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Hilo’s Trudy Sleightholm finding ‘My Time’ to exercise


One of my favorite American poets is Maya Angelou who said, among other things, “This is my life, it is my one time to be me.  I want to experience every good thing.”

Following along Angelou’s sage advice is Hilo’s Trudy Sleightholm who knows what she wants in her life and makes time for it.

“Running has always been my ‘me time’,” Sleightholm said.  “I have always been athletic to some degree throughout my life and I have always come back to running.”

Sleightholm was born in Kona, but raised in Hilo and started playing basketball from the fifth grade to her junior year in high school.

In high school Sleightholm discovered cross country and track & field along with joining the swim and soccer teams.

It was through cross country that Sleightholm found something she could take with her and do by herself.

“Right out of high school I went to Oahu for college,” she said.  “I lived at the University of Hawaii dorms and I would run from my dorm room to the Punahou gym, maybe 25 minutes away, workout and then run back to the dorms.”

Sleightholm’s break from school work to the gym was considered her ‘me time.’ 

“Running has always been my ‘me time’ as I always felt so good afterwards,” she said.

After college Sleightholm continued her running and included yoga.

“I took a liking to bikram yoga, which is a very intense type, but I always felt so energized after,” Sleightholm said.  “I would go to a yoga class in the morning before work, then after work go for a run along Kapiolani Park.”

Yoga, along with running, according to Sleightholm became a way of life as she fell in love with staying fit.

“I did the Great Aloha Run a couple of time, but just never pushed myself any further than that 8.5 mile distance,” she said.

Five years ago Sleightholm moved back to Hilo and opened her own business, a salon.

“Being a business owner can be very hectic, but it is also very fulfilling,” Sleightholm said.  “I wouldn’t have it any other way now that I am my own boss.”

Being her own boss gives Sleightholm a little more ‘me time’ which is advantageous to a 33 year old with a three year old child.

“I am allowed a little more freedom to take care of things on my own schedule,” she said.  “My days are very long though as I juggle my time with my daughter, working and running, but I love every second of it.”

Since returning to Hilo Sleightholm has done less yoga and more running until a knee injured forced her to make the reverse switch.

“I injured my knee  last October in the Nike Women’s half marathon,” she said.  “That was an awesome run, but my knees could not handle it.”

Sleightholm worse fears began to arise from her knee injury.

“I thought I wasn’t going to be able to run anymore and I just didn’t want to hear that,” she said.

Sleightholm went to ashtanga yoga classes three to four times a week, while trying to lightly jog.

“I wasn’t going to let my fire for running burn out,” Sleightholm said.  “I was in training for the Honolulu Marathon last year and I did not want to give up.  I trained as hard as I could and took all the extra vitamins to try to help my knees and joints heal.”

Sleightholm stubborn, never give up attitude, helped her to finish the 2010 marathon with two of her friends, Misty Pacheco and Summer Mochida.

For the 2011 marathon Sleightholm managed to put in the training necessary for a successful 26.2 mile run.

“My knee has given me a little stress, but I have been running through it,” she said.  “No pain, no gain!”

Running has also helped Sleightholm maintain a healthy weight as she admits to having a sweet tooth and a carefree diet.

“I have the sweetest tooth I know as I love sweets, which is why I stay active,” she said.  “I don’t really watch what I eat, but I do eat healthy.”

Sleightholm doesn’t like soda, doesn’t drink alcohol and stays away from red meat.

“I love to eat salads,” she said.  “I tend to eat more pasta and drink lots of water or Gatorade before doing my long runs.”

Sleightholm also discovered the value of keeping track of her mileage on a daily basis as she can now see her progress recorded.

“I logged most of my runs on jog tracker and it totaled 1045 miles from May 2011,” she said.  “After seeing my logged runs I wished I had logged all of my runs from January 2011.”

Sleightholm believes that her workouts have contributed to her good health.

“I am grateful to not having any health problems,” she said.  “Running and yoga has kept me stronger inside and out.”

And someday should you happen to see a healthy senior having some ‘My Time’ by  jogging through the streets of East Hawaii remember to smile, say ‘woof’ and never shy away from “Running with the Big Dog.”

And here’s wishing all of you the very happiest, healthiest New Year.  Be safe, be kind to others and remember to exercise and eat healthy.

Email the Big Dog at waiakeabigdog@aol.com.


December 26, 2011 Posted by | Profiles | , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Ka’u Family Fun Fest complete race results

Ka’u Family Fun Fest – 6/10/2011 Naalehu, HI Results Event 1 Mixed 5000 Meter Run ===============================================================

