Gregory Lum Ho from Hilo, HI (Male)
Age on race day: 40
2007 Kilauea Volcano Marathon - Volcano, HI
This was my 8th marathon and I finished in 5:02:00.
I consider myself an intermediate runner and I primarily run for weight control/loss. I decided to run this particular marathon because it is claimed by many to be the world's toughest marathon, and to complete the world renowned HI-3 marathons.
I don't follow a specific training program when preparing for marathons. I'm continuously training and running with a great group of people, the Bay Front Road Runners. I did average about 45 miles per week leading up to the race.
The best training advice I received was to have fun!!!
The 2007 Kilauea Volcano Marathon was what I expected. The crowd support is very limited due to the terrain, but the aid stations and the people manning them were A #1!! I couldn't imagine a race with better support. The race is definitely as claimed -- THE WORLD'S TOUGHEST MARATHON!! But, at the same time, it is the only marathon where I can honestly say after I finished "I want to do that marathon again!" Being that it is so challenging, the fellow runners pick you up and motivate you to continue. This is definitely a marathon everyone should do at least once in their lifetime.
I didn't have any recovery problems. I continued to run in the days following the race.