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Turn Up Your Thermostat

Turn Up Your Thermostat

21 June 2017 - 63 years after Roger Bannister broke the four-minute mile, Nike rolled out its Breaking 2 Hours attempt to show that it is possible to run the marathon distance in less than two hours. I believe they ...
Behind The Helmet - The Lion

Behind The Helmet - The Lion

21 June 2017 - His remarkable achievements include completing the Seven Summits Challenge (climbing the highest peak on each continent, including two Everest summits), Trekking to both Poles, 20 Kilimanjaro summits ...
School of Speed to Take SA by Storm!

School of Speed to Take SA by Storm!

15 November 2016 - PUMA today launched the School of Speed to develop athletics talent in South Africa by unearthing the fastest young speedsters. The School of Speed is headed by the World’s Fastest Man Usain ...
Squat, Swing, Run

Squat, Swing, Run

18 May 2016 - If you’re looking for a great workout to get the heart pumping, give this one a try in the gym or out on the field.   PART 1 5 Sets of 5 Back Squats, with 1-minute rest betwe...
Cramps: Can you prevent them?

Cramps: Can you prevent them?

09 May 2014 - According to Wikipedia, a cramp is an involuntary temporary strong muscle contraction or over shortening, which may cause a severe pain. Usually the onset is sudden while the cramp resolves spontan...
Back-up, I Can't Run!

Back-up, I Can't Run!

22 April 2014 - There are few injuries that are as debilitating as a back injury. Running with a sore back is not only extremely uncomfortable but it can also be extremely dangerous. On today’s episode of th...
Do Pacing Buses Work?

Do Pacing Buses Work?

16 April 2014 - Pacing buses help thousands of runners around the country secure medals at races every year but are they for you? Once again at this weekend’s Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon and Half Marathon...
Core and Water

Core and Water

02 April 2013 - Essential Core I've heard that runners need a strong core, but am not entirely sure how one goes about doing core strengthening, because I've also heard that it's not just about the six-pack musc...
The Right Expert

The Right Expert

01 March 2013 - ANSWER It seems like you are an active person taking part in a variety of sports that involve a lot of running, therefore there’s a sense of repetitiveness involved that can lead towards ov...
Breathing Problems and Runner’s Knee

Breathing Problems and Runner’s Knee

04 February 2013 - Breathing Problems I need advice on low lung capacity and running/cycling. I was diagnosed with 66% lung capacity, I am 36 years old, and though I do run and cycle, I battle the whole way ...
ASK AN EXPERT

ASK AN EXPERT

30 October 2012 - Carbs vs Protein?   My wife and I are both ‘semi-retired’ ultra-distance runners who have been struggling with our weight since reducing our running. My wife has recently bee...
Ask an Expert

Ask an Expert

26 September 2012 - Pain in the Hip I recently started running after being a cyclist for many years. On long distance runs, I get an excruciating pain in both my hips (particularly worse on the right side), to the ...
Ask an Expert

Ask an Expert

29 August 2012 - QUESTION 1: Stressing about a Possible Fracture I started running at the beginning of 2010 and in June last year started training for my first marathon. After a half marathon in early October...
Ask and Expert

Ask and Expert

01 July 2012 - I have heard so much about Backward Running, but I’m not even sure what it is and if it is fact or fiction? JOSHUA, MIDRAND ANSWER Backward Running has numerous benefits, which inclu...
Conflicting Training Advice

Conflicting Training Advice

30 May 2012 - I have been running for about two years and have entered the Old Mutual Two Oceans Ultra 2012. I've done about six marathons in two years and finished both in under five hours. Everyone is giving me c...
Pain in the Swimming Pool

Pain in the Swimming Pool

02 April 2012 - I’m training for my first Ironman 70.3 and have recently developed a painful Achilles when swimming. The pain starts with a burning sensation in my lower calf and moves down towards my Achilles ...
Is track training worth it?

Is track training worth it?

08 March 2012 - I have seen numerous training programmes that include track training, e.g. 7x1 000m or 4x400m. Now I have tried that, but just want to know when and how this type of training will help me in a maratho...
Pain in the Leg

Pain in the Leg

15 January 2012 - ANSWERThere are so many variables that need to be taken into account here: What type of pain is it? Does the pain go away as soon as you stop, or does it stay for a period of time afterwards? Do you a...
Want to Start Running Again

Want to Start Running Again

01 December 2011 - I put on a lot of weight with my pregnancies. I have been walking for the last year and I would like to start running again. I weight 102kg and I was told that I would be putting too much strain on my...
Diabetic Walker

Diabetic Walker

01 December 2011 - Diabetic WalkerI recently got diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes. I weighed 116kg when diagnosed, but have since lost 17kg. I am planning on doing my first 5km walk end of July, and I am planning on doing...
Exercise makes me Nauseous

Exercise makes me Nauseous

01 November 2011 - I have been running for two years and have done three ultra-marathons to date. I seem to suffer from exercised induced nausea. As a race progresses, I tend to get stomach cramps. I drink regularly, bu...
Coaching Accreditation

Coaching Accreditation

01 October 2011 - At 63, I am coaching adult marathon runners based on my 40 years of running experience. My best performance is a silver medal at the Harrismith Mountain Race. My runners have all shown stunning improv...
Trigger points

Trigger points

01 August 2011 - From time to time I get painful calf muscles, especially in the left leg. When I pinpoint the spot and massage it, it's incredibly painful. My physio has diagnosed them as trigger points. I've done so...
Sky-High Heart Rate

Sky-High Heart Rate

01 July 2011 - I run 5-10km three to four times a week. I have been doing this for more than a year now. My heart rate is very high when I run. I use a heart rate monitor; in fact, I've been using two, as I thought ...
Cycling Runner

Cycling Runner

01 June 2011 - I’m a recreational cyclist who likes to run, too. I cycle 44km to work each weekday. On the weekends I do one or two long rides. I would like to incorporate two or three runs a week to improve m...
Stomach Cramps are Affecting my Running

Stomach Cramps are Affecting my Running

01 May 2011 - I have attempted several races (21.1/42.2km and Comrades), but I suffer from stomach cramps, especially from about 30 minutes into the run. This also happens when I'm training. I tried changing my eat...
Painful Husband

Painful Husband

01 April 2011 - My husband has very painful Achilles. The pain runs from below his heel into his calf. The one leg has a very thick tendon. In the morning he has to wiggle his feet before getting out of bed! He has c...
Foot Pain!

Foot Pain!

01 March 2011 - ANSWERThe pain you are feeling under the ball of your foot could be metatarsalgia, which is inflammation of the bone under the big toe. This is normally caused due to overpronation of the forefoot on ...
Training for Two

Training for Two

01 December 2010 - I saw the article on the Half Ironman programme in Modern Athlete and like the challenge, but I have started training for the Soweto Marathon in November. How do I combine the training for these two e...
Pain in the Butt

Pain in the Butt

01 December 2010 -   About four years ago I started noticing an acute pain in my gluteal area, though only on the one side, especially when I was cycling longer than three hours or running further than 5km. Lately...