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Enjoy reading some of the most popular articles in previous issues of TRAIL magazine South Africa. TRAIL is available digitally through Amazon, App Store, Google Play, Magzter, Zinio, and on the TRAIL website. It is published quarterly.

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Sprint to ultra: keep speed, build distance

“What’s the best way to train for longer events without sacrificing my pace for shorter ones?” - Michael Carratu, Durban Some athletes find that once they start competing in ultras they can’t manage their five minute kilometres in short runs anymore. Coach Mo explains how you can train to keep your speed while preparing for longer distances.
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Caffeine and your heart

Caffeine is a stimulant which can mess with your cardiac rhythm, right? No, this time we bring good news for you and your morning filter coffee. Hurrah! Discover the effect of caffeine on your heart health in this extract from The Haywire Heart, the first book to explore heart conditions in athletes.
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Install and test 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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AfricanX 2018 race report

The AfricanX Trailrun is the oldest surviving trail stage race in South Africa. The tenth edition in April reminded us that, no matter how successful you are, you should never be afraid to try new ideas to raise your game.
How to survive a veldfire by Heloise Hunter, photo Patrick Ryan/VWS

Surviving a veldfire

Walls of dancing fire, huge and orange against the sky, are awe- inspiring, terrifying... and deadly.
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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.
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Meet four inspiring South African vegan trail runners

Sunshine-powered running: vegan athletes Rachel Manyathi, Zoe Papadakis, Govan Basson, and Gavin Shaskolsky explain how their plant-based life affects health and athletic performance. Originally published in TRAIL 26.
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Ben Brimble storms Giant’s Cup Uncut

There are many races on the South African trail calendar and it is tough to choose which ones to race. Coming from the Western Cape, I have not spent much time in the Drakensberg, so when the opportunity came to run the Giant's Cup Trail in a single day, it was an easy decision. I haven’t had a great year with injuries so I was a bit apprehensive about the distance (and the altitude coming from sea-level). It was a fantastic event and the right call to run it.
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Trail running glossary

An ever-expanding list of terms used by trail runners in South Africa and beyond. Use this 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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Tips for your first trail race

Your first trail event (of any length) can be an intimidating prospect. Or maybe you're stepping up to a new unknown distance and you don't know if you'll be able to manage it. TRAIL sought out trail running experts to help you overcome your challenges.
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Ryan Sandes’ jungle adventure

An extract from Ryan Sandes' March 2016-released book Trail Blazer. The chapter Redemption in the Jungle focuses on his 2009 adventure at the Jungle Marathon, in Amazonia, Brazil.
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The Shore Break – a mining dilemma on the Wild Coast

The Shore Break, an award-winning film that unpacks the dilemma faced by a rural community on South Africa’s Wild Coast as to whether to support or resist a proposed titanium mining project that could fundamentally change their lives forever, will have its South African co-premiere at the Encounters International Documentary Film Festival in June and at the Durban International Film Festival in July.
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Better sleep, run better

Sleep better to improve your recovery, performance, and general well-being. Sleep scientist Dr Dale Rae shares her insights with trail runners in issue 29. She uses her own scientific research, and evidence from other studies for science-based sleep advice.
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Caching the Trail

Turn your trail run into a treasure hunt when you take up geocaching. There are little caches hidden all over the world - you may have stepped over them, ran passed them, or even stumbled upon them already. Be a part of an international community of treasure hunters.
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Energy paradox – you can’t outrun a bad diet

So many people start running with the aim of losing weight. But it isn't that simple: what you eat and how much have a much stronger influence on your weight than your daily exertion. Article originally published in TRAIL magazine issue 25.
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Trail running with dogs

Find the best breed, training strategy, and safety guidelines for your trail dog! Get top advice from dog lover, competitive trail runner, and veterinary expert Nicolette Griffioen.
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Run fast and far

A question about running fast and far from Robyn Anderson of Johannesburg: Speed and endurance is a difficult one for me. I don’t seem to be getting any faster, and now that I’m running with a pack on the longer routes, I seem to be near the back! I’m 43, but in my opinion, age should not be the reason! How do I get faster and stay the distance?
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How to train for mountains in the flatlands

How do you train for mountains when you live in a flat region? Coach Sean Tait – founder of Off the Mark Training – has solutions for you, including proven methods using treadmills, short hill repeats, stairs, and once-a-week roadtrips to your local high point. You can do this!
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Fish River Canyon Ultra 2014

The Fish River Canyon in southern Namibia is the second-largest washaway in the world. It is 160km long, up to 550m deep and 27km at its widest point. It’s also one of the oldest, an estimated 650 million years old, formed by the earth’s plate as it rearranged the continents like we rearrange furniture.
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Western States: 71-year-old steals the show

Arguably the most prestigious ultra trail run in the world, but factually the first 100-mile race. The Western States 100 is an event steeped in history, its origins feeling more like a Western movie script than the truth. Each year incredible stories come out of this race as people try and cross 100 miles of Northern California in under 30 hours,