Comrades Marathon Training Programmes: Time based vs distance based?

The last couple of days we have chatted about the your Comrades Marathon training programme. First of all we chatted about how to choose the right Comrades Marathon programme for you. In the last episode of the Ask Coach Parry Podcast we chatted about the pace you should run your different Comrades Marathon training runs at within those Comrades Marathon training programmes.

Today we chat a little about having time based Comrades Marathon training programmes as opposed to having distance based Comrades Marathon training programmes.

For instance, on your programme you might say on a Tuesday run for 60 minutes, on a Thursday run for 70 minutes, on a weekend run for two hours.

What’s the thinking behind having time based Comrades Marathon training programmes as opposed to saying to someone go out and run 10k’s or 12k’s or your long run needs to be 30k’s. Can you talk us through the thinking behind that?