Just a quick note to announce that there will not be an organized training run for Saturday November 15th. But if you're signed up for the H.U.R.T. 100 don't take that as a sign to take the day off! The trails of Tantalus await you and are open any time..
Look forward to a special trail-edition night-time turkey trot run in the coming weeks!
First, I would like to say a big mahalo to those volunteers that worked hard last Sunday with Na Ala Hele to get the trail system into fantastic shape! I was not there, but I know these folks worked very hard: Mike Cole, Augusto Decastro, Steve Clemons, Iris Oshiro, Sandi Kanemori, Jim Masterson, Jeff Fong, and Freddy Halmes. We are hoping for additional opportunities prior to race day in January. We get great pleasure and benefit from the use of these trails, and need to give back when we are able.
Speaking of giving back, HURT 100 is about 10 weeks away. If you have not yet volunteered to help, there are three aid station looking for volunteers to work during the race. To volunteer at the Nature Center, contact PJ. To volunteer at Paradise Park, contact Marian or sign up here. To volunteer at Nuuanu, contact Freddy or sign up at Runners HI. To volunteer for trail marking or safety patrol, contact Jeff.
This Saturday's training will be on Tantalus trails (get used to it). The plan is to do reverse Triple Trek loops beginning at the Nature Center at 6:00 a.m. Parking is recommended below the lot, as it may be a bit more secure; as always do not leave valuables in your vehicle. Please be mindful of the residents nearby and keep voices and noises to a minimum. The group will do 2.5 to 3 loops and will use vehicles for resupply in between loops. Bring your own water and nutrition.
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!
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.
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’s 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!
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.
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 http://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!
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?
Huge thanks to (Left to right): Kimo, Josh, Kelly, Judy, Eric, Glen, Bud. Not pictured: Jacque T. and Jeff F.
First and foremost, an enormous mahalo to the folks who did the extra credit weight training by carrying up 20gallons of water to the stash...THANK YOU!! Same deal this week, any runners who frequently use this stash, please kokua (help) in replenishing it by leaving a gallon or two of water behind. 20 gallons is depleted quickly with swarms of thirsty runners in these high temps.
The routes for this Saturday are similar to last with multiple training runs occuring, all beginning at 6am from Dillingham Airfield. The longer route will start off with heading up for another water drop, then continuing on to do loop 1. The route will return to the airfield, reload, then head back up to do Are's loop then come back down to finish. There will likely be a fast paced and a more leisurely paced group doing this same distance. There is also another group doing loop 1 minus long road, then down to Are's and back up if you are looking for less miles 2 weeks out from race day.
IMPORTANT: If you are entirely new to this course, please be sure to meet up with the group before they leave to find people who are about your pace and have knowledge of the route. Crowds tend to get pretty large on Saturdays this close to race day. It's a good idea to bring maps of the area as well in case you get separated from the group. There will be ample experienced runners out there for those needing direction or have questions. As you all well know, it's gonna be HOT this weekend, so bring plenty of elecrolytes, food and water.
It’s time to take action to save Haiku Stairs and its environment.
In approximately two weeks, the Haiku Stairs Task Force will submit a report to the city with their recommendations for the future of Haiku Stairs. This task force was convened by Councilman Ikaika Anderson and composed of neighborhood representatives, Friends of Haiku Stairs, landowners, state agencies, the city and other stakeholders.
We know from participating on the task force that by implementing a managed access program similar to the one at Hanauma Bay, we restore the experience, reduce liability and restore peace to our neighborhoods.
However, elected leaders need a strong mandate from the people to make this happen.
No matter where you live, if you believe that Haiku Stairs is worth keeping and should be accessible, we need your teamwork. Please join us in contacting the leaders listed on the left by October 3.
Key Messages 1. Reopen Haiku Stairs through a managed access program similar to Hanauma Bay. 2. The status quo is not working and is unacceptable to all involved parties. 3. Removing the stairs is the most expensive, difficult option.
It's that time again, when the mileage starts getting up in to those crazy digits and we lose entire days and weekends to the pull of the trail. The Peacock Ultramarathons date is approaching quickly, in a mere 3.5 weeks many will be toeing the line to challenge themselves in new and unique ways.
For the many of you that have already begun visiting and touring the course, please be aware that the previously well stocked water stash at three way has now been reduced to only a few gallons. As this is an essential resource for those doing long training days, we would like to ask those who have been utilizing the stash frequently for their kokua (help) in replenishing the drinking water supply by bringing and carrying up a gallon or two to the stash this Saturday (or Sunday) or any time you decide to visit. Consider this extra credit weight training not to mention the karmic rewards of helping out your fellow runner.
There are two training routes planned for this Saturday, both beginning at 6am from Dillingham Airfield. After transporting and storing the water near three way, both training routes will head back down 'Awww, $h!t Hill' (just for Cheryl) to go out around Are's Loop then on to the Makai-Gordon's loop. The 'short course' route will head back down to finish at the airfield upon completing the loop at the three way (total of about 16 miles). The 'long course' route will continue to do the out and back over crossover and Long Road before returning to the airfield (total of about 34 miles).
IMPORTANT: If you are entirely new to this course, please be sure to meet up with the group before they leave to find people who are about your pace and have knowledge of the route. Crowds tend to get pretty large on Saturdays this close to race day. It's a good idea to bring maps of the area as well in case you get separated from the group. The longer route (34) will likely be moving at a quicker pace so make sure you come prepared to run if you choose this option! There will be ample experienced runners out there for those needing direction or have questions. As you all well know, it's gonna be HOT this weekend, so bring plenty of elecrolytes, food and water.
See ya'll Saturday! Good luck to everyone running the Maui marathon this weekend!