PicturePhoto Cred: Honolulu Marathon
You guys! It's finally here! The Honolulu Marathon is just a few days away! I can't believe that we signed up for this race in April and now race week is upon us! To say that I'm excited is a huge understatement! 

To add to the excitement, as part of a new project I'm taking on as part of my BibRave Ambassadorship, I got a fancy new GoPro camera in the mail today! I'll be able to share more on that later but I'm super excited it got here just in time to go to Hawaii with  me! 

My Race Plan

PicturePhoto Cred: Honolulu Marathon
Let's be real clear right off the bat people. This race will be warm.  I've said it 100 times already, I am not a hot weather runner. I've been stalking my weather app on my phone and watching the temps in Honolulu for a while now. It. Will. Be. Hot. 

The race starts at 5:00am and we'll be running almost 2 hours before the sun comes up so that is on our side. The course description, according to the website, says "The terrain is level except for short uphill grades around Diamond Head."  So that sounds promising to me.

The Hubbo and I have the plan to run the whole race together. We haven't done that in a while so that will be nice. We also realize that we ran a marathon 3 weeks ago so we plan to take this one at a much more relaxed pace. In fact, being as the Honolulu Marathon has no time limit and race walkers are very welcome, we plan to do a run/walk/run strategy for the whole race. We haven't figured out the exact intervals yet, but we just want to sit back and enjoy the race and the beautiful scenery! So this will definitely NOT be a PR race for us, but we plan to have a good time! 

Packing For A Race and Vacation 3,819 Miles Away

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According to Google the distance from Tulsa, OK to Honolulu, HI is 3,819 miles. That is a very long way to go if you forget something! Here's my plan. I will pack all my my race day needs in my carry on. If something happens and my bags get lost, at least I won't to have to buy all new running gear at the Expo. So anything and everything I need for the race will be carried on. The rest of my belongings will be packed in my regular suitcase. 
I may toss a few other important things in  my carry on bag like my swimming stuff and flip flops. That's pretty much all I need the rest of the week, right?

Confession: I'm an over-packer y'all!
It's true! Every. Single. Time. 

If you don't believe me, look at this picture. This is my living room the day before my first out-of-town race.  From the looks of this picture it appears that I would have been gone several days or at least traveled a great distance. Do you want to know where I went for my first out of town race? To Oklahoma City. A measly little 1.5 hours away from Tulsa and for only 1 night! 

The struggle is real y'all! 

You can't see it very well, but in that blue bag on the left side of the picture is my toaster and a loaf of bread. Yes. A freaking toaster!!!! 
Don't worry, since we are flying I won't be packing my toaster this time. But no promises that I won't pack far more outfits than I can possibly wear while we are there! I mean c'mon. You never really know what you are going to do until you are there and you may need 2 outfits a day, right? Ladies back me up on this!

Fun Facts About The Honolulu Marathon

Picture2013 Finisher Medal Photo Cred: Honolulu Marathon
  • The race starts at 5:00 am
  • The race is kicked of by a Fireworks display!
  • It is the 3rd largest race in the US
  • Over 30,000 runners participate each year
  • There is no registration cut-off
  • There is no time limit
  • This race is only a full marathon or 10K race day walk
  • The Elite 1st place winner gets $40,000!
  • The men's course record is 2:11:12 set in 2004 by a Kenyan
  • The women's course record is 2:27:19 set in 2006 by a Russian


Question! What is your favorite Racation destination you've been to or want to go to?

 


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Paula Lee
12/09/2014 10:36pm

Big Sur CA did it last year, sox beautiful!

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RunGingerRun - Sarah
12/10/2014 11:48pm

I love the medals from Big Sur! I've heard a ton of great things about that one!

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joan VanDorn
12/09/2014 10:56pm

My dream racation destination would be Alaska. I hate Hot weather for running shoo Alaska sounds perfect

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RunGingerRun - Sarah
12/10/2014 11:48pm

Oh! Alaska does sound nice! When you find a race you want to do, let me know! We'll go with you. #GingerRoadTrip!

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12/10/2014 7:22am

I'd love to run Big Sur or Honolulu!

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RunGingerRun - Sarah
12/10/2014 11:49pm

I'll be sure to report back on Honolulu, but I think everyone should get to run in Hawaii at least once!

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Amber Smith
12/10/2014 7:51am

My favorite racation so far was DC for Marine Corps Marathon. There are so many more racations I have in mind... Big Sur and Maui to name a couple. I am so excited for my favorite Gingers and can't wait to hear all about your trip. You are going to fall in love with Hawaii!

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RunGingerRun - Sarah
12/10/2014 11:51pm

Thanks friend! I can't wait to get there and to mark marathon #6 off! Good luck on your marathon this weekend!

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Shaun
12/10/2014 9:45pm

I would love to go to Jamaica for there marathon. Good luck in Hawaii, stay hydrated and you pace yourself and you will beat the heat

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RunGingerRun - Sarah
12/10/2014 11:51pm

Thanks Shaun! Been trying to hydrate really well all week. I know the day we fly will be a struggle, but we'll have a day to recover. Jamaica would be nice! But also hot probably. I better leave that one up to you!

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12/16/2014 7:07am

Ha ha! I love that you packed a toaster and a loaf of bread to go to Oklahoma City.

I can't wait to read your recap of the Honolulu Marathon. I'm sure it was awesome! I've only been on one racation ever, and it was to Indiana, about 3 hours from my house. Not as cool as Honolulu, but it was still a lot of fun!

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RunGingerRun - Sarah
12/23/2014 2:08pm

It's always nice to get away from home for a bit, even if it just a few hours! :) We had a great time! I'm about to sit down and write my first post on Honolulu so you should see it soon!

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12/17/2014 6:53pm

Can't wait to heat all about your Honolulu experience. How you enjoyed it.

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RunGingerRun - Sarah
12/23/2014 2:07pm

We had a great time. I'm just now sitting down to work on my post so I should be going up soon!

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