New Fun Trail Runs: Starting Saturday--11-24-12 and other announcements

Aloha Athletes,

St. Louis HtsInformal Training Series

We felt that we were missing some informal runs during the winter months – so welcome to the Post Holiday Trail Series.

First run is this Saturday (11-24) at St. Louis Hts., all runs are short, and followed by a refreshment table ($10 donation recommended).

Also in common for all runs, is that there will only be a max. of 100 participants!

Therefore, please email us at holidaytrailhawaii@gmail.com and we will create the list of names before the run, and signing in that morning will be easier.

Sign up on day of race will be on a space available basis.

A little bit about the run: 3 miles, we will begin by the cabin next to the parking lot, and head Makai and we will explore the area overlooking UH – then back up to finish in the same place. The trail has roots, some rocks, and the mud tends to stick to your shoes and you will look like a hobbit!

A little bit about how to get there: Wa’ahila Ridge State Recreation Area is located at the end of St. Louis Hts., kind of…at the top, the street changes names as you don’t stay on St. Louis to get there the whole time. Right on Peter Street, and left on Ruth Place will get you there. BUT…parking is limited in the park…so it is recommended that you find parking in the neighborhood, and as always, be courteous to those who live (and sleep there). The park does not open before 7:00AM – and that is when we will be there and available for questions and taking down some names and numbers (on your leg).

Run 2 and 3 are the Saturdays after Christmas (Aiea Loop Trail, 4.4 miles) and New Year (Pupukea, around 6 miles). More info as those runs get closer.

Though HURT is promoting these run, they are not HURT sponsored runs. 

Finally, for those of you who participated in the Peacock race a few weeks back, there are now race bags available for pickup at Runner's HI in Aiea. These arrived late and are now ready for pickup for all participants. So, if you raced, stop by Ray's and pick yours up.

For those of you training for HURT, this is a crucial weekemd, get out there and train! For the rest of you, enjoy your time with family and Happy Thanksgiving to all. 

Got training plans for the weekend, post it in the Comments below for others to join in!

Aloha, Bob


FINAL REMINDER: Kaena Point Firecracker Race this SUNDAY!

H.U.R.T. Trail Series Kaena Point Firecracker 10-Mile Trail Race: Sunday July 8, 2012 @ 7:00a.m. 

No pre-registration, just show up at least 45 minutes prior to the race start (6:15a.m.), pay the $10 entry fee and be ready to run. Driving Instructions:  From the North Shore, follow the signs to Mokuleia or Waialua. Follow Farrington Highway past Dillingham Airfield and Camp Erdman. After that, you will come to Kaena Point State Park on your right. 

BBQ Potluc k after the race, so please bring a dish to share, a beach chair, swimsuit - to relax and enjoy the post-race festivities!  Hotdogs, burgers, condiments, drinks, and some fruit will be provided. We will have an aid station with water set up at the halfway point, however, we will require ALL runners to carry adequate water (at least one 20 ounce bottle) during the run. It is hot out there and there is not much shade. Don't forget sun protection!

COSTUME PRIZES!!!! The theme for our race is Cartoon Costumes (think Roadrunner, Wiley Coyote, & dynamite that goes BANG!) ... Costume award categories may include but are not limited to: Most Patriotic… Cartoon Character… Brightest Colors… Craziest Hat… etc.

Stephane Lacasa will be taking professional photos of all of the runners out on the course, & will post a link on the HURT blog for FREE downloads of all his action shots after the race! Check out his website (cut & paste following url into your web browser): www.surfographie.com

BONUS: this year marks our first ever Dyn-O-Mite Double Challenge Run! Do BOTH the XTERRA Freedomfest 10K Trail Run at Kualoa Ranch on Saturday, July 7th (www.xterrafreedomfest.com) AND our Firecracker Race = AWARDS TO THE TOP THREE BEST COMBINED TIMES!

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See you there! 

Julie T & Scott G

Julie: julieDOTtakishimaATyahooDOTcom

Scott: scottgordonDOTs@gmailDOTcom 

 

 


A Quick Mango Madness Announcement: T-Shirt Ordering Deadline

Aloha Athletes, 

We are fortunate to have amongst us a new Trail Series Co-Race Director who is also an amazing graphic designer, Melanie Decker Koehl. She had asked me to post this a while back but we held out until the race got a bit closer and not to distract from this weekend's amazing "Run for George."

However the deadline to order is Monday, May 28th to get your shirt in time to be available race day, June 9th.   The shirts will not be available for sale at the race!

Get a shirt for the 4th race in the H.U.R.T. Trail Series: Mango Madness! These white dry-fit t-shirts run a bit small, so order up. Designed by Melanie Decker Design, printed by Tai Blechta of TaiGraphix. $15!

