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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