We Ran the Rock! Kona Marathon 2015

We Ran the Rock!!!

It was 95 degrees with nearly 100% humidity, on a record setting day in Kona.  But we ran the Rock or shall I say, we Survived it!!!  Despite the heat, The New Kona Marathon is better than ever! Yeah!!

Upon arrival into The Hilton Waikoloa Village Beach Resort, I was excited to see the Queens MarketPlace.  A beautifully landscaped village with shops galore, eateries and more.  Lush trees and gardens lined the streets which made me even more excited to know we would be running through there.

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We arrived at The Hilton Waikoloa Village Beach Resort and I can’t say enough nice things about it.  They just placed number 4 on Travel & Leisure’s 2015 World’s Best list for Family Travel.  I can see why, first off, it was BIG, like amusement park big. There were dolphins, a giant lagoon that fed into the ocean, water slides, pools, boats, even a monorail, yes you read that right.   Even with the magnitude of this hotel, everything was centrally located and easy to get to.  Ancient artifacts decorated the hallways within the hotel, it was like walking through a museum.

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The EXPO

This was one of the BEST expos I’ve ever been to (and I’ve been to a lot).  The expo was located at the convention center at the The Hilton Waikoloa Village Beach Resort , it overlooked the waterfall on the lagoon, it was breathtaking.

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Everything was so well organized, the vendors were great, including  UCC Coffee, the best Kona coffee ever.

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The Big Island Running Company was there and even gave me a purple shirt. Here I am representing in Santa Monica:

Run ALoha

Also, The Kona Marathon running logo apparel was so hot they sold out within a few hours.  However, you can still get the Kona Marathon Towel with your name on it (if you registered before June 12), click here: Kona Marathon Towel

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You could feel the excitement and Aloha Spirit in the air.  It was an honor to represent Project Purple, the Nations Top Pancreatic Cancer Running Charity, Essence Water ph10, Worlds Best Alkaline Water, and take Goddess Pose photo’s with so many friends in front of the Kona Marathon Start Line Back Drop.

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Race Day

Race morning we could feel it was going to be a hot one, that’s ok by me, it just means HYDRATE, adjust your pace and have FUN!  And that’s exactly what we did.

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The race volunteers were there in abundance, greeting you with their warm Aloha spirit, smiles, water, GU Hydration drink and Ice.  We may have poured more ice and water on our heads, than in our mouth.  I ran with Mark Kramer, Brian Salm and Cheryl Baumann. They are all fellow marathon maniacs and Mark and Cheryl were both finishing their 50th state. We all ran together for a while, making the miles fly by (even if we were baking on the Queen Ka’ahumanu Highway). We knew the ocean was waiting for us we could see it in the distance.  Plus running on part of the World Championship Ironman bike course really made you feel like a Bad Ass :)

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We finished hand in hand and although it wasn’t our fastest, it was definitely very meaningful, both Mark and I have lost a parent to pancreatic cancer.  We were grateful to be there together on his special day.  We had so much fun, helped each other when we struggled and brought it home smiling from ear to ear.

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After we finished we celebrated at the Legends of Hawaii Luau at the Hilton Waikoloa Hotel, where David and I did our Honeymoon dance :)

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I am so happy that I will be returning next year, which will make it my 5th year at the Kona Marathon.  I am beyond blessed and truly love the New Kona Marathon venue.  I hope you will join us in paradise at the 2016 Kona Marathon, June 26.

Aloha and until we meet again a hui hou.

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Registration code now available for the 2016 Kona Marathon, use code KMGODDESS and save $10 off early registration prices.  Win Win!!!   Register here

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This Kona Marathon was dedicated to Beverly, who loved Hawaii and lost her life way to young from pancreatic cancer.  We must find a cure!!!   We Got This! Click here to make a donation to Project Purple to help: DONATE

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Exciting things happening at the 2015 Kona Marathon

As the Kona Marathon gets closer, the more excited I get. I wanted to share just a few more of the amazing highlights of the Kona Marathon with you.

Let’s hear it for the new course! The 2015 Kona Marathon will be located at the Waikoloa Beach Resort on the Kohala Coast. The race will start and finish at the Waikoloa Bowl at Queen’s Garden. The Marathon course has some moderate hills, never exceeding 290 feet above sea level with gentle climbs and drops. That sounds great to me!

