Embrace the open expanse of five glorious grassland runs, laugh together about what makes us trail runners, and flex resistance bands for strength. With the summer sun blazing down, make the most of your vitamin D production, but also learn how to spot heatstroke.
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.
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.
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.
Looking to get high on running? We've scoured South Africa for seven mountain runs to get you on top of the world! Get inspired by our cover athlete Linda Doke's rise from chubby student to ultra racing maven.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A sought-after collector's item... hark the debut issue! Run 160km with us in the Himalayas, in sight of four of the five highest peaks on earth. More stunning photos, this time from Otter African Trail Run, the 80km Royal Raid in Mauritius, and the Salomon Skyrun. TRAIL 1 is 100 pages thick.
Run with dogs with tips on trail etiquette, best and worst breeds and common pooch injuries. Grow and eat the sinful dessert (a use for sweet potato leaves you never imagined). Indoor trail running? Yes, from a famous German stadium that hosted Iron Maiden, Prince and Black Sabbath. A 16-model Hydration Pack Guide to keep you hydrated while on the move, plus tips on getting the right type. 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.
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.
Take your trail running to new levels with 250 pages of trail awesomeness in the April/May/June issue. It includes a 70 event calendar and an account of two trail runners experiencing a desert flash flood in the Karoo.
Issue 42 (Jan/Feb/Mar 2022) is TRAIL's last issue as a magazine. Enjoy 206 pages of trail running inspiration to get you motivated and inspired. Among the many articles, cover athlete Karoline Hanks shares her passion for nature and wildlife.