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Blair’s Weekly Update 07-30-2017

Doc’s Talk:

Dr. Scaff concluded his talk on cholesterol. More info on Scaffer’s notes on our website.

Table Duty:

A big mahalo to Silver Staffer Byron who took care of the table this week. Byron again, like last year, is unselfishly volunteering his time and effort to take care of the table for three Sundays throughout our running season. Whenever someone can’t make it, Byron unselfishly is there. Much mahalo!

Group Reports:

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

The advanced group welcomes everyone. Several folks are running the 15K on Sunday, and the rest are meeting at the Kahala gas station at 6 a.m.. :O)

Silver Group by Carl Silva and Lynnae Lee:
(Pace 10:30 – 11:00 minutes per minute)

The Silver Group completed a 12-mile run on a breezy day that started out cloudy. The group took advantage of the conditions and took on Baby Kilauea on their way to HQ. The group included: Kevin, Lance, Lynnae, Darren, Lee, Cody and Derek (visiting from Seattle). Jerome and Bode caught up with us at the park, having gotten a late start, and joined us for the second half of the run. We changed up the route a little bit, and took on Kahala Avenue in reverse. Interestingly, while Kahala Avenue seemed shorter, Kealaolu seemed a lot longer! Everyone should be comfortable (relatively, or at least more confident) at the 12-mile distance. Very soon we will be increasing our Sunday run.

Homework: Two to three runs during the weekdays for 1.25 hours each at a comfortable pace with a rest day in between. Don’t skip homework if you want the Sunday long run to be fun.

Tip: Coconut water is a great hydration drink. It comes in fruit flavors for those who don’t like it plain. And it also comes in chocolate (yum yum)! Good tasting and good for you… no excuses.

The runners’ high moment: Receiving fresh, home grown fruit from a running buddy. It’s a terrific treat.

Mahalo to volunteer staff member Byron (an original Silver) for doing table duty while injured. The fruit was delicious!

Upcoming:

  • 8/6/17: 15K Norman Tamanaha race, the first in the Marathon Readiness Series. Best wishes to HMCers who will be racing. For Clinic runners 6:15 a.m. early start at Waiholo, the third right turn from Kalanianeole Highway. Target 12.5-mile run out to Paki Avenue and back. The group can decide whether to take on Baby Kilauea on the way in or back. Please ensure attendance at Doc’s talk.
  • 8/13/17: Second Bus Run. This run takes the group to Sandy Beach where we run through Kalama Valley and back out to Kalanianaole Highway. If you’re taking the bus, be at the park by 7:15 a.m. with $3 bus fare. Early birds: meet at the Hawaii Kai Dog Park for 6:30 a.m. start. Please carry your own water, as water fountains will not be every mile.
  • 8/20/17: 6 a.m. early start at Waiholo, 14-mile run. New route.

Community: The 11th Annual JBPHH (Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam) Half Marathon is on 8/19/2017 at Hickam field. Runners, walkers, and strollers are invited. This is a good opportunity to test out your training. Please note, runners must have independent base access. For questions, please contact Lee or Cody. FMI, please visit: www.greatlifehawaii.com. Early registration deadline – August 5. Final online registration – 5 hours before the start.

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

07.30.2017 Last 12 miles run

It was another tough day to run but breeze helped us little and Ron was on our way to cheer us up, thanks!

Started lucky seven people: Maile, Grace, Bethany, Miharu, Hannah, William, and one more person who came back to Hawaii 25 yesrs. We, were challenging kill hill and our of us made it and went down to the beer cave straight Finally, we made in 2:27:40 on 12.65 miles. Average pace was 11:40/mi.

Good job, guys*\(๑• ₃ •๑)*

And don’t forget, next week is first 14 miles and we’ll do Shave Ice Run! We’ll stop by shave ice shop on Monsarat. Bring some cash with you.

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

We have definitely hit summer. Hydration and gel packs are a must.

This week, there were no new members only veteran/returning white group runners. It was a great surprise as we welcomed back both Francis and Yumi to the group. Just when we were about to hit that distance point where one either jumps in or waits until next year, the two veterans show up to easily do 12 miles including Kahala Avenue in blistering heat. The two showed that they have been training as both runners completed the trek without skipping a beat! For these two, it is once a runner always a runner. Francis with a history of sub-four hour fame and Yumi who finished last year’s marathon in sub-five (4:40) finished (as expected) Sunday’s 12-miler with the group quite easily. Very, very impressive.

Russ H., Sam, Blair, and Richard provided the group with advice prior to the start. Russ H. took the lead running position for the entire run to which we extend our sincere appreciation. It is grueling but in the end, it will only benefit us.

