Running the Honolulu Marathon

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Honolulu Marathon Time!
December 9th, 2007.
We hadn’t been in our new place which is up mauka from Magic Island and Ala Moana Beach park but for a few months when I shot out of bed at 5:00 am precisely. I wish I could properly describe my bewilderment as I stood on my Lanai and witnessed the huge fireworks display lighting up the pitch-black sky. Huh? Fourth of July? No. Friday night? No. Umm…New Years? No. Oh…the start of the Honolulu Marathon.
That funny morning planted the seed inside me that would grow to drive me to run the marathon and experience the fireworks from overhead and not from my Lanai.
Not really a couch potato but not really doing anything super active other than the occasional hike and beach time. I ran cross-country in high school but that was a long time ago.

Two years ago I proudly declared to one of my co-workers, “I am going to run the marathon!” With no plan in place and no real commitment I did nothing. My declaration was supposed to force myself to come up with a plan to do it but I needed help getting going.
This year was different. Our office put together a running club and after hearing from my doctor that I needed to do at least an hour of cardio workout every day I decided that I would commit to running regularly. Running clubs are great! If you ever really want to get into running I would strongly recommend that you get into a group. You have to do something at least thirty times to become a habit and the peer pressure of being in a group can be enough to get you to show up even when you might rather doing something else. Once running becomes a habit and you start seeing improvements it gets very rewarding.

The Marathon Preparedness series of races were challenging this summer with each one being slightly longer than the last. I would also recommend these to anyone who is interested in running the Marathon. The gradual increase in length from 15k (8 miles) to 30k (18 miles) is perfect for getting in shape.

I have learned so much about running this summer and also learned a lot about running nutrition. Here are a tips that I have picked up along the way:
Make sure to drink plenty of water and coconut water leading up to the race. My personal favorite is C2Obecause it has so much potassium and I always feel hydrated after drinking them. You can pick these up at any of our stores stores. This is also the time to indulge in carbs! Eat a lot of carbs the week before a race and make sure to REST! The night before a big race, I usually make a delicious pasta dish or eat a whole Amy’s pizza. Try to go to bed as early as possible and don’t eat after 6 pm and avoid anything greasy.

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