Aloha! Everywhere you go, Aloha! Go to the convenience store, Aloha! Go to the bar for cocktails, Aloha! And when you are done, Mahalo! I am pretty sure the locals don’t use those words that much.
Anyways, yesterday was the big race day! That was quite exciting, even though the start was at 5 in the morning. It was not to hard to wake up early because of the jet lag you have from arriving from the continental America a couple days before. We went to the convention center on Saturday to get our stuff, a realized how popular this marathon was in Japan. The vast majority of the staff was from japan, and only a few local staff. Even the merchant that came to the expo had mostly Japanese speaking staffs. With hindsight, since the main sponsor for the marathon was JAL, literally Japan Air Line, I shouldn’t have been that surprised.
We bought a few things from some of the merchant, learned about other races like the lake Tahoe’s Super Triple, and then went shopping at the Ala Moana mall. That mall is really weird because it is literally surrounded on all sides by its multi story parking lot, so you have to walk through part of the parking lot to get to the mall proper.
The rest of the afternoon was just relaxing and prepping for the race the next day, putting the bibs on the shirts, packing and breakfast for the next morning, setting alarms, and have a nice dinner for carbo-loading.
Sunday, 3:50 am: Time to wake up a get ready for the big race, and the not so big race! Everyone was quite excited:
The start was next to the Ala Moana mall and there was quite a crowd. Supposedly around 25,000 people signed upon for the marathon and about 1200 ish for the walk. As one might expect, it was also most Japanese people. I don’t think I have been around so many Japanese since I left japan over five years ago. There a couple things to note about the Hawaii marathon:
1) there are not cut of time for the race, which means you can actually just walk the whole 26.2 miles to the finish line. That meant that even though the 10k starts half an hour after the marathon, there was a ton of people at the end of the marathon just walking. That hampered our run of the 10k quite a bit. That being said, we did pretty well matching our previous time at around 1 hour and 25 minutes (there was no official time tracking for the 10k since it was ‘walk’, so this is only technically an estimate). The big difference is that I felt much better than the 10K from Omaha. The additional training I have done really made a difference in my stamina and my ability to run for longer stretches. We went on to walk at least another 5K that day and it did not feel like I had run 10K in the morning.
2) Since it pretty easy to sign up, people show up in funny costumes. We saw a guy in a samurai outfit, complete with sword and banner, there was a bunch of fire fighters in full protective gears and oxygen bottles, there was guy carrying a barbell with about 70 pounds worth of weights on it, a couple dudes in soccer ball costumes, and many others.
And what do you get for finishing the 10K walk? this certificate!
Very exciting. What about the marathon medal you ask? It’s pretty cool.
My sister ended finishing the Marathon in just over 6 hours, which is not bad for her first marathon, and there were a lot of people who finished after her too. Overall, pretty awesome day. The rest of the day was pretty chill, my sister and father went to get massage while my mother and I went to the beach. Nothing will relax sore muscles like swimming in the ocean I tell you.