This week’s group that endured the blistering heat included Elena, Elaine, Jaime, Mika, Yuna, George, Andrew, Scott, Yumi, and Francis. We missed our usual complement of core runners Ariel, Mitchell, Danell, Neille, and also hope that iis able to heal quickly. I saw Liz donning a knee brace and truly understand how sensitive and fickle that joint can be.

This coming week, we are looking at our first 14-miler of the year! Congratulations to all who have hung in there to reach this milestone! Now we need to be even more mindful and diligent of staying hydrated and supplementing lost nutrients with gels or other products to keep us whole. While there are a number of supplements on the market and each touts having some ingredient that surpasses all the rest, the one resounding statement that repeats itself is (paraphrased) “use what works best for you, as everyone’s body reacts differently”. So true. To that end, this week, I will try GU and see how my body is affected and reactive to its gels. They have such a wide variety of flavors, it is really hard to choose. This week, if I finish with the group, GU will be the keeper. If I lag back, then it will be search-on to find that elusive magic elixir…

August 13th Don’t forget to sign up for the bus run on August 13th. HMC needs as accurate a head count as possible to minimize either financial loss or overcrowding. Please be considerate. One-way bus fare is $3.00 and includes great breezy trade winds through the open window “school bus” along with great camaraderie and conversation. The bus will drop us off Sandy Beach where we make our one-way, tailwind run back to Paki. Traditionally, the bus runs do not include the usual HMC table of snacks, so plan accordingly.

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

Today we had 14 Blue members start out on a beautiful but hot morning. Members are starting early so are dropping out at different areas along my 12-mile route. I’m glad that people are trying different hydration packs, gummies and gels to see what will work for their stomach and energy.

Thank you to Byron for last minute table duty. I really appreciated the Gatorade and fruit gummies after my second run. Bring $ for hats, visors and shirts to help with our refreshment table funding next Sunday.

Beginners:

Sweet 16s by Annette Hayes:

Our group of thirteen traversed the roads, meandering through the neighborhoods to Wailupe Park, for a total of 12.25 miles. The trade winds helped to offset the blazing sun, but it was still hot. The Sweet Sn reason for wanting to do a marathon. This is your journey. This is why we train the body and the mind to endure the miles. Remember to drink fluids, whether it be plain water or a sports drink. Start experimenting with replacement snacks—gels, chews, pretzels, nuts, etc.—to give you energy for the trip back. Listen to your body. If you are sore, slow down so you don’t injure yourself. Dr. Scaff talked about cardiovascular health and longevity. The evidence shows that exercise and cessation of smoking is essential to a healthy life. The average age of the Sweet Sixteens is a testament to that fact. It does not matter that you did not finish first, but that you finished. Keep up with the homework, one foot in front of the other. . .

Green 15s by Lou Crompton:

Thanks to Doc‘s reassuring talks, I ate my egg this AM guilt free before leaving the house for our Sunday jog. Keep your total chol / HDL <4 and avoid eating trans fats… and, perhaps a future talk, keep your BMI a reasonable low number so you’ll be good to go for a long time. We had 14 green ones on our trek today; those “absent” generally had good excuses. Yea, we broke the 12-mile artificial barrier today! Visited Nelson at the oasis, thank you very much, and returned to the park in 3H 5M, giving us a pace of 15.4. Before we left I estimated a return in 3-03… I apologize if our “late” return effected your afternoon plans… blame red lights and increasing late morn temps… getting warm out. One of our ladies has an app on her device that said she (or we) expended about 1,350 calories… good news just before we hit the refreshment tables and tried to rebuild… mahalo to Byron for all his work. For those who have vacation plans for next Sunday, we’ll miss you – have fun as the rest of us go out for 12 1/2. And remember Bus Run #2 is August 13. Starting August, try to do a total of about 30 miles distance weekly including Sunday. Homework is a must even on vacation. Aloha.

Da Comment Corner:

Bus Run 2:

We get dropped near Sandy’s and cut through Hi Kai for a grueling 13-miler. Water bottles, sunscreen and electrolyte replacement is a necessity. Listen to your group leader and be patient throughout your run. As mentioned a very tough run under the hot sun. Thank goodness for Nelson’s Oasis!

See you at the water stops!

Blair

Blair’s Weekly Update 07-23-2017

Doc’s Talk:

HDL, LDL, Triglycerides, as well as some not so well known terms were mentioned in Doc’s talk about cholesterol.

Table Duty:

Pink staffers Kozo and Rosie and her sister were on hand to provide lots of fresh fruits for the table this week.  Much mahalo!

Group Reports:

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

The advanced group welcomes everyone. Today we ran 13 and enjoyed the Tinman event. Next week, we meet at 6 am by the Kahala gas station. I am out next week, and the Marathon readiness series starts with a 15K on August 6th. As we enter August, it’s important to work on our homework runs. Remember the 10% rule – gradual increases avoid injury. Have fun!

