Conrad smashed her career record by 27 seconds to win the women’s title at the SA 10km Championships in Bloemfontein on Saturday in 33:37.
A former national cross country and steeplechase champion, the 28-year-old teacher from Johannesburg confirmed she would compete in her first 42km race at the Hannover Marathon in April.
“I’ve entered the Hannover Marathon and I’m aiming to run under 2:37:00 to qualify for the Commonwealth Games,” she said.
While she struggled with illness in the build-up to the national championships, Conrad was not surprised at chopping so much time off her previous best.
“I was surprised to win because I had been sick with flu during the week and I only started feeling better on Friday.
“But I did expect to run a personal best because I knew I was in good shape.”
Meanwhile, Stephen Mokoka said he would shift his full attention to the World Half-Marathon Championships in Copenhagen next month after grabbing his third SA 10km crown in 29:11.
“I’m pleased with my improvement. This was only my second race of the season and I’ve gone from 30 minutes (30:06 at the Bestmed Tuks race in Pretoria a week earlier) to just over 29 minutes.
“If I had another six weeks to prepare I would probably run another 10km race, but I want to focus now on preparing for the world championships.
“I think my coach wants me to work on my speed, and I felt this weekend I wasn’t that sharp, so we’ll concentrate on that.”