I was reading over on John Vonhof's Happy Feet blog about the Hersey Custom Shoe Company. Pretty cool in today's mass produced and mass marketed world that there are still people who make a business out of custom made shoes. These are not custom fitted shoes but each shoe is custom made for the buyers feet.
If you have had trouble finding shoes that work for your feet, maybe this is the solution. The trail runner model get pretty high marks and have finished Leadville, Western States, and Angeles Crest according to their web site. I wonder if they could design a shoe that would work on our H.U.R.T. course?
The list just keeps growing. Apparently a lot of people want to spend a weekend in January out on the trails here in Hawaii. This latest update includes past H.U.R.T. 100 winner, Mike Sweeney. Click here to see the list.
No formal training is planned for this weekend. Some people may be going out on their own or in small groups. Its taper time and also time to relax a bit and enjoy family and friends. The trails remain dry!
I hope you were lucky enough to get out on the trails over the last couple of days. I got in 60 miles over two days on the driest trails we have had in a long time.
Saturday the H.U.R.T. course was in awesome shape. Had the race been run over the last two days, I think we would have had some records set. I am not sure if the dry weather held all day for Sunday as I had some sprinkles driving over the Pali Highway in the middle of the afternoon on Sunday??
We had a very cool start (in fact I swear it was chilly enough to see my breath up on the Manoa Cliff Trail before sunrise.) and a good turnout as people realize this is the last big weekend for getting in miles before starting our taper. Cheryl, Gordon, Ed, plus rare appearances by Mike M. and Nick started off in the darkness. We had the light of an almost full moon give way to a brilliant orange sunrise. It was cool and dry all day. The pigs and pig hunters were also out in force.
It was fun passing so many people out enjoying their training day. People were doing all kinds of loops and additions trying to get in extra miles. I think it ranged from people doing 20 on up to 50 miles. I know another big group was training Sunday--Jeff, Murphy, Steve, Ben and Paul were all supposed to be out today.
The best laugh for me--someone--might have been his son?? said to me, "Greg has just left the Nature Center and is heading up Nahuina over to Paradise and if you hurry, you could probably catch him since he doesn't move that fast." First, I have never known Greg to be slow--in fact I have heard he only has one speed--fast. Second, this kid didn't know my legs had already run about 53 miles (over two days).. by that point in the weekend, there was no way I could catch him.
Finally, I also told someone this, if it stays this dry, we might have to get the fire department to drop water on the course in certain areas just to make it muddy. As we have heard someone say---We wouldn't want it to be easy!!
Thanks to PJ and Don for bringing out goodies and stashing drops for us.
If information about the trail I'm about to describe s supposed to be secretive, any of the Tantalus veterans out there should feel free to pull this off the blog. I don't want to spill any inadvertently spill any beans. If not, read on....
Yesterday, I went out on the trails with the intention of travelling a ways up the Pu'u Konahuanui trail from the Pauoa Flats Lookout. From my childhood days of hiking, I remember roughly two sections of this rugged trail that would get you to the summit. The first follows the ridge immediately behind the lookout, thus taking you up and down huge stairsteps. Like most Ko'olau summit trails, its either steep ups or steep downs, very muddy, and heavily overgrown staghorn ferns that shred your shins. The second section is a steep, overgrown scramble to the summit that really isn't that long. To my great surprise, however, I found that a new trail had been cut across the face of the ridge that overlooks Nu'uanu valley. The trail (marked by ribbons) is highly runnable at times and generally very flat. Within 15 minutes or so, you have been deposited directly at the base of the final steep section of Pu'us, leaving you with only a 30 min. scramble to the summit. I couldn't believe how easy it was!!!
I left Nature Center at 4:30, and summitted just around 5:45PM to see the sun slip over the horizon. I was back at Lookout by 6:30, not having to even use my flashlight yet, and got back to the Nature Center around 7:20. Did all you guys know about this?!?! This new trail instantly drops you within spitting distance of the summit of the Ko'olaus! It truly amazed me, after slogging up and down the ridge I previously described in my childhood hiking days. If you have never been up there, it truly is amazing to look down all the fingers of ridge from the summit, with views of the Windward side, Hawaii Kai and across the other Koolau ridges of Central Oahu. If you have never been up there to watch the sunset, I found out that its pretty amazing. I know that the Pu'u Kona trails is technically off limits, but the thing is marked with ribbon (and pigs footprints) If your ever out on Tantalus and can see the summit of Pu'us, I highly recommend this side trip.
