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Smashing Old Boundaries

Smashing Old Boundaries

02 May 2018 - Dumisile Mthalane transformed her body and her life when she discovered triathlon, and after her recent successful outing at the Discovery Triathlon World Cup Cape Town in February, she reckons eve...
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 ...
Success begins with D

Success begins with D

02 May 2018 - Discussions with runners normally focus on a specific ‘D word,’ as in “What Distance did you do this week?” But while there is no question that successful running is all abo...
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 ...
Finding Motivation

Finding Motivation

10 April 2018 - They say the journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step, but what happens when the motivation is not even there to take that first step? What do you do when you start questioning the rea...
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...
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...
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...
Breathing Easy

Breathing Easy

22 March 2018 - Having won six SA titles, represented her country more than 10 times, and become a regular on podiums throughout the country, Nolene Conrad has established herself as one of SA’s leading fema...
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...
Couldn’t… Shouldn’t… Did

Couldn’t… Shouldn’t… Did

22 March 2018 - Having recently finished her first Ironman 70.3 race in East London, Rogeema Kenny has not just done something she once thought she couldn’t do, she’s done something that many people sa...
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...
Attitude at Altitude

Attitude at Altitude

01 March 2018 - The race slogan for the GORE-TEX Transalpine-Run in Europe sounded stunning: “Three countries, two runners, one week – the dream.” And for two obsessive runners, a seven-day trail...
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...
Advice From an Untalented Runner

Advice From an Untalented Runner

01 March 2018 - Here are a few things I would highly recommend if you would like to make a substantial improvement to your running in the quickest possible time, whether you’re a newbie or have been running ...
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...