THE WEEKLY #108: BACK TO THE TROPICS IN SANTA CATALINA

coiba national park

After almost a month of exploring the jungles and mountains of Panama it time to hit the beach. I caught a few local buses and made my way down to Santa Catalina, the premier surf town in Central America.

I stationed up working with Hotel Santa Catalina for a week and began adventuring around the region. Nearby Coiba Island was a clear highlight. The Coiba National Park is just insane and reminded me a lot of island hopping in the Philippines. You just never know what is around the next bend or the next corner but you know it’s going to be good.

My tan returned and it was great to get back into some salt water and out of the mountains for some less crazy running routes that didn’t involve 1000 meters of incline. With the flatter conditions, although still a number of hills, I set off to have a crack at a decent half marathon time. It wasn’t a full effort but I managed to sneak in at an hour and forty minutes for a personal best. The next target is one hour and thirty minutes but running a sub-four hour mara is my next aim. Setting pretty low goals with the running as I do find it hard to fit it in with blogging, gym, adventuring etc. 30km a week is what I am for as a minimum with anything over a bonus.

These are the articles I wrote this week about Santa Catalina this region:

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