Tuesday, 17 December 2019

Honolulu - big, hot and relaxed

stats of the week: hiked 35 km
stats of the previous week: run 49 km, hiked 25 km
Honolulu Marathon: 4:43:19

Honolulu Marathon calls itself the 4th biggest marathon in the U.S. and it is certainly one of the slowest marathons in the world. One reason is climate and weather. The early start at 5am helps for nearly 2 hours until the sun rises. But already until then  you will be soaked by sweat. Later on the temperature reached more than 30°c.

I had to take walking rests from 27 km onwards, alternating between running and walking for the rest of the distance. Being in my advanced sixties I can't stand high temperatures like I did when I was younger. I had to stop twice due to stomach problems caused by the heat and the amount of water I drank. However, I was happy to finish still in style. Honolulu Marathon means, that with my modest time of 4:43 h I ended up 45th out of 648 in my age group. The last finisher arrived after more than 17 hours!

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