The Softest Fabric For Your Toughest Workouts

UNDER ARMOUR launches  new ‘soft you can sweat in’ collection with built-in cutting-edge Meridian Tech

Under Armour South Africa continues to take performance innovation to the next level.  This week the brand launched it’s eagerly awaited new ‘SOFT YOU CAN SWEAT IN’ collection featuring Meridian fabric, the ultimate quick-dry hybrid that lets you go hard without losing that super-soft feel.

The Meridian tech delivers on Under Amour’s promise to provide something you never knew you needed but can’t imagine living without. This specially engineered fabric delivers a unique type of softness that can still wick sweat like a champ.

When analysing consumer insights, Under Armour found that “soft” was one of the top attributes requested when consumers researched performance gear. Under Armour took this insight to heart and through numerous rounds of research and development, designed their softest performance gear to date. Under Armour  Meridian has been made specifically with comfort and versatility in mind. The impressive collection is ideal to wear to any fitness class, from spin to yoga to pilates but is also so flexible, lightweight and soft, that you won’t want to take them off once you get home.

“The Under Armour Meridien legging is absolutely phenomenal. Moving in them feels like they weren’t even there. Even while sweating, they still just felt really comfortable.”, says Rachel Garcia, Pro Softball Player.



The ‘SOFT YOU CAN SWEAT IN’ collection’s notable promises include:


Under Armour brushed the surface of the fabric to an ultra-soft finish for our softest feel yet.


Wicks sweat and stays comfortable, especially in those high-friction zones.


Super-breathable, lightweight stretch goes everywhere you do.

The ‘SOFT YOU CAN SWEAT IN’ collection also features the new UA Smartform Evolution Bra. The new ‘must have’ bra delivers strategic support, tailored for medium-support activities like cycling, weight training & boxing. Bending, jumping, and squatting can make your clothing shift or slip as you move, The UA Smartform fabric can help your clothes adapt to your movement moulding to the shape of your body which may help keep them from slipping or shifting during workouts.

The new ‘SOFT YOU CAN SWEAT IN collection will be available at Under Armour Brand House stores nationwide as well as online.


Hovering above Ground with Under Armour!

The UA HOVR Mega 2 Clone, the newest member of the UA HOVR running shoe family, is built with you, the runner, in mind. With NEW Clone Upper Tech the UA HOVR™ Mega 2 Clone is Under Armour’s first running shoe offering a 1:1 personalized fit with the new UA Clone technology that flexes and adapts to your foot as you move through your stride. This running shoe feels like it was made for you. The UA Clone upper locks in and centers your foot over our UA HOVR™ cushioning for a smoother run and better energy return.

The woven structure of the UA Clone upper gets stronger when stretched, becoming thicker perpendicular to the applied force. This internal layer of flexible, auxetic material moulds around the foot for a precise, glove-like fit and feel that’s truly customized to every foot, no matter the size. A 3D moulded sock liner made of 6mm of open cell PU foam cradles the foot with enhanced step-in comfort allow the HOVR Mega 2 Clone to perfectly adapt to the runner’s foot – not vice versa. The cushy but efficient HOVR Mega 2 Clone running shoes are great for long runs and high mileage training.

Designed for zero-gravity feel and great energy return, the HOVR Mega 2 Clone features a HOVR midsole and wide heel and forefoot gauges for a more plush feel. The transition from landing to toe-off feels incredibly smooth with an exposed UA HOVR foam outsole through the midfoot and forefoot pressure zones, providing a soft and pillowy yet responsive ride. Encased in a dynamic Energy Web, the UA HOVR foam is engineered to protect from impact and provides a smooth, stable ride. With comfort as a priority in the design of the shoe, the HOVR Mega 2 Clone features a padded heel collar that protects the achilles from irritation, a padded tongue, a thick sockliner, and an upper constructed specifically to meet the runner’s anatomical need.

With its compatibility with UA MapMyRun™, the shoe is designed to coach you, and ultimately make you a better runner. Don’t believe us? Under Armour, ambassadors tell us why they believe that the technology behind the shoe works in improving, not only your style of running but you as a runner too.

How does UA MapMyRun™ work?

These shoes form to your foot and coach you. By connecting your shoes to UA MapMyRun™ you get real-time Form Coaching tips based on your cadence, pace, and stride. An embedded sensor tracks, analyses and stores detailed running metrics to inform ways to improve your performance. And trust us when we say it can really pay off. In 2020, UA MapMyRun Form Coaching users ran 7% faster and 3% farther based on stats gathered from the community of users! This means that you will get real advantages in knowing what you need to improve on.

I don’t want to run with my phone

That is no problem, the app syncs to most running watches meaning you can still get all of this data following your run, and see where you need to make improvements to get faster and further quicker.

Available for R3199 you can get a 25% discount using the code MEGA25 click to shop now!

Sunglasses Built for Modern Athletes

Under Armour Launches Performance Eyewear Collection in SA

Apollo Brands, the official distributor of Under Armour in South Africa continues to take performance innovation to the next level with the unveiling of their new, best-in-class eyewear range.

The collection has performance, innovation and quality at its core and sets the benchmark for athletic eyewear. Designed to meet specific athlete needs, whether going for a run or engaging in high impact sport, the eyewear range protects an athletes eyes from harmful rays and enhances player performance.

Designed with the lightest weight thermoplastics to provide the highest level of durability and maximum flexibility, the frame construction provides an anatomical fit that auto-adjusts without pressure points.

Under Armour Eyewear boasts vision performance solutions you never knew you needed and can’t imagine living without. From the scientifically engineered lenses for ultimate visual clarity and precision by sport to the 100% UVA & UVB lenses featuring enhanced impact protection that provide the armour to protect your most valuable asset, your eyes.

There is no bouncing and sliding down off the nose when engaged in high impact activity, nor any side of the head “squeeze” that causes discomfort. Athletes can experience Under Armours renowned comfort and fit that stretches and recovers with your movement to let you perform at your highest levels.


Every Under Armour piece of eyewear offers key performance features and benefits. Whether it’s the Nose Pads, Temples, or Lenses there are no shortcuts to provide long lasting wear and all day comfort. UA is built on performance and key to the eyewear is making sure athletes are prepared to perform at the highest level with no setbacks.




Innovation is a fundamental pillar for Under Armour. UA Tuned TM performance lenses are built to give athletes an advantage in varied sport environments. Under Armour has developed UA ArmourGrip and UA BubbleGrip Nose Pads for the utmost levels of comfort with added performance benefits, giving an edge on the competition.


The collection is manufactured with top technical materials. For example, TR90 Frames lock on the face to avoid stress fractures or eyewear bouncing or sliding off during exercise. Rubber nose pads fit more securely whilst sweating and built-for-Sport Temples are flexible and designed with laser engravings for comfort.



All of the frames enhance the capacity for longer wearing during sporting activity. Lightness is important for zero distraction which is key for extended sessions of running, training, cycling, golfing, or even high impact sports like baseball.


All Performance Sunglass lenses & UA TUNEDTM lenses have hydro/oleophobic coating applied to the front & back of the lenses. The hydro/oleophobic coating repels water, dust, oil and dirt from the lenses and stays clean longer offering optimal visual results.


UA TUNEDTM performance lenses are scientifically engineered for ultimate visual precision by sport. Each UA TUNEDTM lens filters in the light you need to create a sharper colour separation enhanced visual detail and heightened contrast within varied sport environments

  • 100% PROTECTION – defends against 100% of harmful UVA/B/C rays
  • DEPTH PERCEPTION – increase depth perception and deliver the brightest field of vision with maximum image definition.
  • SHARP VISION – the right compromise to see higher contrasts and vibrant colours in their surroundings and details of the environment with more balanced colour perception.


The Polarized lenses contain a filter that polarizes the light, blocks reflections, and prevents glare.

High contrast polarized lenses have filters with a special dye inside the mixture which blocks the areas of overlap between the colours offering greater contrast between the colours and consequently higher definition of the image.


Multilayer mirrored lenses are a combination of mirror coatings offering top quality, performance, durability & scratch resistance. Specific colours, such as the Infrared Mirror, additionally absorb harmful infrared waves offering further protection to the eye.

To shop the new UA Eyewear Range visit the website:

It’s only cold when you’re standing still. Keep warm and fit with Team Vitality

Winter is here but that’s no reason to quit. With Team Vitality by your side, you’ll always keep warm and fit. Join South Africa’s most rewarding running and cycling club this winter and receive special edition Team Vitality spoils.

If you want to keep fit Team Vitality can help with that. Join Team Vitality this winter and enjoy the support of South Africa’s favourite running and cycling club.

Keep warm and fit with Team Vitality

You can’t go wrong with Team Vitality Club Manager Khethiwe Mlangeni and legendary athletes Bruce Fordyce and Nic White cheering you on. Let’s paint winter a warm sunny orange together.

Plus, if you join Team Vitality this winter from 1 June 2021 until 31 August 2021, you’ll receive a special-edition Team Vitality buff and pair of socks to keep your face and toes toasty. You’ll also get a myrun timing band to keep you fit and safe at a myrun social run. Terms and conditions apply.

But that’s not the only reason to join Team Vitality …

Keep active and rewarded with Team Vitality

Earn even more rewards and enjoy amazing benefits when you join the Team Vitality running or cycling club.

  • Get 50% off your Strava subscription for access to in-depth performance data, safety features, route planning and tracking, and much more.
  • Join a global community of runners and cyclists and stay active and engaged from the safety of home.
  • Enjoy weekly virtual challenges and stay on top of your game with exiting virtual runs on Strava and cycle meet-ups.
  • Plus, get 50% back on select race entry fees
  • Look your best in FREE premium quality race kit from ASICS and Bioracer.
  • Enjoy VIP hospitality at select events and get virtual hospitality from Woolworths after your online races.
  • Finish the quarter as a top performer on Strava and get a personalised Team Vitality kit for free.

Keep winning all year round with Team Vitality

Join our Team Vitality running or Team Vitality cycling communities on Strava for free to enjoy fantastic rewards and recognition:

Every three months, the Vitality top performers on our leaderboards win a personalised Team Vitality training shirt at the quarterly award ceremony. The next one is in July – so start crushing your goals today.

Also, earn entries into the quarterly draw for completing Team Vitality events and challenges. Stand a chance to win personalised training kit, running shoes, fitness devices, Nike performance apparel and so much more. Over 90 runners and cyclists won prizes to the total value of R50 000 in April 2021, and you can too. Earn bonus entries into the draw for being a Vitality member, a Team Vitality Club member and achieving your weekly Vitality Active Rewards goals.

Terms and conditions apply.

Stay warm. Stay fit. Stay rewarded with Team Vitality.

Train with Trusted Trojan

Introducing the brand-new Trojan Supplement Range, available in Makro stores nationwide!

As your trusted health and fitness brand, they have listened to your requests, and they have delivered! The NEW Trojan supplement range is scientifically formulated from the highest quality raw materials and market-leading formulations, carefully curated to bring you advanced supplementation. They aim to elevate your lifestyle and be your partner in achieving your best mental and physical results.

From boosting your strength, aiding in building muscle, increasing your stamina, fast-tracking muscle repair and recovery, benefits to name only a few, our new product range will empower you every step of the way. They are always looking for new ways to support your journey with us, which is why we offer you uncompromised commitment to quality products, to help you achieve every fitness goal you set yourself!


 All-in-One Muscle Protein (4kg)

 Vanilla Cream, Strawberry Cream & Chocolate Cream

Key benefits:

  • Supports muscle growth & recovery.
  • 41g highly bioavailable protein per serving.
  • Low in fat

  •  Highest rates of nitrogen retention & amino acid conversion.
  • Added lactase enzymes in the form of Tolerase™ L to ease lactose digestion.

Recommended use: 700900ml water or milk + 5 scoops (300g)

  • Mix 5 scoops (300g) with 700-900ml of cold water or full cream milk.
  • Vary the amount of liquid to achieve desired consistency.
  • Take a full 300g serving once daily or as divided portions, to satisfy your protein or mass-gaining requirements.
  • Use as a recovery drink after training and/or a snack between meals.

TROJAN BCAA 10:1:1 Ratio

Muscle Armour (250g)

Flavour: Citrus Blast

Key benefits include:

  • Pump & energy
  • Supports muscle
  • Strength & recovery
  • Stamina
  • Muscle repair 

Recommended use: 300ml water + 2 scoops (10g)

  • Mix 2 scoops (10g) with 300-350ml water in a handheld shaker and leave to stand for 30 seconds before drinking.
  • Sip before and during a training session.
  • If you had a strenuous training session, take another serving immediately after training.


Complete Pump System (600g)

Flavours: Jungle Juice & Berry Punch

Key benefits:

  • Pump & energy
  • Focus, strength & power
  • Thermogenic
  • Supports recovery 

Recommended use: 250-300ml water + 2 scoops (30g)

  • Mix 2 scoops (30g) with 250-300ml water and stir or shake well.
  • Take 30-45 minutes prior to training.
  • New users may wish to assess tolerance with half a serving (1 scoop) and increase to a full serving (2 scoops), once tolerance has been achieved.


