WESTERN PROVINCE PROGRAMME
Where are we now?
month of the year and then the big countdown will begin. At the
beginning of December we have 181 days to go which is about 6 months.
This month is the beginning of your Comrades training. Your
running in December will have a definite effect on your first
measurement race in very early January. The Bay to Bay 30km is on
January 10th 2010 and it is a very hard first run of the year for your
Comrades training. It is important to prepare well for your first
real test. To run a 30km race in January you will be expected to
complete at least two 25km training runs in December taking under 3
hours with stops. In this way you will be getting time on your
feet for the race. It is so important to have a good run at Bay to Bay
because it the first race of many that lead up to Comrades. The basis
of this training programme is on succeeding at each and every hurdle
and then pass on to the next slightly harder test. Be successful at the
first test and you will set the pattern for the whole of your Comrades
training. In the January programme you will find that the target
time for Bay to Bay 30km race will be 3hours 10mins. That is a speed of
6,3mins/km. Think about it.
from the two 25km long runs you must be cautious in December not to do
too much too soon. Still keep two rest days. That it is perfectly
acceptable at this stage. Your monthly km for November was 208km
and there is no need to do more in December. We are all well
aware that December is holiday month. Make sure you enjoy
Christmas Day with your family and friends. The die-hard Comrades
runners say: "Enjoy Christmas with the family because this is the last
they will see of you until June.” Not true. Runners need the
support of their families and without them you will probably won’t be
successful. The reverse applies as well; they need you just as
that all good Comrades runners don’t do too much in December so that
they start off strong, rested and ready to go on January the
first 2010. Even if you go on holiday in December don’t come
back over trained and arrive on January 1st tired. That would be a bad
start.Here is the training programme for December 2009.
should be setting a weekly training pattern now. Arrange your training
partners that are also doing Comrades. Arrange to do the long runs with
a group from the club. Enjoy the rest days and don’t feel guilty. All
of you have entered Comrades, so complete your travel and accommodation
plans. I recommend staying in Pietermaritzburg on Saturday night 29th
May to avoid the stress and uncertainly of travelling up from Durban of
the morning of the big race.
December is a big planning month for 2010. Here is the basic outline of your Comrades training programme:
Overall run 1400km from January 1st 2010 to May 29th 2010.Include two standard marathons and three ultras in this total.
The timing schedule is:Phase 1.
Build up to a standard marathon and qualify at Peninsula Marathon on February 21st 2010 = 8 weeks
Hard training into the ultras (including Two Oceans 56km) until May 2nd 2010 = 9 weeks.
Wind down until May 29th 2010 = 4 weeks
Total Comrades training = 21 weeks.
For our novices in 2010 it is all a very short period to change your whole life.All
of you have entered the Comrades and have already made the commitment
“To run and finish the 2010 Comrades marathon.” Don’t delay your
commitment waiting for this that and the other. You have to be
committed in December. The job starts here. No procrastination
saying "I will see how I feel after Oceans”. These are the
guys that appear under the heading either DNS (did not start) or DNF
(did not finish) in the 2010 Comrades results.
is our commitment card to be signed, cut out and displayed at home
where you can see it every day. A glance at your signed
commitment card when you are thinking about missing a training run or
road race will be sufficient for you to get out those running shoes
Comrades 2010 Commitment card
I am fully committed to run and finish the 2010 Comrades marathon.
|Week 1||Week 2||Week 3||Week 4||Week 5|
|Friday||REST||8km||REST||Christmas Day||New Years Day|
|Saturday||5km||15km race||5km||16km race||8km|
Total kms for December 2009 = 265km (5 week month equivalent to 212 km for a normal 4 week month.)
1. 12th December 2009. Avbob 15km Table View.
2. 26th December 2009. Tokai Manor House 16km Tokai.
Thought for the month,” I am going to enjoy Christmas and especially the New Year.”
External links: Official Comrades Marathon