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Kalmer heads east for another crack at Yokohama Marathon

Olympian Rene Kalmer goes back to the race that booked her London 2012 ticket on Team South Africa next month, writes Mark Etheridge.

It was at the Yokohama Marathon in Japan two years ago that Kalmer, right cruised to her personal best for the marathon, a time of 2hr 29min 59sec, to this day still her fastest for the gruelling 42.2 kilometres.

Kalmer, who will celebrate her 33rd birthday two weeks before the marathon, has again had her battle with various injuries and is ready to race again.

She was second in the recent Spar women’s 10km in 34:31 after originally scheduled to run the Great Scottish Run 10km earlier in the month.

‘I didn’t go to Scotland in the end, I picked up another niggle but luckily it was not too serious and all is sorted. It was just a pain in my shin that I picked up from the not-so-ideal course that we ran for SA half-marathon championships in East London recently.

“I’m very happy to go back to Japan, obviously I have good memories there and the hospitality in Japan is amazing,” she told Road to Rio 2016.

Unlike Yokohama though, her last marathon though, doesn’t bring particularly good memories, being the Boston Marathon in the US where she (as well as SA Paralympic legend Ernst van Dyk) were caught up in the terror bombings close to the finish line.

“That was a very forgetful race,” she says. “Not just because of the bombs but also because I tore my soleus/calf muscle with 17km to run still.”

Thankfully that injury is now something of the past. “I”m working on all the weak areas with a bio-kineticist, Jannie Klingbiel at Rosebank Sports clinic. I see him monthly and he gives me a specific strength programme and then we adjust it monthly,” she says.

In the build-up to Japan her highest weekly mileage has been about 180 kilometres and on Thursday she takes on a 39km run, her longest in her current training programme.

“It’s all going well and I’m just looking forward to ending the season on a high note, definitely aiming at a sub-2hr 30min finish,” she concluded.