I’ve been given this opportunity to share my training and (hopefully) keep me focused and accountable, so here goes. Looking back, 2013 was a year of two halves for me. A good first half with a couple of trail marathon wins and a trip to Poland for the Mountain Running Long Course event, but the second half was a struggle with persistent sickness and a slow return to fitness. So it’s nice to start the New Year healthy, injury free and keen to train hard. I always spend Christmas and New Year with family in Bateman’s Bay, surrounded by beautiful beaches and national parks. It’s a pleasant change from the paved streets of Sydney. I suspend the training plan and run hilly trails for pleasure. My favourite routes follow power line service tracks and fire trails in coastal bush, which is beautiful at this time of year. It is also great terrain for building strength, and I feel as though I’ve got my “hill legs” back despite a very unstructured fortnight of running.
Sunday: 19.5 km around Deep Creek Dam
Tuesday: 30 km out & back on the historic Corn Trail (~1400 m ascent & descent)
Wednesday: 15 km easy in the bush
Thursday: 17.5 km of hills in drizzly rain
Friday: 16 km Pebbly Beach to Pretty Beach and return via Mount Durras
Saturday: 19.5 km hard & hilly tempo
Back to work, city streets and air pollution next week!