Pink Group by Rosie Adam-Terem:
(Pace 10:00 – 10:30 minutes per mile)

The Pink group (avg. 10:00/mile)

The Pinks set off at 6 for a 7 mile run down to Magic Island and back before Dr. Scaff’s talk, and then finished up with an 8 mile gas station run.

Leader Kozo (with the help of his wife) and Rosie’s sister-in-law put on a fine spread for the refreshment table. Rosie had to run the Tinman 10K for her Red Hot Ladies team, so didn’t join in the clinic runs today.

Next week, meet at 6 to do the same combination. Some Pinks will be doing the Marathon Readiness Series of progressively longer races. Good luck to all those competitors.

In August, we’ll start running 16 miles for our long slow Sundays. Time to bring along some electrolyte replacement for your water and maybe some food or gels to keep the energy up. Remember to hydrate, especially in this super muggy weather, and keep up the homework runs.

Please sign up for the Bus Run if you’d like to do it on August 13th. Accurate numbers help with ordering the right buses to take us out to Makapu`u.

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

Back to the road today since last Sunday when I (Maile) fell down. It was sunny day and humid even though there was breeze.

Starting with Ron, Grace, Liz, Bethany, Christie, Kara, Will. Early bird Bethany left on half way then Liz and Grace were slowing down and Ron went home on the way back. Other 4 tried to finish on our pace. Finally, we made in 2:31:49, total distance was 12.74 miles on 11:55/hour. Congratulations for all of us who made it including kill hill training!

It’s getting ever hotter in the Summer, so keep drinking water and rest well to cool down when we stop by the water station.

Also, doing homework run two times in a week!

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

What a difference a week makes. After almost perfect running conditions last week, fifteen White Group runners persevered this past Sunday through hot and humid conditions to finish their grueling 12-mile run. This run welcomed back Jessica and Sirena, and again blessed us with Guru Sam’s cheerful and jovial presence. It was also an exciting, energetic, and inspiring Sunday as we witnessed many participants in the Tinman Triathlon run their course.

At triangle park, White Group leader Russ H. spoke briefly about his strategy for successfully running the Honolulu Marathon and the importance of pace and maintaining a consistent and constant pace throughout the marathon.

The group of inspired runners included Jaime, Ariel, Elaine, Elena, Mika, Yuna, George, Scott, John, and Andrew. We were also very happy to (temporarily) welcome back Liz to the White Group as she monitors some sensitivity in her joints that she does not want to further exacerbate. You are always welcome to join us and rest assured that we have many nurses on our runs to address your needs! Speaking of nurses, I also had the brief pleasure of jogging with Jo, who I ran with 10 years ago as part of Sensei Norm’s groupies. We had a very nice and nostalgic talk about how time flies, how the complexion of the HMC has changed over the past 10 years, and how the only constant is change. Jo still travels at a very quick pace and can accelerate at will. I had a hard time keeping up with her…. She is a group of one that starts and stops as the leader (she) decides…. Nice talking with you and best wishes to you and your group, Jo!

This coming Sunday, we will test our stamina and endurance as we look ahead to our Sunday run that includes Kahala Avenue.

On August 13th, please remember to sign up for the 13-mile bus run from Sandy Beach. The HMC needs an accurate head count in order to request the correct number of buses. Your commitment will minimize underutilization/$$ loss or overcrowding (less sign up but more show up). Please try your best to commit one way or another.

We’ll see you all next week Sunday!

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

There were 12 of us running this morning. It was brutally hot today. We were in awe of the triathletes finishing the bike portion and the end of rheir 10K run. We made it out to Wailupe Park. We ran back along Kalanianaole rather than going into the residential area thinking it would be more breezy and shady. We also saw the fountains draped in lei that were donated in memory of Cliff Rigsbee who the Triathlon has been re-named. From triangle we decided to run back along Montserrat. Downhill back to the park was a nice change. We still managed to hit 12 miles on my app so good job everyone. Next week we should try to do Kahala Avenue for our last 12-miler for July. Thank you to Kozo and Rosie for rhe wonderful variety of fresh fruits and so many other snacks. Also to Jeff for the coffee and mango bread.

Beginners:

Sweet 16s by Annette Hayes:

We are now half way through our training for the 2017 Honolulu Marathon. It was exceptionally hot and muggy today as our group of 13 set out on the road. The intermittent trade winds were not sufficient enough to counter the swelter of the heat from the sun. Uncle Cliff’s Maxim Number One could not be stressed enough: drink before you are thirsty. The water fountain draped in lei at Triangle Park was a touching tribute to the fallen firefighter who was a triathaloner. Congratulations to all who finished the Tin Man Triathalon, including our friend, Chien Wen.