I will be running with one of my good friends, fellow Marathon Maniac, Mark Kramer, who I met on my journey of 52. Sadly he lost his mother to pancreatic cancer. We are brother and sister in Arms. This year he will be finishing his 50th state with his good friend at the Kona Marathon. The 3 of us will run together, estimating about a 4:30 finish, but more importantly, crossing the finish line all holding hands, signifying that you can do anything you put your mind too, anything is possible, including finding a cure for pancreatic cancer!

What do you do when you are not running? You shop and eat of course. There is a fun family life style resort destination shopping experience with something for everyone called The Queens’ MarketPlace within the Waikoloa Beach Resort. With an exciting collection of boutiques, galleries, shops and services, plus a delightfully diverse Ono Food Court, upscale restaurants and a full schedule of free Hawaiian cultural activities and entertainment. E ‘Ai Kākou! (Let’s Eat!)

After the marathon at Hilton Waikoloa Village. The Host Hotel, is The Big Island Luau. How fun, right?  We will go there to celebrate so many things like Mark’s 50th state, My Honeymoon and seriously, just being alive. I’ve heard it’s an exhilarating experience, under a magical Hawaiian night-sky and swaying palms, featuring exotic dance, music and entertainment for the whole family with hula & fire dancers and a lavish Hawaiian buffet. E ‘Ai Kākou! (Let’s Eat!)

This year I will be representing Project Purple! Grateful my running continues to help the fight against pancreatic cancer with this amazing charity so close to my heart, whose motto is “Running to Beat Pancreatic Cancer!” Please Click here to make a Donation.

Click here to register for the 2015 Kona Marathon

Remember to use code KMGODDESS to save!

Looking forward to seeing you in the Land of Aloha! xo

Julie
We Got This!!

Eleven Great Reasons To Be Excited

By Julie Weiss – Marathon Goddess

I am so excited to be heading back to the Kona Marathon for the 3rd consecutive year.  Kona was number 11 in my journey of  “52 marathons in 52 weeks “ to fight pancreatic cancer.  Since it was number 11, I am going to give you 11 reasons to run this race. My particular favorite, Number 11 was like running in Heaven.

  1. Okay, the real obvious reason is the race is in Kona on the Big Island of Hawaii. Even if you did not train well enough and didn’t quite have the race you wanted, when you finish, you are in Hawaii.  Right?  Enjoy it.
  2. There is something for everyone, The Kona Marathon, Kona Half Marathon, Quarter Marathon & 5K, so bring the whole family.
  3. Clean air.  I just enjoy the air quality in Kona with views that will inspire you.  Also, the friendly, fun Marathon volunteers and staff are great with the beautiful Aloha Spirit.
  4. The Kona Marathon has been rated #1 Marathon in the State of Hawaii by TripAdvisor.
  5. The Kona Marathon is sponsored by UCC Coffee.  Best coffee on the planet and it will make you run faster, guarantee.
  6. This year the race will take place at the Waikoloa Beach Resort on the Kona/ Kohala Coast.
  7. David and I will be celebrating our honeymoon there, come join us in our bliss.Julie and David 2
  8. Save $10 on your registration Half or Full, using code KMGODDESS www.konamarathon.com.
  9. The Host Hotel, The Hilton Waikoloa is offering discounted room rates for the dates of June 23 – July 3, 2015 based on availability. Book Here : Hilton Village – Runners Rates
  10. This could be you enjoying the Waikoloa Beach Resort 
after participating in the Kona Marathon Events in Hawaii.Hilton Dolphins Females
  11. The Marathon, Half Marathon and Quarter Marathon runners will continue onto the Queen Kaahumanu Highway and the famous Lava Fields of Kona, running a portion of the famous Ironman World Championship bike route before returning to the Waikoloa Beach Resort and the welcoming throng of spectators at the finish line.

Register today. Come join us and Run the Rock in the Land of Aloha June 20-28, 2015.

We Got This- Aloha Style!

Register Here

30 Days of Hope

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With Thanksgiving in the air, on a daily basis, through my running, I have found new reasons to give thanks. Running has taught me many things about life. Someone once said when you have your health you have everything.

November is pancreatic cancer awareness month. I knew I needed to do something more to help raise awareness. For the past 30 days, I have spent each day with someone who is either a survivor or lost a loved one to pancreatic cancer, with my new campaign called 30 Days of Hope. Through this journey, being with people who have been affected by this disease has caused me to think about how precious life is.  How important it is to do what you love and be with the ones you love. Be thankful that you can run even the distances you can.  Most people can not go that far.