 Name Age Finals ===================================================

 Finals 1 Perry, Lyman M44 19:28.26 2 Halford, Jackson M16 20:09.59 3 Beatty, Ben M14 23:49.72 4 Hycas, John M53 25:23.60 5 Beatty, Kiyena W11 26:33.18 6 Ibarra, Ray M56 26:48.72 7 Rowe, Julia W37 29:01.44 8 Donovan, Patrick M64 29:42.02 9 Gorges, Bryan M26 32:12.94 10 Garcia, Andrew M15 33:49.45 11 Ebert, Andrew M8 34:16.17 12 Yoder, Anna W33 34:55.75 13 Travis, Jaylynn W23 35:10.95 14 Teves, Kaikea M29 35:39.05 15 unk, unk W 35:40.39 16 Banana, Anna W53 35:52.04 17 Ebert, Alison W38 41:07.31 18 Moses, Makela M13 42:30.32 19 Darr, Terri W56 42:37.75 20 Darr, Kevin M61 42:39.70 21 Ross, Sarito W63 42:48.54 22 Ebert, Anna W11 43:45.07 23 Wong yuen, Haddon M46 44:41.35 24 Mueller, Christian M11 45:56.35 25 Mueller, Karl M42 46:01.90 26 Espejo, Noel M59 46:06.18 27 Jardine, Sandy W14 46:40.39 28 Rae, Del W37 47:53.18 29 Donaugh, Doede W40 47:54.05 30 Moses, Miki W17 49:07.73 31 McIntosh, Crystal W26 51:53.86 32 Woods, Christine W57 53:19.59 33 Abaya, Maija W47 54:01.78 34 Moses, Le’a W20 56:10.58 35 Beauchan, Sharon W42 57:16.81 36 Marino, Raenette W48 57:17.97 37 Belin, Buffy W40 57:21.59 38 Baji Sr, Wade M46 57:23.92 39 Baji, Cynthia W46 57:36.69 40 Kawaauhau, Stephanie W40 57:38.12 41 Natividad, Rebecca W43 57:48.44 42 Soriano, BJ W53 1:02:07.92 43 Correa, Adeline W56 1:02:08.38 44 Strauss, Keala W7 1:03:05.05 45 Strauss, Kade M11 1:03:57.18 46 Strauss, Paul M62 1:04:10.76 47 Strauss, Donna W62 1:04:11.25 48 Velez, Charnalisa W10 1:08:32.43 49 Barcena, Jolisa W27 1:08:46.08 50 unk2, unk2 W 1:22:54.21 51 Masters, Marcia W63 1:22:55.40 52 Alley, Mary W60 1:22:55.40 Event 2 Mixed 10000 Meter Run ==============================================================

 Name Age Finals ==============================================

1 Gusarchuk, Sasha W25 55:12.11 2 Johnson, Daniel M34 55:13.07 3 Ferreira, Jason M34 58:23.81 4 Russell, Faith W15 1:06:51.28 5 Natividad, Jeffrey M48 1:06:54.55 6 Anderson, Brittany W28 1:12:44.90 7 Anderson, Bodhi M35 1:12:45.43 8 Roddy, John M60 1:18:46.84 9 Aiona, Dawn W37 1:19:55.06 10 Aiona, William M41 1:19:55.91 11 Camba, Kelcie W23 1:22:09.87 12 Moses, Raylene W47 1:29:10.22 13 Moses, Glenn M49 1:30:20.18 14 Davis, Wendy W56 1:31:38.34 15 Roddy, Jaime W28 1:38:18.24 16 Roddy, Charleen W61 1:45:23.76 17 Kim, Dongshil W52 1:47:52.94 18 Kim, Sanghoon M51 1:47:53.91 Event 3 Mixed Half Marathon ==============================================================

 Name Age Finals =================================================

 1 Sullivan, Michael M30 1:32:03.29 2 Ebert, Ronald M36 1:35:23.89 3 Pavao, Steven M54 1:41:02.16 4 Babas, Ferdinand M39 1:43:05.64 5 Yates, Jarred M31 1:48:41.60 6 Hiraki, Steven M31 1:53:37.36 7 Tsukamoto, Deen M52 1:53:55.78 8 Ramrez, Raul M46 1:59:59.86 9 Bishop, Joyce W50 2:00:22.19 10 Hank, James M50 2:01:27.84 11 Rivera, Merceda W27 2:05:40.62 12 Sturm, Dene W47 2:09:24.79 13 Tollett, Billy M28 2:09:57.89 14 Quintero, Leah W38 2:10:35.28 15 Englunel, Lindsay W27 2:12:27.40 16 Mansfield, Alison W29 2:12:37.62 17 Langtry, Andrew M49 2:13:05.93 18 Arzaga, Rudy M34 2:17:42.59 19 Kunitake, Jon M68 2:21:03.66 20 Wong yuen, Donna W48 2:21:24.14 21 Murphy, Maggie W59 2:22:33.63 22 Rivera, Ruth W55 2:23:46.30 23 Rivera, Froilan M59 2:23:47.17 24 Fortuna, Stan M63 2:26:49.17 25 Nakasone, Harvey M51 2:27:18.28 26 Kimball, Sandra W45 2:27:55.56 27 Tsukamoto, Alicia W27 2:31:49.09 28 Kim, Jaehee W26 2:33:08.80 29 Sleightholm, Trudy W33 2:36:23.98 30 Mochida, Summer W33 2:36:24.50 31 Brauher, Lynne W47 2:39:21.60 32 Naboa, Eldridge M33 2:44:24.38 33 Pukahi, Leah W33 2:54:06.06

June 14, 2011 Posted by | Running on the Big Island | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment