Sunday, August 11, 2013

Tamales, Cross Country, and World Championships in

At the end of July, the family made tamales together. We made dozens, froze several, and continue to enjoy them. Coming from New Mexico, you would think I might have done this before. Well, this was my first time, and my aunt who lives in Phoenix who made tamales every year forever was happy I finally got around to it. I am working on a post presently that will show the process from husks to steamer, to plate.
Tamales are served best with pinto beans, and spanish rice topped with red chile and pork mole.

Kraig Vickers Honor Run Award Winners including Baldwin runner and Seabury Spartans Allie Smith and Christy Fell

Pre-season has been going on for a few weeks now for the girls high school cross country team, and a good number of girls showed up for the Kraig Vickers Honor Run, Sunday, August 4th. The Maui Interscholastic League (M.I.L.) has a solid two month season which is officially in full swing next week when school starts. My partner Matt Holton is the assistant coach and I am also coaching this season for the girls team. Since I got to coach on a limited basis in the Spring during Track and Field at Seabury, I feel fortunate to be working with some of the same girls, and new rones in the cross country setting. I have a lot to contribute and more to learn, and can commit more days a week to working with the girls team. It's exciting.

M.I.L. CROSS COUNTRY MEETS 8a.m. Boys first, girls to follow. 
Sat. 8/24 M.I.L. Meet #1 Maui High
Sat. 8/31 Baldwin Invitational: Keopuolani Park
Sat. 9/7  M.I.L. Meet #2 King Kekaulike
Sat. 9/21 Westside Invitational: Kapalua
Sat. 9/28 M.I.L. Meet #3 Hana
Sat. 10/5 Seabury Invitational 4p.m.
Sat. 10/12 JV Championships Kamehameha
Sat. 10/19 M.I.L. Championships Molokai
Fri. 10/25 H.H.S.A.A. Championships 9a.m. T.B.A.
Check out my post on here about high school and youth XC. 

Overall Winners Kraig Vickers Seabury assistant coach Matt Holton, and Senior, Dakota Grossman (both in white tops).
Another big thing going on was The Kraig Vickers Honor Run. Maui Runner had a big part in the race by; marking the course, social media, and creating media to post at the event. We used Google Hangout to promote the race and collect photos and comments from people in real time at the event. The race was won by Allister Knox, Matt got second, and a high school junior Caleb Pottorff took third in the 5K. On the girls side a tourist from Canada, Seanna Robinson claimed first with Andrea Wright  in second followed by Seabury senior Dakota Grossman. This is a fun run, and is treated as a work out, and is a way for the team to represent in the community, in addition it helps the girls to prepare for the cross country season. Next up for road races is the Beat the Heat 8K and 1K Saturday, August 17th at Keokea Park, Upcountry.

Youth cross country holds their first races starting Saturday, August 31st at Seabury Hall 8am. Matt is now embarking on cross country with the youth athlete Jim Campbell (who just turned eleven; Happy Birthday Jim!) for the quick five week youth program offered on Maui. I am luck to assist Matt with this special boy. Jim will participate in the second age division including third through fifth grade youth, running a mile. The age group before his, K-3, runs a half mile; with middle schoolers 6th-8th running a mile and a half. It is great to start to develop technical running skills early to build a strong, fast, smart and thoughtful racer. Matt coaching Jim provides an opportunity for me to learn more and more techniques with teaching drills, and adjusting workout for young runners. It is fun to check out the private coaching scene again with Matt. Back when we lived in Flagstaff, Arizona Matt coached high school, and a small group of adult runners. It's great to be coaching together. It is a rich learning environment.

Sat. 8/31  Seabury
Sat. 9/7    Giggle Hill
Sat  9/14   Kamehameha
Sat. 9/21   Front St. Mile
Sat. 9/28   Giggle Hill Championships
Right now the World Championships are going on in Moscow. This ties together all of the running going on in our lives. We have been watching for the last two days starting around 7:30 pm through until around 11 or 12 midnight. The action starts up again around 3 a.m.; although I have not caught it that early. Matt caught the womens marathon, and the men's 10,000 won in a neck to neck finish) by Mo Farah. Today I got saw the women's 10,000 meters with Matt and Jen Tom. Truiniesh Dibaba won with command; the Baby Face Destroyer has never lost at the distance, and is a force to deal with. Great inspiration for the bike riding around Keokea afterwards. Click here for the timetable from the IAAF for the complete 9 day schedule. Seven glorious days of track and field left. There are lots of links out there to see all the action. For all things running go to School started last week for both Kamehameha Elementary School and Kula Elementary School. I am eagerly anticipating ample substitute opportunities for the '13-'14 school year. So far it has been a very smooth transition into all my new positions in teaching and coaching this year, and I look forward to all the experience I will gain.

Maui Runner: Jim Campbell
Maui Runner: Jen Tom

Monday, June 10, 2013

Aloha Waldorf Summer is Here

Bright and beautiful orchid gift. Thank You to Rio and Family.

Summer is here. The last day of school at Haleakala Waldorf was June 7th, and the day was sweet. I attended the closing circle where all the grade school and middle school children get in a circle, and the faculty, and staff make a circle around them. Each circle moves in opposite directions, and we all give our summer wishes, and goodbye's. After five years I am moving on from Waldorf, and the staff and faculty took words out of my mouth when I received  a silver Hawaiian bracelet as a parting gift.
The bracelet is engraved with the beautiful flora and fauna of the island of Hawaii. Heliconia, Anthurium, Bird of Paradise, Breadfruit, and Hibiscus are a few of the detailed pictures on this special piece.
I am grateful for the job watching over the children after school over the years. The relationships formed with all the students, and their families are very special to me. The faculty and staff is filled with wonderful people, and teachers who inspire, and I am happy to know them. When I first started this blog, the community of the school was right there for me. I also feel fortunate to have been able to coach the track and field, and cross country teams the last two years. The runners and athletes I came across taught me so much, and we had a lot of fun together. I know I'll be running with them again, and so many new up and coming runners as well.

