Oasis 2.0: WEATHER CONDITIONS MAY ALTER THIS – Henry and Lynnae have kindly volunteered to take Oasis duty this coming Sunday, August 26. They expect runners to be arriving at Kawakui Beach Park at around 9:30 a.m. Groups can look forward to Gatorade and water, veggie straws, and smokehouse almonds; there could even be gummies available.
- Stay hydrated on the road, whenever you run, carry water or stop at water fountains. Don’t wait until you’re thirsty, drink water regularly along the route.
- Use sunscreen as directed on the bottle (30 SPF or higher) and wear sun-protective clothing because we’re out there in the sun for hours.
- Run single-file to share the sidewalk and road with other people.
- Run defensively. Watch out for cars and bicyclists. Give them room and don’t get into an altercation.
- Run with other people and if you run at night be sure you’re visible with lights and reflective clothing.
Pink Group by Hao Yang (10 – 10:30 minutes per mile):
The Pink Group started our run at 6 a.m. We ran to Ala Moana Beach Park and around then back through Waikiki, for a total mileage of eight miles. After Dr. Scaff’s talk, we joined by two Silvers. Together, we ran another seven miles. Our total mileage was 15. We cut our run a little short because of the extremely humid and warm weather.
Next week, we will meet at the clinic at 6 a.m. ( I know this is early, but you will thank yourself for getting up early after the run). The plan is to run to Ala Moana Park via Ala Wai, run around the park ( excluding magic island), and back through Waikiki. We will run another 6-8 miles depending on the weather. Our Distance goal for our Sunday runs this month is 15-16 miles.
Homework: run 2-3 times at least one hour each. Total weekly mileage goal for this month is 30-32 miles.
Silver Group by Carl Silva (10:30 – 11 minutes per mile):
The Silvers tagged along with the Pink Group as many of it’s members were taking care of other obligations.
8/26/18: Provided the weather allows it, Meet at Waiholo at 6:15 a.m. to head in Paki Ave and listen to Doc’s Talk. We will be running 14 miles.
9/2/18: Meet at Waiholo at 6:15 a.m. for a 15-mile run.
Black Group by Maile Kondo Burgey (11-12 minutes per mile):
OMG! We’ve never had this heavy, humid, hot weather in this season before. But, even with the difficult weather, we started our early-bird run with Maile, Lei, and William. We also welcomed Steve, who joined us, as well as Rick and Eric from the Pink Group on the way to the first beach park from the gas station and back to the park. Because of the weather, we struggled to keep a good pace while drinking a lot of water, and listening to our bodies carefully.
It was good to do an early-bird run to get in some miles before we started the regular run, so that we didn’t need to be out there under the sun longer than necessary. “Mahalo!”, all to the wonderful table duty volunteers. You were a saving grace when we got back!
Next week, we’ll still do an early-bird run, meeting at 6:45 a.m. Bring your own drink and snack/gel, to be safe.
White Group by Russell Uchida (12:00 – 13:00 minutes per mile):
We thought last week was a tough run….. This week can be best captured and described simply as “WOW!”
White Group runners that showed up on Sunday should be applauded for their tenacity, drive, and mental toughness. White Group runners, please pat yourself on the back for showing up at 7:30 a.m. with the humidity level already extremely high and knowing that it would only get hotter, heavier, thicker, and more humid as the morning went on. Great mental toughness!
This week’s gutsy runners included Paris, Elena, Edee, Mika, Yuna, George, Danell, and Jaime. We were joined by Christian who ran from Ala Moana and joined us for an additional four miles before making his trek back to Ala Moana.
The 14-mile run was one of the most grueling runs in quite a long while. We were hoping for rain or just a drizzle, and would have settled for a passing mist, but the weather had plans of its own. Part ways through the run, the breeze occasionally picked up, but it felt like warm air being blown out of a vacuum cleaner. No relief was provided by the breeze. One could cut the air with a butter knife. As a group, we decided to enjoy the run by not taking it seriously, but rather, inserted a few extra walking breaks and a few extra walking steps after the water stops. Those breaks made the difference between misery and fun.
At the halfway mark, we thoroughly enjoyed the hospitality and refreshments of Nelson’s Oasis and the Purple group. Thank you so much! A a reminder, Nelson’s group also mentioned that the Oasis will not be set up on August 26th due to other prior commitments. Groups should be mindful of the change and adjust their run accordingly.
For the upcoming week, with consideration given to the absence of the Oasis, the White Group is tossing around the idea of running to downtown and back and maybe around Diamond Head to log the required 14 miles. We can decide democratically on Sunday. Since water stops and opportunities are few and far between, bring a few extra dollars to re-hydrate yourself. with gatorade on the route.
Great job this past week! Don’t forget the sunscreen, sun shades, hydrate.
See all of you on Sunday!
Blue Group by Val Ogi(Pace 12:30 – 13:30 minutes per mile):
The Blue Group had a small turn out this morning. A lot of the group participated in the Hickam 1/2 Marathon on Saturday, so the low number was expected, knowing it was unlikely those runners would be coming out and running another 14 miles with us today.
It was brutally hot, but we managed to make it out to Nelson’s Oasis. Mahalo, for all the treats we really appreciate you being out there for us. I managed to run 14.5 miles, John ran two miles before we started, so he completed 16 miles today. We were running a little fast because we wanted to get it over with, haha. I believe we were pretty steady at 12.5 minutes a mile.
Thanks to Henry and Lynnae for manning the table till we all arrived back safely. The fresh fruits were so refreshing, and all the other baked treats and sandwiches were my brunch. Thanks for letting me eat more than my share.
Green 15 by Lou Crompton (15 minutes per mile):
Welcome back to the Gladyator! We missed you. I always love to hear Dr. Scaff give his talk about total/HDL ratio; mine is less than 3 so hopefully, I can make it to the weekend. I have low numbers for total and HDL, and one of our ladies has “high” numbers for total and HDL, yet we both have <3 ratios. Let’s hope that ratio works regardless of the numbers.
I told our gang of ten that we’d be back in about 3 hours and 25 minutes since our 15-minute pace group was going out for 13 miles on a muggy day. We were delighted to find Marsha and Nelson at the Oasis with cold fluids and salty pretzels. Thanks so much! Sure seemed like the stretch from Aloha Gas Station via Kahala Ave got hotter and longer today, but we came into our destination – “are you ready for this?” – in 3 hours and 25 minutes. Luck always overrides planning.15.7-minute pace today. It’ll be nice when we can say sayonara to this hot humid weather. Muchas gracias, to Henry and the lovely Lynnae for the assortment of goodies, including her ono homemade treats, baked this morning. Aloha!
Next week: 13.5 miles.
Sweet 16s by Annette Hayes (16 minutes per mile):
The Sweet Sixteens met the hot and humid days of summer as they continue to beat down upon our bodies but do not dampen our spirits and resolve as we train toward our goal of completing the Honolulu Marathon. We welcome all who would like to join our diverse group. The walking group sometimes blends in with us. The companionship and banter made today’s 14-mile journey pleasant.
Our turn around point was at the second beach park, Kawaikui, aka, Nelson’s Oasis. Thank you to Nelson, Marcia, and crew for volunteering your snacks and cold drinks. It was just enough to energize us to continue back to the park.
Snack alert: the Oasis group will be doing the Santa Rosa half marathon next week. Remember to bring your own refreshments and stay hydrated. Thank you, Henry and Lynnae for the refreshing fruits and baked goodies.