Having a goal of a 5K, 10K, Half Marathon or a Full Marathon is an amazing healthy goal. That is why I love the Kona Marathon. You are surrounded by the Aloha Spirit and let’s face it, when you finish the Kona Marathon you are in Kona, Hawaii and it doesn’t get much better then that.

Hope to see you there.

Aloha, Julie

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For additional information on the Kona Marathon Events please visit konamarathon.com

How much protein do you need?

New research suggests that many of us may need more protein than we realize. The current RDA is 0.8 gram of protein per kilogram of body weight, but several studies have found that 1 to 1.2 grams may be more protective against age-related muscle loss. Use this formula from Caroline Apovian, MD, to determine the minimum amount of protein you should eat daily to offset muscle loss—and protect your metabolism—while you lose weight.

STEP 1: Estimate your ideal weight. “If you’re a woman, start with 100 pounds for the first 5 feet in height, and add 5 pounds for every extra inch,” says Dr. Apovian. “For men, it’s 106 pounds for 5 feet in height, plus 6 pounds for every additional inch. However, if your ideal weight is less than 120 pounds, don’t eat less than 82 grams of protein daily.”

STEP 2: Ideal Weight (in pounds) / 2.2 = Ideal Weight (in kilograms)

STEP 3: Ideal Weight (in kilograms) x 1.5 = Daily Protein Goal (in grams)

Now that you know how much you need, check out these metabolism-boosting, protein-packed foods!

Avocado

Protein content: 2 grams per half avocado. The protein in this fruit contains all nine essential amino acids, plus heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids.

Cheese and Milk Protein

content: 6 to 7 grams per ounce; 9 to 10 grams per 1 cup
Go for low-fat options—they generally contain more protein than fattier alternatives.

Tempeh
Protein

content: 15 grams per 1/2 cup. Its nougat-like texture makes tempeh a smart stand-in for meat. Sauté, or crumble cooked tempeh over salads.

Asparagus

Protein content: 4 grams per 1 cup (chopped)

This tasty veggie is a nutrient powerhouse. Enjoy it steamed or grilled, or toss chopped spears into salads.

Legumes

Protein content: 7 to 9 grams per 1/2 cup (cooked)

Pair dried beans (think black beans, chickpeas and lentils) with rice or quinoa for a complete-protein meal.

Greek-Style Yogurt

Protein content: 18 grams per 6 ounces

This thick and creamy treat packs nearly twice as much protein as other dairy sources; it’s great with fruit.

Tree Nuts

Protein content: 4 to 6 grams per 2 tablespoons

A small handful of walnuts or almonds is great as a snack, mixed into yogurt or oatmeal, or on a salad.

Edamame

Protein content: 8.5 grams per 1/2 cup (shelled)

A single serving packs nearly every trace mineral your body needs, including iron, magnesium and zinc.

Whey Protein

Protein content: 24 grams per 1 ounce

Add a scoop to smoothies or water for a quick protein hit. Avoiding animal products? Try soy protein powder.

Spinach

Protein content: 5 grams per 1 cup (cooked)

Of all the leafy greens, spinach boasts the highest protein content. Try it sautéed with a bit of garlic

Tofu Protein

content: 12 grams per 3 ounces. Made from soybeans, this low-cal, versatile protein will take on any flavor, from Asian to barbecue.

Fish and Shellfish

Protein content: 28 grams per 4 ounces. Whether it’s salmon, halibut or tuna, seafood is a great catch. Aim for 3 to 5 servings a week.

PseudograinsProtein content: 5 to 9 grams per 1 cup (cooked)
These hearty, grain like seeds (quinoa, amaranth and buckwheat) have more protein than traditional grains.

Eggs

Protein content: 12 grams per 2 eggs; 14 grams per 4 egg whites. However you prepare them, eggs and egg whites are smart fuel for muscles.

Poultry and Pork

Protein content: 28 grams per 4 ounces. Family favorites like skinless chicken and pork make it easy to score plenty of protein at each meal.

Hemp Seeds

Protein content: 10 grams per 2 tablespoons. Great for soups and salads, these seeds have eight of the nine essential amino acids that build muscle.

Cottage Cheese

Protein content: 14 grams per 1/2 cup. Eating a scoop doesn’t mean you’re on a diet—it means you’re muscle savvy. Try adding it to smoothies.

