The Old Mutual Two Oceans Ultra Marathon attracts the cream of local and international athletes, offering a tough challenge against a backdrop of spectacular scenery. It has earned a reputation as the world’s most beautiful marathon. The first race was held in 1970 and saw 26 runners line up to face the unknown challenge. Since then, the race has become a national institution and a firm favourite with local, upcountry, and international athletes.
February 23, 2014
Lesotho’s Tsotang Maine won the 18th Maritzburg City Marathon in two hours 25 minutes 18 seconds but was being hunted down by Phuma’s Sandile Makhaye who finished only 100 metres adrift at the line.
Maine took the lead early in the race with Makhaye back in fourth at the half way, but started his move from the top of Alexander Road and at Hesketh was in second.
“I felt I was making…
February 21, 2014
In the final days before a race there is more danger of destroying your performance than improving it – it's a time to … Keep Calm .. Make a Plan!
The training is done, the taper completed and only the final preparation and logistics of laying out running kit, energy and hydration drinks stand between you and the gun.
However all this preparation can be wasted as the blast of the…
February 21, 2014
In previous articles I indicated the link between physiological and psychological attributes in training towards any distance race and how style and efficiency at race pace became paramount for the final preparation period. This analysis brought us back full circle to finding our most efficient combination of stride length and cadence (the number of times one specific foot touches the ground per minute).
Any keen cyclist will tell you that there…
February 16, 2014
The next weeks see many runners around the country targeting their Comrades and or Old Mutual Two Oceans qualifier.
Over the final two weeks runners understandably start noticing the nervous signs of apprehension:
Concerns build that you have done insufficient training: Niggles and aches mysteriously appear, and then you begin to deny your own ability.
Everyone else seems to be doing more than you, going for better times and in better condition that you….. …