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GAR 2013

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Another GAR (Great Aloha Run) is done. I'm feeling it this morning, but I'm definitely bouncing back faster than I did the first few times I did it.

This was my 11th GAR. Hard to believe I've been doing it since 2003. I looked up my times from past years, and my times vary quite a bit. My best time was last year at 1:43:18. My worst was a few years ago when I did it in 1:53:23. This year I did it in 1:51:25.

I know I was running a lot more consistently before the race last year as compared to this year. The last time I ran before the race this year was 3 weeks ago when I did the Epilepsy Foundation's 5K. On of my biggest achievements for this GAR was the amount of running I actually did. Usually I run for a bit, then walk, etc. I started off the GAR by running the first 3.5 miles. I'm definitely getting this running 5K thing down. Then I walked for a few minutes through the water stop (I have a hard enough time walking and drinking - no way can I keep running! LOL). Then I ran for another 1.5 miles or so before the next water stop. Walked for a few minutes, then ran for another 1.5 miles to the final water stop. I was hoping to then run the final little over a mile to the finish line, but after my walk and about 1 minute of running, I had to go back to walking. But I did then pick it back up about .5 miles from the finish. I was running (and bopping really good to "Chicks dig it") during the photo taking spot just before we enter the stadium parking lot. I kept a steady pace around the lot and then was able to really turn it on when we make the turn to go into the stadium. That's where the course goes down hill and onto the stadium floor. I finished strong for sure!

So despite have a slower time, I'm jazzed that I ran as much as I did. When I did run, I was pretty good about maintaining a 13:30 mile. So i'm getting better with my ability to maintain a steady pace - something that I've always had a hard time with. And after the run, although I was achy, I was still feeling pretty good. Even today, I'm achy, but I'm not worn out.

Unfortunately I didn't get to meet up with any of the Hawaii Sparkers. My husband and our other friends were itchy to leave. They are all faster runners - finishing in just under an hour to 1:30, so even by the time I got there, they were ready to leave.

So time to get back to it - Jazzercise tonight, and Zumba tomorrow night.
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    You did great! I love that you are always aware of how you are doing as far as your consistency and details like that. Since I am not a runner at all, really, it is way more random for me!! Plus, other than the GAR, I never do these organized runs, so I have nothing to compare to!!
    You sparked me... I really need to find a 5K that I can fit into my schedule and try to set a goal to get it done in ______ amount of time and then just do it!! I do 5K + all the time on the elliptical. So it should be totally do-able!!
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    Anyway, sorry we missed each other and
    emoticon on a great run and on feeling good afterwards. We are doing wonderful things for our bodies to stay fit and active!!
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    1826 days ago
    Too bad you didn't get to savor the afterglow of your accomplishment since the others were ready to go..... but you did great!
    1826 days ago
    Sorry - I talk about the GAR a lot - its 8.15 miles. Its a community "fun run" from Aloha Tower to Aloha Stadium. The money raised is distributed to a large number of charities around the islands. Lots of families do the run - lots of walking, strolling and running goes on!
    1827 days ago
    wow good job just curious i must have missed it but how long is the run
    1827 days ago
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