Beef Protein

content: 28 grams per 4 ounces. Look for the absolute leanest cuts, like round roast or top sirloin. Try bison for a leaner red-meat alternative.

The New Year is Coming!

The New Year is coming, creating a game plan of new race goals is good.  It doesn’t even have to be a race but goals in general are key to really LIVING your life.  What ever it is, running, biking, swimming, dancing, talking a cooking class, now is a good time to

align your goals and make them happen.

If it’s running that you love,then aligning a few races that can help you build in distance, before the Kona Marathon 2014, can be the perfect way to build speed and get results.  Start with a 5K, and then possibly a 10K, maybe throw in a Half Marathon.  The season is upon us, Turkey Trots, Jingle Jogs, they are all out there.  Once you set a goal, the universe conspires to make it happen.  “So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”  This way, when you show up in Kona for race day, whatever distance you are running, walking or even just enjoying the fruits of your labor, you will be ready.

Enjoy the journey!  We Got This!!

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Kona Ambassador, Julie Weiss the Marathon Goddess (center #2006) with fellow runners.

Keep It Fun

Can you believe it’s been over 3 months since the last Kona Marathon? Now here we are in October and for many of you it’s off season training. We have another 3 months until we begin to train for The Kona Marathon 2014. I just spoke with the brilliant Coach David Levine (Author of Complete Idiot’s Guide to Marathon Training) He suggests that in this off season it’s critical that you rest and take it easy, not that you do zero and do nothing, but use this time to rebuild. Go do some strength training get some easy low intensity runs, fun runs, run with some friends. With Christmas and New Years coming up it may be tough to get your runs in, so keep it easy. This is off season, base training and if you get enough of this stuff now then you won’t need as much later and you can really speed up, that sounds fun to me. But if you do too much you’re going to be over training and you will crash and burn and end up slower no matter how much you do. Let’s face it too much is too much and too little is too little. There is a fine line that you need to find and what is that fine line? It is when you’re still enjoying it. When you’re having fun. Coach Levine also suggest, that this is great time to focus on form. Set up a video or a cell phone and see what you look like. Have fun with it and enjoy the journey, because that’s what it’s all about. If you follow these wise suggestions then when you feel the islands calling you, you will be ready. Looking forward to seeing you at the beautiful Kona Marathon in 2014. Until we meet again. A hui you

Warmest Alohas,

Julie

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Hawaiian Dreams

What if everyone single one of us chose to follow our dreams?  Then we put our passion to use for the greater good.  Well, I chose to follow a dream and it started on a beach in Hawaii.  It was 2007 that I felt it in my soul that a change needed to happen. Being overweight and on antidepressants, I decided to start running on the beach.  I shed the

Before and Afterweight and the medication.  Since then, I only look back to reflect on the transformation that has occurred and how far we’ve come. This past weekend, in Hawaii, I completed my 80th marathon since 2008.   I was back in the place where it all started, confronted with people from my past, embracing the gift of the present and seeing before me all of the dreams that are still possible. The magic of the islands is powerful and brought much clarity to all of the opportunities that lay before us.  Your past does not define your future!

 

DianaWhat is your dream?  What moves you?   I didn’t find my groove until 2007 at age 37, when I realized it was running.  How about Diana Nyad who just finished her record-breaking swim from Cuba to Florida?   At 64 years old and many failed attempts, she proved that you are never too old to chase your dreams, never ever give up.  We all have a passion for something inside of us.  Whether it’s running, swimming, dancing, cooking, whatever it is you love to do, that is what makes you, you! Embrace your passion.

If your passion is running, walking or it’s Hawaii that you love then have I got a place for you.  In 2012, I ran the Kona Marathon, number 11 in my journey of 52 marathons in 52 weeks to raise awareness and funds for pancreatic cancer research, in memory of my father. The Kona marathon really embraces that Aloha Spirit.  There is something for everyone, a kids run, a 5k, 10k, half marathon and a full marathon.  You don’t have to run, you can walk, you can come to support, or just come to get inspired and enjoy the land.  It’s not about the time on the clock, it’s about the journey and the time in your heart.

I am very grateful to be one of the Kona Marathon Ambassadors.  It is an honor to represent a marathon truly embraces that Aloha Spirit.  I hope you will join me in 2014, come out and let your Aloha Spirit SHINE and I will see you at the finish line.  We got this.

xoxo Julie

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Kona Marathon past Rock Stars

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Every year, the Kona Marathon brings a wealth of fresh faces to the starting line, but its aloha spirit, welcoming staff and gorgeous locale also bring back past runners and winners. And with the 20th Anniversary just around the corner, we reached out to some past winners to celebrate this year.

