“I want to see Robyn at Otter.” Kane Reilly’s prophetic words came three years before Robyn Owen’s record-breaking sub-five hour RETTO (see page 74). A lot has happened in those three years. Robyn finished her Masters degree in civil engineering, and won one more Dusi Canoe Marathon (she’s now won five). She’s spent just over a year traveling mountain ranges around the world with Mike, who she has since married.
Make the most of your holiday runs with TRAIL 22, on shelves from 19 December. Discover seven flat and fast trails, including five coastal runs, the best way to descend slippery hills, and how to use parkrun to test your fitness.
You have all the T-shirts, your preferred brand of shoes (that you replace on a regular basis), technical socks, and you spend between five and ten hours a week running. But what do you wear the rest of your waking hours, for the most time spent on your feet?
In TRAIL issue 21 podiatrist Nelfrie Kemp explains which shoes are enemies to your feet, and what to wear instead.
A pair of brown eyes, and another pair of ice-blue eyes, stared at me accusingly and somewhat confused.I couldn’t blame the dogs; they usually get told “Outside! I’m running late...” rather than “Inside! I’m running late...”
So, you really do want to be stronger at the end of the west to east Otter African Trail Run route known as the RETTO*?Of course you do! This is one of the most amazing runs you’ll ever do and the main reason the event is sold out almost immediately entries go live.But be warned! It’s a real beast.
The Molweni Trail Run podiums were dominated by unfamiliar names, hopefully to become stars on the rise like last year's winner, Johardt van Heerden. After a challenging prologue in miserable wet conditions, race day bloomed with clear skies and a warm sun. The glorious gorge, with lush forests and dramatic waterfalls, welcomed the brave 32km athletes, with hardly a hint of the brutal climbs to come.
Hidden behind the Cape Fold mountains is a plant, the spekboom, doing its synthesising best to keep our planet in orbit. Maybe ‘in orbit’ is a bit dramatic, but it certainly giving us breathers a gap to mend that vital space between Earth’s surface and the dark empty space of space.
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Develop your trail running skills, speed, and stamina, while experiencing amazing trails, wildlife, scenery, and friendships at TRAIL magazine's Trail Camps. The next is being held in the Injisuthi area from 31 March to 2 April 2017, with coaching and distances to suit all levels.
Make the most of every training session with TRAIL 21 and three different coaches! Discover seven forest trails across South Africa, the ultimate packing list for stage races, and which protein supplement is best for you.
TRAIL issue 21 will be mailed to subscribers on Friday 30 September, and on newsstands from Wednesday 5 October 2016. It's a great issue, so be ready to pounce on your copy!
Get TRAIL 20 to learn how to pace your race, run on fat, rehabilitate your injured ankle, lower insulin, heal your feet, and make Bear Grylls' quiche! Strengthen your running with five targeted exercises.
Leopards, hippos, suppositories, hallucinations: all part of the 100 Mile journey at Addo Elephant Trail Run. Relive the exceptional (and ridiculous) experiences that made South Africa's only 100 miler worth the sweat and tears.
We know about running like a Kenyan, but what about running like a European - you know - running up and down mountains as fast as mountain goats? So we asked top Euro runners - as well as South Africans who've raced in Europe - to distill what we found were five keys to trail success.
Looking to get high on running? We've scoured South Africa for seven mountain runs to get you on top of the world! Need some inspiration? Read about our cover athlete Linda Doke's rise from chubby student to ultra racing maven. Steer clear of Runner's Knee with three bulletproofing strategies from Sean Tait.
Are you running so hard that it is damaging your progress? You could be suffering from adrenal overload and on your way to being burned out! Need some inspiration? Read about the fastest trail runner in South Africa, cover athlete Johardt van Heerden.
Stretching has to be good for your muscles right? Not always. Dr. Mirkin shares five facts about stretching that will make you evaluate your pre-race rituals. Meanwhile, Coach Mo will help you return to your running best after a long-term injury or surgery.
Before you started running, downhills looked easy, but now you know better! Andrew Hagen, the man behind the fastest known time (FKT) descending Platteklip Gorge, takes you through the mental and physical preparation involved in lightning fast descents.
The new Beginner 101 section gives newbies and even experienced runners valuable tips for the sunny season, including advice on deciding how many trail shoes you really need, which trail food to pack, planning your event taper, getting enough sleep - and much more.
She may not step from telephone booths in superhero attire when she zooms off to her runs, but it would not be surprising if cover athlete Megan Mackenzie did. The Jozi resident, with her heart still in KZN, is setting records, helping dyslexic kids and generally behaving like a superhuman.
Leaping like a panther on the cover of issue 11 is an icon of mountain running and adventure racing, Ryno Griesel. Years in the planning, Ryno teamed up with fellow Salomon athlete Ryan Sandes in March to set a new FKT (fastest known time) for the Drakensberg Grand Traverse. 100 pages.
In the first double-digit issue of TRAIL, coach Mauritz Jansen van Rensburg shares a varied, fast, no fuss workout that will not only take you less time but will have you running faster in two weeks. Survive the sun. Are we a generation of sugar addicts? And lots more. 100 pages.
What’s in Issue 9 of TRAIL, which appeared on shelves in January and February 2014? Imagine doing a 7,000km road trip through the vastness of Namibia and running at the most breathtaking spots. Join the Paleo vs. plant debate with Tim Noakes and May-Ann Shearer. Relive the dangerous 2013 SkyRun. Like the idea? 100 pages.
Experts including Ryan Sandes, Robert Boeder and Braam Malherbe discuss running at high altitudes. Visit Suikerbosrand Nature Reserve, a trail gem south of Johannesburg that gives visitors an opportunity to experience the flora and fauna of this picturesque park.
Run Cape Point with Katya Soggot. Detailed advice on where to run in this stunning area. Night Running with the Freaks: tips, dos and don’ts. This could save your ankle, this could save your life someday. Injuries: Surviving The Three Most Common Ones: ITB, Calf and Achilles with our crash test dummy.
Get an in-depth look at what food the fastest runners are loading up on for their long training runs and races. Do they lean towards nature-based or manmade? Also in issue 6 is a no-punches-held article highlighting the health issues of drinking alcohol, even for 'fit' runners. 100 pages.
Running On Rocks? It’s The Ultimate. Read This Issue’s Article – And Go Faster! TRAIL issue 5 takes an in-depth look on becoming more confident running over rocks and boulders. It’s not magic, it’s just a technique and if others have improved their rock running by consistently practicing, you can too! 100 pages.
Read the 204 Greatest Trail Running Tips in 30 pages of offroad wisdom in TRAIL issue 4! TRAIL, South Africa's first magazine dedicated to the beautiful state called trail running, devotes 30 pages to the burning questions that all trail runners ask. Everything from beginner basics through to the best equipment choices to finding training venues is covered.
Fact: Trail running is the new black. Just like mountain biking rode out of nowhere and knocked the wheels out from under road cycling, trail running is the antidote to running on crowded, often hazardous roads, and a breath of fresh air for anyone who has been a runner for any length of time. It’s booming – and it’s only going to get bigger. 100 pages.