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Some Ultraman Updates


Steve finished in 9:40. Gil about 10:30. Congratulations to both of you!! We look forward to hearing more about it.

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I've heard from Cheryl a couple of times and it seems the saying, "We wouldn't want it to be easy!" certainly applies to Ultraman.

On day 1, during the swim Gil was stung by a jellyfish on his hand and had a very bad reaction. At that point, it was bad enough he almost had to drop from the race. The rest of the day went OK. Steve had a good swim and bike.

On day 2 Cheryl said it was the first time that they have not had pouring down rain as they left Volcano for Hilo. Gil had bad nosebleeds from the dry air. Had clear skies but very windy near Hamakua.

Day 3. Steve's support van broke down 7 miles into the run. Cheryl was crewing both runners. Wendy Minor came out on her bike to support as well. The last I heard, they were 24 miles into the run. Almost halfway done with the day.

Vog and not much wind sound like a factor today.

Stay tuned.  Also check out the Ultraman site for great updates and stories

Nuuanu Stash

The Nuuanu stash has been replenished. There are now 7 gallons of water and 3 gallons of sports drink out there. I didn't add snacks since there's plenty left. Although I bumped into some hardy runners who will most likely take a bite out of our supplies tonight...

Happy trails!

HURT Night Double - 11/28

Plan to eat a lot on Thanksgiving?  Come join me and a few others to burn off those calories.

When: Friday, 11/28 beginning at 5:00PM

Where: Meet at the Pumping Station and walk up to Nature Center to start

Plan: Two HURT loops with time on our feet as the main goal, and sleep deprivation training

Please bring out your leftover Thanksgiving goodies to share on the trail or after.

For more information, call Paul at 808-497-3911 or email outdoorsmile@yahoo.com

Best of Luck to Gil and Steve!

Gil Loomis and Steve Dewald don't have to worry about wearing off their Thanksgiving dinner or the extra calories from that second piece of pumpkin pie. In fact, they might eat a third piece. They also don't have to worry about the long lines and traffic around the malls on Black Friday. It's not that they will be sleeping in or taking it easy. No, these two men have other plans over on the Big Island.

Here's is what their Thanksgiving weekend looks like:

From the Ultraman web site:
A 3-day, 320-mile (515-kilometer) individual ultra-endurance event which takes place on the Big Island of Hawaii. Entry is limited to 35 participants and is by invitation only.

You can read more about it here.

This link will take you to the list of competitors.

Good luck guys! Have fun out there. We look forward to hearing all about it and we want pictures and updates!!

Upcoming Training and Turkey Thoughts

So much to do...and so little time to do it in.

The H.U.R.T. 100 countdown timer says 53 days!

Wishing everyone a Happy Thanksgiving. We really do have a lot to be thankful for.

Many of us training for either the marathon, the XTERRA Trail Run Worlds (there is countdown timer on their site too. It reads 11 Days, 12 Hours as I type this) or the H.U.R.T. 100 are trying to figure out how to fit it all in. Most of us work, many of us have families and we are also all working hard to get in shape for whatever race we are doing--even if it is just the race of life!!

Here are some upcoming dates/days just to keep some things in mind.

Anyone running Wed night or Thursday morning? Post it in Comments.

Jeff Fong told me he is planning on running 40 miles on Friday. I am sure he would take some company. Sounds better than hitting the mall to me. He told me he plans on going back out Saturday for 30 or so more. Crazy these young newbies huh??

Anyone running Friday night?
I may be going out on Sunday.

The XTERRA Worlds are December 7. The long version is a 1/2 marathon. There is also a 10 K. Anytime you can get on Kualoa Ranch, it is a good thing. Check it out here.

Judy Carluccio is coming down the next weekend and is planning on running 50 miles on Saturday December 13. Cheryl will probably have more details as it gets closer.

Brenda told me she is planning on doing 50 miles on December 20. That is 4 weeks out from the race. After that it is taper, taper, taper.

Get that training in, eat well, rest as much as possible, and enjoy and be thankful for all you have.



Aloha Athletes !

Marian Yasuda will be taking her sister, who is entered in the HURT 100, on a double-hurt training run this Saturday, starting promptly at 5:45 am at our normal Manoa starting spot. So, plan to get there at 5:30 am and bring all of your aloha...it will be needed for this hurt-course-first-timer.

