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Set Your (Realistic) Comrades Goals

Set Your (Realistic) Comrades Goals

23 May 2018 - The peak training for the Comrades Marathon is now over, and while we enjoy the extra hours of the taper period, it is time to use the ‘calm before the storm’ to develop our battle stra...
Wild about Trail

Wild about Trail

23 May 2018 - After 35 years of running, with much of it done on the trails around Cape Town, Allan Ryninks can not only look back on a glittering running career, but can also share a wealth of running wisdom wi...
Taking Control

Taking Control

23 May 2018 - Thanks to running, I have overcome osteoporosis, an eating disorder and depression, and while I was never an athlete before, I am now working up to my first full marathon. Has it been easy? Hell no...
Huge Prizes in Inspirational Cathedral Peak Challenge

Huge Prizes in Inspirational Cathedral Peak Challenge

21 May 2018 - Are you a trail runner on the hunt for adventure and that something out of the ordinary? Well, the Cathedral Peak Challenge in the Drakensberg Mountains provides the challenge you have been yearnin...
No Looking Back

No Looking Back

08 May 2018 - As Gerda Steyn pulled up next to Polish race leader Dominika Stelmach-Stawczyk around the 45km mark of the 2018 Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon, she did something that had many a pundit thinking bac...
Race Calendar May 2018

Race Calendar May 2018

08 May 2018 - South African runners really are blessed with a terrific race calendar, with so many great races to do, so check out these events for the coming month, including road and trail runs as well as othe...
Tapering Fixes

Tapering Fixes

08 May 2018 - With the Comrades Marathon just around the corner, it’s a good time to take a look at some of the common mistakes runners make when it comes to tapering in the final weeks before a big race. ...
Winning Brand

Winning Brand

08 May 2018 - In between studies, looking after stray animals, avoiding rhinos and promoting women’s safety while out running, Naomi Brand is carving a name for herself on the global stage of ultra trail r...
Juggling this thing called life

Juggling this thing called life

03 May 2018 - Having lots of balls in the air at the same time can leave you feeling overwhelmed, and sometimes you lose focus and drop one of those balls, which can lead to you feeling like you have failed. - B...
Family Ties

Family Ties

03 May 2018 - Running and all the running related sports have a wonderful way of bringing people together. Friendships are made, or rekindled, romance comes out of chance meetings, and sometimes you even have fa...
Get Stronger, Run Longer

Get Stronger, Run Longer

02 May 2018 - If you’re running a long race in the coming months, make sure you get yourself to a gym, because long-distance runners need to prioritise strength training in order to minimise overuse injuri...
Half the Size, Twice the Man

Half the Size, Twice the Man

02 May 2018 - You can’t lose 100 kilograms if you don’t start by losing one… that’s the mantra that 46-year-old Capetonian HR and Training consultant Carl Potgieter adopted in September ...
When it’s Not Your Time…

When it’s Not Your Time…

17 April 2018 - When the surgeon says you shouldn’t be alive, you know you’ve had a narrow escape, says Wendy Seller, and when he adds that it’s probably only the fact that you run that you survi...
Young Guns

Young Guns

17 April 2018 - Trust the process, always bring the fire… that’s the attitude of two young distance running friends and rivals from Cape Town, Ashley Smith and Timmy Timoteus, who have both overcome d...
On the Temple Trail

On the Temple Trail

17 April 2018 - We had always wanted to visit Siem Reap in Cambodia, with its amazing temples like Angkor Wat and Angkor Bayon, so when we came across the Angkor Ultra Trail website by chance, we just had to adjus...
Immuno-boost Your Diet

Immuno-boost Your Diet

17 April 2018 - The immune system is the body’s defence against illness and infection, and it is boosted by regular, moderate exercise. On the flip side, intense training may cause immuno-suppression in athl...
Apologies in Advance

Apologies in Advance

17 April 2018 - Runners have a way of talking about their running passion that a non-runner will never quite understand, or appreciate, so I thought I would issue a little apology for our running obsession…...
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 ...
Running from Depression

Running from Depression

10 April 2018 - After her father committed suicide in 2008 due to severe depression, Zanele Hlatshwayo turned to running to help her through the heartache and her own depression. Now this ultra-marathon runner is ...
Cut the Cramping

Cut the Cramping

10 April 2018 - Exercise-Associated Muscle Cramping (EAMC) has a habit of sneaking up on even the best prepared runners. Here’s what you need to know. – BY ERNEST HOBBS Although cramping can be ex...
Another Bite at Boston

Another Bite at Boston

10 April 2018 - With a frustrating injury lay-off now behind him, Lusapho April is determined to get back to the world class marathon performances that saw him win or podium at Big City Marathons in Europe and the...
Two Careers in One

Two Careers in One

10 April 2018 - Many athletes dream of turning pro and making a career out of their favourite sport. They know it will take hard work and discipline, but the thought of getting paid to train and race is just so ap...
A Life Lived with Purpose

A Life Lived with Purpose

05 April 2018 - She was the victim of a brutal attack and shocking loss that would have left most people devastated, but instead it made Caroline Peters more determined to make a positive change in her own life, a...
Last Hurrah for LJ

Last Hurrah for LJ

05 April 2018 - If LJ van Zyl can win a medal at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in April in Australia, it will be a magic ending to an athletics career that has spanned more than 15 years and delivered many records, ...
Get it Right Before Racing

Get it Right Before Racing

05 April 2018 - Take note of these common pre-race nutritional mistakes and fix them before they slow you down. – BY ESMÉ MARÉ, REGISTERED DIETICIAN The week leading up to your big race ca...
The Warm-up Routine

The Warm-up Routine

05 April 2018 - The simple science of warming up and cooling down properly is essential info for all runners. – BY ERNEST HOBBS As discussed in the January edition, there is a popular perception that st...
Flying High

Flying High

22 March 2018 - One second he was a talented schoolboy athlete showing a lot of promise, the next he was a World Champion, and now 17-year-old high jumping prodigy Breyton Poole is about to jet off to Australia fo...
Doctor Coming Through

Doctor Coming Through

22 March 2018 - Thanks to a number of high profile race wins over the last few years, medical student Annamart Laubscher has made a name for herself in SA trail running, and yet she still sees herself as an amateu...
The Long and Short of it…

The Long and Short of it…

22 March 2018 - In a country where long mileage is king, thanks to the focus on ultra-marathons, always remember that short runs are just as important. – BY RAY ORCHISON, REGISTERED COACH A week of trai...
Race Calendar - April 2018

Race Calendar - April 2018

22 March 2018 - South African runners really are blessed with a terrific race calendar, with so many great races to do, so check out these events for the coming month, including road and trail runs as well as othe...