Lowrez, can't vouch for the maths but the table at the bottom of the link estimates what your target training volume should be (in kms) between Jan and June to meet the required finish time in the top row..eg. a 4 hour marathon (says PB) could in theory deliver a 9h30m finish if you could amass 1550kms during that 5 month period. And with 1000kms you're looking at a potential 11h00m finish time.
It seemed to correlate with my 2014 experience. My fastest marathon in training for Comrades was 3:55 and despite best intentions I did have several small breaks in training (think I would have hit around 1000kms training in total from Dec to mid-May). I made it down to Durbs in a reasonably comfortable 10h30m. I like having tables like this because they affords me some flexibility and piece of mind especially if things don't quite go to plan.
Hello.... anyone have any good trail marathon suggestions for the coming months? Did the Giants Head a little while back and I've not run more than 15 miles since - been enjoying not having a race on the schedule but that period has well and truly worn off.
I recall some great suggestions on this forum pre-Comrades...any suggestions would be gratefully received!
Definitely you have enough time and it sounds as though you'll adapt well to training but you need to load those miles into your legs without risking injury first.
Worth doing some homework on injury prevention (this website has it all) and try to keep your flexibility (beware increasingly tighter muscle groups) and add some supplemental strength training as you go
....you may want to throw out your old shoes (you'll be doing a lot more of that from now on)...