A lot of us had quite the weekend. It started off with watching Jake Shimabukuro play at the Waikiki Shell. He’s an amazing musician. He was also scheduled to run his first marathon on Sunday.
Saturday evening we went to the U2 concert. Funny, the atmosphere in the stadium parking lot was more mellow prior to this concert than it was the week before at the UH/Oregon State football game.
Rocko was fun, Pearl Jam was way better than I expected. They played an amazing rendition of Israel Kamakawiwo’ole’s Hawai’i 78. U2 was awesome. Great sound, cool show, and three encores. They were apologetic for having to postpone from earlier this year. Too bad Hawaii doesn’t get more of these large shows. This was the last concert on the Vertigo tour. Show # 131. Click here to see some video of the show. Another way to get a sense of what the concert sounded like. Check out U2’s new release U2 18. Some of the songs were recorded live at Milan during the Vertigo tour. It’s on iTunes.
Sunday was the Honolulu Marathon. It was almost perfect conditions. Many HURT runners had a great race. I saw a lot of familiar and fast faces heading back to the finish as I neared Hawaii Kai. Congratulations to all who ran!! Click here to view/search results. Barbi and I got two hours sleep. We showed up at the race start about 30 seconds before the gun went off. We’re both pleased with our results. Barbi had some leg cramping problems as well as minimal training leading up to the race due to injuries. I hadn’t run a road marathon in 20 years so it was fun to see all the people and what goes into making a huge race a success. I may not be as fast as I was 20 years ago, however I am definitely stronger. Sunday was a nice tune up for this coming Saturday’s planned 50 mile HURT training. Heck I figure if I can run 26.2 miles with 2 hours sleep–all I need to do is get a good 8 hours sleep to run 100 miles come January.
By the way, Jake S. finished his first marathon. Barbi ran with him for a while. She said he was so nervous about what to expect as the miles went on.
Good training! Aloha, Bob