Resuming your Comrades Marathon training if you’ve been ill

We answer a pretty general Comrades Marathon question on today’s Ask Coach Parry Podcast but it is one we get asked very often. This time of the year in South Africa it is winter and a lot of people are getting sick and missing out on a bit of training. A lot of people are worried already at this stage in their Comrades Marathon build up that they are getting sick with the flu and are being forced to miss a week or a week and a half’s worth of training.

What do they need to do when they come back from illness? Do they need to catch up or can they just pick up where they left off? What is the best way to pick up the training again if you’ve been forced out because of illness?