HMC Footnotes 7-15-2018

“Why?”

So, you’re a marathon runner, or working to become one. If you’re not already used to it, get used to the “why” questions. Why would you want to run that far? Why would you do that to your knees? Why would you be out there in the sun? Why do you torture yourself like that? The answer is simple – to a runner. A person who trains for a marathon becomes deeply in tune with the body’s subtle cues.

The marathon runner knows, for example, that when both thighs cramp up just as you climb up a curb and you start breathing like you’re doing natural child birth, you might have pushed the workout a little hard and hydration strategies may need to be revisited. Or, when the water comes into contact with the raw spot on your backside that you were unaware when you step into the shower after a run, and a flash of pain shoots through your body, your inner self tells you some petroleum jelly may be in order to prevent chafing. Such inner focus is achieved through the discipline of long distance running much faster that years of meditation on a mat will bring it.

It’s running and that keen connection you gain with your body, that teaches you that Plantar Fasciitis is not a decorative vine that grows along your roof’s side panels; Achilles Tendonitis is not the full name of the Greek warrior of legend; and Iliotibial Band Syndrome is not an upcoming concert. Wisdom that you gain through the miles gives you a deep understanding, right down to your sole.

Runners are a special breed. We’re a concoction of energy gels, power pretzels, public water fountain water, sunscreen, lubricants, and pure determination. We push our limits, rather than limit our push. Whether it’s through pure determination or delirium from near exhaustion, it all counts. So be proud to be a runner, and not just any runner, a Marathon Runner. If you’re taking a break, come back and join us. You know you miss the endorphins, and when someone asks you “why,” just smile, lace up, and leave. They won’t understand until they join us on the road.

Shoebox & School Supplies Collection 7-22-18 at the Snack-table

If you didn’t know, Lynnae collects shoeboxes throughout the year and fills them with school supplies and other items for children who may not be so fortunate to have those things readily available to them. The boxes are packed and gift wrapped each year closer to Christmas, and shipped. She will be accepting shoeboxes and school supplies while at table duty on July 22, 2018, if you’d like to help with this very worthwhile project.

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

Some of the Pink Group started their morning run at 6:15 a.m., with special guests –Britney and her boyfriend. We ran to Magic Island, along the Ala Wai and back through Waikiki. We were later joined by more Pinks and couple new members-Jose and James, both are active duty servicemen in the Army and Navy.

Pinks continued our run to the gas station and back, for a total mileage was 14.8 miles.

Homework : Two to three weekday runs, at least one hour each for a total weekly mileage of 26 – 28 miles.

Upcoming:

7-22-18: we will meet at 6:15 a.m. to run to Magic Island and back. After the talk, we will run another 8 miles to the gas station and back.

Silver Group by Carl Silva and Lynnae Lee (10:30 – 11 minutes per mile):

The Silvers ran a 12-mile course at just under an 11-minute pace, on this warm and humid day. We felt some relief from trade winds along the route, but Summer is definitely here. The group started from Waiholo, led by Lynnae, and included Lee, Gene, Ben, Michael, Ryan, Jerome, Daryn, Darren, and Carl; we even held Henry back from joining the Pink Group as we traveled up Diamond Head Road.

The beginning of our run started out with a short game of hide-and-seek, with the leaders being “it.” Carl found the group at the gas station as they were about to head out, and Lynnae quickly found them, as well. We revealed to them that this was a training tactic to get them ready for next week when neither Lynnae (on table duty) or Carl (Scout Camp) will be running with the group. Lee will lead the group, starting at Waiholo from 6:30 a.m.

Tip: Running with the Sunday group is not only a great way to have fun on the run, but it also gets you accustomed to running in a crowd. When we run in single file, you have to adjust to the runner in front of you to avoid bumping into each other. Marathon race day at the starting line is when you’ll feel like cattle in a corral where you’ll be running in a very crowded field for several miles and will have to constantly watch for what the runners in front of you are doing. Take advantage of your training with the group now to get used to this.

Runners High:The feeling when a cramp releases, especially after eating mustard.

Upcoming:

7-22-18: 12-miles. Lee will lead the group.

7-29-18: 12+ mile run with Baby Kilauea, but no shortcut from Triangle Park.

8-5-18: 12+ mile run.

