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October 30, 2005

The Accidental 18-Miler

Training must be going really well if I can talk about this and be none the worse for wear.

So we met at Ala Moana Park at 5:30 a.m. for our training run. It's not in the usual place we've been meeting; Ala Moana Park is where the marathon starts; Kapiolani Park is where it ends, and the two parks are about three miles apart. We were scheduled for a 2 hour 30 minute run, so I figured at a 10-minute pace I would cover about 15 miles. Knowing that it was about 12 miles roundtrip from Kapiolani Park to Wailupe Beach Park and back, I figured, OK, I'll head out to Wailupe.

Had to make three pit stops in the early going...one stop not even out of Ala Moana Park, one at Kapiolani Park, and one at the park by Kaimuki Intermediate, so I had kinda lost touch with my teammates. Once I reached the Aloha gas station I headed out on the highway. The first inkling that something was wrong was when I noticed that there was no one coming back from Wailupe.

It was soon afterward that I realized my error. I had forgotten to account for the return trip. So instead of a 15 mile route (which it would have been had I turned around at the gas station), I ended up doing an 18-miler. Wow.

Mentor Mike ended up having to backtrack to find me with two cups of sports drink in tow. It's a good thing Jen wasn't there or else I think she would have been worried sick. Oops.

But I think that was good for me. Had a little muscular soreness in my knees toward the end, but now, 24 hours later, I'm fine. No soreness at all. That surprises me a bit. So this mistake might actually be helpful.

Another reason to look forward to December. I hope this momentum continues.

Posted by Keith at October 30, 2005 05:18 PM

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