Our path today went up 18th avenue, meandering around the Kahala Elementary Park, and past the gas station. We continued toward Wailupe Park and back, making a round trip of 12 miles. Thank you, Kozo for waiting for us, with the delicious melons and tasty carbs. So refreshing on a hot day!

The next bus run will be on Aug. 13. The signup sheet will be available next week. Continue your homework. See you next week.

Green 15s by Lou Crompton:

Always enjoy hearing total/HDL should be <5… mine is 2.6 and jogging near 40 miles weekly hopefully are good signs that I may reach August. Despite parking being a tad troublesome due to the tinman triathlon (congrats to HMC participants) we had 18 green ones go out for our first visit to Beach Park 2… and surprise, surprise there was this oasis with fluids, and were they dates or figs in the container? Mahalo to Sheik Nelson. (Was he sipping a cold “fermented” fluid?) When we completed our trip to this new area, we had ventured over 11.5 miles in a time of 2h 57m for a pace of 15.3 m/m. And, yes, we surely realize the importance of staying hydrated for our Sunday outings – temps aren’t getting any cooler and we have the “dog days of summer” coming in August. Mahalo to the refreshment table duty guy(s) for the assortment of fruits and sweets… a real treat to be hot & sweaty and bite into a cold piece of watermelon! Next Sunday – Green Team breaks the 12-mile threshold! Homework is a must… Aloha.

Da Comment Corner:

Mental Toughness – lack of:

After months of inactivity and general laziness (due to injury, other ailments, etc.), it is very difficult to get back into “productive running” (running with ease for over 4 to 5 miles). For me, it doesn’t seem to be the physical aspect of it but more the mental conditioning that is deterring my progress. Getting back into the “usual running routine” seems to require a lot more mental preparation and mental fitness than I seem to remember (of course, my memory, even with the Ginkgo, is not as sharp – so might have suffered as much when I first started running with the Clinic). Either way, it’s tough – taking it one lamppost to the next.

See you at the water stops!

Blair

Blair’s Weekly Update 07-16-2017

Doc’s Talk:

Doc spoke on cholesterol today and promises to continue on theis subject next week.

Table Duty:

Much mahalo to the White Group staffers led by Mika and Russell. Mika’s daughter Yuna and staffer Ivan were part of this very generous group who provided a feast of table goodies!

Group Reports:

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

The advanced group welcomes everyone. Today we did 12, with some folks going longer or shorter depending on their needs.

A big shout out to Julia Hawkins, the 101 year old who set the 100 meter dash world record for women over 100. If we keep doing our homework runs there’s hope for us all. :O)

Next week Kahala gas station at 6 a.m.

Pink Group by Rosie Adam-Terem:
(Pace 10:00 – 10:30 minutes per mile)

Seven Pink runners gathered at 6 a.m. to do 7 miles down to Magic Island and back through Waikiki before Dr. Scaff’s talk, followed by another 8 miles to the gas station and back. It was a good day for running because of the overcast sky and nice breezes. Luckily the clouds cleared enough to allow us to observe the “Lahaina noon”.

Next week meet Henry at 6:00 a.m. to do the same plan. Some of the Pink leaders have table duty on Sunday so they won’t be running with the group.

Sunday is also the Tinman Triathlon, so expect heavier traffic and parking issues.

Remember to do the homework runs during the week, and try to get in about 30-35 miles each week (including the Sunday runs).

Silver Group by Carl Silva and Lynnae Lee:
(Pace 10:30 – 11:00 minutes per minute)

The Silver Group had a day of very pleasant weather for 13-mile run. The group, led by Lynnae and Alberto, included Melissa, Koko, Cindy, Daryn, Lee, Cody, Jun, Terry, Speedy Joe, Lance, Hong, and Carl. We were also fortunate to have a Safe-T escort as Koko’s husband, T, came along with the group on his bicycle.

The Silvers started early and ran from Kahala to Kapiolani Park, choosing to take Monsarrat Avenue to change up the scenery and add a little extra mileage to our workout. The Diamond Head jogging path is very nice with its landscaping and multiple water fountains. We could have even stopped off for some weight training. On the way back to Kahala, the group took on Baby Kilauea’s 1-mile uphill to help keep us strong or punish ourselves, it depends on your mood. Jun, Daryn, Alberto, Hong, and Carl went to the top while the rest of the group did a loop at the halfway point to get their mileage.

Homework: Two to three runs during the weekdays for 1.25 hours each at a comfortable pace with a rest day in between.

Tip: Start looking for your marathon shoes now. The ones you’ve been training in from the start of the season may be worn out before you get to race day. Shoes do breakdown over time and may result in injury if you continue running in them. Remember when it comes to shoes, “Time wounds all heels!” (saw that on the internet). So get some new shoes and make sure they have at least 200 miles on them before using them for your marathon in December.

The runners’ high moment: When we have fellow runners around us who don’t have to ask why we run marathons. While there are various reasons for all of us, we all know we’re not crazy for continuing to do this year after year.