Link to buy a t-shirt: 
http://www.littlesproutshawaii.com/products/mango-madness-t-shirt

IMPORTANT: Enter coupon code MANGO at checkout for free shipping. Shirts will be at the race for pick-up.

This race is going to be a blast! 10+ Miles always means a special detour thrown in when you least expect it. So expect it!

(If you already have a "Run with the Pigs 2011" shirt, it is the same style, fit)

There will be a practice or training run scheduled for Saturday, June 2!.

Aloha, Bob


A Week-end without Rain? Chances are 40 to 60 Miles.

Well, we are in the gut of the beast.  If you have been putting off the distance tests, the night runs, or even the full loops then now is the time to plan on getting onto the trails and doing the do.  Best make what ever bargains you have to at home, because the weeks are ticking down fast and we are sitting at about four.  And depending on what kind of tapering freak you are, you may not have much time left to actually practice before you justify sitting around telling yourself that rest is the answer to doing the HURT.  

Frankly I don't have much of an opinion of the taper and feel it makes you really soft and whiny on the dark muddy trails of Sunday morning.  But its as hard to talk people out of the taper as it is to talk economists out of the neokeysian concepts of abundant money creation.  Both are trying to make something out of nothing. And sooner or later both tend to end up quite badly.  

Anyway....this week is a great time to do a lot of running.  Starting Friday at 6:00pm there is that thing around and around the inner loop. Just as that ends we are scheduling another loop or two starting at the Nature Center at 6:00AM.  If you've got any real idea of doing the HURT you ought to be thinking of coming out and doing a bit of the Hog Back and then doing at least a full loop.  Real Ultra runners will be considering a full 18+ hours of trail time.

I urge everyone to post their alternative plans.  If you are going out mid week please post the departure times and points.  It really helps the new runners to go out with others during the week.  Given the condition of the trails lately, some company is, perhaps, a wise thing.  

Remember the Hog Back on Friday!  Plan on a long run this week-end.  The stashes have water! No excuses but to get out there and RUN!    

---A point of planning.   We are trying to arrange a trail maintenance day on some of the HURT trails in conjunction with Na Hele.  The tentative date is  January 7th.   One of those 'taper' week-ends.   Please mark that down and we will get back to you in greater detail as the time approaches. 

Aloha.....Mikem

 

 

 


Register Now for July 2012 Neighbor Island 50Mile Ultrarun!

The annual TriLanai 3Hills 50Mile Bike Ride has added an ultrarun option - this is your chance to participate in the inaugural running of a new Hawaii ultrarun course, and will be the first official ultrarunning event to be offered on the beautiful island of Lana'i. This road run is being added to an established bike event, so you can count on solid organization, reputable sponsors, and great fun! Check out TriLanai's website for course map:

http://trilanai.com

Register now (on active.com) for an exciting addition to your 2012 race schedule, and support our neighbor island of Lana'i, using this link:

http://www.active.com/running/hulopoe-beach-park-hi/trilanai-3hills---50-mi-road-bike-ride-or-ultramarathon-2012

JanM & I got to preview all 3 legs of the course last week and it was GORGEOUS! and tough. Amazing way to see much of the island and run a challenging course at the same time. There are several different accomodation options on the island (see TriLanai's website for island information) & I will be coordinating group accomodations if people are interested. I highly recommend to plan adding a running of the Munro Trail to your trip!

Manele Bay
(Manele Bay/Hulopoe Beach - event start/finish)

Hope to see you there!!

JulieT

 


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

Essentials:

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.

 

Milu

 

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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The Unofficial 12 Hours of Hogback; Enter the DarkSide

Another in the Madness Series.....

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Time: 6:00PM Friday November 26th to 6:00AM  Saturday November 27

Place:  Hogback (of course!)  Nature Center Picnic Table. 

The Route:  Inner loops (Hogback, Cross-over, Center)  repeated.

Bring your own stuff, though there will be some refreshments there. 

This is a great test of stamina and fortitude over that bit of ground that is so loved by us all.  Come out and get your lines down up the hogback and the cross-over. 

Remember....if you cann't do five.....you won't survive....


Reminder: Two Upcoming Trail Half Marathons-Registration

Aloha Athletes,

Just a reminder we have a couple of choices coming up for shorter trail races. 

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The inaugural Gunstock Ranch Half Marathon race takes place on October 30th starting at 7:00 a.m. The entry fee is $35 dollars and there is an increase after October 15. This is new territory for us to run on and it will be a good opportunity to see this part of the island. Registration is available through Active.com. More info can be found here: http://www.gunstockhalfmarathon.blogspot.com/

 

 

Logo_worlds09 Also the XTERRA Trail Running World Championship takes place out at Kualoa Ranch on December 5th starting at 9:00 a.m. The entry fee is $45 and more info can be found here:

http://www.xterraplanet.com/xduro/championship.html

 

Both of these events offer shorter race options too, so check out their sites and get your friends and hit the trails. 

