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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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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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You may be breathing inefficiently, especially when running

Even though you've been breathing your whole life, you may be doing it incorrectly. Getting your breathing right is so important for fueling your muscles with oxygen. Illustrations by Leanne Coelho
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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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Analysing Your Pacing Data

Run coach Sean Tait drills down into the major challenges facing TRAIL readers. In this article he addresses the benefit of analysing your run pace.
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Nine tips for a successful Otter African Trail Run

The Otter African Trail Run, presented by Salomon and GU, is a sublime trail race. Well organised, in an iconic setting, it's an extremely challenging race, and not for the average runner. It throws every possible challenge at you, and is why so many, including myself, keep coming back. That includes this old man! Here are my thoughts on surviving the 2015 Otter with a better chance of success.
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Holey Shirt! A brief history

Ryan Sandes won the 2017 100 mile Western States Endurance Run in a shirt full of holes – precision cut holes. There is a history of innovation for this race, and a longer history of the holey shirt.
Baviaanskloof Trail Run 2017 by Craig Muller Backyard Adventures

Baviaanskloof Trail Run keeps them coming back

There were several return customers earning the title of Legend at the ninth Baviaanskloof Trail Run on 8 September 2017. Find out what makes this race addictive.
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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.
Addo 2019 Richard Pearce jumping 100 miler runner TRAIL 31

Things I learned running 100 miles at Addo Elephant Trail Run...

What went into running the 2019 Addo Elephant Trail Run 100 miler? Find out what Deon Braun learned when he completed Addo 100 in March 2019, and tips to prepare for your 2020 Addo Elephant Trail Run. His story was published in TRAIL issue 31.
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Smart starch for your diet

If you've been confused by advice to load your plate with lots of fat, and to limit carbs, it might be wise to reconsider the importance of complex carbs. Starch is not the enemy. In fact, some communities living on Okinawa, Japan, have a diet comprising of 90% starch, which is a contributing factor to their renowned longevity. Dietitian Laura May is a believer in the benefits of starch, with scientific backing.

Skipping rope cross-training for trail runners

Use a skipping rope to maintain fitness and have fun, no matter where you are. Personal trainer Rhain Hoskins shows you the moves and workout combinations. Article originally published in TRAIL 31
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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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My Annapurna 55 meltdown

Towering mountain peaks in the Annapurna range, a seemingly unending climb, and an ultra distance trail challenge at altitude create a perfect storm for Saffa Warren King. This article appeared in TRAIL 41 (Oct/Nov/Dec 2021 edition).
Ryan Sandes WS100 photo Ian Little

I paced Sandman – then he dropped me!

The mission was straightforward: pace one of the world’s best trail runners for the last 20 miles of the 100 mile Western States (WS100) trail race. It’s the big daddy of trail racing and one that many ultra trail runners dream about simply completing.
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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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Around Lake Malawi for Pangolins

In December 2018, Naomi Brand and Xavier Briel circumnavigated Lake Malawi on foot, covering 1,482km in 33 days. Read the full story, part of which was published in TRAIL 31. The password is the page of TRAIL 31 where the story begins.
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The comeback after lockdown

Coach Erin van Eyssen of Flat Rock Endurance explains how to adapt to training after lockdown. Use his advice to rebuild fitness and get your mindset right, while avoiding injury.
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List your trail running event in free calendar

You can have your trail running event listed in the print version of TRAIL magazine, or on this website. Be sure to send all the important details, well in advance!
Ben Brimble negotiating fast flowing rocky singletrack at Giant's Cup UNCUT in style. Photo Greg Labuscagne Photography

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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Stuart Cole beats addiction with trail running

Healthy and happy, Stuart Cole took his body and soul back from the clutches of addiction. Just over a year later, Stuart is helping others and embracing the indescribable joy of trail running. This is the TrailTalk article he contributed to TRAIL issue 28.