Premium Protein (900g)

Flavours: Vanilla, Strawberry & Chocolate

Key benefits:

  • Fast-digesting whey protein isolate & concentrate.
  • 20g of highly bioavailable protein per serving.
  • Easy mixing & great tasting.
  • Source of dietary fibre.

  • Added lactase enzymes in the form of Tolerase™ L. 

Recommended use: 150-200ml water + 1 scoop (30g)

  • Mix 1 scoop (30g) with 150-200ml of cold water or milk.
  • Vary the amount of liquid to achieve desired consistency.
  • Mix thoroughly in a blender or shaker for about 30 seconds, settle for 60 seconds, shake again before drinking.
  • Consume between 1 and 3 servings per day, depending on physical goal and protein requirements.
  • Servings may be doubled.


Training System (148g)

Flavours: Grape Kick & Berry Kick

Key benefits:

  • Pump & energy
  • Focus, strength & power
  • Thermogenic
  • Creatine-free

Recommended use: 200-250ml water + 1 scoop (7.4g)

  • Mix 1 rounded scoop (7.4g) with 200-250ml water and stir or shake well.
  • Take 30-45 minutes prior to training.
  • Can be increased to 2 rounded scoops (14.8g) with 400-500ml water, if tolerated.

Trojan, Your Partner in Health and Fitness

Boost your body with IV vitamin therapy at The IV Bar

Our Medically safe vitamin lounge offers a range of health, wellness and restorative solutions

Intravenous (IV) vitamin therapy has moved out of the hospital and into the mainstream with The IV Bar, a medically supervised intravenous vitamin therapy lounge in Douglasdale, Fourways, that offers a range of vitamin drips to boost immunity and support recovery from training, illness, or even the after-effects of Phuza Thursday.

IV therapy is part of the global shift towards preventative and holistic treatments to enhance health, wellness, beauty, and aid with sports recovery and endurance. It does not replace the vital basics of eating well and exercising often, but enhances health and reduces illnesses.

Making use of intravenous therapy assures a 100% absorption rate of vitamins and minerals, with users enjoying its benefits directly and immediately. This contrasts with the 20-30% absorption rate of oral vitamins, and the 60% absorption rate of injectables.

IV vitamin therapy is extremely popular internationally, where its instant benefits are popular with high-performance athletes and fitness enthusiasts, as well as among people with illnesses that impact how their body processes and absorbs nutrients. It’s also been shown to boost the health of fibromyalgia and Lupus sufferers, reduce the effects of anxiety and stress, and assist with migraines, eczema and fatigue.

The IV Bar’s menu of drips help with hydration, improving skin tone and evening of pigmentation, enhancing energy, increasing immunity, and help sports people boost their endurance and recover faster. Drips take as little as 15-30 minutes to infuse, with dosage frequency varying according to individual needs.

Each of the vitamin drips offered by The IV Bar is compounded in a sterile laboratory and administered by a registered professional nurse. IV Bar clients can rest assured that they will receive their therapy in the safest and most sterile of environments, with minimum discomfort and maximum effectiveness during the dripping process.

The IV Bar’s central location in the easily accessible Douglasdale Village Shopping Centre is also within easy reach of many of Gauteng’s most popular gyms and fitness centres.

We’ve chosen Douglasdale because it offers an upmarket environment for our clients who will receive their drips in acomfortable, tranquil therapy lounge. The IV Bar experience is one of peace, calm, and rejuvenation, not to mention the ongoing health benefits of receiving regular boosts of the vitamins and minerals our bodies need to function optimally.

The IV Bar offers energy boosting JetFuel (Myers Cocktail), Skin Radiance, Immune Boost, Sports Endurance and Recovery, Hangover Cure, Fertility Boost, Anti Inflammatory and Auto immune, and Detox Infusion options on its menu.

Why drip?

Look, feel and perform better

IV drips deliver vitamins, minerals and amino acids directly to the body for maximum absorption. This allows the nutrients to flood your body and nourish itself at the cellular level. By using this method, infusions can safely deliver larger doses that would not otherwise be tolerated orally.