Teaching is such a diverse and dynamic profession. I like that it can change at any moment, and in that spirit I will be approaching my next endeavor as a professional substitute for the '13-'14 school year for the D.O.E., and Kamehameha Elementary School. I also look forward to helping out Cross Country and Track and Field teams at Seabury Hall.
Summer is Here
I end this post with this image of Joe Joe. This napping around in the middle of the day tells me that summer has arrived. Happy Summer.

Saturday, May 18, 2013

HHSAA State Track and Field Championships 2013

The boys giving it their all in the trials for the 110 meter high hurdles.
This track season I volunteer coached for the high school boys and girls at Seabury Hall. Seven girls, and four boys qualified for the state championship meet. We traveled over to Oahu early Friday morning anticipating the trials later on that afternoon. After trials five girls remained, and one boy representing the Seabury Hall Spartans. Before the last event on Saturdays finals, the 4 x 400 meter relay, Seabury's girls were ahead by five points to win the team title. Punahou prevailed however, when their squad won the event (10 points), and Seabury placed fourth (4 points); resulting in a win by just one point for the Buffanblu as known as Punahou.
I was fortunate to work with the hurdlers most specifically just once weekly, on the grass field on campus at Seabury, at Kamehameha School's track, and at War Memorial Stadium's track over the season. I have known one of those hurdlers since she was in elementary school. Christy Fell was in third grade at St. Joseph School the year I started there as a Kindergarten teacher in 2005. To be able to work with her in a sport that I competed in during high school at Santa Fe High in Santa Fe New Mexico was such an amazing experience. Seeing Christy make it into both the 100 and 300 hurdle finals was epic, and she was able to contribute to the team score with the four other point makers.
I learned a lot about team management and coaching techniques from head Coach Bobby Grossman, and feel so lucky to be a part of what has been building over the years with the running programs. Working with Matt the assistant coach, continues to be dynamic. I follow Matt's good example, and work hard to keep updated with the sport of track, and field so I can coach any athlete I come into contact with, with helpful information. The best part of the State Meet was learning about the special community of track and field athletes on Maui, and that when it all comes down to it all of us coaches, parents, and fans want Maui to represent well. We all want to be a part of the success of the young people on this island, and help them to achieve their best in everything that they do. Over on our running site I did an overall results post: 2013 State Track and Field, and Matt wrote a biographical piece: Spartan Girls Track, in addition to an in-depth look at the girls team since his involvement starting three seasons ago. I'm looking forward to meeting the new athletic director at Seabury, and being a part of both cross country, and track and field next year.

Grossman claims seventh gold... - Maui News
Seabury Hall Leaves It All on the Track
Ewaliko Helps Baldwin Win

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Expression Through Running and Art

From Elementary Track Meet
This morning we went to help out and watch the Upcountry Elementary Track Meet. The meet started with the field events; broad jump, and the softball throw for the participating boys and girls in third, fourth, and fifth grade.

From Elementary Track Meet
Then it was time for the track events: the 30 meter dash followed by the 60 meters. Most of the children have never encountered a starting gun, and the starter was sure to explain how the start would work. He helped them to not look at him, but to look straight ahead to the finish line. It was so exciting to watch all of these events. The raw ability, and competitiveness in these children comes from deep within, and I am excited for the future of these athletes.

From The Art of Trash
After the track meet we were off to enter our collaborative art piece to the Art of Trash exhibit. Matt and I used the boars skull we have had for over a year now, and put a mosaic of ceramics, glass, beads, and shells on the skull. It turned out great. Take a look at the post up on here. There was an article with a couple of photos in the Maui News. Take a look at the article here.
All in all another great day on Maui filled with exciting athletic performances, and expression through artwork. I love watching people express themselves in different ways, and expressing my own feelings too. Life is...good.

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Track and Field Meet 1: Kamehameha Middle School Invite

6th grader Ella Markham lines up for the 100 meter.

This year was the sixth annual Kamehameha Middle School Invite, and the second year since I've been coaching the Waldorf team. We started bright and early, and the conditions were beautiful. We had an all boys field team: three high jumpers, four long jumpers, and two shot putters. After a bit of a delay the running events started with the 1500, followed by the 100, 200, 400, and 4x100 meter relay. We had boys and girls running the sprints, and three boys from the Cross Country team running the 400, and 1500. Congratulations to the 7th grade boys, 6th grade girls, and 6th grade boys relay teams; it was fun to watch!
Link to Complete Meet Results PDF

Overall the team had a good warm up, and their starts looked good. It was great fun. Please take a look at our team page here.

Track and Field has begun. Check out this post on Maui Runner: Track and Field 2013 to read about Maui Interscholastic League Track and Field season start. 

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Kaiser Permanente Great Aloha Run 2013

I've been looking forward to the Great Aloha Run since last years race. Last year was my first time, so this year I sort of knew what to expect, and I felt like I could better my time by more than 10 minutes. We stayed in Manoa again, with Matt's grandmother, and decided  to take the bus at 5:58 a.m. to get us to the start line 30 minutes before start at 7:00. Read more about my race on our running blog here: Kaiser Permanente 29th Annual Great Aloha Run 2013.

This year I decided to wear our GoPro2 for the Great Aloha Run. The video above is a compilation of my 1:15:05 performance! Check out my youtube channel here: cristinapineda.