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Teachers enjoy New Year with 3.1 mile walk

Hawaii State Teachers wanted to kick off the New Year with a health and fitness walk

Kawaileleohi`ilawe, on left, is a social studies teacher at Kea`au High School and Gary Kaku the registrar from Hilo Intermediate was on hand to participate in the Big Dog New Year’s Day Resolution Run/Walk.  Keaau Middle School teacher, Edwin Kagawa, also finished the 5K, but left before the photo was taken. 

All three wanted to start off the New Year in a healthy way with Gary Kaku resolving to take better care of himself and his diabetes by exercising more.

Edwin Kagawa wanted to keep his resolution to himself, but has come to two 5K walks hosted by Big Dog Productions.

January 2, 2011 Posted by | Health and Fitness | , , , , , | 1 Comment

Making Healthy New Year Resolutions

We’re almost done with 2010 and I can honestly say I am looking forward to 2011.  Health wise 2010 was one of the most difficult for me as I was hampered by a variety of age related problems.

I probably spent more time in the hospital this past year than I have in my entire 63 years.

I’ve been told that my electrical wiring has malfunctioned which created a few unexpected problems, the biggest coming with atrial fibrillation/flutter where my heart would get stuck at 140 beats per minute and not return to a normal rhythm.

Hilo Hospital performed a couple of electrical cardio versions to get the heart rate pumping normally, but it would return to abnormal levels following long runs or stressful situations.

This led to several months of sleepless nights and not being able to run, but I continued to walk to maintain my healthy weight.  And walk I did, seven miles a day at a brisk 15 minute per mile pace.

On Nov. 2nd I returned to Straub Hospital on Oahu for my second ablation with Dr. Hingson Chun and have now slowly begun the process of rebuilding my endurance so that I can once again run.

I know 2011 will be the best year ever for me because with all those elevens, I was born on 11/11, and married on 1/11 so 2011 will have significance and “will be my best year ever” according to my wife, Randee.

I have a simple resolution going into the New Year and that is to be able to run my first 5K (3.1 miles) race without walking.  I don’t care what time I do it in as long as I am able to jog the entire distance without pausing due to loss of breath.

Jan. 1, 2011 I will be at Coconut Island to host and run in the New Year’s Day Resolution Run/Walk which begins at 9 am.  The public is invited and all you need to do is sign in and be willing to have some fun.

Following the event Big Dog Productions will provide snacks and Keith Aoki from Anheuser-Busch will provide Vidration Sports Drinks, while supplies last.

The great thing about announcing Resolutions is that the chances of achieving a positive outcome is much higher than if you kept your resolution to yourself because you have others watching to see if you can conquer your dream. 

Doc Morita

Hilo Internist, Dr. Aaron Morita, had the following health and fitness resolutions for the upcoming New Year.

“My health related resolutions for 2011:  Eat less and more wisely.  Lose another 5 to 7 pounds so I can run better with less load on my legs and manage my metabolic risk factors with minimal or no medications for many more years, Doc Morita said.

“I’d like to work at managing stress better as our government, Medicare and health insurances in general are making it more and more difficult to practice medicine by having to follow oodles more regulations that make it harder (more red tape) to provide timely evaluation and management services to patients while at the same time avoiding financial hardships or trouble to the very complex business of medicine,” Morita said. 

Pete Hoffman

Hawaii County Council, Vice Chair, Pete Hoffmann just completed his 29th Honolulu Marathon a few weeks ago also has a resolution for 2011.

“For me, I intend to make certain that I complete at least one 13 mile run each month during the New Year,” Hoffmann said.  “I’ve never been able to do that, but I feel I must get out of the comfortable rut in which I usually find myself and at my age I must do better.”

Hoffmann has promised himself to do at least one more marathon to reach number 30.

“My wife is threatening divorce if I go beyond doing my 30th Honolulu Marathon,” Hoffmann said with a grin.  “Someone needs to remind me why I like this insanity.”

Jerry Chang

For State House Representative Jerry Chang his healthy resolution is a simple one.

“I’d like to run 3 miles at least four times per week,” Chang said.  “I would also like to cut down on oily foods while increasing the amount of fruits and vegetables that I eat.”