Top 10 reasons to drip:

  1. Feeling run down: Illness means that your gut is often inflamed, making it difficult to digest vitamin supplements. Intravenous vitamin infusions are absorbed directly into the blood stream, without having to be processed through the digestive system.
  2. Sports recovery: Athletes often turn to vitamin and nutrient rich IV therapy for an added boost before a big event, and after an event for faster recovery.
  3. Stress and fatigue: Chronic and adrenal fatigue are caused by so much more than stress – they are most frequently caused by a vitamin and nutrient deficiency. Set this right by choosing a drip that will restore the vitamins and nutrients you need and give you the energy boost you require.
  4. Skin radiance: Hormones, stress, environment and ageing all affect our skin. Skin brightening drip tightens and brightens skin and helps with a natural glow.
  5. Migraines: Drips with a high magnesium boost can help decrease the frequency and severity of migraines.
  6. Auto-immune: IV vitamin therapy supports the treatment of autoimmune conditions such as lupus, rheumatoid arthritis and scleroderma by providing essential nutrients and decreasing inflammation.
  7. Phuza Thursday (or Phuza weekend!): Say goodbye to hangovers and hello to feeling 100% again in just 30 minutes.
  8. Fast: IV vitamin therapy is quick – it takes just 15-30 minutes to infuse, depending on the cocktail you choose. You can read, catch up on mail or make phone calls while the infusion takes place – or you can choose to make your IV vitamin therapy your down- time – a chance to disconnect and de-stress.
  9. Immediate benefits and no side effects: You will feel the benefits of IV vitamin therapy almost instantly, depending on which infusion you choose. There are no side-effects of IV vitamin therapy, there’s no need to prepare in any way before the infusion, and there’s no recovery time once the infusion is complete.
  10. No appointment needed: You don’t need an appointment and there is no consultation fee, just pop into The IV Bar and enjoy the benefits of IV therapy.

Visit for more information on IV Vitamin Therapy and discover the perfect drip for you.

Life is all about balance

OsteoEze® is excited to introduce the newest member of its product line OsteoEze® Alkaline Powder to help give us back what our everyday lives take from us. Stress, smoking, caffeine and poor eating can interfere with our acid/alkaline balance and cause a strain on our bodies, triggering symptoms such as muscle spasms, constipation, heartburn, fatigue, burning urine, sore joints and headaches. It is also beneficial in managing the symptoms associated with Gout.

“Our daily lives can be extremely stressful especially when it comes to keeping a work/life balance,” says Odette Vass, brand manager for OsteoEze®. “Making sure that we are eating correctly, exercising the right amount, and handling stress accordingly is almost impossible, which is why we need a little help to keep our bodies well-balanced.”

The formula is high in potassium, has the correct ratio of calcium to magnesium and is sodium-free. OsteoEze® Alkaline Powder gives back to the body the correct minerals it needs to compensate for an insufficient intake of fruit and vegetables and counters the acidifying effect of proteins, cereals, sugar and other sugar forming foods.

“Keeping our bodies in check is even more important nowadays with the growing negative impact our stressful lives have on us,” says Vass. “Using a supplement which is quick and easy to take, gives us an edge when it comes to keeping our bodies in good condition without giving it too much thought.”

Hillcrest Hits 40 with Threshhold

The Threshhold Hillcrest Marathon & Half Marathon celebrates its 40th anniversary on 10 February with a new title sponsor, but the same great race that has become a firm favourite amongst KZN runners.

It was 1978… On Robben Island, Nelson Mandela celebrated his 60th birthday, unaware that in 17 years’ he was destined to become SA’s first black president. Meanwhile, we filled cinemas to watch Superman and Grease. Dallas kept us riveted to TV screens, which had only been in the country for two years. Our own Margaret Gardiner was crowned Miss Universe, and pop royalty Queen were chanting ‘We Will Rock You’ – on vinyl records, of course.

And in KZN’s sleepy town of Hillcrest, with less than 5000 residents, the fledgling Hillcrest Villagers Athletics Club with all of 25 members staged its first club race on 5th February 1978. Roughly 500 entrants took on the 24km from Hillcrest’s rugby fields through the barely developed countryside to Forest Hills and back, and the race was won by DAC’s John Cafetero in a time of 1:24:32.

