So for the past 3 weeks I’ve been attending weekly Tuesday running sessions with the newly formed Sydney Harbour Runners. And I must admit that I’m growing to enjoy the atmosphere a lot more than the latest incarnation of Nike+ Run club! That’s not to say that I don’t still enjoy turning up for Monday evening runs though… I still have many friends participating in that club and I’m still a regular. However I don’t expect to make the sort of pace gains that I can potentially make running/Training with SHR!
With SHR the vibe you feel as soon as we meet up, at Cafe de lucca, is that of purpose. Everyone is there to run, everyone wants to improve and become better runners. There is far less of a sideshow going on. The ongoing emphasis at SHR has been that they will offer something different from the Monday night Nike+ run club event. This has definitely come to fruition… The Launch week was the basic 7.5km highlights course with some changes in scenery. The second week brought out the competitive side in the runners, as we focused on setting our personal Benchmark 3km times.
The third week introduced technique coaching for 5:30+/km runners, whilst also upping the ante for the faster runners as we ran the 8.5km Pyrmont course! During this weeks running meet I decided to tough it out and push myself to run faster than I have ever run. I opted for the 5:15/km pace group, led by pace leaders Boris Kezic and Kate Stanton. The beauty about the run was this pace group had 5 runners in total. Being a small group we were able to hold a solid conversation amongst each other, which in turn took our mind off the blistering pace we were running at. That’s exactly what I enjoy most about SHR, the groups are intimate enough to get to know the other runners, and we know running together allows people to create or strengthen bonds with each other.
Outside of our weekly running meets, SHR has also provided runners with an 8 week interval training guide. This Training Guide is based on the result of your 3km benchmark time that we set on the second week. Basically it involves sprint training with 90-100% effort twice a week, upping the work load/ distances each session!