Ask a Coach: Training for Comrades Marathon

Question from Chris Becker: Next year I want to run the Comrades Marathon. How can I alter my training to fit in with the Comrades Marathon but still obtain speed and endurance?

Run SMART Coach, Vince Sherry: You have a couple options depending on your goals for the Comrades Marathon…  If your goal is simply to finish the race feeling strong, I would recommend that you continue to train similarly to the way you are now, with one exception… put more emphasis on the long runs, making them further and more frequent.  A major component of running well in a race of this length is the body’s ability to convert fat to fuel efficiently.  This takes practice and is best accomplished by building a strong aerobic base (lots of steady mileage).