40 years later and it’s all very different today. In 2019 we’ll probably download the blockbuster Queen movie Bohemian Rhapsody to watch on our smart TV’s, which grew out of their clumsy bunny ears decades ago. CD’s came and went. Now we stream music performed by artists who weren’t even born in 1978. We just recently had a second Miss Universe in Demi-Leigh Nel-Pieters. And Hillcrest is a thriving suburb which, along with Kloof and Gillitts, is now home to about 20,000 residents.

Modern, Vibrant Club
As for Hillcrest Villagers Athletics Club, it is now 350 members strong and one of KZN’s most vibrant multi-disciplined running clubs. But that club race, now called the Threshhold Hillcrest Marathon, has stood the test of time. Although the route changed some years back, February 2019 will see the 40th running of the race, and for the past 30 years, this race has also been the first local marathon qualifier for the Two Oceans and Comrades ultra-marathons.

“It’s undoubtedly one of the most popular races on the KZN calendar and the 3000 entries go quickly,” says club chairman Marc Allen. “Runners like to test their legs early in the year and take some pressure off by achieving their qualifying times for Two Oceans and Comrades early. It’s a relatively fast run, too. Last year’s winning times were 2:31:57 for Tsholwane Jane in the men’s marathon and 3:04:36 by Lisa Collett in the women’s race. The route plays a big part in its attraction, because it’s a very scenic two-lap course through a tree-lined, shaded route into Winston Park, and the crowd support is always good.”

“We still have a few of the original members from 1978 in the club and it’s fascinating to hear their stories. The Club’s 42 years old this year, so it’s older than myself and many of the members, but all of us really feel that sense of tradition keenly, so to be putting on the race for the 40th time, and with a new headline sponsor in Threshhold, is very exciting. We’re pulling out all the stops to ensure this year is extra memorable.”

The Ideal Supplement
Threshhold, which is a natural supplement that’s clinically proven to provide support and protection for joints, cartilage and ligaments as well as relief of pain and inflammation, comes on board as headline sponsor after co-sponsoring the event in 2018. Made from the world’s best researched and purest form of MSM (OptiMSM), Threshhold is particularly beneficial to runners who often experience joint and muscle strain or injury with inflammation, especially as the season progresses. Used daily, Threshhold helps to prevent injury and strain plus enhances performance by acting as an antioxidant, stimulating muscle and tissue repair, and shortening post-exercise recovery time. In the event of injury or strain, Threshhold is also an effective natural anti-inflammatory that helps repair connective tissue damage.

If that doesn’t already make Threshhold seem the perfect running partner for the Hillcrest Marathon, this may: MSM was first discovered by Harvard-educated Dr Stanley Jacob of the Oregon Health & Life Sciences University in the US in… you guessed it, 1978!

Discovery Vitality Series Fulfills Thuba’s Dreams

Single mother Thubaelihle Nkomo overcomes challenges daily to create a better life for herself and her son, working full-time as a live-in nanny. Her dream of running a marathon is something she has to work hard for, but that hard work paid off when she was selected as a winner in the Discovery Vitality Run Series, which was a huge stepping stone to get closer to her main goal, Comrades 2019.

Thuba, as her friends call her, only started running last year in November, because she wanted to become fit and healthier, but that soon evolved into a passion for running as she realised what running gave her. “I feel so good when I run, it relieves the stress of a long day and helps me relax,” she says. Training from Monday to Thursday every week has helped her get fit and strong, and she keeps herself motivated by constantly reminding herself that “no matter what job I am doing, there is nothing that will stop me from running, it’s what I love most.”

It is this motivation that made her enter the Modern Athlete Discovery Vitality Run Series Competition, where she stood the chance to win entries into all four races in the series, a customised training programme as well as stylish Discovery apparel, plus a feature in the magazine! “I want to run the Old Mutual Soweto Marathon this year, and running this series would give me the training I need to reach my goal,” says Thuba. “I was so excited when I won, because it meant I could run four races and really work on my running!”

Thuba doesn’t believe in doing anything in half measures, so at the start of the series she set herself the goal of trying to finish in the top five in all the races. Starting at the Old Eds Road Race, she ran an impressive 49:22 for 10km, putting her just outside the top 10 in 11th position, running an impressive average of 4:56 a kay, but for Thuba it wasn’t the goal she wanted. “I tried my best, but it wasn’t easy,” she says, adding that it just motivated her to try harder for the next race!

With the Wanderers Aucor Property Race just a week away, it didn’t give her much time to change her strategy, but ever motivated, she decided that she needed to hit the books to see what she needed to change. “I realised that my training still had a way to go for me to achieve my top five result, but the series kept me motivated to keep training, to research how to improve and to mingle with other runners to get advice.”

