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Saturday Training - November 1, 2014: Paradise to JAG Repeats

Aloha Athletes:

Happy Halloween! Is it possible that November is already here?  What happened to October? I have a sinking feeling that the next 11 weeks are going to pass by at warp speed and H.U.R.T.100 will be upon us before we know it.  Hopefully you will consume enough carbohydrates in the form of candy corn, beer, snickers bars, beer, tootsie rolls, and beer to fuel you for a weekend of fun trail training runs!  Domo_with_candy_corn_for_Halloween-660x509

Get your gear, lace your shoes, and get on the Tantalus trails this weekend.  There are many options on Saturday starting at 6:00 am.  Parking in the Manoa neighborhood at the end of Manoa Road is recommended.  Some folks will be doing Paradise Park to Jack Ass Ginger repeats again this week.  Others will be doing a full HURT loop starting and ending in Manoa.  Do as much or as little as you like.  If you are not familiar with the route, it is highly recommended that you run with someone who is.  Carry enough fluids, calories and electrolytes for the duration planned and some extra as emergency backup. 

Whatever you decide to do, have fun and be safe!


Saturday Training - October 25, 2014: Paradise-JAG-Paradise

Aloha Athletes:

Okay gang, this Saturday marks exactly 12 weeks out from the H.U.R.T. 100-Mile Endurance Run.  If you have not started to ramp up your training yet, it is time to put on your big-kid pants and get yourself onto the lovely trails of Tantalus.  This Saturday‚Äôs training will be Paradise Park to Jack-Ass Ginger to Paradise Park repeats (each repeat is approximately 11 miles), starting at 6:00 a.m. at the end of Manoa Road.  Do as few or as many as you like.  For details about this section of the course, see the Book of HURT 2015 here.

Now is the time to practice your nutrition and hydration plans, so come prepared with adequate fluids, calories, electrolytes, and whatever magic concoction that you would like to try.  As always, be safe and smart out there and have fun!



Saturday Training - October 18, 2014: Reverse Trek Loop - UPDATED 10/17

Aloha Athletes:

The Saturday training run will be a ROAD loop of Tantalus, starting from the Nature Center at 5:30 a.m.

This is from Department of Land and Natural Resources:




>> All state parks will be closed Saturday, until further notice. There will be no Friday night camping in park campgrounds. All state forest areas, hiking trails and public hunting areas will be closed Saturday until further notice.

Stay safe this weekend!


Congratulations to all that competed in one or more of the epic events last weekend.  I am sure that some are still feeling the impact of hard efforts and may want to do a mellow run, and there are some hard-chargers that will want to put the pedal to the metal again this weekend.

For the first category, there will be a group run starting at 6:00 a.m. at the Makiki Nature Center for a reverse Trek Loop.  You can ease into your HURT 100 training by doing this relaxed 10-mile course, or leap in head-first by going for a second repeat and higher mileage.  Plan to carry fluids and nutrition sufficient for a minimum of 2-3 hours on the trail per loop. 

For the latter category, there is also the Gunstock 5K and Half Marathon is starting at 7:00 a.m. at Kualoa Ranch. (I believe the registration is closed for this event now.)

Of course, if the tropical storm/hurricane becomes a threat for Saturday, and plans need to be changed, I will post here on Friday early evening.

Have a great weekend!


Huge Weekend for Racing, Pacing, Cheering, and Supporting - October 11-12, 2014

Aloha Athletes:

Rosie and Steve are off on an epic adventure, so I am filling in for blog posts for a bit.  Big shoes to fill, but I am going to give it my best effort.

There will be no organised trail training run for the H.U.R.T. family because so many people are spread around the globe this weekend.  Peacock 100K/50K begins on Saturday morning at 6:00 a.m.  Rob Lahoe has been working hard to put on this very challenging race and many of the H.U.R.T. runners will be braving the course.  For more information, go to https://www.peacockultra.com/.

Many Hawaii folks will be toeing the start line of the Chicago Marathon.  You can see more information here:Chicago Marathon

Finally, the Big Dance in Kailua-Kona will get underway for many H.U.R.T. runners on Saturday.  You can see information here: Ironman World Championship

Good luck to all and whatever you do this weekend, make it great!


Sunday October 5th: Hau'ula Loop Trail @ 8am

Aloha Athletes! Hauula

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?