Over 200 Comrades Marathon enthusiasts crammed into the Coastlands Musgrave Hotel for the, ‘Run Your Best Comrades’, talk hosted by the Prime Human Performance Institute and the KZN Department of Sport and Recreation on Wednesday evening.
Runners were treated to insights from a stellar line-up of experts from Prime HPI.
“We are proud of our association with the Comrades Marathon especially the support that we are giving to our elite athletes through the EADP and disadvantaged runners who are assisted through the athletes village.
“The Comrades talk organised by the Department of Sport and Recreation and Prime is an important platform that will assist all Comrades participants to have a better and proper preparation in good time for the 2019 event.” Said KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Sports & Recreation Ms Bongi Sithole-Molo
While, Comrades green number holder and Biokineticist, Dennis Jackson hosted an incredibly informative panel discussion featuring three-time winner, Bongmusa Mthembu, Fikile Mbuthuma, Lisa Collet, Jenna Challenor and esteemed running coach, Michael Seme.
Head Physician at Prime HPI and current SA Olympic Doctor, Kevin Subban got the ball rolling in front of an excitable audience.
Subban’s talk focused on managing illness and injuries leading up to race day.
“In the early training phase, if you have an injury, it is important to consult a medical professional. If you are going on a long journey, like a trip from Durban to Cape Town you will always check the condition of your car, it is the same thing with the Comrades and the human body,” Subban said.
“Managing your body along the route is important. A lot can go wrong during the race and you need to be able to deal with whatever comes your way,” Subban explained.
Experienced dietitian, Keri Strachan spoke about recovery and the importance of a balanced and healthy diet.
“It is really important to make sure your body gets enough sleep, this is when your body recovers,” Strachan said.
“One needs to avoid refined foods and choose real foods. Food in their natural state is good for you. I would encourage all of you to include a protein in your meal. Energy rich foods, carbohydrates and healthy fats will assist your body,” Strachan added.
Meanwhile, Jaryd Rudolph’s talk defined the role of biokinetics and how the science can help runners.
“Running is movement, we analyse your running style and look at improving your movement. Importantly we do not change your style of running but we rather look at increasing your running efficiency,” Rudolph said.
Treating injuries was a major theme of the evening and Prime HPI, Chief Clinical Physiotherapist, Brent Grimsley who has been on the Comrades route for the past seventeen years, added to the discussion.
“You need to be well conditioned to run Comrades. If you experience pain, it is advantageous to see a physio who is also a runner. We have to treat ourselves early, patience is key,” Grimsley said.
The elite athlete panel discussion was the highlight of the evening. Runners lapped up the insight, especially from Mthembu who has already established himself as a race legend.
Meanwhile, Challenor unofficially confirmed that she will be making her race debut this year.