I had to really think about whether or not to do another Honolulu Marathon…
Last year, I completed my sixth Nike Women’s Half Marathon and, thanks to your generous support, raised over $3200 for the Leukemia Society! Although I had a decent race and remained injury-free for a change, I lost one of my childhood friends in a car accident just before the trip, and decided to take a few months off to just reevaluate my life for a bit… Life is short, people!
I didn’t do the full Honolulu Marathon, although I did my own “mini-marathon” by starting with everyone else, then stopping at my house (at about the 10k mark of the full marathon). I felt a bit naughty for breaking the rules and going off-course, but it was what I could manage at the time, and I had fun. Plus, I got to go home and shower and then head back to the finish to cheer everyone on. Win-win in my book.
I’ve done a total of four Honolulu Marathons so far – 2005, 2006, 2007, and 2009. Through training for and completing these races, I’ve learned to both challenge myself as well as to be accepting of my body and its limitations. It’s been an amazing and life-changing experience, year after year. However, I have also learned that I really prefer the half marathon distance. That being said, I plan for this 2012 Honolulu Marathon to be my 5th and final full marathon, after that I’m going to stick to half marathons, maybe just doing a few more of them per year.
Although we’ll see – I’ve also learned to never say never. So far, all I know is that I’ve got a new pair of Brooks Adrenalines on the way (one of about a dozen I’ve worn out since 2005). It’s time to get ready for the 2012 Honolulu Marathon, which takes place on Sunday, December 9, 2012.
Thanks for joining me for yet another season of racing for a cure! If you’d like to make a donation to help me reach my goal this year to raise $2500 for the cause, please visit my fundraising page at http://tinyurl.com/malia-TNT2012. And check back here to get training updates and upcoming fundraisers.
MAHALO FOR YOUR SUPPORT! I could not do this without you. Someday soon I hope that we do reach that ultimate finish line – a world without cancer.