Aloha, Bob


Are YOU Ready to Road Rumble

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Down the Hard Hot Highway...
 
Here we are into the second month of the HURT Trail Series, Rex, Jan and Lisa are already doing HURT loops, Huddy and Jeff are running everywhere, Brian is doing elevation training while carting around a small car on his back, Nick and Huffer did 27 at Peacock, and what are you doing to get ‘back into’ Ultra training?   Has that question become something that nags at you while you knock off those 10 and 15 K street runs that are all the rage right now? 

 

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HURT 100 Pacer Exchange--Mikey made a typeo: mmuench01

From a few  conversations I have had and overheard I believe that there is no one attempting to coordinate pacers and runners in need for this year's 100.  I know a lot of people have taken care of their pacer needs.  Others have not yet gotten to that point in planning. 

I am going to take a stab at this.  It may work, it may not.   Here is how I will try to do this. 

If you need a pacer please send me an email with your estimated loop time. ie are you a 6 hour average runner or a 7 hour average runner (ectra) over the loops you will need a pacer.   Then tell me what loops you may be needing a pacer, and your estimated time of need (departing from Nature Center).  Provide me with a phone number and and email address. 

If you want to pace please do much the same as above.  Your best pace over a loop in hours.  When you can be available, and for how long.  Give me a phone number and email address.  If you want to be a pacer it is essential that you get out on the trails and do a few loops so you understand what you are committing to. Most people want night loop pacers.  Nasty business but very helpful.  Good pacers know their night lines.  Come on out and join the last of the night training loops!  

I will do the following.  I'll stick this info on a spreadsheet and try an coordinate contacts. I'll send emails to runners and possible pacers and it is up to you to finalize the arrangement. I would suggest you get out and run with your possible pacer to ensure compatibility. 

If you find a pacer, or become a pacer contact me and I will remove you from the list. 

The contact will be mmuench01 at gmail.  (please do not post your personal info as a comment as it is subject to crawler scarfing. )

Aloha,  Mikem


Injury Contemplation

I came down the Kealia Trail last Saturday morning convinced that I was done. I had 38 miles on my feet and was ready to call it a day, and more importantly my quads were telling me they didn't like me very much.  But when I got to the bottom I let the morning crowd con me into going back up.  Actually they would have let me go home, but I was too macho to admit I was quiting so I followed them back up.  I finished the day with almost 54 miles on my feet. 

It felt good.  However by Monday my right knee was giving me a bit of a problem.  Nothing serious but I skipped my Monday run, and it put me even on where I would have been if I had taken it easy on Saturday and done the Monday.  It set me to thinking about listening to one's body, and I was reminded of an old post I made last year when we lost a few people to injury.  I pulled out the old post and reread it.  It applies to us all, beginner, intermediate, and old trail 'pro' .   I post it again in the hopes that it reminds us all that we are made of flesh (muscle, tendon, ligaments) and bone; all tissues that respond to our demands or mistreatment as the case may be. 

We are now entering the long haul of Peacocks and HURT.  The answers for most of us lie in the simple phrase 'Time on Feet."  It doesn't matter how fast you do a Peacock loop, what matters is how many you can do.  And often the amount of time on feet depends on the long term development curve of your own body. It can not be short cut without increasing the possibility of injury.   

Here is that old post: 

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Ode to the Road

Something to turn those friday night dreams pleasant.....tomorrow's reality.

I headed out toward Dillingham before the Friday afternoon rush hour fouled the roads and brought the flow of traffic to a standstill. Made it there in less than an hour and with surprisingly easy driving.

Moving along the bottom of long road by 4:10, I was hoofing it up the quickly sloping road with an extra gallon of water on my back. The going was slow, very slow at first, and the longer and higher the trudge the heavier that extra gallon became. If you have not had the pleasure of doing long road I have to tell you that the first mile is pretty flat, and the 1 mile marker sits at the base of a large tree that marks the first real steep. But the road is wide and smooth asphalt making it just a 'dig-in and do it' kind of up. Farther up, at the 1.5 mile marker the road moves through a gate and becomes narrower, older, and rougher, as it turns into the first valley. There the trees get a little taller at the sides of the road offering small patches of shade in the afternoon sun, false promises of relief from the humid warmth that rises off the old asphalt and the heat of the late afternoon sun. Moving toward the back of the valley the road hair-pins and heads up once again on the first of a long succession of switchbacks.

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