Just how much do you want to improve your performance?

2014-11-15 00:00

Maritzburg Marathon tip of the day:

IMPROVING performance is actually quite straightforward. That does not mean it’s easy, but the principles for improved performance are easily explained:

To improve, a runner needs only:

Improve their endurance,


Become faster by improving speed over a short distance.

If you improve one or the other you will be able to perform at a higher level in a distance race.

But, actually, that still doesn’t answer the question:

How much do you want to improve?

Stephen Mokoka, Elroy Galant and Lusapho April are undoubtedly amongst the best distance runners that currently compete in South African colours, and they each embrace certain common traits.

The trio are not seen at every weekend race, instead they select and dominate the events they enter.

Each event has a purpose in the ladder that helps them climb towards the more important end goal for the season, be that a world championship, a major marathon or a national or African record.

Even then, each season or year’s goal is only a stepping stone towards one of the major games, such as the Commonwealth, Africa or Olympics.

In short, everything is part of an ongoing upward spiral, and when they are not racing one of the stepping stones, they are training and inching towards that next goal.

There is nothing magical in their approach: These are the same principles that are available to each and every runner. They strive through their training to be either faster over the shorter distance, or to improve endurance and energy production in slower running, or both!

Use the summer months to sharpen up the speed over the short distance, then use the eight-10 weeks prior to a marathon to increase endurance or the 10-12 weeks before Oceans or Comrades to prepare for these longer events.

So the real question is “Do you have the patience, discipline and desire to focus and keep on track to earn that improvement?”

So the question remains: how much do you want to improve?

If you desire it enough then be absolutely positive that the opportunity is here.

Between now and February 22 you will have access to free day-by-day training schedules, and fortnightly tips to help you make that improvement.

There will also be a series of seminar talks and practical sessions with the first talk on Monday, December 1 at 6 pm at Poobie Naidoo’s store and the first practical session 30 minutes prior to the Duzi Park Run in PMB on Saturday, December 6.

So link into www.pmb42.co.za and read The Witness every day and we walk the path with you to a new best in the Maritzburg Marathon, 21 km or 10 km race.

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