Upcoming:

  • 7/23/17: 12ish-mile run. Early group meets at 6:15 a.m. at Waiholo.
  • 7/30/17: 12ish-mile run. Early group meets at 6:15 a.m. at Waiholo.
  • 8/6/17: Boca Hawaii -Norman Tamanaha 15K.
  • 9/3/17: Runner’s Hi 20K.
  • 10/1/17: Action Construction 25k.
  • 10/22/17: HMSA 30k.
  • 11/12/17 Running Room – Val Nolasco 1/2 Marathon.

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

3rd week of 12-mile run. We started 9 people but a half of the group, early bird Bethany, injury recovery Rick, easy run Kara and good body listener. Hannah turned around at the gas station.

So, I asked rest of them, Grace, Liz, Christie, Will, if they wanna challenge the uphill training. I’ve seen Silver Group do every week in Kahala Hill and thought it’s good to help making our body strong! Four gangs agreed to try and we kept going up and coming down about 2.5 miles. Good job, guys!

On the way back to da park, downhill on Diamond Head Road, I, Maile, fell down. Felt shame because I’m always warning to group members to be careful. Anyway, it was only a mile away from the park so that I could finish our run regularly. One more time! Gangs, watch the road or sidewalk where we’re going forward. Keep distance from the person in front of you!

OK, do homework run and see you at the park on Sunday.

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

A gracious crew of White Group runners sacrificed their Sunday run to coordinate this week’s snack table duty. A warm and appreciative thank you to Russ H, Mika, Yuna, and Ivan for presenting a fantastic array of snack items ranging from baked sweets, seasoned musubis, and fresh fruits, to salty crunch snacks. Thank you for your hard work and sacrifice!

The remaining hardcore group of nine (9) runners (Elena, Elaine, Jaime, Neille, Mitchell, Andrew, John, Scott, and Sam) took on their third 12-miler for the month. We were led out of the pavilion by our longtime-steady pacesetter Guru Sam. His steady pace set the tone for the rest of the run. Thank you Sam! After Sam parted ways with the group, leadership was shared and rotated across all of the remaining runners. While pace varied throughout the run, we all agreed that we were fortunate to have absolutely great weather conditions today. It really made the run manageable and allowed everyone to finish the run together as a group. There was great group bonding and cohesiveness built between runners today.

On our run, we were happy to see Ariel going back to Paki Pavilion doing her solo run. Good job Ariel! Please join us when your schedule permits! Back at Paki, we also heard that Monika and family made a guest appearance at Paki but had to leave before the White Group runners returned. Thank you for stopping by. We were all looking forward to seeing your adorable baby!

Homework for the week: Don’t forget to do your homework runs twice a week for not less than an hour each run.

If anyone wants to organize a weekday homework run, please post to the White group Facebook page and we can see who can make it and on which days.

We’ll see you all next week Sunday!

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

There were only 10 of us this morning. What a beautiful day for a run. We made it out to Wailupe Park to make our 12 miles. Thanks to Russ and crew for wonderful snacks. Saw a couple of runners at the Ukulele Festival, what a great line up of entertainers. Next week is the Tinman Triathlon, parking will be tight.

Beginners:

Buff Walkers by George Ushijima:

Great day today. 8 of us started out for the phantom phone booth for our 10-mile Sunday. The weather was great, sunny and breezy. There was a 60-second rain that got some of us worried. At least one of us brought an umbrella. We all made a nice finish and were welcomed by a big buffet for the refreshment table. We actually did slightly over 11 miles and our time per mile was about 18 1/2 minutes. Remember our homework, 3 days of 5 miles each. There’s a bus run coming up next month with a signup sheet already posted by the table.

Keep on Walking!

Sweet 16s by Annette Hayes:

A small group of 11 faithful marathoners joined together today for a 11.75-mile walk today. The Ukulele Festival and the Friends of the Library book sale were other events happening today. If you missed today’s walk, hopefully you will make it up on the homework during the week. The weather today was great for walking. Breezy trades and brief showers kept us moving along at a comfortable pace. Remember to drink water before you get thirsty to prevent dehydration. Snacks keep the body fueled during longer runs. Sports drinks help to replace some of the electrolytes lost during exercise.

The Honolulu Marathon clinic is a great place to make new friends as we share our time on the road. We were surprised to see an old friend, Lynn going out on her run. She left her husband, Dan enjoying the ukulele music. We could hear those sweet sounds as we came back to the park. Our thanks to the table duty crew for waiting for us and for the delicious snacks.

Green 15s by Lou Crompton:

We had 17 at the opening bell and took a few lefts, a few rights – plus some hills – and came back to the park with 10.98 miles recorded on the machine… close enough for an 11-mile planned outing. Except for 1 young lady who opted to turn back at Aloha Gas to go sell some multimillion dollar property later in the morning (but we luv ya)- our time for trip was 2-48 or 15.3 m/m. Yeah, cuz the group was so nice to wait for some of our ladies who had to stand in lines to use the facilities… there oughta be more stalls! And we had another fine outing. Mahalos plenty to the “group” of folks doing the refreshment table duty today… looked like they bought out the bakery and cleaned out all the fruits on the shelf too… did I mention the ice cold drinks? Great job folks! Next Sunday, tropical storm threat or not, green ones will go out for 11.5 miles. (How can we add yet another 1/2 mile?)

Da Comment Corner:

Not being selfish, but…

A little excerpt in last month’s Runner’s World magazine mentions that it is difficult for a faster runner to run at a slower pace with her/his friend. It is assumed that slowing one’s pace to accommodate a friend, or significant other is easy. But, no, says this excerpt… it is difficult to slow down and might even be injurious. We all have our “natural” pace”. So, might it apply to joining the right pace groups as well?

See you at the water stops!

Blair

Blair’s Weekly Update 07-09-2017

Doc’s Talk:

No Doc’s Talk this week.

Table Duty:

Great job by Alberto who set up the table even though we did not have the key to the storeroom.

Group Reports:

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

Hi folks!

Ran an easy 12. Next week at Kahala gas station at 6 a.m. :O)

Silver Group by Carl Silva and Lynnae Lee:
(Pace 10:30 – 11:00 minutes per minute)

The Silver Group completed a 13-mile run at an average pace of 11 minutes per mile on a breezy and sunny summer day. The Silvers numbered around 12, with some peeling away due to separate goals for the day. Runners included: Melissa, Cindy, Kevin, Jun, Trieu, Lance, Speedy Joe, Lynnae, Darren, Hong, Satya and friend. We welcomed Heidi who recently moved to Hawaii from Germany, where she ran her first marathon last year. It was obvious that her German training prepared her well for Oahu’s terrain and weather conditions. Cindy shared her tip from last week’s Firecracker race when she took a mustard packet to deal with oncoming cramps. Amazingly, it worked!

About half of the group chose to start early from Waiholo, and to challenge themselves took in Kahala Avenue. A big mahalo to Trieu for his extra and timely encouragement on the front half our route. The group also took in Baby Kilauea for an extra tough challenge, to stretch and build our muscles.

Homework: Two to three runs during the weekdays for 1.25 hours each at a comfortable pace with a rest day in between.

Tip: The discipline of a runner is what gets you to the finish line. Early morning summer runs can test the runner’s resolve. As long as you’re healthy, stick to your training plan. Now is not the time to skip homework runs, which can make the weekend long runs an unnecessary struggle.

The runners’ high moment: Coming across a surprise water stop that has ice cold Gatorade, water, and an awesome view!

Mahalo to volunteer staff member Alberto for doing table duty and the wonderful array of fresh organic fruit. The pineapple was delicious!

Upcoming:

  • 7/16/17: 615 a.m. early start at Waiholo, which is the third right turn along Kalanianeole Highway coming from Kahala. The goal is a 12.5-mile run out to Paki Avenue and back. The group can decide whether to take on Baby Kilauea on the way in or back. Please ensure attendance at Doc’s talk.
  • 7/23/17: 615 a.m. early start at Waiholo, 12.5-13 miles
  • 7/30/17: 615 a.m. early start at Waiholo, 13-mile run via Kahala Avenue.

Community: The 70th Annual Friends of the Library of Hawaii Booksale is coming up on July 15th -23rd. Funds raised go to support Hawaii’s 50 public libraries. Please stop by for great deals on used (and new) books, , comics, manga, CDs, DVDs, collectible models and artwork. You may also catch a glimpse of some running buddies. It’s not too late to volunteer. If interested, please visit: www.friendsofthelibraryofhawaii.org. Mahalo for your support!

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

12 miles in 2:16:40 Average pace 11:23

2nd try for 12 miles run today. Started 9 people, Grace, Liz, Bethany, Rick, Hannah, Lesle, Christie, Willam, going out to Kalaninaole Highway and got to 1st park. Keeping a beautiful single file for our safe running and drunk lots of water to avoid dehydrated. When you have headache, chicken skin or cramps, that’s the sign from your body it’s dehydrated! Try to drink water to store in your body one day before when you go long distance. We’ll still go 12 miles next week but never know about the weather, so prepare well to protect your body. And keep doing homework run, 1 hour running two times in a week! C u there.

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

The highlight of this week’s run was the return of Blair! The group was happy to see his return. True to form, Blair did a full 12-miler, even after recovering from knee surgery and being out for weeks. Great job to you! It was also a welcome surprise to bump into Malia at Triangle Park. She was finishing off her run that included circling around Diamond Head! Great job! Please consider re-joining the group when your schedule permits!

