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Maryann Mandaloniz loves her Early Morning Runs

Running early in the morning can be a great way to start your day.

   Ever wonder why some people seem more motivated and consistent in their daily exercise routine than others?

   The number one reason for people who don’t exercise regularly is that they don’t have the time.  Many people complain about not being able to do fitness workouts, yet many others accomplish so much more.

   Successful people that exercise regularly aren’t more talented, more motivated or more affluent than those who don’t.  The difference between those that do and those that don’t may lie in effective time management.

   Part of my secret for staying with a regular running and walking program is that I locked into a certain time each day and then to stayed with it.  Morning workouts are ideal for me because my body is fresh and lacks the distractions and fatigue from a full day of work.

   I’ve found that once I committed myself to waking early and getting out the door each morning that it becomes a positive habit, and something that I no longer think about, I just go out and do it.

   The same is true for Hilo born Maryann Mandaloniz who has been getting up at 3 a.m. each morning for the past 31 years so that she can put in a 2 hour run.

   “I started running when my children were young and that would be the only time I could get out and have my husband home with them,” Mandaloniz said.  “I like the early mornings and when I started working it seemed the best time to do my exercise.”

   By 3:30 every morning Mandaloniz is out the door and meets up with a friend, Dolores Bugado, before jogging down town and around Banyan Drive, then up to the Prince Kuhio Plaza before heading back to Banyan and home.

   “I enjoy the mornings as it just seems to be the best time to get out.  No traffic and clean beautiful air,” she said.

   While growing up during the 1960’s and early 70’s Mandaloniz attended St. Joseph School in Hilo and was one of the many women in our country who suffered from not having a Title IX sports program.

   “I didn’t play any organized sports in school because the catholic school that I attended only had a boy’s basketball team,” she said.

   It was only after getting married and starting a family did Mandaloniz start a regular exercise routine. 

   “I started to run to lose weight and 31 years later I’m still doing it,” she said.

   Mandaloniz works as an Educational Assistant for the Department of Education at E.B. De Silva School and at age 55 she finds that the running allows her to keep up with the youngsters.

   “The running keeps my weight down and keeps me healthy and able to keep up with my grandchildren and my preschoolers at work,” she said.

   Mandaloniz also watches what she eats as she stopped consuming red meat and will, on occasion, eat chicken or fish.  “I eat a lot of tofu and vegetables,” she said.  “I also enjoy a glass or two of red wine every night.”

   To stay motivated Mandaloniz is aided by her running partner, Dolores Bugado, as they both try to keep each other going each day.

   “Having a friend to run with and waking each other up in the morning to get each other going, even if it’s raining, is important,” Mandaloniz said.  “We will chat during the entire 2 hour run as we watch people going off to work.”

   Mandaloniz will sometimes add a swim to her fitness day or she will take a late afternoon walk. 

   “I like to swim, but I can’t do that too often.  At school sometimes we get together with other teachers and do some sort of aerobics,” she said.

   The best time for this active woman is the early mornings and, starting on her fourth decade, she discovered that this early morning routine suits her best. 

   “I find that I can get lazy in the afternoons and will make excuses not to exercise, so early morning work best for me.”

   Last month Mandaloniz went to Las Vegas to participate in the Vegas half-marathon (13.1-miles). 

   “It was a fun experience to do the Vegas race, even though it was 34 degrees,” she said.

   The Vegas race was nothing new for Mandaloniz as she has completed six Honolulu Marathons (26.2-miles), the Volcano 10-miler and ran the Hilo to Waimea Saddle Road Relay.

   “I plan on doing more races this year,” she said.  “I enjoy doing half marathons because I come in feeling no pain and ready to run the next day.”

   “I’d like to continue running for the rest of my life as it is a great way to stay fit and healthy.”

   Mandaloniz is a good example of someone that has found the right time for exercise and has incorporated a positive habit into her lifestyle.

   “Exercise has always been important to me.  It is a commitment that I made to myself more than 30 years ago.  If for some reason I would not run for a day or two my husband would beg me by the second day to go out for a run,” Mandaloniz said.


January 18, 2010 Posted by | Health and Fitness, Running on the Big Island | , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Garrett, Nakachi and Chi lead BIIF Swimmers at HPA

Girls 200 relay at HPA

   Garrett, Nakachi and Chi may sound like a law firm, but in the Big Island Interscholastic Federation the trio is best known for their talents in the pool.

   This past weekend Hawaii Preparatory Academy played host to their own Invitational Swim meet on Friday and a regular season BIIF meet on Saturday.

   Kealakehe’s Nicholas Garrett, Hawaii Prep’s Kaikea Nakachi and Waiakea’s Peter Chi each have etched their names into the BIIF record books by setting league marks in their signature events.

   Last year Garrett broke a 22 year BIIF record in the 100-yard butterfly when he hit the wall at 52.02 seconds.  Garrett later went on to better his mark at the HHSAA swim championships last year with a time of 51.74 seconds.

  Now in his senior year Garrett continues to dominate the 100 butterfly going undefeated in BIIF competition during all four years of league competition.

