Tell us a little about yourself…
I made it to Hawaii from across the globe! I was born in Newcastle Upon Tyne, England, grew up in New Jersey, and moved to Hawaii after graduating college 5 years ago. England has an excellent running/cycling culture, and I believe that is where my running bug started. In New Jersey, I can’t remember a day where I was not involved in a sport. I was also a beach lifeguard for 10 seasons on the Jersey beaches, where I would compete for the city in rowing, paddle boarding, and sand running! This is what inspired my move to Hawaii. I guess you can say I have always been extremely active!
How long have you been running?
Running around the playground is one of my first memories. I’ve always been super active and involved in sports, although running was never my primary one. Running was more of a compliment to my other sports (swimming, crew, soccer, paddle boarding) as a way to improve my fitness endurance. It was not until moving to Hawaii 5 years ago that running took over my life and became my sole focus. A huge shout out to the beautiful trails for sparking my love for running!
Please list your favorite races and PRs.
For years I was just running trails for bliss, with zero intention to race. I had no idea my fitness level, nor how I stood against any competition whatsoever. I would often run solo, until I started running with a friend/coworker, who involuntarily signed me up for a trail race because he thought I would do well. This race happened to be the Xterra 10k, my first trail race ever – and I had no idea what I was doing (I wore Nike Free’s LOL). I just ran like I knew how, and ended up placing 2nd OA Female. From that moment on – I was hooked!
What are your 2017 Racing plans and running goals?
For 2017 and 2018, I want to push myself further and harder than I believe I am capable of. The mind subconsciously sets limits of what we are able to accomplish, and I want to break that mental barrier. I want to get stronger and faster than the past me, who is my biggest competition.
My main races are the 2017 Xterra half marathon and 2018 HURT100, with some other races thrown in for training purposes.
Any “bucket list” races?
I want to run Leadville, UTMB, and WS100. Skyrunning is something I want to get into in the future as well, it sounds awesome – I love the elevation gains!
What is your average weekly mileage?
At the moment the weekly mileage and elevation gain is increasing weekly for training, but I would say average is 50-60 mpw, and 10-15K elevation gain.
What is your favorite workout?
I love Koko Crater Stairs (says no one ever)! It is .47 miles to the top, climbing 1050 steps and with ~1000 ft. elevation gains. Doing repeats on the stairs hits all the aspects of training: physical endurance, aerobic/anaerobic, mental and physical strength, heat training, and all with an incredible view!
Favorite pre-race/post-race foods?
Pre-race has to be very light, like a banana. I prefer a big dinner the night before. Post-race is anything I can stomach. It usually starts with some rendition of a peanut butter & banana smoothie to get the appetite going, followed by whatever I can get my hands on.
What is the piece of running gear/food/drink that you cannot go without?
Calf compression sleeves are life changing. They can double as a tourniquet, from past experiences! Food wise, the Pro Bar gummies with yerba mate caffeine, and just plain old water!
What is your favorite running moment or running quote?
“Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt.” – John Muir
Describe your running before HRL and after.
Before HRL I had no serious running goals. I would just run whatever I felt like on a day-to-day basis, and that is what I prefer. I didn’t wanted to lose my love for running for the sake of a training plan and race results. With only just a few weeks working with HRL, I already feel mentally and physically stronger. The camaraderie between the HRL athletes is an added bonus, everyone motivating each other to be the best running versions of themselves.
Why does training with Hawaii Running Lab work for you?
As I previously stated, I didn’t want to lose my love for running through a structured training schedule. Michael has really kept this in mind while creating my 16-week plan. The workouts and weekly mileage/elevation is pretty set, but the flexibility of when/where to perform these runs are totally up to me. Between my busy schedule with work and life, I am able to fit the runs in to my convenience wherever I am on the island, or in the world!
Anything else that you would like to add?
A big thank you to HRL for taking the time to individually customize each athletes running regime, closely paying attention to what works best for them! A truly unique coaching experience!
PC Kalani Pascual