The Hapalua Half Marathon now in it’s second year takes place on March 10th in Honolulu, and it’s going to be interesting… With confirmation that elite athletes Patrick Makau, the world record holder over the marathon distance (2:03:38), and also Jimmy Muindi and Nicholas Manza will be running – the pace is going to be fast & furious. For a great preview of the event and a review of Patrick Makau’s world record see the Maui Runner website.
The unique part of the Hapalua event is The Chase. The elite athletes will be handicapped and have to start behind ‘Team Hawaii‘ – a group of professional & amateur athletes all based in Hawaii. The number of Team Hawaii runners who can stay infront of the Kenyans this year remains to be seen (Thomas Rivers Puzey won the chase last year) – but wouldn’t you run fast if you knew a Kenyan was chasing you?
In preparing for a major event it can be quite easy to start pushing ourselves in training – believing that hard work equals good results, which it does – but only to a certain point. To prevent burn out there has to be a balance between effort and recovery. And this not only applies to whatever we do to keep fit, but daily life too.
If we take a quick look at some yoga-based philosophy, and the Niyamas (previously discussed in relation to running HERE), there is one statement in particular I think holds alot of sense: santosha. Santosha can be translated as contentment – and when we feel content, it becomes easier to find that balance between working hard and taking it easy. Sage Rountree, in her fantastic book (highly recommended), The Runner’s Guide to Yoga, suggests simply to look at the positive things around you to find contentment, and take the rough with the smooth:
“Equanimity gives you the balance to stay centered whether things are going well or not.”
This state, of equanimity, saves energy and results in an overall brighter outcome! Remembering to treat the ups & downs of a day, a run, or even a yoga practice, equally, saves us from anxiety over details beyond our control! Elite athletes may have trained their bodies to run fast, even when tiredness sets in, but they still know to expect a ‘bad patch’, and that the feeling will be surpassed by a ‘good patch’. How we react to these feelings – our attitude to whatever we are doing or however a certain day may be going, will effect everything in this world, especially on those days when it feels like one big chase.
World record holder or not, be content.