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
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
After you are finished with Run with a View and want a few more miles, feel free to join me on my South Loop 40 miler. Below are some approximate splits allowing for a popsicle, coffee and water. This run is my last prep run for a charity event in Baton Rouge on May 20th benefitting cancer research.
Aloha - Paul (497-3911)
4:30AM Start at 1393 Nanialii Dr, Kailua 6:00AM Makapu Pt. 7:00AM Koko Head 8:00AM Aina Haina 9:30AM Pali Hwy 11:00AM Kam Hwy Junct. 12:00PM Finish at 1393 Nanialii Dr, Kailua
Start time 5:00 PM Friday November 12, Manoa Rd. @narrows. Distance 3+ Loops. Stashes stocked. Charity event.
Well its been quite a year! 60 Hour HOSPICE Runner run, HURT 100 (PR), Round Oahu, 2Seas2Summits, Maui Madness, Peacock(PR)....to name just the highlights. Running for 60 hours plus on a number of occasions, was quite a challenge, doing 130,135, 160, 170 mile runs alters ones thought processes. I am thankful for those runs and all the support I received from all of you. There were 'totally fried' moments when I would not have gone on if good friends had not of been there to offer care and support. Thank you so much! And there were a few 'so far out I'm never coming back' moments when I had to reach down deep and make it happen on my own. All hard acts to follow.
To commemorate the end of a great year, and mark the beginning of yet another I plan to run a 100 K this week-end. It will be a three hurt loop plus, run. I am planning on going out 5:00PM on Friday evening from the Manoa Road standard parking area, just before road narrows. I will be stocking the Stashes at Manoa, Jack-ass, and Nature Center. (Marked with Orange Tape and similar to last year's in locations) I'll have water, drinks, and some snacks at each location. The goal is to show up at Manoa at around 11:00 PM and then again around 6:00 AM on Saturday.
I will be donating $10 to St. Francis Hospice for every runner who makes it out this week-end. So your effort will help a good cause.
We are farther into the training season than most people realize. It is time to be doing loops, time to be doing multiple loops, if you plan to be out there for HURT you need night running time.. I invite you to take advantage of the opportunity to get out and do some night loop training. If we are lucky it will rain, blow, and be really muddy so we can have a great training secession. This is the time to get your lights straight, to figure out your dark times, to understand night nutrition and fatigue factors, to do some distance alone in the hills at night with the guys who live beside the trails, and to have the support of other runners. Remember laps three and four are hope killers, dream snatchers, the doubt demons of HURT runners. Night Loops make or break HURT for most runners. Come out and make friends with all the trail nasties.
I look forward to seeing you out there! If you have any questions please email me at mmuench01 at gmail. Or you can post a question here, on facebook, or call me at threeseventwo-twosixthreezero.
Planning to head out for a night run Sat. As a new dad, everything is in flux. Hope to head out around 8PM in Maunawili to get muddy on the trails for 3-4 hours. Please email me if you are bored, and want to keep a new dad awake. Pack appropriate survival gear.
Location: Maunawili Falls Trail to Nuuanu and back Distance: Too far for a tired dad (maybe 12 miles) Contact: Paul firstname.lastname@example.org