City 2 Sea is such a great run, obviously starting in the city at the iconic MCG, along St Kilda Road, around Albert Park and then straight down the beach. Thank goodness they made some small changes including the where the start line was compared to a few years ago. It used to start on St Kilda Rd and then you had to keep going along to Kerford Rd and round again once you got to the beach, and for some reason just felt so long. Just adding these small changes, really does enhance the course a little more.
Each year I do this I have some new goals, and yes next year I still aim to get under the 1hr 15min mark. I have been a little slack in my running due to ankle and knees, and really need to start building up my speed and distances. Since we have signed up to do Enduro again as well as the Oxfam 100km, I need to start getting the kms on my legs, going to try and avoid road running and try and stick to the trials (since these are a little better for my knees).
I always try an break down long runs into sections so section 1 would be St Kilda Road, which always feels like a really long stretch, with nothing really breaking it up. Next would be Albert Park, you hit this section and your mind switches as Eureka starts to come into view, and you then have the realisation that you will be soon running up it. After that is down Fitzroy Street and the heading to the beach for the finish line.
It is a shame that I do always have to quickly jump on a tram (which is free for City2Sea participants), to get to the city, as the finish line vibe is always quite vibrant and fun, and I would love to spend sometime just having a look around.