I can't believe it was exactly a week ago that I ran this year's Honolulu Marathon and I've finally got my official photos to relive the race day memories.
Running my first ever Honolulu Marathon
T2: Team to End AIDS runners before the Honolulu Marathoneverything kicked off with fireworks at 5 am.
Honolulu Marathon Start Lineeveryone was turning around, taking photos and gawking at them in the sky they slowed the rest of us down.
Starting in the morning darkI'd do a few things differently like take my scheduled walk breaks more frequently, which I didn't this time because of the sheer cluster of people at the start and also the inability to do so when running up Diamond Head in the dark.
Time for a walk break
For Honolulu the minute I threw my water bottle away I regretted it, as it was so muggy and then I didn't see a water stop for miles (or at least that's how it felt).
Aloha!I didn't get a chance to take the Hawaiian scenery in as much as I'd have liked, which was the whole point of running the Honolulu Marathon.
when my knee started to hurt my focus shifted onto just finishing the race.
But sometimes you have a good race, other days you have a bad one.
Running down Diamond HeadSan Francisco Marathon this year was hard, but Diamond Head certainly aggravated my knee on the way up and wasn't a pleasant thing to face at miles 24 and 25.
Feeling the pain in my knee
my pace was looking OK for what I needed to finish sub four hours (in fact my average pace was 8:58).
I crossed that line in Kapiolani Park in 3:55:06 and achieved my goal, and my second fastest marathon time ever.
Crossing the Finish Line1,162th out of 24, 412 participants and the 965th fastest of 12,532 men. I'm quite proud and pleased with that result (and at least I remembered my protective band-aids, so I didn't have bleeding nipples like the man blocking all my Finish Line photos).
My official race time 3:55:06finishers medal and t-shirt for the 40th Honolulu Marathon and start to celebrate and relax.
Infinity pool at the Sheraton Waikiki, Honolulu
Pool at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel, Maui
A week later my knee is still sore, so I'm looking forward to a nice epsom salt bath later, plus a deep pressure massage this week to have get me race ready again.
Let the countdown to my 3rd L.A. and 5th Marathon begin...