Karl Honma

Karl’s first two marathon wins were at Kona, one of which was the Kona Marathon’s inaugural race in 1994. “Four young men that I coached supported me along the course and it was special to have the runner/coach roles reversed.”

Karl even celebrates birthdays at the Kona Marathon, where he rang in his fortieth birthday the last time he ran the race. On his 2013 return he comments, “This time, it will be my first race as a 50-year-old … it’s a birthday present to myself!”

Karl’s return to the Kona Marathon is testament to his passion for running and he’s proud of his continued involvement in the sport. “When I encounter former athletes and students, they always ask if I still run. My wife and 3-year-old daughter cheer for me at races and that’s so wonderful. I owe them. Others may run faster than me, but they won’t run harder.”

Connie Comiso-Fanelli

When thinking on her Kona Marathon win, Connie remembers the challenges, but also the good times.

The event is full of good friends and better memories, and returning for the 20th Anniversary is an exciting prospect for Connie. “The course has changed over 20 years, the some of the staff has come and gone, but it still has that ‘family feeling’ to it, and Sharron is keeping that tradition going strong.”

Running since 1978, Connie turned to the sport to improve her health. Now, after 35 years of running, it’s still a major part of her life. “I’m just grateful that I can still run after 35 years of competing, though not nearly as fast, still feeling the exhilaration and thrill of the sport. And I’m looking forward to seeing my friends in Kona again and sharing a cold Kona Brewing beer at the finish line!”

Justin Gillette

Running runs in Justin’s family. His brother is also a runner and Justin’s wife, Melissa, won the Kona Marathon alongside her husband in 2010. Justin has been running marathons since 1999 and currently ranks fifth in the world with 63 career wins. “This all started because I enjoyed my first run and wanted to do a second run. The second run became a third, which eventually led to a race, and the rest, as they say, is history.”

Justin won his first Kona Marathon in 2008 and has since won the marathon every year. “When I first did the Kona Marathon in 2008 it represented my fourteenth marathon win. The race was still growing and evolving as an event, and likewise, I was still growing into a runner.”

Justin is excited to return for Kona’s 20th Anniversary. “The twentieth edition will be a neat experience where the past history of the race is honored along with the future optimism that is buzzing for the event.”

Jeannie Wokasch-Parente

Jeannie, an eight-time Kona Marathon winner, is a huge fan of the Marathon. She has participated in nearly every Kona Marathon since its inception in 1994 and loves coming back. Every year she chooses a charity to run for, helping that group spread awareness and raise money. The 2013 event will be dedicated to Talk About Curing Autism. When we talked with Jeannie she said “I love the Kona Marathon; they are like a family to me. I’d cry if I wasn’t able to run it every year!”

These are just a few of the talented, passionate runners associated with the Kona Marathon. Their positive attitudes, inspiring stories and dedication to the sport are just a few of the touchstones that make the Kona Marathon what it is today.

Kona Marathon supports troops in Qatar

The Kona Marathon and Family Runs is honored to announce that for the third year we have sponsored a Kona Marathon Military Shadow Run. Support of our Service Members putting themselves in harm’s way to protect and ensure our freedom is very important to our management team.

Being deployed in foreign countries and combat zones does not normally present our troops the opportunity to run in organized races. The Kona Marathon feels it is very important to promote these Shadow Runs in order to help build and maintain moral.

This year the Kona Marathon Shadow Run was held in Qatar. There were 39 participants from four U.S. Military Units:

  • Joint Communications Support Element (JCSE)
  • Special Operations Command Central (SOCCENT)
  • United States Forces-Afghanistan (USFOR-A)
  • Central Command (CENTCOM)

The Kona Marathon Military Shadow Run was held in May in order to avoid the intense Middle East desert heat in June. Our men and women in uniform participated in all four Kona Marathon events; Marathon, Half Marathon, 10k and 5k and were awarded finisher medals and t-shirts for their respective races. In return, we were sent an U.S. Flag that was flown over the skies of Afghanistan in a combat refueling mission in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. This flag will be proudly flown over our race finish line on June 23.

For details on the 20th Anniversary Kona Marathon and Family Runs being held on June 22-23 and the entire week of events, visit konamarathon.com.