Russ H. and Ivan took the group of 15 that included Elena, Elaine, Jaime, Danell, Mika, Yuna, George, Neille, Blair, Scott, and Mitchell. In addition to Blair’s return, we also welcomed back Yuna who was out for a couple of weeks due to a cold and other work obligations. Mitchell took advantage of the discount offered at the Running Room and did comment on the marked difference that his new ASICS GT 2000 felt compared to his previous worn-out pair. Coincidentally, both Danell and Mitchell were trying out the “Salty Watermelon” flavored gel by GU. The jury is still out on taste and compatibility. On a related note, one gel flavor that has mysteriously disappeared off of online shelves is the PowerBar Double Latte 2x caffeine gel. If anyone has a lead or the reason for its disappearance, please let us know.

Keep up the good work. This week, the White Group has table duty so we will be missing several group leaders. Some runners have decided to start earlier, some have agreed to pitch in to keep the momentum going – Thank you! Without any leaders to monitor us, we can take shortcuts all over the place but report back that we did the full route! Just kidding!

See you all on Sunday!

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

There were 13 runners starting out this morning with Andy in the lead. He had to leave is at triangle park due to work. The rest of us went out to Wailupe Park to make our 12 miles. It was a tough hot run! Only Michelle joined me in the beer cave to cool down. We bought gatorade and headed back to the park. Time to figure out what your stomach can digest and give you added energy during the longer runs. Thank you to Alberto for the oranges, bananas, pineapple and gatorade. Thank you Jeff for the mango bread and lion’s coffee. Ukulele festival is on this Sunday maybe we’ll run to the finish line and catch a few tunes.

Beginners:

Sweet 16s by Annette Hayes:

Another hot and sunny summer day to be walking with the marathon clinic. A group of 17 gathered together to enjoy our 11.5 mile walk to Wailupe Park. The trade winds kept pushing us along as we started out. Too bad there is not a way to preserve that breeze for the walk back home. Still, we keep up the pace, and smiles as we meet and greet other groups along the way. Single file signals take on different meanings as high fives when we see familiar faces each Sunday. Now that we have been together for a few months, we have coalesced from a group of strangers into a group of friends. That makes the time out in the hot sun more enjoyable.

Keep up with the homework during the week, doing one hour walks 3 times a week, or 1 1/2 hours twice a week, in addition to the long run on Sundays. Stay hydrated. Stay safe.

Green 15s by Lou Crompton:

Personal experience… I advised the Green Team of a personal experience buying shoes on 4 July. Runners Route, on Kapiolani, had a great 4th of July sale – $160 Asics Kayano for only $79. They had my size in 4E – super. I bought the pair. Very friendly salespeople and manager. I wore the new shoes on 5 July and suffered a painful sole after about 5 miles. No problem previously with other Asics or NB shoes of same size. Took the shoes back asking for a swap or perhaps a trade-in on different shoes. I was told the policy of Runners Route is no returns of any shoes sold at a discounted rate – no return if shoes were not purchased at full retail price. Their shoes sold at discount are “as is”. I switched a different Asics 4E insert in the shoes for a July 7 run… same pain at same distance. There is a problem with the shoe, not the insert, and due to company policy I now own virtually useless shoes. I recalled a woman from Green Team a couple years ago returned 2 pair of “tight” shoes to Running Room on Kapahulu – third pair worked fine and she used them in the marathon. A current Green 15 member noted that she had a fit problem with Running Room Kapahulu shoes & exchanged them without difficulty. The difference of return policy between Runners Route and Running Room is like night and day. How can you tell if shoes will “hurt” an hour into a run unless you wear them? Buyer beware!

We had 18 green ones [including new face “Ruth” go out for 10.6 miles today… we had 2 choices for a route to get to Aloha Gas… settled that with a very democratic coin toss. Lucky for some – the “easier” route was face up. Came back in 2H 42M for a 15.2 pace. Great job by all the green ones – stayed close and in single file. Gracias Alberto for the refreshment table… we don’t need the storage room door opened when our host brings tables, drinks and food from home. Remember next 2 Sundays there are Uke Fest and Triathlon so parking may be more difficult than usual. Next week we add 1/2 mile. And no problem with my old Asics Nimbus during today’s 10 miler. Aloha.

Da Comment Corner:

Pass the Advil

My first “12-miler”…

See you at the water stops!

Blair

Blair’s Weekly Update 07-02-2017

Doc’s Talk:

Dr. Scaff spoke about cholesterol and the misconceptions in using its data.

Table Duty:

July 2 Table Duty thanks goes to John Scott.

