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This year we will be doing things just a little bit differently, the changes in the programme are small for July to December. The major change bringing the Marathon into November, this aligns better with 2 of South Africas big end of year races and also fits in better with the Northern Hemisphere Marathon Season.

 

Our goals for 2017 are 3-fold:

  1. To continue to improve your consistency and capacity to do work.
  2. Make you a stronger and faster runner.
  3. To qualify with a sub 3 hour Marathon.

 

On the way to achieving the sub 3 hour we will look to break the following times:

5km: 18:25

8km: 30:15

10km: 38:00

15km: 59:00

21.1km: 1:25:00

20 Miles/32km: 2:14:00

 

Moving the qualifier forward slightly means we can get into a better training groove early in 2018, opening the door to either improving your speed a bit more or doing another qualifier if necessary. Particularly with Comrades falling on the 10th of June in 2018.

 

For the 2018 Comrades, I have also taken into account the stats, kindly provided to me by Mark Dowdeswell and Comrades to plan the programme. The main changes will be seen in Jan to June 2018, and to plan the pacing charts.

 

Only 37.87% of A Batch Starters finish the race under 7:30, this number includes Golds and Wally Hayward medals, while 4.76% of B batch starters finish under 7:30.

 

Training for a Silver and getting an A seed are by no means a Gaurantee for achieving a Silver finish. Based on my experience and discussions with runners who were not successful, this year and in past years, I have come up with a few possible reasons for this.

 

Your Silver is at risk if your Sub 3 is borderline and:

  • Achieved at Sea Level (2:54)
  • Achieved on a downhill course (2:52)
  • Achieved in temperatures lower than 19 degrees Celsius (2:52)
  • You do not follow a very strict, conservative race plan (2:50)
  • It is compounded by combing 2 or more of these factors (2:50)

(In brackets I have put down what I believe to be more appropriate times in these conditions)

 

Who should follow the Silver programme?

  • Comrades finishers who have run sub 8hrs
  • Comrades Novices who can run a half Marathon in sub 90min
  • Comrades Novices who have come close to/or have broken 3hrs for a Marathon

 

If you do not fall into these categories then read through the introduction to the other programme options to select the appropriate programme. DO NOT follow this programme thinking that the extra mileage will guarantee a finish. The biggest single threat to you finishing Comrades is getting injured, place a premium on recovery and ensuring this through following the appropriately designed programme for you.

 

This programme is time based so people of more experience and greater running ability will get relatively more out of the programme and progress faster. Time based programs also prevent you from settling on a route that you need to run faster every time you do it. It is easier to maintain discipline and run easy on the easy days. I must again emphasise here that being injury free and consistent in your training is the key to a successful race, easy days are there to ensure full recovery so you can get the most out of every days training.

 

There are recovery weeks built into the programme every 4 weeks, do not be tempted to do more as this will only compromise you later in the programme, leading to injury, illness and under performance in goal races.

 

Training days are interchangeable, if your club has Time Trials (TT) on a Tuesday or Wednesday you can swap Thursday with one of these days. For the dates of races in your area you can go to www.runnersguide.co.za for a full fixture list.

 

Training Paces:

Easy (E): 4:25-5:00/km

Long (L): 4:30-5:10/km

Recovery (rec): 5:00-5:25/km

Hills: 3:48-3:56/km

1minhills/1km: 3:33-3:41/km

400m: 80-82sec

RP: 4:15/km

 

These paces are a guide for someone who is training for a 3hr Marathon, aim to run at or around these paces taking note of how easily you recover.

 

Enjoy the training!

 

To download the Silver training plan click here: Download the Silver training plan

 

*With Comrades moving to 10 June, it is important that December is not a hard training month, keep training and keep a good general level of fitness but do not train hard now unless you still need to qualify. However if this is the case you will have to take a short break to recover after qualification and you should aim to qualify by latest end Feb.

 

July training plan
 MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFridaySaturdaySunday
1 Jul 30min E 45min E
3 Jul 30min rec 45min E 30min E 45min E REST 50min E 1hr E
10 Jul 40min rec 50min E 40min E 50min E REST 1hr E 1hr15 E
17 Jul 45min rec 1hr E 50min E 1hr E REST 1hr10 E 1hr30 L
24 Jul 45min rec 50min E 40min E 50min E REST 1hr E 1hr15 E
31 Jul 45min rec
August training plan
 MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFridaySaturdaySunday
1 Aug 1hr E 1hr E 15min E; 5km TT; 10min E REST 1hr20 E 1hr45 L
7 Aug 45min rec 15min E; 6x2min hills; 10min E 1hr05 E 1hr E REST 1hr30 E 2hr L
14 Aug 45min rec 15min E; 7x2min hills; 10min E 1hr10 E 1hr E REST 1hr30 E 2hr L
21 Aug 45min rec 15min E; 4x2min hills; 10min E 1hr E 45min E REST 5min E; 5x30sec RP, 30sec E; 5min E *10km Race Or Time Trial
28 Aug 45min rec 15min E; 12x1min hills; 10min E 1hr15 E 1hr05 E
September training plan
 MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFridaySaturdaySunday
1 Sep REST 1hr30 L 2hrs15 L
4 Sep 45min rec 15min E; 12x1min hills rest; 10min E 1hr20 E 1hr10 E REST 1hr45 L 2hr30 L
11 Sep 45min rec 15min E; 12x1min hills rest; 10min E 1hr30 L 1hr15 E REST 5min E; 5x30sec RP, 30sec E; 5min E *10/15km Race
18 Sep 45min rec 1hr E 1hr E 15min E; 8km TT; 10min E REST 1hr15 E 1hr30 L
25 Sep 45min rec 20min E; 6x1000m with 3min rest; 10min E 1hr45 L 1hr15 E REST 5min E; 5x30sec RP, 30sec E; 5min E
October training plan
 MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFridaySaturdaySunday
1 Oct *Race a Half Marathon
2 Oct 30min rec 45min E run 1hr30 L 20min E; 6x1000m with 3min rest; 10min E REST 1hr45 L 2hr45 L
9 Oct 45min rec 20min E; 6x1000m with 3min rest; 10min E 1hr45 L 40min E; 5km TT – Firm; 10min E REST 1hr45 L 3hr L
16 Oct 45min rec 15min E; 10x1min Race pace, 1min E; 10min E 1hr E 45min E REST 5min E; 5x30sec RP, 30sec E; 5min E * Half Marathon at Marathon race Pace
23 Oct 45min rec 20min E; 12x400m with 200m rec; 10min E 1hr20 E 25min E; 5km TT – Firm; 10min E REST 1hr E 1hr E
30 Oct 30min rec 15min E; 10x1min Race pace, 1min E; 10min E
November training plan
 MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFridaySaturdaySunday
1 Nov 45min rec 30min rec REST 5min E; 5x30sec RP; 30sec E; 5min E *Race a Marathon
6 Nov REST REST REST REST REST REST REST
13 Nov REST REST REST REST REST REST REST
20 Nov 20min E 25min E 20min E 30min E REST 45min E 1hr E
27 Nov 45min rec 30min E 1hr 45min
December training plan
 MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFridaySaturdaySunday
1 Dec REST 1hr E 1hr E
4 Dec 45min rec 40min E 1hr15 E 40min E REST 1hr15 E 1hr E
11 Dec 45min rec 50min E 1hr30 L 50min E REST 1hr30 L 1hr E
18 Dec 45min rec 1hr E 1hr30 L 1hr E REST 2hr L 1hr E
25 Dec Merry Christmas 40min E 1hr E 1hr15 E REST 1hr30 L Old Years Eve 10km

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