Making resolutions that are realistic are important and provide us with a reachable goal as well as a measuring stick into our progress.

Howard Ainsely

Howard Ainsley, Hilo Medical Center CEO, had the following resolution:

“My resolution for 2011 is to be more consistent in my wellness plan of improved health and life balance,” Ainsley said.  “I want to be more disciplined in workouts (tennis, body boarding, cycling), explore more of beautiful Hawaii with my wife, reduce my body fat while increasing stamina and endurance, make application for doctoral program, and to assist people in need without asking anything in return.”

Ainsley is also hoping to bring a greater value to the Hilo Medical Center team of employees and physicians as they try to improve and grow health care resources and outreach for our community.

Howard Ainsley, Pete Hoffmann, Aaron Morita, Jerry Chang and I are all looking to make positive contributions in a New Year that brings with it the opportunity of hope and the promise of knowing that all things are possible.

There is always room for improvement from being more patient with your children or more loving towards your spouse, positive change at a higher level is within our reach.

“Be always at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let each New Year find you a better man (person),” Benjamin Franklin wrote.

If you’re looking at starting the New Year out in a healthy way then join us at 9 am in the parking area of Coconut Island on Jan 1st and let’s do as much as we are capable of doing with like minded people.

And someday should you happen to see a jogger trying to make the most of life’s blessings remember to smile, say “woof” and never shy away from “Running with the Big Dog.”

Email the Big Dog at waiakeabigdog@aol.com.

December 27, 2010 Posted by | Events, Running on the Big Island | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Big Dog’s New Years Day Resolution Run/Walk

Join the Big Dog on New Year’s Day 5K run/walk

Coming up on New Year’s Day, Jan. 1, is the second annual Big Dog’s Resolution Run/Walk starting at 9 am from the parking area of Coconut Island at 9 am.

The 3.1 mile event is free and open to anyone interested in kicking off the New Year in a healthy way.  

Keith Aoki from Anheuser-Busch will supply free Vidration sports drinks, while supplies last to those participating in the event and the Big Dog will have post race snacks available.   For more information call the Big Dog at 969-7400…….

Join Big Dog’s Big Island Running Club – FREE membership

Start 2011 with a healthy jog or walk and resolve to make the new year the best ever!

Email the Big Dog at waiakeabigdog@aol.com

December 23, 2010 Posted by | Running on the Big Island | , , , | 1 Comment

Veteran’s Day 5K run/walk set for Thursday, Nov 11

Veterans pose from last years Vet Day 5K

  • Big Dog Productions Presents:

Big Dog will be hosting the Veterans Day 5K run/walk on Thursday Nov. 11 at 7:30am. (rain or shine so bring your umbrellas just in case). The event starts and finishes at the entrance to the Coconut Island Parking Area in Hilo. All welcomed! Come celebrate Veterans Day – entry fee is a canned good for the Hawaii Island Food Basket.

Post race snacks provided by Veteran and House Rep. Jerry Chang along with Vidration Sports Drinks provided by Anheuser-Busch’s Keith Aoki.

Photos will be taken with the Big Dog with all the Veterans who are participating.  Also group photo’s of those wearing union tee shirts, so come out and where you’re HSTA, ILWU, UPW, HGEA, etc shirts and support our Veterans.

Volunteers are also need and for more information contact the Big Dog at waiakeabigdog@aol.com or 969-7400.

October 16, 2010 Posted by | Running on the Big Island | , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

BIRR Scholarship Fun Run/Walk on Sunday, May 23

Free Vidration provided to participants after the race by Anheuser-Busch

    On Sunday, May 23, the Big Island Road Runners along with Big Dog Productions will host the Scholarship 5K run/walk starting at 7:30 am in the parking area of Moku Ola, Coconut Island.

  Following the fun run/walk the BIRR will presents a check for $1000 to Hilo’s Sai Weiss and to Waiakea’s Kaitlyn Chock.  The public is encouraged to attend both the run/walk and the scholarship ceremony.  For more information contact the Big Dog at 969-7400.

May 18, 2010 Posted by | Running on the Big Island | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment