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…
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!
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
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.
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