Ala Moana to Kailua Run - Friday 1630

Running home to Kailua after work tonight - Friday.  Departing from the Ala Mona Shopping Center Macy's end around 4:30pm at the corner of Atkinson and Ala Moana in front of the YMCA on Atkinson.  Fun run testing my new pack.  About 15 miles on road until Pali Tunnels then trail and back to road.  Easy pace with conversation.  Call me to coordinate at 808-497-3911.  Aloha - Paul

Friday Night Maunawili Trail Run - May 11th

Last minute post, but I'd like any company willing to run by local time (be flexible that is). I'm starting around 7pm ish after all kids, wife and things are done. Leaving from the Maunawili Falls Trail gate, and just running for a while. Can't promise the exact start or end time so call or text if interested - family rules apply. 808-497-3911

Aloha Jan, the Honolulu Marathon, and the Evil that Lurks Beyond: Week End Training

Saturday morning there will be a fun run to say Aloha to Jan M out Hawaii Kai way.  Please check Julie's earlier post for details.  

This is also Honolulu Marathon week so....for many the weekend is going to be a street workout on Sunday. I don't do sprints, but I'm signed up for the Marathon,  so I'm thinking of going out in the evening and making it a double as I need the me if you are up for such an absurdity.   Otherwise best of luck to all you fast people on the Big Sprint.  

If you are going out to face the Evil that Lurks Beyond then please post your trail run start times and departure points.  I've been busy this past week so I don't know what the state of the Stashes is.  I will try and check them before Saturday.  

Hope to see you this weekend at Jan's run or somewhere along the Marathon route.  I'll be looking for you as I head out the Hard Hot Highway toward Hawaii Kai, and as you guys return!

Aloha,  Mikem



December 2nd- 4th-- Week-end Training Runs

Last week we had a lot of posted comments on when and where people were going out!  Let's continue that this week as well. Lots of people need the encouragement and opportunity.  Nothing more harsh than going out on yer own in the rain and dark.  Fun, but harsh, no?    

Also please post your week day training as well.  Who know you may get some unexpected and enjoyable company.  

I believe there is a runner coming in from the west who wants to run a loop on Friday.  Please check the left margin for that posted comment if you can or want to do an after noon loop on Friday. Always nice to show a bit of Aloha.  

Saturday morning at 6:30 from the water tanks will be the standard training run.  Cheryl will clarify this if it does not quite suit the Wahine Ali'i Kukini . (I just do the posts)  

Lots of time left....more than a month till the HURT.  Relax, no sweat, it won't come back to haunt you until late THAT Saturday night when you ARE all alone in the wind and the rain in the dark, and that crazy quy is running along side you 10 feet off the trail clacking all that bamboo, and you start making up lame excuses to stop and go its unfair to your family for you to be out in the cold rainy night, or you need to wash the car tomorrow, or you've suddenly decided that trail running shortens your life, or discovered that raspberry goo gives you hives, or tell me what it will be because it will likely be something.   

Run, run while you can because you will have to keep running while you can't if you don't train.  

Good Luck and Aloha!


Maunawili Falls Night Run

Anyone interested in a few hours (6) tonight (Fri) and you are not planning to do the awesome Peacock 100K, feel free to join me.  Leaving around 6PM from Maunawili Falls Trail and heading over to Manoa Falls - back.  It will be dark and we'll likely encounter the ghost tours! Bring typical trail supplies with about 100oz.  Expect rain and mud, and a lot of fun.  Wish I could do the 100K, but took the smart route to recovery. Call/text if interested: 808-497-3911.  Paul

Trail Marking, Taper Run, and Pot Luck; October 22, 2011


Meet at the Dillingham Airfield  Parking Lot at 7:00 AM on Saturday 10/22 for a brief light run and some trail marking, followed by a Pot Luck.

Gordon has asked me to post a request for volunteers to mark the Peacock trail this Saturday Morning. We will be dividing up into groups and heading out of the Airport parking lot at 7:00 as usual. We will then meet up back at the airport at about 11:00 for a Pot Luck. All are invited to come and do a bit of trail marking, a light taper run, or more if you wish, and then we will do a Pau Hana to our Peacock training. You don't even need to go up the Kealia to show up for the Pau Hana.

Gordon needs some volunteers to do A. Upper Kealia and Are's Loop B. Gordon's and Lower loop. C. Cross Over to Rock Piles. D: The Kuaokala Makua Ridge from Balls to Stash.

Important Race Day Note: If you plan to enter the airport prior to 7:00AM you will be required to present current vehicle paper work. (Insurance, registration, inspection). Please check you paperwork prior to race day so you will not be barred from coming in due to this preannounced idiocy.




An Ode to Peacocks 

The mountains have been climbed and re-climbed, the long stretches of twisting trails and fire roads have been memorized, the infinite ups and downs have been suffered and the culmination of another running cycle draws near.

