More Catalina Island, 1/2 Marathon Training Update and Running Shoes

Well, I am back from Catalina Island and let me just say, I now know what it would be like to be a FULL TIME USC graduate student. I’m only part time right now, and thank goodness for that.  Taking the classes I am and working part time just about has me wishing there were many more hours to a day.  But everyone wishes for that, right?


I spent Thursday on a 6.5 mile hike, collecting data with two of my classmates and it was a workout! I don’t think I have ever hiked up a trail so steep in my life!  This is our before picture…


And then along the way…

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When we finally reached the top of the ridge line, the scenery was amazing.  We could see down both sides of the ridge and it was so cool to be able to see the ocean just surrounding us from all sides.  We climbed over 1,600 ft in less than a mile!

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All the data we collected during our hike was used on a project we worked on for what felt like two very long, brain cell crunching days.  We got our results and created a great presentation and a poster, which may be used at some conferences in the near future! Exciting!


Half Marathon News

While I was on the island I had every intention of doing some longer, tempo like runs to help me along my half marathon training…but that didn’t go so well.  Our school days were long and exhausting, and between that, the combination of new foods and the crazy hills along the only running path available, I ran once. I did the long hike, plus two other 4 mile hikes/walks, but that was it.

Going into this week I ran 4 times in the last two weeks, with my longest long run coming in at 9.5 miles. The half marathon is still three weeks away, but after a five miler a few days ago that felt like death, I’m a bit worried about the race now. I had ambitions to run the race and PR at 1:54, but I don’t know if that will happen anymore.  At this point, to ease my mind about the race, I just want to finish the race…maybe shoot for under two hours.  Wishful thinking maybe?  I guess I’ll have to wait and see how things go in the next few weeks…

At least if this race doesn’t go well, I already have another 1/2 marathon planned for January to make up for it! It will hopefully include some much needed time with these two wonderful friends…but we’ll talk more about that later as things progress ;)


Mizuno Running

Other running news, working at a running store means being able to try some new shoes. I recently got a pair of Brooks Pure Flow shoes..and if you know me, I’m a huge Mizuno fan and hardly stray from them.  I have a past with Brooks, as the last two times I tried running in them, I ended up with a serious number of micro-tears in my calves, leaving me unable to run, even walk at times.

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I wore these around at work the other day without my custom made insoles and they felt pretty good, along with no calf pain. I have yet to take them out on a run, and am going to wait to take them out with my half marathon coming up.  I don’t want to risk the chance of injury since those tears take forever to heal so I’m going to stick to my tried and true Mizuno and Adidas for the time being.

Is anyone else favorable to one running shoe brand over the other? I remember trying Nike, New Balance and Aasics years ago when I was in high school, but running shoes ten years ago were much different than they are now…

I would love to hear why you all love brand or version of a shoe over the other…it’ll help me at work too ;)

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5 Responses to More Catalina Island, 1/2 Marathon Training Update and Running Shoes

  1. Nice! I just got my first real pair of running shoes. They are Aasics. Love them!

  2. itzyskitchen says:

    So beautiful! You’ll do great. I try not to set too many goals when I run….I seem to do better that way haha. I’m a brooks girl through and through

  3. Amy Lauren says:

    I definitely prefer Mizuno. Nothing against the other brands, and I know having the right kind of shoe (neutral, stability) is more important than a particular brand. But, my first “real” running shoes were Mizuno and I guess that’s why I have the preference.

    That hike and those hills look super challenging. I can definitely see why you didn’t get any training runs in and don’t blame you, hiking is great cross training anyway. Sounds like you’re super busy with school and work but those are good things :). Good luck with your half, you will do great because you already had a really good running base~ your body will remember what to do!

  4. I’m a big Asics fan, I’ve never had any problems with them, so I just get the updates version of the same model each time, best to stick with what works I think!

  5. Silvia says:

    I have been using Adidas, Asics and Merell barefoot shoes in the past and had no serious problems. The newest shoes I bought was a Mizuno…. I’m currently recovering from tendinitis, most probably coming from the Mizunos.
    So, as soon as I can run again, I’ll go back to the Asics.

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