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Burn It Up.

After, much thought of late I decided to try a personal coach. I’ve always been pretty self motivated, but haven’t been holding myself accountable on some of my goals.  I’ve been thinking about this for quite sometime, and thought now might be the time to give it a go for a month or two to see if I progress. 

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2016 Honolulu Marathon – Honolulu Hawaii

Last, December I decided to run the Honolulu Marathon. It seemed like a good goal. I hadn’t run anything further than a 10k at that point. I also had to convince myself to take time off during the time my work is the busiest.  The Honolulu Marathon offers a $25 entry fee for Kama’aina during a short time each year. The affordable race fee, and the opportunity to see Honolulu Lights at the same as the race made it a done deal. 

The Honolulu Marathon had over 30,000 runners. This is by far the most populated race I’ve ever run. I’m used to the smaller Big Island running community. We got up at 2:30am, and took a bus to Ala Moana for the start line. 

I arrived at the start line quite early, but there was plenty to see. The race started with a fireworks display, and we started running in waves. 

The race started in the dark at 5am. There are lots of Christmas lights along the way. I was following close to J., and at the 5K sensor I was so focused on his feet that I missed seeing the sensor. I tripped and went flying. It was funny to hear everyone in unison yell, “Ohhhh,” all at once. I just got up and kept running.  I could tell I skinned my need and hands, but nothing serious. We kept going. I was pretty happy until the half way point. I was going slower than my normal 1/2 pace, but I wanted to make sure I had enough to make it to the end. J. had to take a few bathroom/food stops along the way. I kept moving the best I could. I never had any points where I wanted to stop the race. I did have to walk more than I expected. I had food with me, but probably needed more. I walk/ran  (1 min walk/3min run) for a good portion on the last half. I tried my best to run most of the last 1.5 miles. I challenged a guy to run with me to the end. He was walking at the time, and ran almost to the end with me. I remembered that they had malasadas at the end. So, I ran… Well, at least my brain thought I was running. I’m not sure that 26.2 is my distance yet. I did this, but I don’t know if/when I’ll do another one. I think at this point I’m going to stick to the 1/2 marathon distance. Don’t hold me to that though. I’ve been known to change my mind to do crazy things. There was no cry, and no pooping my pants. I made it safely to the end. I can’t walk so well, but that’s okay. 

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Ka’u Coffee Trail Run Pahala Hawaii 2016

I didn’t take my phone with my on this race, but the fabulous Suz Field captured the day for me. I wasn’t expecting to go out and break any PRs today, and I didn’t. This was a challenging course with a 2200 elevation change, according to my watch. This race is a challenging course. I had a blister open up somewhere around Mile 9, which added an extra bit of pain to the game. I’m glad I did it, and was happy through all of it. I admitI was getting tired of the hills at the end. I don’t know my official time yet, but my watch said 3:10. My last 1/2 time was 2:30. This time difference should give you an idea of how challenging this run was, at least for me. 🙂 

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Run For Hope – Four Seasons Hualalai 2016

Sept. 11, 2016 was the Race For Hope at Hualalai. I ran the 5K this year. This race is one of the prettiest and hottest races, but they sure do feed you well at the end. I ran for a time of 32:54.  I was hot, and I still can seem to go faster even with donuts at the end.

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September Minimalist Game

A fellow facebook friend has been playing the Minimalist Game this month. I stumbled upon his posts a little late in the game this month. So, I thought I would start on my own game at the beginning of September. The game involves discarding/recycling/selling unused items from your life. Day 1 you remove one item, Day 2 you remove 2 items, and so on through out the month. I thought I had paired down most of my things that weren’t related to my daily work, but I while looking around today I think I might be able to complete the month. It would be awesome if you’d like to play along. I’m hoping to take photos each day of the items I release back into the world. If in any of the photos you see something you want let me know, and I’ll happily send to you. Be on the look out September 1st.

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Brave The Shave Challenge Day

Click here to sponsor my Brave The Shave campaign.
https://bravetheshave.org.uk/shavers/kai-finn/

Today, is August 13th, 2016. I announced a few weeks ago, that I would be shaving my head today as part of the MacMillian Brave The Shave Challenge.

Last month my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. She starts chemotherapy tomorrow, and she shaved her head in preparation. She wanted to be in charge of when here hair went. I decided to participate in the Brave The Shave fundraising campaign to share the journey with my mother. I don’t want her to be the only one in the family with no hair. Brave The Shave (https://bravetheshave.org.uk/) a fundraising campaign for the MacMillan Cancer Support. This organization provided invaluable services for cancer patients in the UK.

I have set a fundraising goal of £100. Please, help me in achieving my sponsorship goal. I’ll be shaving my head on August 13th, 2016.

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Brave The Shave Challenge Campaign Announcement

It’s been such a long time since I’ve uploaded a video. I apologize for this. I had many videos recorded, and the hard drive they were stored on failed. Sadly, I’m couldn’t find their back up. Thus, I must start to re-record some of my videos.

Last month my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. She starts chemotherapy tomorrow, and she shaved her head in preparation. She wanted to be in charge of when here hair went. I decided to participate in the Brave The Shave fundraising campaign to share the journey with my mother. I don’t want her to be the only one in the family with no hair. Brave The Shave (https://bravetheshave.org.uk/) a fundraising campaign for the MacMillan Cancer Support. This organization provided invaluable services for cancer patients in the UK.

I have set a fundraising goal of £100. Please, help me in achieving my sponsorship goal. I’ll be shaving my head on August 13th, 2016.

Click here to sponsor my Brave The Shave campaign.

https://bravetheshave.org.uk/shavers/kai-finn/

Stay tuned for that video on August 13th.

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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. 

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Timing Is Everything


I had been looking at the wrong first ever 5k time. I thought I started running in 2013, but my first race was actually August 18, 2012 with a 42:21 time. My last 5K race was at 30:24. I know I’m still not the fastest out there, but for someone who just goes out to have fun I think that’s a pretty good improvement. I haven’t been out to really increase my time so much as distance over the last year, but with my nagging tendon/muscle/IDK issue I have been just staying with the shorter distances. I try not to push to far on these short distance races, but one day I’m going to get under 30 min.

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What Shall I Say

Today, was a rest day, and I spent a few brief moments at South Point watching people fish and jump from the cliff.  It was raining in my hood just a few miles down the road.

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