With the goal in mind of moving up to do her first half marathon soon, she decided to take the next two races as training to learn as much as possible. Managing another sub-50 at Wanderers, Thuba was in high spirits, but knew a big challenge awaited her at the third race in the series, the Adrienne Hersch Challenge, as it features a course with a lot of climbs!

Standing at the start line of the Adrienne Hersch Challenge, Thuba had set herself a big goal: she wanted to break 45 minutes for 10km! However, 5km in Thuba realised her goal wasn’t going to happen. “Normally I run a 5km in 20 to 25 minutes, but I was already at 33 minutes and it was just hill after hill – it was my hardest race yet!” Finishing in 51:52, she was disappointed, but knew she had to get over it and move on, as her first 21km was coming up, and she was determined to break the two-hour mark at the Rockies Gerald Fox Memorial Race!

Race Day came and a determined Thuba says she knew this was the last race in the series, so she gave it her all and ran an impressive 1:50:40, putting her well in the Top 100 Women in 51st position, and smashing her goal with just under 10 minutes was the ultimate cherry on top. “This result has motivated me even more to train harder and to run more! Two Oceans and Comrades, I am coming for you!”

With the series well run, Thuba is looking forward to bigger goals, now made more accessible thanks to the grounding that the Discovery Vitality Run Series has given her! And she even has advice for others looking to take up running: “All you need is a pair of shoes and the rest will follow. It doesn’t matter what job you have, if you love running just go for it, as I did. Running changes people’s lives!”

IMAGES: Courtesy Thubaelihle Nkomo

Recovery Advice from Wietse

Wietse van der Westhuizen is 60 and has finished the Comrades Marathon an impressive 41 times! Organiser of the weekly Wietse se Run training in Cape Town, he is always asked by people, why he runs. His answer is always the same, “I run because I love to eat and enjoy a nice craft beer and good red wine. My philosophy in life is to do what you enjoy and make the most of every day. Try to do everything in moderation.”

Wietse's dream is to to run 50 consecutive Comrades Marathons, he has been healthy for the last 41 years and trusts that by the grace of God he will reach this goal. But to do this he has to make sure he looks after himself. “I am a firm believer that if you look after your body by doing the necessary training, eat healthy food that were provided by God to us you can enjoy many active years without the worries of the all the modern health problems. Unfortunately, because of the rat race, more stress and hard training, the food that land on our tables today can’t provide us with all the nutrients that we need to get the best out of our bodies. With 1000’s of km run, I need something more to help me reach that dream of 50 consecutive Comrades Marathons.”

With Wietse's experience he has now developed a daily routine that not only keeps him running but keeps him healthy too:

My day starts with Avogel Multiforce Alkaline powder to help me get rid of all the unnecessary acids in my body due to my love for food, wine and beer. That is followed up after breakfast with Threshold MSM because it is a natural anti-inflammatory it helps me to maintain healthy joints, tendons and ligaments. With two knee operations behind me due to a rugby injury and cracking my knee cap on a tile floor, Threshold MSM  assists me with my weak knees while training for my next race. Thanks to Threshold MSM , gone are those days of waking up with pain when walking that first steps towards the bathroom not even thinking of running.

In his running career Wietse has learn't the importance of recovery in his training, he takes us through his recovery process below:

One aspect of running that most runners forget about is what to do when they just finished that race. Most of us are on a high and just want to celebrate our victory, don’t even think about tomorrow, about another run and most of all, about a recovery drink. The first few minutes after your race and even a training session is vital for your recovery!

The best recovery drink for running or any other sport depends on the amount of time you are doing the exercise. The purpose of a recovery drink is to restore fluid and electrolytes lost in sweat, replace muscle fuel used during the run and provide protein to help repair damaged muscle tissue.

If you are running for less than an hour, water is the best drink during and after your run. If your runs routinely last longer than 60 minutes, you will need something more than water for recovery. I usually love to drink Chocolate milk after a long run for recovery because of its combination of simple and complex carbohydrates along with protein. The simple carbohydrate will provide quick fuel replenishment while the protein helps build and repair muscle. Chocolate milk also provides the fluid and minerals needed for rehydration.                                       

To get the most out of you body is to take care of it before, during and after a run and even a stressful day at work. We have only one body and the privilege to live once, make the best of it.

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