Just a reminder we have a couple of choices coming up for shorter trail races.
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/
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:
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?
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. )
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.
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.
OK, here we go again! Vi' Adventure Trek and Run, the second annual, will
be held at Kualoa Ranch again, on Sept. 20, which is a Sunday. Below is the
application, which needs to be sent to MDA. We had a lot of fun last year
helping a great cause, and making Vi a very happy girl!
I will be organizing the volunteers again, so if anyone can help us out
this year, please call me at 351-1453, or send your e-mail to email@example.com. We need people to man the
front gate, help as course marshals, help with the initial headquarters setup,
cleanup, pick up of donated food and drinks the day before the race in
town, and a few more things.
We are al looking forward to organizing this event again. We are promoting
crazy costumes and an after race BYOP (bring your own picnic), although we will
still supply snacks and lots of drinks as we did last year.
The application is available here for entrants. There is no late or race day entry so get those applications in early. The deadline is August 20th.
This Saturday is the race that some have waited 12 months in anticipation. One of those is Mike Muench. This year will be extra special, because it will be our first opportunity to welcome Mike back from his summer of four (yes, 4) 100 mile finishes. Maybe Mike's four 100's were just training runs for the Hogsback 12 hour?Like I said...Mikeee likes this race.
Since this is the last race in the 2007 HURT Trail Series, and is a perfect training run for the HURT 100, make your way to The Hawaii Nature Center at 5:30 am, with a measly $10 in hand, and join us for this fun event. It can't be too tough, after all, it's only 12 hours. A piece of cake! We still have a few of the cool Patagonia shirts for sale for the bargain price of $20. See you there ! Don
This a last minute reminder that the Windward Half Marathon is Sunday. If you have not already signed up, here's some info I found: September 9, 2007 Sunday 6:00AM Starts WINDWARD HALF MARATHON RACE SERIES Run sponsored by Boys and Girls Club of Hawaii. HALF MARATHON: Start:
Kailua Intermediate School at S. Kainalu Dr., to Kailua Rd., to Aumoe
Rd., to Mahealani Pl., to Kakahiaka St., to Wanaao Dr.,
counterclockwise around Keolu Dr., to Wanaao Dr., to Kakahiaka St., to
Mahealani Pl., to Aumoe Rd., to Kailua Rd., to Kainalu Dr., to Kaiunui
Dr., to Mokapu Blvd., to Old Mokapu Rd., to Kaimalino St., turnaround,
to end at Kailua Intermediate School. 5K RUN: Start: Kainalu Dr., to Kaha St., to Kainui Dr., to Kainalu Dr., to end at Kailua Intermediate School. KEIKI 1MILE RUN: Start: Kainalu Dr., to Kuukama St., to Kuuala St., to Kuupau St., to end at Kailua Intermediate School. KEIKI 100YARD DASH: Start/Finish within Kailua Intermediate School. Contact: Susan Friedl 255-7811
You could also check with Susan Redpath and the people at FleetFeet Sports in Kailua.
Where: At the Upper Makiki Triangle Park (Water Tank Park) below the Nature Center Entrance. (Makiki Heights Drive and Round Top Drive intersection)
Entry Fee: $10 per entry
An Easy Ten in the Sun
The Mango Madness run is approximately a 10 Miler, primarily trails, along the Honolulu Trail System trails above the Makiki Nature Center, chunks of trails most of us have seen, but in kind of a mad mix. The race starts at the Triangle Park (where the water tank is) at the upper reaches of Makiki Street, and just above where Roundtop and Makiki Heights Drives form.
In deference to the rabbits the route begins with a delightful romp up Makiki Heights Drive to the Nature Center access road, and up the access road to the trail head. It then goes across the stream, wandering along the stream bank past the Nature Center, and takes a left at the Korean Sign, then across the Moleka foot bridge, around the ‘Signs’ bend, across the other foot bridge, to Center Trail.
The course then makes a pleasant sojourn along Center Trail to the ‘Three Way’ at the 'Top' of Center Trail, turns left, and gently makes it way along the slopes of Makiki Valley Trail (Mango’s) to the Nahuina Trail. Right at Nahuina where it wanders back along the valley to Tantalus Road. At Tantalus road the route ambles right along the road for about 100 yards, and then finds ‘Concrete’ Road at the Kalawhahine Trailhead.
An easy jog along Concretes to the summit, then down the small dip, and to the mauka Microwave Station. At the left of the fence around the Station and to the Pu’uohia Trail which winds down the back side of Pu’uohia. Then Makai along Manoa Cliffs and it's all a pleasant down hill jaunt from the hill top to the finish along the old familiar scenes of a 'reverse trek' loop; crossing Tantalus Road and down the Moleka Trial. Moleka through the bamboo, along the cliff side, through the high trees, and down onto the Diamondhead side of Makiki Valley Trail. Takes a right onto Makiki Valley Trail, down toward the bench at the top of Hog Back’s, right along the ‘Cross-over’ portion of Makiki Valley Trail, and back to the ‘Three Way’. Left at the Three way and returns down Center Trail back toward the Nature Center, right at the Korean Sign, and back down across the stream. Finally we give the Roadies a chance to compete with a quarter mile downhill jog to the finish.
Everyone gets a finishers award, even the winners! (If they arrive from the mainland on time) Lots of food, drinks, and great runner's conversations about the best kind of lubricants to use for chaffing and how to stop yer shorts from bunchin.
This is always a fun run and great time. It is a wonderful way to see the trails if you don't normally run them. Everyone is welcome. We look forward to seeing new faces and we will try our best to make you feel right at home.