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2017 Kona Marathon  – Kona Half Marathon 

Kona Marathon Packet Pick Up
The Kona Marathon was this weekend in Waikoloa. After switching races last year due to an injury I was back to complete my goal of running the Half Marathon. The races and the Hilton Waikoloa offered a very generous room rate for Kama’aina runners, which allowed us to stay at the resort for the first time. I’ve always wanted to stay here, and play in the water slides and pools,  but the Marriot has always been considerably cheaper until now. So, we made a fun day out of the event.

We arrived early for packet pickup, I check to see if we might be able to get our room early. They allowed us to check in at 12pm, which was really awesome, as check in is usually 4pm.  We got a room in the Hale ‘Ike Palace Wing, which was very nice. The building was quiet, and the room was huge.

Since we got there so early we took the time to play in the water. Sadly, I still have a cold sore so I had to keep my head above water. I wasn’t able to go on the larger slides. I made do, and the kids thought I was ridiculous going down the little slide.

Hilton Waikoloa Pool Area

Waikoloa Water Slide Fun
Waikoloa Water Slide Fun
Waikoloa Sunset
Waikoloa Sunset

After, swimming we ate bentos in our and enjoyed the sunset.

I woke up at 4:15 to walk over to the start line for the 6am send off. It was a beautiful morning, which a slight breeze.

I finished with a PR of 2:25. I had been shooting for 2:20, but that’s okay. I was on track until the last few miles. I felt good for most of the race, but really started to feel it at mile 9. My Achilles’ tendon has been bothering me a bit, and it let me know it was there at 9 miles mark. I didn’t push it, as I want to keep that tendon happy. I also did a PR at the 10k mark which was exciting. 

Here is my annual finisher photo with the UCC cup. I was ready to go stretch, eat, and put my feet up at this point.  I really gave it my all for this race, and I was feeling it.

Half marathon race swag. The kitty wanted to be in the picture. Say hi kitty. 

Next up Jul 4th 5K. 

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International Karate League Kailua Kona Tournament – November 7 2016

Well, some how this post was never completed. Better late than never.

The IKL Kona Tournament took place last November. We had a new venue at the Kealakehe gym.

Quick image before the tournament. I’m not sure why I’m looking a so nervous.

Nishioka Shihan is the founder of our school. He’s a very special man.

I placed in two events this year.

Third in kata.

Second in kobudo.

We got to help manage one of the kumite rings. It was good experience, and quite the honor given our ranks.

The whole Pahala dojo. We all did very good. よくできました.

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Jingle Bell Beach Run 2016  Kailua Kona Christmas 5K

The Kona Jingle Bell Run was a very soggy affair this year. There was a very big storm that pushed thru, but luckily there was only a light drizzle by the time the race was underway.  My time for this race was 32:18. Again, I can’t seem to get my time under or back close to 30 minutes for 5K.  I think I’m still recovering from the marathon last week. I had a bit of pain in the right foot, but I need to figure out how I can sustain a faster pace. I have some training changes coming up, but not sure how much I can push without an injury. I have to be a bit careful with myself.  Overall a fun run, and great to see all the festive costumes. 

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2016 Volcano Rain Forest Runs 1/2 Marathon – Volcano Hawaii August

This is my first attempt at making a video during a running event. I admit it’s not perfect. I had the plan to make a short segment during each mile of the 1/2 marathon, but after mile 6 I got a little too into running, and forgot. This half marathon was my second 1/2 marathon, and it was so much fun. If you would have told me 4 years ago that I would have fun and enjoy running 13.2 miles I would have laughed in your face. I’m not sure where or how I got the idea that I would enjoy trying to increase my distance, but somehow I did. This video is of the Volcano Rain Forest Runs 1/2 Marathon Course. ( It’s a nice run through the village, and a slight elevation change of 600 ft.

Race start line.

Race shirt and medal

Mayor Elect Harry Kim

Race director Sharon Faff

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I officially signed up for Lavaman last week. It’s an Olympic distance event. That means it’s a 1500 m swim, 40K Bike, and 10K run. I’ve been using various sport specific training plans, but figured it was about time to read this book. I’ve read many triathlon books, and many different plans. I’m trying to make the right one for me. This book seems to be one of the go to guides for self-trained triathlon athletes. Let’s see what it has to offer. 

