This Saturday, the lovely Jacki D. will be leading a group run up on the North shore at Peacock. On the agenda, 7-10 miles including a trip up Are's loop.
Meet at the Dillingham airfield at 6:30 am and don't forget your snacks and water. Lucky for us, it's winter time and getting chillier by the day.
Merry Christmas to all the H.U.R.T. runners I hope everyone is having a fantastic holiday season. Next week will be the final run for 2014, can you believe the year is over already? Where did the time go!?
First off, regarding my post last week, I wanted to give a sincere thank you to those who signed up to lead a Saturday run or two. It is very, very much appreciated!
This week, we're once again joining forces with the Soul Runner herself, Melanie. She'll be leading runners around Manoa for a distance of around 10 miles or so. Trails are sure to be extra wet and muddy, and sure to be full of other HURT runners training for the big race in January. For the run, the meeting spot will be along Manoa road (right before you turn to the left and the road narrows heading in to Manoa Falls trailhead). Meet near the bus stop at 6:30.
Good luck to all running the Honolulu marathon this weekend!
This is a call for volunteers to lead the H.U.R.T. Saturday runs. 'Tis the time of year when the trail series is over, folks are busy training for the HURT 100, and run leaders become harder and harder to find due to the hectiness of the holiday season. Many others are also simply enjoying a re-boot after a long year of racing (like me!)
This is your chance to be a lead and take the group to that trail you’ve always wanted to run (or hike). Any distance and any pace are absolutely fine. Event the start time can be up to you. Want to run on a Sunday instead of a Saturday...that's fine too! We typically see the largest turnout when we are branching out to other trails and many are itching to explore new terrain.
Choose your trail, any trail! Tired of Peacock and Tantalus? Let’s do something new! Once your route has been determined, it will be posted on the blog for you during the week prior to your Saturday.
Meet new people - we have amazing people that show up, from newbies to the grizzled vets, each and every week. Leading the run gives you a chance to connect and make loads of new friends.
Anyone can do it – whether it’s your first time running with H.U.R.T. or your 100th.
Do it your way – make it fun. Want to implement some ground rules? 10 pushups each mile? Last person down the mountain buys the first round of drinks? Everyone has to stop and do repeats up the steepest part of the course? Have fun with it and make up your own rules.
The mission…if you choose to accept it, means that if you sign up for a slot, it’s yours. Partner up with someone just in case. If not, you'll need to find your own replacement if you aren’t able to make it.
The goal is to get enough folks to sign up so that each leader is only responsible for one run every 2-3 months. Your participation will enable us to continue offering our weekly Saturday training runs.
Disclaimer: Without your help, weekly runs may not be continuing on a regular basis…so if you love them and want them to continue, please sign up for a slot or click the icon below (or just shoot me an email at: shortysgirl182 @ yahoo.com).
Want to burn some calories before your Thanksgiving meal? Well we have just the thing for you! This coming week, for our run we'll be doing a trail edition Turkey Trot. Join us Thanksgiving morning for 10 miles at Tantalus. Meet at the Nature Center picnic table at 6am.
Nothing like pre-burning some Thanksgiving calories in the hopes of easing the guilt that will ensue as we slip in to our food induced comas later in the day.
This Saturday the lovely Melanie will be leading a run starting from Jackass Ginger (Nu'uanu) at 6:30am. The exact route is to be determined but anticipate running 10 miles or so. For fun, see if you can find the Christmas trees decorated along the way although many of the ornaments have blown off since last year's Christmas tree run ;)
Parking is a bit trickier on this side. Park in the small pullout off the road near the trailhead or better yet, in the neighborhood down below and walk or run up. Either way, leave the valuables at home!
For those that want bonus miles, you can always park at the Nature Center or Manoa and run over to JAG in time for the run.
Next week, a heads up our weekly run will take place on Thanksgiving day. A trail edition Turkey Trot starting at 6am to leave plenty of time to get home and cleaned up before spending the day with family and friends.
Just a quick note to announce that there will not be an organized training run for Saturday November 15th. But if you're signed up for the H.U.R.T. 100 don't take that as a sign to take the day off! The trails of Tantalus await you and are open any time..
Look forward to a special trail-edition night-time turkey trot run in the coming weeks!
First, I would like to say a big mahalo to those volunteers that worked hard last Sunday with Na Ala Hele to get the trail system into fantastic shape! I was not there, but I know these folks worked very hard: Mike Cole, Augusto Decastro, Steve Clemons, Iris Oshiro, Sandi Kanemori, Jim Masterson, Jeff Fong, and Freddy Halmes. We are hoping for additional opportunities prior to race day in January. We get great pleasure and benefit from the use of these trails, and need to give back when we are able.