Congratulations to all the very tough HURT runners who braved Saturday's weather. You are a determined bunch !  Aloha !  Don

Fun Day out on the Trails

MikeM and Manoa Falls

With this weekend's predicted big rain, I was not sure what to expect for a Saturday training session. All week I had debated what to do--see there was a 12 hour MTB race out at Kualoa Ranch from Noon to Midnight scheduled too. I told Barbi if I was going to do anything for 12 hours, I had better run. Still the bike race sounded fun! My day did not start off too promising when I overslept by an hour. I called Cheryl at about 5:15 a.m. and she was already at the start. She said it was pouring as it was in Kailua as well and that I might want to consider just running in the garden. I really needed to get out on the trails so...I prepped for the worse. I packed up my things including a hat (I usually wear a visor), my Moeben arm sleeves, a Buff, and my Patagonia rain jacket and my wet trail day shoes. I also took the time to coat my feet with A & D Ointment. I learned that one from Ultra running legend Bob Murphy.

By the time I got to the start it was daylight out and I ran into Brenda, Ryan and ?. At this point it was not raining much--I even took off my rain jacket as I was warming up as we headed up to the falls. The trails were not in bad of shape at all as I made my way over to Nuuanu. I had certainly seen worse. Hmmm-things were looking up. I passed a bunch of people on the way into Nuuanu, Rex, Bozo, the N.S. boys, Rob, and as I got toward the bottom, Fish and Jeff. I thought it was strange that I didn't see Kat or Cheryl?? I passed Larry heading down as I headed up out of Nuuanu. My run from Nuuanu to the Nature Center was pretty uneventful--again the trails were in good shape. There was some wind though and it was pretty cool up on the ridges. I was glad I had my jacket. Fish and Jeff were at the Nature Center. I didn't spend a lot of time here and I again commented on not seeing Kat or Cheryl. They thought it was strange too that I had not passed them. Jeff wanted to head back out for a reverse trek loop so we headed up Hogsback. The last comment I made to to Fish and Jeff was, Wow, we've been lucky the rain has held off so far!! That would soon change dramatically.

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One...More...Mile...Challenge Last Update

I have dropped out of the challenge.  After 20 days my stats are:

234 miles, 44,954 calories burned, and 59 hours 29 minutes ran.

The reason for my dropping out of the challenge was I woke up this morning with pain in my hamstring and knee.  I went to the doctor and they took an x-ray of my knee.  The results showed that my kneecap was a little out of place.  I am still able to run but need to take a couple days off.  I am still going to run HURT and am planning on a couple runs in December.  They gave me a knee brace to wear, some pain medicine and ibuprofen.  My doctor said that with a litlle rest I will be good to go with my race plans.  56 Days away from my ultimate goal.   Anyway thanks for the support and I will be back next year.

Jah Bless


Entrant Analysis of H.U.R.T. 100

H.U.R.T. 100 Runners,

I came across the following analysis done by Gary Wang and thought you folks might enjoy it. His database is real interesting to play with. Please read his post below and visit his site Real Endurance


Jeff Huff


I have added a new feature on RealEndurance.com to analyze the race
Here are a few races that is coming up. The analysis lists the PRs for all
the entrants for all the distance,
and the number of race ran for each distance. The PRs for the race event and
race distance are also listed and can be viewed in a sorted order.
The list does not take into account on the year when PR is set, so it is not
a prediction on the race finishing order.

The analysis for following events are available. Good luck to those who are
racing. I will be checking the results from Kona next week.

    * John F. Kennedy 50 Mile
    * Ultraman Hawaii
    * Quad Dipsea
    * The North Face Endurance
    * OTHTC High Desert 50K
    * Bandera 100km 50km 25km
    * HURT Trail 100 Mile Endur
    * Umstead 100 Mile Enduranc
    * Western States 100m

As usual, any suggestion and comments are welcome.
If you are a race director and would like to include this information, just
send me the entrants list periodically and I can update the database.


Gary Wang

One...more...mile...Challenge Update

Well I am more than halfway through the month in this challenge.  There are 5 of us out of 9 left.  After today we will have run 171 miles.  Collectively we have run 1028 miles.  I have ran 177 miles since the 1st of November.  I went to California, to see my Grandma pass away, and continued the challenge running on the coastal bike trail.  It was pretty.  I also met The Zombies at their store in Palo Alto.  THey were very nice people.  It hotter than here on the last day when I ran from Castroville, CA to Monterey, CA (16.8 m).  Not much of an ultra-challenge yet but soon to come.  We will see how far I go.  Last one standing wins for their organization.  I am still vertical..  Gotta RUN....

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