Kat has posted some pictures that Rex took at two recent marathons. You can see photos from the Honolulu Marathon and also the Marine Corp Marathon. The Marine Corp Marathon was in the Washington DC area. Thanks Rex and Kat!!
This morning, Judge Kevin Chang presided over citizenship ceremonies for 64 people from many different countries.
Filiesha LeRand, one of our local trail divas, has officially become an American citizen. It was certainly a long process for her but well worth the effort. All went well until we tried to enter the courtroom... each candidate had to state their official name for the record- first, middle, and last.
For all of you who know Fileisha, she doesn't do things the easy way. It took quite a bit of explaining for her to convince the clerk that she had no middle name, simply a middle initial!
When you see her out there on the trails, please congratulate Filiesha on her accomplishment!
Dryer than expected trails and cool breezes greeted our small band of up-beat non-Honolulu Marathoners on Saturday on the Maunawili Trail. It was an enjoyable day of HURT-style comraderie. Big thanks to Rex for providing the stash and to Bob McAllaster for some awesome cookies for the finish.
Congratulations to all that competed in the Honolulu Marathon !
Saturday Training 12-17-05 "HURT 50 Mile Training Run"
Meeting time: 4:50 am
Starting time: 5:00 am
Meeting place: The mauka end of Manoa Rd. just before it narrows, as it heads back into Paradise Park. Park on the street and please be quiet as this is a residential neighborhood. Good luck to all ! I will be leaving Friday night for our annual year-end vacation. This year we will be in South Africa, Zambia and Botswana.
Training: 2 HURT loops plus a Triple Trek loop sandwiched in thusly: Starting at Paradise Park, go up and over to the Nature Center. Then complete a Triple Trek loop, followed by finishing the first HURT loop via going to Jackass Ginger and back to Paradise. The 2nd HURT loop will be Paradise to the Nature Center to Jackass and return to Paradise.
Distance: 50 miles
Duration: 15-17 hours (ave.)
Stash: Don will be dropping stash at Jackass Ginger and Cheryl will be dropping stash at the Nature Center. It's also rumored that PJ and Barbi plan to provide additional goodies. Cool !
With Sunday being the Honolulu Marathon, only the die-hard ultrarunners who are seriously training for the HURT 100 will likely be joining us for Saturday Training. However, we have a nice training run planned on the Maunawil Trail. Join us for all or part...it will be fun. A big mahalo to Rex & Kat and Cheryl & PJ for last Saturday's stash !
Saturday Training "Maunawili Out and back"
Meeting time: 5:51 am
Starting time: 6:01 am
Meeting place: Pali Lookout
Training: Pali Lookout down to Maunawili Trail, over to Waimanalo and return.
This past Saturday I was able to get out on the trails after some scheduled work fell through. I had put in a long week of work-related late nights and fighitng off a cold so I wasn't sure how the day would go.
As it turned out, the trails were the driest (not sure of the condition after Sunday's heavy rains) they have been in a long time. Unfortunately it was also the most humid day I have ever had out on the trails. There was no breeze and nothing but thick, humid air.
Murphy and I started off together and spent the day getting in 40 miles. We did our best to stay hydrated and kept popping electrolytes. We each had our tough stretches throughout the day and our overall time was turtle slow, however we stuck it out and got in the miles.
I heard Gerg and Gordon were out there, though I never saw them. Throughout the day we also passed Marion and Neal, Steph and Felsiha, Dr. Bill, and even Mike and Jerry. Cheryl was out as well and PJ did one lap with her. Hey PJ, did you enjoy the Eagles?
Cheryl was kind enough to hang around and meet up with Murphy and me to make sure we got home safe! :-)
Special thanks goes out to Rex and Kat for dropping stash at the N.C. and to Cheryl and PJ for dropping at Nuuanu.