Why Glenrose Xaba is in good form

Why Glenrose Xaba is in good form

South Africa’s decorated road runner Glenrose Xaba is effortlessly achieving personal best times across various distances.

In 2022 Xaba faced challenges with form and a knee injury, resulting in limited participation in races.

However, this year has seen a remarkable transformation in her abilities, thanks to the guidance of mentor Violet Raseboya. Notably, Xaba has recorded exceptional personal bests times of 32:12, 31:25, and 32:55 in the 10km event. And secured her fourth consecutive SA half-marathon title, completing it in an impressive time of 1:08:36.

Additionally, Xaba defended her SA Nationals championships 10 000m title with a remarkable 33:03:03. Raseboya gives insight into how Xaba regained her form after a difficult phase on the sideline.  

“The difference is mileage. We always fight about mileage. I always fight with her because of mileage. For an athlete, mileage plays an important role. When you have a long season ahead, your preparations must be extensive to ensure your body can withstand the demands without encountering any setbacks” she argued.

“Unfortunately, many athletes fail to appreciate the importance of mileage and the necessary rehabilitation. They only address it when they are injured, but rehabilitation should be a regular practice to strengthen muscles. Including numerous exercise drills is crucial. Mileage is one aspect we prioritize and emphasize repeatedly: mileage, mileage, and more mileage.”

Raseboya believes Xaba will soon overtake Ethiopian runners Tadu Nare and Gabre Selam on the Spar Ladies Women's 10km Grand Prix leaderboard. Xaba's strong showing includes three third-place finishes in Cape Town, Gqeberha, and Durban, behind Nare and Salem. Xaba has emerged as the series' leading South African runner thus far this year. 

“The Ethiopians are running out of time. Glenrose Xaba’s current form is a clear indication of that. We are nearing our goal, and we have the potential to reach any destination we desire. I have observed Glenrose’s progress during training, and she is steadily making strides. Her confidence is growing, and she believes in herself more than ever. I always emphasize to athletes that self-belief is essential”.

“Even if a coach believes in you, it won’t be effective if you lack self-confidence. Mental strength is crucial. It’s important to stick to the plan you set in your mind. Regardless of the training you have done, if you deviate from your plan, success won’t be attainable. We are on the verge of completing the journey to the top.”

Raseboya reveals Xaba has set her sights on another personal best at the September World Half-Marathon Championships in Latvia. Despite her hectic schedule, Xaba is running both the Spar Ladies 10km and the Absa Run Your City 10km.