Group Reports:

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

The advanced group welcomes everyone. This week we ran a little over 12, and Doc Scaff gave an interesting discussion on statins and cholesterol. Lots of folks are on statins who shouldn’t, and trans-fats are bad. Keep running – exercise is a great way to stay healthy :O)

Congrats to those that ran Kaena Point!

Next week 6 a.m. at the Kahala gas station.

Pink Group by Rosemary Adam-Terem:
(Pace 10:00 – 10:30 minutes per mile)

The Pinks met at 6:00 a.m. to get 8 miles in before the talk and finished off with the 10K route around Diamond Head and Kahala, for a total of 14 miles. Some of us ended up floating out the heat in the ocean at Kaimana, visiting our monk seal mom and pup on the beach.

Next week will be the same. Meet Henry at 6:00 a.m. to run down to Magic Island before the talk.

Happy 4th July!

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

Started first 12 miles run today with 7 people. Mahalo for Ron Alford joining us to help members in da group! We were happy while he, such a legend runner, ran with us. I had a young runner, newbies, former Blue Group member. Some were turning around at the gas station, but three of strong members tried to reach first park 6-mile marker. Finally, I had two members to come back to Kapiolani Park.

Average pace was 11:28.

Hope we’ll be able to keep it next week, too.

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

Our first 12-miler of the season challenged the sum of 13 white group runners. The group was led out by Russ H., Sam, and Ivan where we surprisingly encountered hot temperatures that were deceivingly disguised by very breezy trades. The group included regulars Elaine, Elena, Mika, Danell, Jamie, Mitchell, Scott, Richard, and George. We welcomed new White group runner Nielle. who impressed us with her stamina. We also parted ways with George who is challenging himself by moving up to the faster Black group and leaving Mom behind with the White Group.

Blair and Russ H. stressed the importance of homework runs and recommended, at minimum, three one hour runs per week. Blair also stated that at the 12-mile distance, we must be diligent in doing homework runs as lack of homework will undoubtedly tax us on our longer Sunday runs.

The group looks forward to the return of group leaders, Blair and Richard. Please join us as soon as you are well.

See you all on Sunday!

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

This morning we had 13 eager runners to attempt our first 12 miles. Are fearless leader Andy had to leave us at the gas station again due to his work schedule. It was nice and cloudy and we even had a brief sprinkle. We ran through the residential area to avoid the traffic both directions. We kept saying it was perfect weather, but it was warm and humid. We talked about starting to put Vaseline on our feet as we are feeling more friction from just 2 more miles. Have a great 4th of July!

Beginners:

Sweet 16s by Annette Hayes:

A diverse group of 19 joined together for a 10.8 mile walk to Wailupe park. We welcome everyone to join us. Nice to see family members coming out for a day of fun. Overcast skies and sprinkles of rain were enjoyed by all. Unfortunately, the trend was not to be continued, and we walked back with the sun in our eyes and the heat on our backs. Thank you, Grace for the ume and honey ginger snacks. Just enough to encourage us on. Thank you, John, for waiting for us to get back, and for the ono snacks at the end of the run.

Please remember the rules of the road, walking single file in congested areas, making room for others who may be passing. This is especially important out on the highway, when going in the same direction as the traffic. With the noise of the cars passing, you can’t hear or see anything coming behind you. Bicycles have the right of way. And watch out for the occasional motor scooter driving in the bike lane. Now that the Biki bike program has started, you will see many who don’t know that they should not be riding on the sidewalk. Be carefull for your own safety. Enjoy celebrating the birth of our country. Happy running. See you next week.

Green 15s by Lou Crompton:

More encouraging words from our Doc about cholesterol ratio. My total chol / HDL is 2.7 so I hope to make it to December for yet another marathon. Get your weight down and jog 30+ miles / week… works for me. Green Team was missing a few familiar faces today, but 18 knew we were meeting today. HMC schedule has July kicking off with 10 miles so that’s what we did. I forecasted 2h 33m for the trip so John would know to stay open for us and later returnees… came in at 2h 32m. Probably would have been right on time, except for some “fast women” chasing me in the #2 slot. Time would give the little green ones a pace of 15.2. Collectively we are staying right on trajectory for our target marathon finish time. Good job by all. Mahalo to our refreshment crew – cold fruit pieces really hit the spot after our trek today. Next week means a tweak of our route to somehow add another 1/2 mile. Try to get in 2 jogs of 1.5 hrs each (alt 3 jogs of at least 1 hr) – you have off on July 4 so you have the time this week… Happy Fourth… Aloha.

Da Comment Corner:

Hydration / Our Weekly Family Gathering:

Let’s make sure we hydrate properly; it is very, very hot this year and this heat can cause severe dehydration. I’ve seen runners go through it and they take a very long time to recover or do not return to the clinic. Please be careful; we look forward to seeing everyone every Sunday at our Weekly Family Gatherings.

See you at the water stops!

Blair