This issue supplies what you need for a healthier, happier life outdoors.
Achieve faster times using Coach Neville’s intensity-building sessions, cross-training on a bike, and getting your technique right.
Relive South Africa’s biggest races from the last few months, and get the scoop on recent international events.
The majority of SA’s open land is used for agriculture. Cash in on the sugarcane, vineyards, and muddy fields with seven farm runs in four provinces.
For more inspiration, read about our cover athlete Kerry-Ann Marshall’s trail journey, from her endurance athlete family, to her passion for healing with physiotherapy. Let’s not forget her one true love: chocolate!
And last, but not least, take the best care of your bones, gut, and ankles with advice from medical and coaching experts.
There’s tons more, but discover that for yourself as you read the magazine! TRAIL 19 is available here as a back issue.
— Ryno_Griesel (@Ryno_Griesel) April 25, 2016
What else is waiting inside issue 19?
- Answer our reader survey and you’ll go into the draw to win a TomTom Runner 2 Cardio worth R4,999! The Runner 2 Cardio lets you monitor your heart rate without a strap, track your sports in eight modes, access real-time info while you train, track daily activities like steps and sleep, store and listen to 500 songs, race against your own previous performance, and get instant audio feedback.
- Win one of five signed copies of Ryan Sandes‘ book, Trail Blazer. Read an excerpt here.
- