Working backwards from your goal is key to get the result

2013-01-26 00:00

HAVING the discipline to give up what you might think you want now, for what you really want, is the secret to achieving your goal.

It’s too easy to get tied up into the racing scene early in the year and do events that don’t lead to your true ambition.

While we have some great challenges and scenic, well-organised events on the KZN calendar, the truth of the matter is that your racing schedule should be built from the goal race backwards. If your goal is a Comrades time or specific medal, then your last race should be something that will let you test your speed and fitness in the final taper. This would be a five to 10 km event. Then we need some longer training runs and, providing you have the discipline to run in races at a slower pace, you use a number of the local marathons and ultras on the fixture list. These would be run at predicted Comrades pace and can include the Cavanagh or Arthur Cresswell Bergville/Ladysmith 52 km Marathons. Then, prior to that, the focus is on a qualifier or seeding race using the Weekend Witness Maritzburg City Marathon. As this is going to be run quite hard, the build-up races should be carefully selected. While the first 15 km of the PDAC are almost ideal preparation for a marathon, the downhill and sting-in-the-tail destruction of the final six kilometres make this one to be wary off. The extreme climb and descent of the Sparksport gives a similar outcome at anything other than an easy pace, whereas the Hillcrest half could be a controlled-effort preparation for a good Weekend Witness Marathon on 24 February.

The bottom line is simple — if you want your goal on June 2, keep your focus on the long term and don’t compromise for smaller achievements in the short term. Get your Weekend Witness training schedule at


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