Monday, December 26, 2016

Honolulu Marathon Reviews Rolled in one....

Register early to get best price

Getting ready tips:
* Your gear bag, you would need to drop off the day before the race if you were to use it-

About the race/course:
Getting to race and back 
Tips on what to do:
Post-race food:

* someone claimed they did not see any bathrooms until mile 6
* Porta potties have signs for men and women....

What the place is like: 
* The place was decorated with holiday decor 
* Fireworks at the startThis is a 20 minute full fledged colorful display that rivals some of the best Fourth of July fireworks shows I've seen. 

The Expo:
* a person claimed the expo was mediocre and somewhat disappointing 
* Many booths with little connection to running 
Public parking is available at the Convention Centre. It was $10 and there were plenty of spots.
Thursday, December 8 – 9:00 AM-6:00 PM, Friday, December 9 – 9:00 AM-7:00 PM, Saturday, December 10 – 9:00 AM-5:00 PM. Bring your confirmation email to the packet pick up. I will try to get there Saturday day and then stay Monday and Tuesday afterwards and  check out Wednesday morning. 

* Lots of people register then don't show up. Sp 33,000 might be registered and only about 22,000 show up. 
 Japanese runners take more than 65 percent of the starters

* No time limit BUT, " the course was billed as having no cut-off times, yet aid stations were being closed, and street sweepers had moved in, as walkers struggled in the late-afternoon Hawaiian heat. I understand the need to clean and close the course, but the course should not be billed as having no time-limit, if it in fact is going to be closed after a certain time." 
* 10 miles of out and back in the full sun 
* Sold as destination run for Japanese, some seem unprepared
* No corrals 
* there was apparently an allowance for young children to participate in the race.
* beginning of race was very confusing 
Finishing in Kapiolani Park
* The course is spectacular 
* 5am start, sunshine comes up at 7am
The course is mostly flat with the only two noticeable hills (at mile 8 and mile 24).
The biggest little thing that made a big difference: Sponges! I had never been so relieved to see a sponge in my life - and multiple times throughout the race - I was in heaven! These ice cold sponges were amazing to rub all over your arms, legs, face, squeeze on top of your head, stick down your shirt, whatever - just to keep you cool.
that this particular race has many slow runners and walkers.
The Honolulu Marathon is the fourth largest marathon in the United States after New York, Boston, and Chicago.

* "organizers should look at a shuttle bus concept to get people to the start line rather than making everyone making their way to the zoo (or the start). The last thing I want to do before a marathon is walk 2+ miles at 3am."
* People complained about being stranded at the end of Waikiki
* No easy transportation to race or from finish

* Lots of heat and humidity, train for this!
start 70 finish 80-84 degrees depending on time of finish. Some patchy clouds, light breezes.

Bring a handheld, water stations were only on one side. 
* Dress in light colored clothing that’s also lightweight and has vents or mesh.  Also wear a hat, sunglasses and sunscreen.

*post-race food: the most amazing Malasadas you will eat
* Polish donuts

* You don't know what the medal or t-shirt looks like until you finish
* took a long walk to get finisher shirt and medal at the end

If you stay towards the finish, there's a shuttle to the start. If you stay towards the finish, they direct you towards an area of taxi/uber/lyft and public transportation.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Honolulu Marathon

        So I have been dreaming again. What best do housewives who work full time and have tons of energy do anyway BUT dream,? Despite feeling super crappy this week health-wise I am looking forward to a shiny new year, full of new potential (just don't  mention the T word). This year was the shittiest year in a long time, my grandma died, my mom totaled her car, I ran a slow marathon (again), lots of tragedies in the news almost monthly, and yes, we elected a man for president of the US who ran a racist campaign. So I am looking forward to any ray of light in 2017.....My dreams are now in doing a travel marathon, the Honolulu Marathon.
         This week I have been "under". For me, who has not gotten sick in over 4.5 years (knock on wood) even a cold is a huge deal. I have been sneezing and sneezing and my head feels like a squirrel is caught between my temple and my brain, no fever, but who needs a fever, I feel crappy enough. I have been juicing up as always. My hubby makes veggie juice in juicer and leaves me half almost daily. I have also not been to the gym in 4 days, which has been very tough emotionally to bear. I need my workout to feel normal, so out comes the "Miriam" who cries about the dumbest things and 20 minutes later feeling just fine. This morning I was a mess about a dumb argument I had with hubby about the new president, of all things. Thankfully, I now know not to believe my thoughts when I get this crazy so I just walked out and drove to work.
          The idea for Honolulu came from a running magazine, one of many I get at home and hardly ever even look at for lack of time and/or energy. Under the heading of marathons for slower runners (or something to that affect) both Honolulu and Missoula marathon were mentioned. Polling friends about both immediately made Hawaii the winner. Not only that but a friend who I worked with offered me a place to stay in December, so in my mind, I am 99% ready to sign on the dotted line. The mom guilt of leaving my family for 2, possibly 3 days still exists, but, nothing a few sessions with some good girlfriends can't smooth out. In the meantime, right now I feel not only ill, but I am also feeling bloated and huge and slow....a natural emotional state from not working out for half a week. Part of me knows this guilt I lay one myself is pure bullshit, but I can't help myself, the perfectionist in me is always on my shoulder eating away at my confidence.
            Initially I had thought of having the whole family go and if we spend so much to get there why not make it 5 days? I roughly did the math and it came to $6,000 for all of us to go to Hawaii for 5 days next December. Sadly, that is beyond what we'd like to pay for a family vacation so the only logical next solution is for me to go alone. I will have to figure out additional support for my hubby with the kids when the time comes, but for now I need not worry. Already they are much more independent, and in a year from now, maybe they will even be more independent, maybe even independent enough not to drive my hubby crazy with their sibling wars. Okay, here comes the guilt again. I need to call a girlfriend.