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Club Rehab Kona 2016 – ‘Ohana Fun Run – July 9th, 2016

Club Rehab had their second annual ‘Ohana Fun Run on July 9th 2016 on Ali’i drive. This route continues to be one of my slower routes. I’m not sure 100% sure why. It’s actually a really nice run, but I think it just gets hot for me. IDK. I did try to kick it up at the end. However, I thought I crossed the finish line, and stopped a meter short of the actual timing end. So, I got passed by the person I was racing with at the end. I felt a bit silly, but that’s okay. My time was 32:14. Again, I’m not sure why I was so much slower than five days before at the July 4th 5K.

There was a bonus. I won a hat, coffee, bioastin, and gelato coupon. I might not have run well, but I at least scored on the lottery front.

Keep trying. =)

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Kona Marathon Races – June 26 2016

I was originally scheduled to run the 1/2 marathon in the Kona Marathon Races. However, I had a bit of an injury, and decided that it would be best to switch to a shorter races. By doing this it meant I was out of the triple crown. I was a bit saddened, but that’s okay. I’ll sign up for next year, and complete it in 2017.

Checking in and packet pick up.

I stayed at the Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort, as I thought I would be getting up super early with the 1/2. The location was comfortable, and great for getting to the race venue.

I loved the sunset view, and the swimming pool.

Race morning, and I’m ready for the 5K.

After, the race I was ready for my giant cup of coffee.

My race results for the 2016 Kona Races 5K was 30:40. My PR to date. I keep trying the break that 30 minute mark, but I just couldn’t do it this time. I’ll keep trying. Still not bad with the injury still healing.

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A Salute To Veterans 5K – Hilo July 4th 2016

This was my third year running the July 4th A Salute To Veterans 5K in Hilo. It a usual course around Queen Liliuokalani Park, and every year I try to go faster. It’s traditionally been my slowest 5K, but this year it has been my fastest. I PR’d at 30:24. I’m pretty proud. I tried so hard to get under 30, but just couldn’t do it. I felt I ran a good race. It’s always fun to see everyone out running on July 4th. This event also has a walk category that gets many out on the course.

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Karate Promotion To San-Kyuu

June 24th I tested for my brown belt in IKL Katate. Apparently, I passed. 🙂  I started with IKL in July 2013.  Martial arts has always been something I was attracted to. I’ve always had to move or my instructor would move as I got to a certain level. After, finally finding the senseis I had been searching a life time for I am now able to continue my journey further. If they move, then I will follow. 🙂  

During the test I was asked to explain why I do martial arts. I gave a short answer, because I was about to start crying at all the thoughts that go through my head when I think about what it means to me. See, it’s my way of meditation. It’s the moving, the activity, the mental concentration to work through challenging physical demands. 

I haven’t really told anyone outside my home that I have a history of self harm. It started shortly after I moved to Seattle in 2001. I had several ways of manifesting the harm to myself. I would starve myself, and then I frequently would knock myself out. I would find the stud or hardest corner of the wall, and pound my head as hard as I could until I passed out. This has gotten better over the years. I did stop starving myself, but I continued to hurt my head as time went on. Luckily, I have worked really hard on correcting this action, and trying to address my depression and negative thoughts in more  constructive ways. Since, moving to Hawaii six years ago I have had only one  incident. I do credit karate a being part of this healing process. I don’t know why, but it helps tremendously. Eating better, exercise, and mindfulness practice have also been part of my strategy to handle my depressive thoughts.

This is why I never miss class, and am so very thankful I found such good senseis, and karate Ohana. 


Sometimes I Dance Sometimes I Cry

I’m not 100% sure why I came up with that title for this post. I suppose it because there have been some darker thoughts rolling around in my head, but really there has been no crying. I’m not afraid to let that out though.

Yesterday, during running I pondered why people are often so fixated on running time more than distance. Yes, sure I’d like to get faster, and I know how I can do that. However, at this time I’m more proud of the distance I have run. Lately,  the start of running had become a chore, but by mile 2 or 3 I’m beginning to have fun.  I have been struggling during the runs with wanting to stop. The Keep Going mantra has been winning though, and I have been getting in my shorter run miles. The long runs are a little more challenging. 

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