Bruce Fordyce
5 minute read
6 Mar 2020
8:11 am

Comrades step-by-step: Time for the grind of ‘training races’

Bruce Fordyce

Training tips from a legendary, nine-time winner.

Bruce Fordyce.

A necessary evil of any training programme for an ultramarathon is the inclusion of several long slow runs in excess of 30km. In fact, 30km is almost considered a short distance run by many ultra fanatics. For those training for a race such as the Comrades Marathon I would suggest that in a three to four-month build-up runners would need to run a couple of 30km training runs, two or three 42km runs and at least three in the 50 to 65km range. Some runners enjoy running for several hours at a slow pace while building endurance and stamina. I...