Running around Sydney

I really have a love/hate relationship with Sydney.  It is beautiful.  The weather has been perfect this winter.  I’m eager to get outside and run.  But then I do. And I’m faced with hills.  If not hills, then stairs.  Lots and lots of stairs.  This means it’s hard to keep a consistent pace, but I figure it must be getting me in shape!

I’ve completed two long runs in Sydney in the past month, one of 9 miles and one of 10 miles.

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CIM training plan

The plan:

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I’ve decided to use a mixture of the Beginner and Advanced training program in the Hanson’s Marathon Method book.  Why?  Because I don’t want to spend 5 weeks of just running easy.  I want to right in there and start training hard!  I want to start those speed workouts.

I think I’ve decided on a time goal.  I think I’m going to attempt a 3:55 marathon.  I’d love to try for a 3:50, but I really think that is pushing it right now.  My B goal is sub 4 hours.  Goal C to PR and goal D is to finish!

Last year I ran 9:22min/mile for the marathon.  Hopefully this year I am ready to run 8:58.  That seems like a huge jump.  It is.  But I really think I need it to scare me a little (or a lot!).  I feel that I should be able to run those times in my tempo runs.  I should be able to hit my speed and strength work paces.  It doesn’t seem too over the top – yet!  We will see when we get into the thick of it.

Now, I am away working for some of this.  This will make it difficult to fit in the runs I’m meant to get in.  For the first few weeks I won’t mind if I don’t get in my prescribed runs. I will try my hardest, but my work is sometimes so chaotic that it may not happen.  I’m ok with this.  I won’t let it beat me up.  But I will try my best.


Training starts next week!