Peacocks, which was so recently an audacious experiment, then born an ambitious 54+ miler, morphs into a full-blown madly-rugged 100+ K, and is now upon us! We've crammed in all the training possible and stand waiting, wondering what to do other than be out running hard along the northern ridges of the Waianae. One last chug up the hill perhaps? One last visit to the panoramic vistas we will have little time to appreciate on race day? Maybe, or are we just yielding to the unbreakable habit of over training?


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Training Schedule Weekend of October 15, 2011

This is one of the final weeks before the Peacocks race.  Some will be Tapouring (Tapering) others will be out doing the route in a more intense fashion.   The standard departure times are posted.  If you have any questions please post them,  if you have any other runs scheduled please post the venues and times.   Post your runs, perhaps you can find a partner.  We all know what it is to go out alone, and there is nothing wrong with it, but it is safer if you are with somebody.

Saturday:  From the Bottom of Long Road @5:00 AM   Dillingham Airport Parking @ approx. 7:00 AM

Other starts and venues as posted in comments. All are welcome. Bring sufficient water for your run. Give thought to what you take with you as this is an advanced level trail. Ultra runners of all levels/ability/speed will be out on the trails.

A race prep. comment, followed by a mild rant.    

Knowing the Race Route:

If you are going to run the Peacock, even just one loop, you should be giving some thoughts to the times you want to log for each section. It pays to sit down, reflect on what you have been doing during training, and write this out. Putting it down on paper will cause you to give some greater thought to the race, and it may just cause you to face some hard facts before you actually have to live through over exuberant expectations of yourself. Another step in preparing for a race is to go out and do a loop at a slower pace than you expect to do but one that lets you test your assumed times. This is a great week to get this done.

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Friday Night Run - Windward Side

Planning a Friday night run leaving from Maunawili Falls Trailhead in the Maunawili subdivision around 6PM and running over to Paradise Park, then back.  Long-slow run over the Pali (no pork please), through Jackass Ginger, over to PP then return to Maunawili.  Looking for company from anyone that has too many daytime commitments to run when there is sunlight, and a sense of humor! Call my cell if interested (497-3911).  Approx. 23ish miles and 6-7 hours.

It is Time for Distance, Pain, and Suffering!


No more of these sissy short sprints, no more tinni-wheeny ten mile loops being called 'training', no more 'one bottle' wandering,  It is time to prove you actually deserve that HURT shirt, or are deserving of one sometime. Real training is upon us, and you are provided with a number of alternatives to test your pain levels and stamina.

Gordon will lead off from Dillingham airport about 6:30, gate opens at 6:00 I believe.  Top stash is not a regular training stash as we have had limited access.  Carry your own water,  take an extra gallon up the trail if you are doing the over and back and need to refill. Stash water at the bottom of Long Road too! Be prepared for a real Hottie.  



Peacock 100K  is the next run.  It will be here much too soon to fully train for it.  Get out there and run Peacock now, so you will suffer less on the day Gordon makes you wish you never heard of the place. 


If you are wanting to do more then you can get to Peacocks by ***5:00 AM***  and meet Cheryl and Rex  at the bottom of Long Road for that extra kicker, and some Awesome views of North Shore as you top out of Long Road in the early morning light.   

Long road


Come celebrate Saturday Night Fever with a Night HURT Loop. Start Time 5:30 PM from Pairadice.  Park at Top of Manoa Road, before it narrows we will meet at the cars and walk up to trailhead.   This is 20 miles in the fading evening light and enchanting moon glow of the trails of the HURT.  Check out Wili Woo's facebook post for details, and we will also post details of this one as comments below.   This is not a fun run but you can bail at two points if it becomes too much.  We are going to attempt to do the loop in about 6:30 to 7:00 hours, or better if you wish.  Stashes will be stocked with water.  The rest is up to you. 

Check Ourt for more detail. 


Night run


The HURT Weather Forecast:

From now, till the end of the year, we are going to be bustin and husselin.  It's true HURT season.  Gordon and Rob have thrown down a challenge at Peacocks that needs to be met if you intend to do the HURT. And if you are thinking even remotely of doing HURT in 2013 you best get your ass to Peacocks and start training as that 100K finish will count large in the draw.   This is a sport where dreams come true only after you push through a year of nightmares.   So begin the fun, seek your dreams, get out there and commune with the night spirits of the trails, or challenge the Kuolaka'a devils to a  run up the slopes of 'hell' to the entrance to Milu.     

Run hard, run long,  and learn to be very uncomfortable while doing it.  Always remember that sometime on that night third and fourth you are going to be crying like a baby to yourself and fetting over some minor bodily upset. A hurt toe, a poor tummy, a bit of chaffing, a little blister, or some silly combination will decide your finish.  Learn to Gut it Out.  Get miserable now and learn to kick your own ass up that hill when you bonk and cry and throw a tantrum.  This is it gang.  This is Training Season.

 Aloha Marv.   

Mango marv