Training for the Comrades Marathon is a significant commitment, and when you add the responsibilities of family life and work into the mix, finding balance becomes even more challenging. 

In this article, we’ll explore some strategies to help you juggle everyday life with increased training.

Prioritize Recovery

One of the most critical aspects of managing the training load while juggling family and work commitments is prioritizing recovery. Here are some key recovery strategies to consider:

  1. Sleep: Ensure you’re getting enough quality sleep each night. Aim for 7-9 hours of uninterrupted sleep to support muscle repair and overall recovery.
  2. Nutrition: Fuel your body with healthy, whole foods to provide essential nutrients for recovery. Avoid processed foods and prioritize fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and whole grains.
  3. Hydration: Stay hydrated throughout the day, especially during and after training sessions. Proper hydration supports muscle function and helps flush out toxins.
  4. Compression Therapy: Consider using compression garments or socks to aid in recovery by improving circulation and reducing muscle soreness.
  5. Massage: Schedule regular massages to help alleviate muscle tension and promote relaxation. 

Time Management

With limited time available for training, it’s essential to make the most of the time you have. Here are some time management tips to help you maximize your training while balancing other responsibilities:

  1. Plan Ahead: Schedule your training sessions in advance and prioritize them in your daily schedule. Look for opportunities to fit in shorter workouts during busy days and longer sessions when you have more time available.
  2. Multitask When Possible: Look for ways to combine training with other activities, such as commuting by bike or running errands on foot. This can help you make the most of your time while still getting in your training volume.
  3. Delegate Responsibilities: Don’t be afraid to ask for help from family members or friends when needed. Delegate household tasks or childcare duties to free up time for training.
  4. Set Realistic Goals: Be realistic about what you can accomplish given your current time constraints. Set achievable goals that align with your available time and energy levels.


Finally, don’t forget to prioritize self-care amidst your busy schedule. Taking care of your mental and emotional well-being is just as important as physical training. Here are some self-care strategies to consider:

  1. Stress Management: Find healthy ways to manage stress, such as meditation, yoga, or spending time outdoors. Practice mindfulness techniques to stay present and focused.
  2. Time for Yourself: Schedule regular breaks to recharge and unwind. Whether it’s reading a book, taking a bath, or enjoying a hobby, make time for activities that bring you joy and relaxation.
  3. Stay Positive: Maintain a positive outlook and celebrate your progress, no matter how small. Focus on the journey and the lessons learned along the way.

By implementing these strategies, you can find the balance between your training goals and your responsibilities outside of running. Remember that consistency is key, and small, sustainable changes can lead to significant improvements over time. 


With a passion for high performance sport – Lindsey Parry is one of South Africa’s most widely recognised coaches. Having led a team to the London, Rio and Tokyo Olympic Games as well as the Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh, the Gold Coast & Birmingham, and coached both triathletes and runners onto podiums of some of the world’s most illustrious races, Lindsey has a unique ability to understand what it takes to succeed at any level and thrives on coaching, motivating and inspiring others to do the same – whether it’s on the track, on stage or behind a mic.

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