Swiss mountain ace Marc Lauenstein is a man of surprises: he wins SA's prestigious Otter Trail Run on his first outing, becomes the first person to run the rugged course in under four hours, wins R100k... then does something equally remarkable.
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.
Chafing, bouncing, and nipple pointing: as lovely as your breasts are, they can be an additional challenge you could do without on the trails. Men, feel free to read on for a sense of empathy!
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.
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?
Coach Neville outlines the training, kit, and planning needed to complete 100 miles in this article from TRAIL magazine issue 24. You may be surprised to hear you don’t have to be superhuman to finish 100 miles. It is doable for most runners, provided you have a long build-up to develop the necessary strength and prevent injury.
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.
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).
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.
A stress fracture is a small crack in any of your weight-bearing bones. Stress fractures are one of the most frustrating injuries a runner can experience, not just because of the pain, but due to the limitations in treatment. Runners with stress fractures are off the trails for four to six weeks. Therefore the emphasis should be on prevention rather than treatment.
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.
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.
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
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!
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.