Can you run the Two Oceans?

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By Carl Osborne

This article is exclusive to the online Edition 2 (Wrap Edition) of VARSITY Newspaper.


A look at two engineering student’s training schedules surrounding their varsity workloads

The annual Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon (OMTOM) was held in Cape Town this Easter weekend. This huge event requires serious commitment to training regimes just to finish the race, and for two UCT students this meant finding time in their gruelling university schedule. VARSITY caught up with these two engineering students to find out how they managed to prepare for the race.

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Faseegh Marcus, a second year Mechanical Engineering student, recently ran his third OMTOM. He used his experience to create a very casual training program: He would run 2km on a treadmill every two days to keep his fitness up and around two weeks before the race he ran a 10km race just to check his fitness level and make any amendments to his training, increasing the intensity if necessary. All his training was done indoors after lectures at the UCT gym, supplementing a traditional gym routine. All this hard work culminated in him finishing the race in 3 hours 2 minutes.


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VARSITY then caught up with a final year Chemical Engineering student, Imaad Davies. He had a much stricter training routine: He would run 8km on flat road on Tuesdays. On Wednesdays, around three weeks before the OMTOM, he would work on speed which involved 1.5km slow warm ups followed by four 200m sprints and four 400m sprints. On a Thursday, it would be all terrain hill training through UCT and toward Rhodes Memorial. Finally, Saturdays would be race days, where he would run competitively in 10, 15 or 21km races. Alternatively, he would do LSD (long-slow-distance) training, wherein he ran distance purely to spend time on his legs. This was greatly impacted by his fourth year schedule; however, he was still able to finish the race in an impressive 2 hours 10 minutes.

These students show that, even with the most intense university schedule, you can still get out there and achieve more if you put your mind to it. So, get out and get active!

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