I covered 5km in my local area - going to Clovelly Beach and then to Coogee, although I avoided the stairs as I figured that would mess up my breathing. I didn't get the backstreet stair-avoidance streets quite right, but now that I've figured them out, I'm looking forward to more stair-avoidance recovery runs along that route.
I also went for a run on Tuesday night with the Nike+ Run Club, although this week was with the Broadway store. I really enjoyed the run last week with Warringah Mall - they didn't really have pace groups like the city and Broadway stores have (5:00. 5:30, and 6:00 are the paces that are generally catered for), so I was able to run at my manageable 5:45 pace with the group last week.
I wanted to stick with a group this week, but figured the 5:30 group would be a bit much over the 8km loop that was planned. So I started off with the 6:00 group, and found that quite comfortable - which wasn't unexpected. But after about 600m, I found a few people ran ahead of the group leader, so I figured I may as well head off with them.
Thanks to traffic lights, we caught up with the 5:30 group, and once we got going again, we had our own little 5:45 group of 3-4 runners. This became three as we approached the start of the Anzac Bridge climb, and while we lost one of our group, we picked up another from the main 5:30 group. Actually, the one we lost was a bit of an idiot and ran on the right-hand side of the road and into a cyclist. I told him he was an idiot (can you tell I'm a cyclist first?) and didn't bother to check if he was OK. I really didn't care - he made the stuff up. And there was no-one on the left hand side of the pathway anyway!
The run course itself was a hybrid of my regular Sunday 5km loop and a reverse of the Anzac Bridge Pre-Run loop, although it went through the back of the Fish Market instead of through Pyrmont. I always wanted to check what it was like going through the back of the Fish Market - as expected, it wasn't very smooth (two traffic lights), and it was a bit smellier than expected! So I think I'll stick to our current route for Sunday runs!
I do like Nike Run Club - I find that I can get a bit more useful information from other participants and the Run Club Leaders than I can through the meetup group. The Nike people are generally faster, and thus more experienced with running, so I suppose it's not that much of a surprise! But I was talking to one of the leaders at the end of the run last night (Shaun, I think) about the half-marathon, and the trickier bits of the course. He also told me that the 12km loop the Monday/Wednesday group does out of Pitt St covered the back end of the half-marathon, although not always in the same direction. Still, it seems like a good idea to run with the Monday Nike Run Club (I can't make Wednesdays) to get the more difficult part of the half-marathon into my legs.
So next week, I will make an effort to get to Pitt street at 5.30pm (it's a bit early, which is why I don't go normally, and why I can't go on Wednesdays as I'm in Sutherland during the day) to take on the Monday to take on the 12km course. Unlike last night, I will probably stick to the 6:00 pace group. :) While I had plans to go back to my runless Mondays next week (after all I won't be expecting to need to test my legs again anytime soon), it looks like I'll be having runless Tuesdays now.
Summary: 5.5km @ 6:45/km, and 7.5km @ 6:13/km