8-12-18: 14-mile run. Second Clinic Bus Run. If you plan to ride the bus, be at Paki Ave by 7 a.m. and bring $3 for bus fare. Otherwise, the Silvers who aren’t riding the bus will start at 6:30 a.m. from the Hawaii Kai Dog Park and run to meet the bus-riders at Sandy Beach. It may be a small group, as some runners my be participating in the first race of the Marathon Readiness 5-race Series, the Boca Hawaii Norman Tamanaha 15K at Kapiolani Park.

Black Group by Maile Kondo Burgey (11-12 minutes per mile):

The Black Group’s total mileage today was 13.56 miles. We started a little bit early to earn some miles before we headed out to Kahala. The Sun is getting strong and our practice miles stretching longer. So we’re taking advantage of the cooler hours and being early birds for some of our training. We did a figure eight route around the zoo, gaining about 2.88 miles. It was good warming up before the regular Clinic starts.

Six members joined us for the early start this morning, with one more joining us after the Clinic’s announcements, when we headed out to Kahala. Our run included “Kill Hill,” and I was surprised that everybody raised their hand when asked if they wanted to go up that steep hill. I’m so proud of you!

We kept drinking water and getting enough rest at each water fountain so that nobody got dehydrated. Our group did great at checking with each other to monitor everyone’s condition and see if anyone needed help. Today’s weather was kind of crazy, voggy and humid, which made us feel so heavy but we made it through.

Please don’t forget to sign up for the second bus run August 12th. The sign-up sheet is on the bulletin board.

Upcoming:

7-15-18: Meet at 6:45 a.m. for some early running. If you can’t make it, it’s ok to come at 7:30 a.m.

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

Breezy to gusty trades were welcomed by White Group members. We were led out by leaders Richard, Sam, and Violet with Mika, Yuna, George, Scott, Danell, and Jaime following closely behind. We missed the presence of regulars Elena, Malia, Donna, and a few others who were traveling during these summer months or just plain busy. The group did 12 miles, with a few runners turning around at the gas station due to other prior commitments. The rest continued on to finish the 12 miles.

The breezy winds masked the actual humidity of the morning and made the run bearable. Part of the group did a consistent 12-minute per mile pace, while the other half did a 12:30 – 13 minute per mile pace.

Sightings: A couple of runners did see Russell H. who is out of running commission for the rest of the year due to a procedure. We also saw speedy Yumi, who started early and finished when we were on our way out.

We will continue to do 12 miles for the upcoming week and hope to be met with breezy trades once again. At 12 miles, we are at that point of bearable and manageable. Once we take the leap to 14, it is imperative that we are committed to doing homework runs twice a week and a long run on HMC Sundays.

Please don’t forget the sunscreen, UV protective eye wear, and to always hydrate.

See all of you on Sunday!

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

There were eight Blue Group members starting out on this hot Sunday morning. Four members completed their 12-miler. Three of us turned around at the Aloha Gas Station and ran the Honolulu Marathon Route back through Kahala Ave. It was a hot day and it took its toll. The members turning at the gas station only did a total of eight miles.

Our group pace is 12.5 to 13.5 miles per minute, and we are running 12 miles for our long runs this month. We welcome anyone wanting to step up from the beginner’s group into our intermediate group.

Green 15 by Lou Crompton (15 minutes per mile):

Wow, my book “Your First Marathon: The Last Word in Long-Distance Running,” is worth $100! So buy your own copy and have Dr. Scaff autograph it. But to get the full value read it, keep it for reference, and don’t part with it for many years. Green Team had a new face today, but the distance and heat gave her second thoughts. Hopefully, we’ll get another chance next week. We scooted out to the first beach park and came back via a punishing Kahala Avenue for an 11-mile trek over hill & dale, in 2 hours and 50 minutes for an overall pace of 15.5 minutes per mile.

Thanks to Miss Annette for the assortment of goodies when we returned.

Reminders: Do your homework training during the week and sign up for Bus Run #2 when you first arrive at the Clinic next week, July 22. The signup sheet is on the bulletin board. The Bus Run is scheduled for August 12.

Upcoming:

7-22-2018: We’ll be going 11.5 miles.

Sweet 16s by Annette Hayes (16 minutes per mile):

The Sweet 16 walking group did 12.5 miles under warm and muggy conditions. Remember to drink fluids along the way. Now is the time to experiment with snacks or replacement gels or chews. Thank you Roland for the refreshing watermelon at the table. That was the perfect ending of a warm day. Don’t forget to sign up for the next bus run on August 12.