Honolulu marathon was really great: I enjoyed running it, discovering a new race course and a new mentality.
I finished in 5:47 which is fine by me.
After a slow departure with fireworks we headed into the old city, past Aloha tower, Chinatown, then in front of the Five-O headquarters with the great statue of Kamehameha V, then back to Waikiki Beach. It was fun to cross the city at 6 o’clock in the morning. I saw a guy running in his hotel’s sport club on a treadmill ;-). A lot of supporters and spectators early in the morning along Kalakaua Avenue! Then we reached Diamond Head hill, only 40-50 meters, then a succession of rolling hills before taking the Kalanianaole Highway for a long run towards Koko head. The sun came up with fantastic colours in the sky.
After a loop in Hawai Kai, we headed back towards Diamond head, which seemed so far away! I’m used to be a the back of the race, but not in Honolulu! So many people were still behin me! The race motto is: we close the course with the last runner. Amazing. I understand that a chap finished in 14:00+ hours. Wow. A long time out there. I faded as usual, running kilometers in 8 minutes, then 9, then walking in 10, 11 minutes. I don’t have stamina to run past 30 kilometers. I need more training.
We headed back with the sun baking us, so I used a sponge to keep my back and neck hydrated. The temperature went up to 26 degrees Celsius. A tad hot for running. I didn’t mention that most of the runners came from Japan and that they really enjoyed the race as well. Few races have long ut off time in Japan. Tokyo has 7 hours, but it is the exception, not the rule.
After a last hill, up Diamond head a second time, it was all down hill towards the finish line.
Time was 5:47 watch time. I was very happy and very tired.
I took a bus to the hotel and prepared our travel back home to Hong Kong, just to find out that our plane was cancelled. Hey, 40.000 runners and family members have to go back to Japan. How can they cancel a flight to Tokyo (our first stop, as there is no flight between HKG and Hawaii)?
We took an early flight and connected well in Narita without our boarding pass for HKG 😉 (Yes you can do it even if they require the boarding pass for the additional security check in Narita.)
Next post: Tokyo Marathon and then hiking adventures in Hong Kong.