Speaking of giving back, HURT 100 is about 10 weeks away. If you have not yet volunteered to help, there are three aid station looking for volunteers to work during the race. To volunteer at the Nature Center, contact PJ. To volunteer at Paradise Park, contact Marian or sign up here. To volunteer at Nuuanu, contact Freddy or sign up at Runners HI. To volunteer for trail marking or safety patrol, contact Jeff.
This Saturday's training will be on Tantalus trails (get used to it). The plan is to do reverse Triple Trek loops beginning at the Nature Center at 6:00 a.m. Parking is recommended below the lot, as it may be a bit more secure; as always do not leave valuables in your vehicle. Please be mindful of the residents nearby and keep voices and noises to a minimum. The group will do 2.5 to 3 loops and will use vehicles for resupply in between loops. Bring your own water and nutrition.
Ready for something different? Tapering and want to do shorter mileage the week before Peacock? Come join me at Hau'ula loop trail on Sunday at 8am for as many loops as you'd like to do. Each loop is 2.5 miles, with scenic views of the forest as well as the ocean and valleys. Much of the trail is through a pine tree forest, each step padding your feet with soft, luscious pine needles. This trail is serene, beautiful, quiet and completely uncrowded. And there's lots of shade. Have I convinced you yet?
So sleep in, bring your dogs or your kids or just yourself, and come enjoy a day on the North shore...shrimp trucks abound for refueling after the run and the ocean is directly across the street for a post race dip.
Directions: From Kamehameha Highway in Hau`ula, turn onto Hau`ula Homestead Road (across from Hau`ula Beach Park). When the road makes a sharp curve to the left, continue straight onto the access road. Park along the road before the cable gate, taking care not to block the gate. Continue on foot past the gate and the hunter/hiker check-in station. Hau`ula Trail begins on the right side of the access road, just past the check-in station. We'll meet at the gate. (map)
Don't leave any valuables in your car, this is a high theft area - but we all know that right?
Huge thanks to (Left to right): Kimo, Josh, Kelly, Judy, Eric, Glen, Bud. Not pictured: Jacque T. and Jeff F.
First and foremost, an enormous mahalo to the folks who did the extra credit weight training by carrying up 20gallons of water to the stash...THANK YOU!! Same deal this week, any runners who frequently use this stash, please kokua (help) in replenishing it by leaving a gallon or two of water behind. 20 gallons is depleted quickly with swarms of thirsty runners in these high temps.
The routes for this Saturday are similar to last with multiple training runs occuring, all beginning at 6am from Dillingham Airfield. The longer route will start off with heading up for another water drop, then continuing on to do loop 1. The route will return to the airfield, reload, then head back up to do Are's loop then come back down to finish. There will likely be a fast paced and a more leisurely paced group doing this same distance. There is also another group doing loop 1 minus long road, then down to Are's and back up if you are looking for less miles 2 weeks out from race day.
IMPORTANT: If you are entirely new to this course, please be sure to meet up with the group before they leave to find people who are about your pace and have knowledge of the route. Crowds tend to get pretty large on Saturdays this close to race day. It's a good idea to bring maps of the area as well in case you get separated from the group. There will be ample experienced runners out there for those needing direction or have questions. As you all well know, it's gonna be HOT this weekend, so bring plenty of elecrolytes, food and water.
It's that time again, when the mileage starts getting up in to those crazy digits and we lose entire days and weekends to the pull of the trail. The Peacock Ultramarathons date is approaching quickly, in a mere 3.5 weeks many will be toeing the line to challenge themselves in new and unique ways.
For the many of you that have already begun visiting and touring the course, please be aware that the previously well stocked water stash at three way has now been reduced to only a few gallons. As this is an essential resource for those doing long training days, we would like to ask those who have been utilizing the stash frequently for their kokua (help) in replenishing the drinking water supply by bringing and carrying up a gallon or two to the stash this Saturday (or Sunday) or any time you decide to visit. Consider this extra credit weight training not to mention the karmic rewards of helping out your fellow runner.
There are two training routes planned for this Saturday, both beginning at 6am from Dillingham Airfield. After transporting and storing the water near three way, both training routes will head back down 'Awww, $h!t Hill' (just for Cheryl) to go out around Are's Loop then on to the Makai-Gordon's loop. The 'short course' route will head back down to finish at the airfield upon completing the loop at the three way (total of about 16 miles). The 'long course' route will continue to do the out and back over crossover and Long Road before returning to the airfield (total of about 34 miles).
IMPORTANT: If you are entirely new to this course, please be sure to meet up with the group before they leave to find people who are about your pace and have knowledge of the route. Crowds tend to get pretty large on Saturdays this close to race day. It's a good idea to bring maps of the area as well in case you get separated from the group. The longer route (34) will likely be moving at a quicker pace so make sure you come prepared to run if you choose this option! There will be ample experienced runners out there for those needing direction or have questions. As you all well know, it's gonna be HOT this weekend, so bring plenty of elecrolytes, food and water.
See ya'll Saturday! Good luck to everyone running the Maui marathon this weekend!