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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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Addo Elephant Trail Run 2018 – toughest yet

Originally printed in TRAIL 27, we remember the highs and lows of Addo Elephant Trail Run, held 2-4 March, 2018. Sandra Le Roux, Andy Wesson, James de Scande, and Nico Loubser tell their stories.
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Have patience with your training

Instead of going at maximum intensity every training session, trust the process and be patient with your body. Coaches Meg Mackenzie and James Montgomery of The Run Project explain the importance of patience to get long-term gains.
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Foot Pilates for trail runners

Build ankle, foot, and leg strength using the Pilates footwork series. Sasha Ehlers shares a quick series of exercises that work every stabilising muscle of the lower extremity. First published in TRAIL 32.
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Resistance band cross-training for runners

One gym accessory, so many options! Use your resistance bands effectively with coach Brendan McBirnie of Fitness From Africa. This article was first published in TRAIL 34.
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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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Achieve your run goals

How do you stay focused and achieve your goals? Life coach Marie Snyman-Jacobs shares her insights. Create SMART goals to build towards your dream.
Scrambling Robyn Owen TRAIL 34

Scrambling: move expertly on steep trails

The fuzzy line between trail running and mountain climbing that gets you to the summit, scrambling requires its own skill set. Mountain guides and endurance runners Robyn Owen and Pierre Jordaan prepare you for future scrambling missions.
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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Three people outrunning type 1 diabetes

Three determined people outrunning type 1 diabetes. Anne-Marie Warner, Nicole du Plooy, and Nic McConnachie are all athletes who balance their blood sugar with their activity level. Find out how they do it. Originally published in TRAIL 32.
Paul Roth of the MCSA Drakensberg

Mountain Club to the rescue

We spoke to three members of the Mountain Club of South Africa about their love for the mountains, safety tips, and their experience with rescues. Heed their advice to avoid the majority of dangers in the mountains.
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Air Pollution And Running

Q: Running has proven health benefits, but can running (without injuries or medical conditions) ever be BAD for you? A: Yes, when the AIR QUALITY is bad. Read on to protect yourself from the worst of air pollution.
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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).
Morne Nel and Tracey Campbell climb more than 500m on a single ascent in Vanstaadensberg training for uphill

Train For Uphill Trail Running

Coach Sean Tait addresses the challenge of doing enough hill run training, with ideas on how to get the most benefit from your effort. He also answers the question: what about inclined treadmill training as a way to train for hilly races?
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Lessons from Ultra-Trail Drakensberg

Amri Williamson recalls her struggles with altitude sickness (and how she managed the symptoms) on her way to winning her first hundred miler at the 2021 Ultra-Trail Drakensberg UTD160.
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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.