   “I plan on breaking my own fly record, either at Hilo this coming weekend, or in Kona,” Garrett said.  “I know I can go 51.7 as I’m really excited this being my final year.  I want to set the bar really high and make it a record that will be hard to beat.”

   This past Friday Garrett ruled the pool as he kept his time under 53 seconds in his signature event at HPA.   On Saturday Garrett was back in the pool winning the 100 freestyle in 49.84 seconds while placing second by a fraction of a second in the 200 individual medley to a talented Logan Borowski from HPA.

   “I like mixing up my events because it’s good for training and it makes me a stronger, faster swimmer,” Garrett said.  “Besides it’s fun to do all of these different events.”

   Nakachi, a junior Ka Makani, set his BIIF record on Jan. 9 in the backstroke (53.87) and on Saturday, in the confines of his home pool, continued his winning ways when he once again finished first in that event.

   Nakachi was also instrumental in helping Ka Makani relay squads to victories in the 200 medley where they set a new school record and in the 200 free where they established a new BIIF record.

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Waiakea’s relay team had only a week earlier established the BIIF record in the 200 free relay to see it surpassed by a powerful Ka Makani squad in a time of 1:30.62 this past Friday with the Warriors clocking in at 1:30.97.

   Waiakea’s Peter Chi is a master of the 100-yard breaststroke setting the new BIIF record of 59.84 seconds in Kona on Jan 9, then dominating the event this past weekend in Waimea.

   Chi failed to break the 1 minute barrier on Friday, but continued to be optimistic about improving in his event.

   “I still need to work on my technique in the 100 breast,” Chi said.  “I’m always going to have some sort of competition and I need to keep improving.”

   Chi has gone undefeated for the past two seasons in BIIF competition, but he believes that if he doesn’t continue to hone his skills his stiffest competitor, HPA’s Logan Borowski, could surpass him.

   “Logan Is rapidly improving and if I’m not careful he could beat me during a BIIF meet,” Chi said.

   In Saturdays meet Chi swam the 200 Medley relay, the 200 free relay, and the 50 and 100 freestyle events.

   “I could only swim in four total events and I wanted to switch things up a bit and see if I could qualify for states in a variety of events,” Chi said.  “I qualified for states on Saturday in the 100 and had previous qualified in the 50.”

  Chi could be correct about Logan Borowski getting close to him in the 100 breast as the HPA junior finished the age group season with a time two tenths of a second slower that Chi.

Logan Borowski

   “I swim all the strokes the same and I don’t really have a weak event,” Borowski said.  “My best event is probably the 50 free as I went 22.20 seconds on Friday.  It wasn’t my best time, but I’m okay with it at this point in the season.”

   On Saturday Borowski edged out Garrett by one hundredth of a second in the 200 IM to display his multitalented swim stroke skills in the pool.

    “I won the BIIF championships in the 200 IM my freshman year,” Borowski said.  “But last year I had to sit out and wasn’t allowed to compete at the high school level due to the transfer rule as I switched schools.”

   For the girls Waiakea’s Rachel Shimizu, just a sophomore, is making a name for herself in the freestyle events, winning the 200 and 500 in convincing fashion on Friday.

   “My favorite event is the 500 free because it’s a long race and if I make a mistake early on I have time to make it up,” Shimizu said.  “My goal is to try and get under 5:10 (Shimizu swam 5:18.40 on Friday).

   On Saturday Shimizu was back in the pool winning the 200 individual medley and finishing second in the 100 breast.

   “My coach (Bill Sakovich) wants me to try different races and I’m okay with doing that,” she said.

   Shimizu also leads a solid Waiakea relay team, made up of three freshmen, which have already qualified with a state time.

   “It kind of makes me feel old (being the oldest on the relay team) but it’s all about having fun and doing well as a team and today we did very well,” Shimizu said.

   Kealakehe’s Alyssa Foo continues to make big waves in her premiere event, the 200 individual medley.  A master of various swim strokes Foo is a natural in the IM where she needs to go 50 yards with the fly, followed by 50 yards in the back, then 50 yards in the breast and ending with a 50 yard sprint finish with the free.

   Last year Foo won the BIIF title in the 200 IM and placed second during the state championships.  The Waverider senior continues to dominate the event going undefeated the past two seasons in BIIF competition and is considered to be a contender for a state title.

   “I didn’t swim the IM this weekend because my coach (Steve Borowski) wanted me to work on my slower events,” Foo said.  “I think my strengths are in the butterfly and backstrokes and this weekend I added the free and breast.”

   Despite not swimming in the 200 IM Foo still won the 100 back on Friday and the 100 fly and 500 free on Saturday.

   “My times weren’t that good, but I did okay,” she said of her 100 back and 100 breast events.  “I like doing all the strokes and I like the variety.” 

   “I think I’ll be doing the 200 IM on Saturday when we swim at Kamehameha,” Foo said.

   The BIIF swim season continues on Saturday with an all-schools meet at Nae’ole Swimming Pool on the campus of Kamehameha Schools-Hawaii.

   For more results on the HPA swim meet go to:  https://waynejoseph.wordpress.com/2010/01/17/biif-swimming-results-from-hpa/

January 18, 2010 Posted by | Swimming in Hawaii | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment