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From the editors

Read the TRAIL team's editorials published in issue 38. Founder Deon Braun muses on change and progress. Editor Heloise Hunter writes about the freedom of feeling small. They both want you to thrive in the new year!

What’s in TRAIL 38?

Start your year on the right foot with TRAIL 38! This issue boasts 250 pages of photos, fun, and expert content to help you run at your best in 2021. Climb strong, breathe well, peak properly, and beat the heat with our latest issue.
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Protected: Installing and testing your grounding mat

Three short videos by Durban biokineticist Stephan Terblanche. 1. Setting up earthing equipment, 2. Testing your grounding mat, 3. Comparing your grounding mat with other materials. Best viewed after reading his TRAIL magazine issue 38 article.
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Write us a letter – you may get Feetured!

Every issue of TRAIL magazine features two pages worth of letters from you, our readers. Share your thoughts and life-changing experiences. Every person who has their letter published will receive a pair of Feetures Elite Light Cushion trail running socks, worth R239!
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Have patience with your training

Coaches Meg Mackenzie and James Montgomery of The Run Project explain how to harness patience for long-term gains. Originally published in TRAIL issue 37.
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Trail Running Glossary

An ever-expanding list of terms used by trail runners in South Africa and beyond. Use or glossary to master the sport's jargon. Illustrated by Barry Maitland-Stuart. Compiled by Heloise Hunter. First published in TRAIL issue 33.
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Three core strength exercises for runners

You need a strong core to be a better runner, but doing 100 sit-ups a day isn't the answer! Physiotherapist and trail runner Karine Bezuidenhout has three core exercises with no equipment to share. Originally published in TRAIL issue 37. magazine screenshot website review homepage 2021 makes hiking trail bookings easier

If you’ve tried to book some of South Africa’s hiking trails, you’ll know it can be frustrating. Afritrails wants to change that, with safe, convenient payments, easy searches, and useful information on required gear and food.
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Previous Issues

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TRAIL's second digital-only issue (Oct/Nov/Dec 2020). Get inspired and fit with 240 pages of trail running stories and lessons. Totally redesigned for maximum legibility on digital devices, including smartphones. You’ll find ultra athlete Armand du Plessis on the cover. Photo by Damien Schumann.
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TRAIL's first digital-only issue (Jul/Aug/Sep 2020). Rebuild your trail skills and fitness with 188 pages of trail running nirvana! Totally redesigned for maximum legibility on digital devices, including smartphones. You’ll find ultra athlete René Vollgraaff on the cover, image captured by her husband, Lourens Reyneke.
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TRAIL 35 is bursting with training insight, stories from the community, and trail running gear for you! Strengthen your glutes and quads on five challenging trail stair runs, challenge your system for strength and mobility, and protect your toes from the perils of trail running.
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Get stronger and run confidently with TRAIL 34! Embrace the open expanse of five glorious grassland runs, laugh together about what makes us trail runners, and flex resistance bands for strength. With the summer sun blazing down, make the most of your vitamin D production, but also learn how to spot heatstroke.
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What’s in TRAIL 33?

Get faster and further with TRAIL 33! Climb into the shade of five superb plantation runs, get up to speed with trail community jargon, and hop ladders for agility. Even in the heat, get it done without dehydration getting you down! TRAIL 33 will have you blister-resistant, inspired, and strong on your feet!
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Reach your peak with TRAIL 32. Understand your runner's mindset, plan your A, B, and C races for the year ahead, survive hypothermia, learn how to run far with trekking poles, avoid injury, strengthen your feet, crack the best pre-run breakfast, and shop through our 10-page Winter Gear Guide.
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