I just ran the Kona Half for the fifth time, so this isn't really a race report so much as it is a quick race summary. Medicore training = mediocre performance. I ran it the same time as last year (2:09). A few other points:
- Like the other years- I almost won (I think only about 190 other people who managed to squeak by me). ;-)
- Despite Body Glide and tape, I had serious chafing on my chest. Next year I'm taping up like a mummy so I can avoid the post-run shower screeching and week long itching.
- The last mile of the race course still kinda blows- brutal hill, gravel road, thick grass, narrow sidewalk maze and a ramp (vs. the stairs). But this is not the reason I sucked, it's the reason I cramped up a quarter mile from the finish and ran in with funny, choppy, mince-like steps so I wouldn't fall over.
- Was so surprised and happy to see my high school and college teammate at the starting line of the race, and then to bump into her a few days later on Walua Road. She kicked my arse (some things never change)...so glad to see her doing so well!
Last Day of Summer School!
|Don Ho would be proud...singing and dancing to Pearly Shells.|
Cultural Festival at Pu'u Honua O Honaunau (City of Refuge)
This was my and Ryan's third time to the festival, but Rich's first. I find it to be the best opportunity to soak up Hawaiian art, language, culture, dance and music that you'll find in Kona all year long. Aside from the hoards of visitors and the blazing heat, there is little not to love about the festival. Park entrance is free that day, and depending on your interests, there are over a dozen displays of Hawaiian culture that you are welcome to participate in. We kicked off the day with our favorite- an outrigger canoe ride. No dolphin sighting this year, but the most amazing, clear blue water that made me want to ditch the canoe and jump right in.
|Sanding down our bamboo nose flutes|
|Sanding, cleaning and polishing our 'ipu|
Checking out the fishpond...fascinated by the circular holes the fish must create (to lay eggs I'm guessing?) at the bottom of the pond
|Weaving a carrier for his 'ipu|
|Spear throwing at the banana stalks (the banana stalks won)|
|I am proud to say that if my banana stalk were a human, that I annihilated his little toe in battle.|
|Playing Hawaiian games (ulu maika and club throwing/sliding)|