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The Incredible Comeback

The Incredible Comeback

25 July 2018 - After surviving a brutal attack in February that had many thinking his running career was prematurely over, Thabang Mosiako not only returned to running incredibly quickly, but also stronger than b...
The Good Squeeze

The Good Squeeze

11 July 2018 - Athletes who recover better are more likely to train harder and improve performance, and thus in recent years, various forms of compression treatments to aid in recovery have gained popularity, the...
Bernie’s Winning Ways

Bernie’s Winning Ways

20 June 2018 - A love for picturesque nature and breathtaking mountains is what propelled Bernard Rukadza into running back in 1999. Fast forward to 2018 and he is a three-time AfricanX Trailrun Champion and one ...
Speed Up after Comrades

Speed Up after Comrades

20 June 2018 - So Comrades has come and gone, and you’re asking ‘What now?’ After all those months of hard training, it’s time to plot those running goals for the second half of the year&h...
4 R’s for Recovery

4 R’s for Recovery

20 June 2018 - After any run, especially an ultra as long as the Comrades, it’s important to eat and drink properly to replenish glycogen stores and to rehydrate. These guidelines – I call them the fo...
Chasing Pavements for Charity

Chasing Pavements for Charity

08 May 2018 - Irafaan Abrahams and Faizel Jacobs come from different backgrounds, but together they founded Lace Up For Change, a running-related NPO established in 2016 to make a difference in the lives of the ...
THRESHHold® Improves Recovery in Runners

THRESHHold® Improves Recovery in Runners

10 April 2018 - Runners who train correctly understand that rest and recovery are as important as those long runs and interval sessions and should be included in your programme! There is a lot that runners can do ...
Permanent Fixture

Permanent Fixture

05 April 2018 - For the last 27 years, Tom Cottrell has written and published the Nedbank Runners’ Guide to Road and Off-Road Races in South Africa, which has become an invaluable aid to South African runner...
Chasing Titles

Chasing Titles

01 March 2018 - Since breaking the magical 10-second barrier in the 100m for the first time on 1 July 2015, Akani Simbine has dipped under 10 seconds on a further 14 occasions. No other athlete in the history of S...
Fishy Business

Fishy Business

01 March 2018 - Regularly eating fish as part of your diet can benefit your running, because it’s great for your heart and can improve your physical performance. – BY ESMÉ MARÉ, REGISTERE...
Caffeine Kick

Caffeine Kick

28 November 2017 - In January 2004, caffeine was taken off the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) list of banned substances used in competitive sports, but earlier this year it was placed back on the WADA monitoring lis...
Of Pics and Opinions

Of Pics and Opinions

13 September 2017 - Running has many characters and personalities who bring flavour to the sport, and in the Cape Town running scene, one who stands out from the crowd is Moegsien Ebrahim. He isn’t known for bei...
Stroke of Time

Stroke of Time

15 August 2017 - When you’re 34 years old, in peak shape and competing on the world stage as one of South Africa’s leading trail runners, the last thing you’d expect is to suffer a stroke. After a...
PUMA Reinvents Lacing with IGNITE NETFIT

PUMA Reinvents Lacing with IGNITE NETFIT

19 July 2017 - Continuing in PUMA’s tradition of developing game-changing innovations, the global sports brand recently introduced NETFIT – a unique customisable lacing system that offers infinite per...
Recover After Comrades

Recover After Comrades

09 June 2017 - The key to a long, injury-free running life is recovery between events, especially after one as long as the Comrades Marathon. – BY PATRICIA GOUWS, SPORT SCIENTIST & BIOKINETICIST Af...
Botswana Bound

Botswana Bound

09 June 2017 - On the afternoon of 3 May 2017, shortly after receiving news that Karen Brough had won the Modern Athlete Diacore Gabarone Marathon competition, three bubbly running buddies met up for a celebrator...
A Brief Run Through Gait Analysis

A Brief Run Through Gait Analysis

29 December 2016 - I thought it best to begin my first contribution to Modern Athlete by discussing the purpose of the evaluation of running gait, and then in future issues I will discuss specific biomechanical conce...
Rest vs Active Recovery

Rest vs Active Recovery

13 December 2016 - What is the most important part of a training programme? If you answered quality work, speed work, long slow running, hill repeats or strength work, or any combination thereof, you’d be wrong...
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 ...
The Overtraining Trap

The Overtraining Trap

04 October 2016 - Many of us have experienced a feeling of exhaustion that is not the usual tiredness from a hard training session. My classic case of overtraining was immediately after running my PB at the former T...
Impossible is Just a Word

Impossible is Just a Word

24 September 2016 - Being disabled is just a label that people give you, but you are more than just a label – and you capable of anything, as long as you apply your mind and go at it with a can-do attitude. That...
Jeep Team's Van Tonder and Marx in Warrior Mode Ahead of  The OCR World Champs

Jeep Team's Van Tonder and Marx in Warrior Mode Ahead of The OCR World Champs

16 September 2016 - It is less than a month until the world's top OCR athletes fight it out at the third OCR World Championships from 14-16 October 2016 at the Blue Mountain Resort, Toronto in Ontario, Canada. Jeep T...
Athletes Excel in Rio!

Athletes Excel in Rio!

18 August 2016 - Fans at the Olympic Stadium in Rio are in a dream world and have been afforded the chance to see the fastest men in the world in the 100m, 200m, 400m and 800m in the same Olympic Games. 24-year-old...
Ageless Walker

Ageless Walker

04 May 2016 - Cecily Rootenberg is not your average 90-year-old… In fact, she is still putting in race walking performances that many a younger athlete would be proud of, and it’s her passion f...
Puma Disc Launch

Puma Disc Launch

19 March 2016 - Our Modern Athlete correspondent Ciara Picco brings us the experience of rubbing shoulders with the rich and famous while attending the very exclusive Puma Disc Launch in Jamaica!  When l...
Puma Re-introduces Historic Disc

Puma Re-introduces Historic Disc

18 March 2016 - The IGNITE DISC & evoSPEED DISC Spike mark the 25th anniversary of the PUMA DISC laceless closure system, and the world's fastest man, Usain Bolt, will be running in them this year at the R...
TomTom Launches new TomTom Spark

TomTom Launches new TomTom Spark

23 February 2016 - Fitness enthusiasts can now work out to music and track their activities 24/7 through their GPS fitness watch. TomTom has launched the all-new TomTom Spark GPS Fitness Watch with integrated music p...
Huge prizes for 10km race

Huge prizes for 10km race

30 November 2015 - The annual Metropolitan 10km Race, regarded as one of Cape Town’s most challenging road races due to its undulating course that spans across the suburbs of Bellville and up Tygerberg Hill, wi...
The (not so) Angry Kenyan

The (not so) Angry Kenyan

08 October 2015 - He wishes to remain anonymous, so this is a slightly different article to the norm here in Modern Athlete, but the story behind Twitter’s @theAngryKenyan is just too good not to share. &ndash...
One-legged Legend

One-legged Legend

08 October 2015 - Para-triathlete Stan Andrews tells his inspiring story, from growing up with a deformity to aspiring to get to the 2016 Paralympics. – BY SEAN FALCONER Born with a deformed right foot an...