Updated: September 6, 2016

Irvette van Zyl hopes to recover in time to churn out at least one more good run this season, as she aims to win the Spar Grand Prix series for the third time in her career.

After missing out on the Olympic marathon last month and the fourth leg of the women’s 10km campaign in Centurion last week due to a foot injury, Van Zyl said on Tuesday she believed she could be ready to hold off a charge led by Lebogang Phalula in the overall standings.

Van Zyl is six points clear of Phalula, who won last year’s Grand Prix campaign, and the duo will turn out as the favourites in a hard-fought battle for the series crown at the final race in Joburg on October 9.

Having felt pain in her foot when she attempted to run on an anti-gravity treadmill last week, while recovering from a stress response to her third metatarsal, Van Zyl said she would try again this weekend.

“The anti-gravity will reduce the weight a bit and see what I can handle and whether I still need to rest a bit more,” Van Zyl said.

“I’m cutting the rest a bit shorter than I’m supposed to… it’s supposed to be six weeks and I’m trying for four weeks, but I’ve had 20 sessions in a hyperbaric chamber… to reduce the recovery period.”

Disappointed after the injury forced her to withdraw on the eve of the Olympic marathon, Van Zyl said she was swimming and cycling in order to stay fit in an attempt to close out the season with a series victory, adding to her Spar Grand Prix wins in 2010 and 2011.

“It’s been a real struggle, but I’m just coping and making the best of the situation right now.”