Good Morning, friends!
Entering and running in races are a great way to up your training regime, set goals and test your determination and motivation.
For us Sydney siders, the Annual City2 Surf race is just around the corner (August 12th). It is a beautiful 14km course from City CBD to Bondi Beach, and it is open to all who enter!
- Start in the CBD
It is one of those races where people from all walks of life, with differing abilities (and even disabilities) join together to run and enjoy Sydney. It welcomes the most elite of athletes to walkers, joggers and mums with prams. Last year my Dad and I ran it and we both loved it (this year we welcome Josh to our team 🙂 ).
So, if you live in Sydney or intend to holiday here in the coming months be sure to enter!
I thought today would be a good day to set some training goals for the race. Last year I completed the race in in 74 minutes. So this year I would love to see myself break 70 minutes (5 mins/km). This means I need to push myself and work on my speed.
My training regime is usually very flexible but I always try to include the same components:
1) Leisurely Runs – Usually about 30 minutes or 5/6 kms
2) Cross Training – Some sort of group fitness class; Body Attack, Step, Cycle or Dance
3) Long Run – I try to include 1 long run a week, and this is usually on a Sunday (I increase the distance as I approach the race, and then taper in the week leading up to the race).
4) Resistance Training – Either I do this in weight section at the gym or I take a Body Pump class.
5) Rest days– On these days I ideally like to focus on stretching, meditation and relaxation.
If you have trouble sticking to your exercise goals, check out this post on ‘How to make a date with exercise and stick with it’.
Well that’s all from me today. Enjoy the sunshine and don’t forget to leave me a comment to let me know:
What race is happening in your city and how do you go about training?
Will you be joining me in running (or walking) the City2Surf?
Happy moving peeps!
** Please note I am not a personal trainer; this is my training regime based on my own experiences and training preferences.