miles, yay!!

Next Sunday, still early bird run at 6:45 a.m. Wow, it’ll be last Sunday of August?! Anyway, welcome all members to join!

White Group by Russell Uchida:
(Pace 12:00 – 13:00 minutes per mile)

Wow! It was a sizzling hot day. I tip my hat to all HMC participants from all groups who endured the heat and humidity of the day. This season has been a relatively hot season. I keep trying to convince myself that training in the heat is for the better and will pay off on marathon day and I am getting a free facial from all of the heat and perspiring that is taking place throughout the run. Priceless!

Our group of seven started out with the Blue group led out of the park by leader Andy. Once we hit the first water station, White group runners settled in, reorganized, and we went off on their own as the White group. We thank Andy and fellow Blue Group runners for graciously allowing us to join the group.

From Triangle Park, we were led by returning leader Richard, who is slowly recovering from his injury but was able to lead us for the first six miles. Thank you. White group runners included Mika, Yuna, Danell, Jaime, Andrew, Blair and Scott. The benefit of being part of this cozy close-knit group is that we are able bond and continue to motivate each other to complete the run even when one feels like walking. Thanks to all of you for your motivation, commitment, and perseverance! It really makes these runs much more tolerable.

This coming week, ready or not, we will take on Kahala Avenue but may also consider deviating with a short-cut here and there. Stay tuned…

White Group Sightings: While driving in to Paki, I did see Ariel running solo. Good job girl!! Such a great display of self-motivation! I also saw the early White Group Russ H. and Francis running with a couple of other runners. Great job to all of you!

See you all on Sunday!

Beginners:

Buff Walkers by Roger Kobayashi:

Five intrepid and hardy souls set out for the first park along Kalanianaole Highway. The total walking time was about 4:30 (including water stops). I say about because I forgot to start my watch till the first water stop just past Triangle Park. So, I estimated that the time to that point was 45 minutes.

Two reference points: 1. HM Mile 9-10: 19:40 and 2. HM Mile 24-25: 20:05. Good job — The group pace slowed only a little bit from the early part to the ending part of the walk.

One topic was indicators of dehydration, how to keep track of your hydration levels during the event and during the rest of the week.

As part of the Susan/George/Roger tag team, George will lead the group next week while Susan continues her trek somewhere along the Pacific Crest Trail and Roger goes off on a “hot date”. Susan and George, hope you got to see the eclipse.

Sweet 16s by Annette Hayes:

Another hot and muggy summer day to be out on the road. It takes true dedication to endure the heat for 13 miles. We train for all weather conditions. Thanks to Harry and Fran for leading our group of 8 while I was doing table duty and Cliff was traveling. The others in the group included Linda, Betsy, Annie, Jun, Ron, and newcomer Anna. Thanks to Nelson for keeping the Oasis open. Cool drinks and snacks are just what is needed for the trip back to the park. Asami and baby Mikola were also out for their stroll. Never too early to start exercising.

Green 15s by Lou Crompton:

OK, so what do you call someone who could be a HI Tropics model, but comes to clinic lathered in zinc oxide? We just smile and call her Miss T… but in 20 years her skin will look as unblemished as it does now, and those who don’t use zinc oxide will look like… well, me! Use your sun screen, or else. Thru almost unbelievable fate, basically all the green 15 staffers were missing today… either planned events or emergencies. Fortunately Stephen agreed to help herd the gang of 15 today as we meandered around the aina for 12.9 miles, visiting Nelson along the way – mahalo for being there. Came back in 3h 21m at a 15.5 pace under less than ideal climate. Thanks to Annette for her array of refreshments. Next Sunday more people should be at the start gate and us green ones, us beginners, will go do our first half marathon of the year. In many cases the first 1/2 in our lives. So a big day for some on August 27. Please try to come to clinic on 27th if you are on the Green Team, or if you would like to switch to a team that will finish the December marathon in our targeted 6 1/2 hours… And on Labor Day Sunday, dedicated green ones (all?) will meet informally at our usual time / place for a little bit longer distance. Aloha.

Da Comment Corner:

It’s Not Easy:

Please make sure you thank your group leaders for their efforts in guiding you every Sunday! We’ve already passed the midway point in our training. It’s not easy to lead a group, especially on those 12-14 milers where the pace is so critical. I know with the hot sun, many groups have decided to meet earlier, but please keep in mind that most of us will be running in the heat for most of our marathon journey. George and Roger – Buff Walkers; Annette and Cliff of the Sweet 16’s; Lou’s disciplined Green 15’s; the Golden 14’s with Dean; Andy, Val of the Blues; Russ and Russ of the Whites; Maile with the Blacks; Lynnae and Carl, leaders of the Silvers; Nelson with the Purples; Red group’s Steve; and the Advanced group’s Dave — please thank them and be truly appreciative of their efforts to help the members through the training process. It’s not easy to do it every week.

See you at the water stops!

Blair