Work­ing back­wards from your goal is key to get the re­sult

Weekend Witness - - Sport - NOR­RIE WIL­LIAMSON

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 buildup 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 run­ning.

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