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After two weeks of sticking to your routine, you should be starting to get used to it and you should start to notice a number of small changes in yourself; in your weight, your level of fitness and your general state of being.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IIFgZVUiTMw Sure, the runs get faster, longer and harder, but the hardest part is getting up and regularly donning your gear and getting out there and doing your exercise.

I’ve always found that the winter is the easiest time to slacken off on a fitness routine. Perhaps it is because I’ve almost always lived in an area where we are in below zero temperatures most nights in the months leading up to the City2Surf plus I tend to eat more when it is cold, so I find it a lot harder to exercise at this time of year.

Heartbreak hill is not the hardest part of the City2Surf, it’s all the runs you need to do in the months leading up to it. If you can get out and run regularly on these cold mornings, you have overcome your biggest obstacle.

With 8 weeks to go, this week we do slightly longer runs than in previous weeks, but again the main focus is on establishing and maintaining a routine that gets our bodies used to regular activity.

Are you starting to lose a little bit of weight now?

If you have been following along with my training plan so far, you should be starting to lose a little bit of weight. If not, you should look closely at your diet.

Have a look at this article on the simple rules to healthy eating and you should definitely read this little snippet on fast food.

A lot of the foods we take for granted and even some of the things we drink such as fruit juice are not necessarily that good for us; also, have a look at this article on fruit juice, it may surprise you.

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Update April 2013

My City2Surf Training Program is now an eBook

‘How to Break Your Fitness Slump and Comfortably Finish a Fun Run’

My full City2Surf training program is now available as an eBook from all leading online bookstores and contains a link to download the training schedule as an iCal file, so you can import it into your calendar.

Also, feel free to join my free Facebook training group the City2Surf 100 day Challenge.