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Back to the drawing board!

Back to the drawing board!

26 October 2017 - After being out of running for almost a year, my coach, Lindsey Parry and I decided that it was time to get back to the drawing board and do some proper base training, but we could not afford to ta...
When We Were Young

When We Were Young

30 August 2017 - The future stars of South African athletics did us so proud at the recent World U/18 Championships in Nairobi, Kenya, and following our team’s success brought back some great memories for me,...
Bouncing Back

Bouncing Back

21 June 2017 - I was over the moon when the doctor gave me the green light to start training again, having not been able to run for almost a year because of my hip surgery and then pregnancy. What I missed most duri...
Back to Basics

Back to Basics

15 January 2017 - The saying goes, “Remember that a 12-minute mile is just as far as a six-minute mile.” Well, over the past couple of months I have developed new respect for this quote. – BY REN&E...
Fan-tastic Times

Fan-tastic Times

17 December 2016 - I have found that heroes come and go, but legends live forever!– BY RENÉ KALMER When I grew up, the only interaction I had with my sporting heroes was collecting signatures at majo...
Hip, Hip, Hooray!

Hip, Hip, Hooray!

07 August 2016 - Many of you know that I have been battling with a hip injury for the last 18 months and was not able to perform anywhere close to my full potential. Thankfully, I hope to be back running pain-free ...
The CHALLENGE of 42 Kays

The CHALLENGE of 42 Kays

12 April 2016 - After missing out on the Old Mutual Two Oceans last year, followed by a long injury lay-off during the second half of the year, I was more than happy to be able to start the Oceans Half this year, ...
Holiday on the run!

Holiday on the run!

03 December 2015 - Running while on holiday can be a pain... and even the most dedicated runners find it difficult sticking to a training programme during the Festive Period and time away from work – even us pr...
The Good, the Bad and the Brilliant

The Good, the Bad and the Brilliant

05 October 2015 - Even though I could not compete due to injury, I thoroughly enjoyed watching the recent World Champs in China, especially the terrific performances by our South African athletes. – BY REN&Eac...
Out for Now, but Back Soon!

Out for Now, but Back Soon!

01 September 2015 - It doesn’t matter whether you’re a pro athlete or a social runner, it is equally frustrating to be injured. Especially when it means missing out on a big event you had your heart set on...
I've found my runner

I've found my runner

05 August 2015 - What is better than a PB, a qualifying time or winning a race? Getting asked to spend the rest of your life with your best friend... who is also a runner. A month ago this dream came true when Andr...
My Comrades Cinderellas

My Comrades Cinderellas

26 June 2015 - This year I was fortunate to make the trip down to Durban to support my third Comrades, and what a day it turned out to be! – BY RENE KALMER I made the trip down with Andre, my now fianc...
Ethiopian Adventure

Ethiopian Adventure

23 January 2015 - During November I had the great privilege to join Julia Bleasdale from the UK at the Yaya Village for some altitude training in Ethiopia. Julia finished seventh in both the 5000m and 10,000m at the 20...

Rene's Comrades Wishes

30 May 2014 - Dear Comrades Super-heroes, The Ultimate Human Race; there is no better way to explain the Comrades Marathon. Yes we are all runners but the big C is simply that something else. 18 000 runners, 89...
Sea level is for sissies!

Sea level is for sissies!

22 May 2014 - I'm very excited to eventually be on my way to Boulder, Colorado to take part in the Bolder Boulder 10km. Back in 1998 I received my first invite to race in Boulder which I had to decline as result of...

Mlungu training in Moruleng!

06 May 2014 - I hope everybody enjoyed all the recent public holidays! I was fortunate to spend Freedom day in Pilanesberg, camping for the long weekend. What I love most about running is that I can take my running...
The Forgetful Runner's Checklist

The Forgetful Runner's Checklist

17 April 2014 - You have trained hard for the Two Oceans Marathon and you don't want to hit a night before panic by discovering that you left some running essentials back home. It might be something replace...
How to Control Pre Race Day Nerves

How to Control Pre Race Day Nerves

16 April 2014 - Starting to feel the butterflies in your stomach with 3 days to go to Two Oceans Marathon? Nerves are normal as race day is creeping closer and closer. Believe me! Whether you are running the half mar...
Rene's Insights : Spar Ladies kicks off

Rene's Insights : Spar Ladies kicks off

04 April 2014 - This weekend the 8th Spar Grand Prix Series kicks off in Cape Town at Green Point Stadium. The series consist out of 5 races, to be held in Cape Town, Port Elizabeth, Durban, Pretoria and Johannesb...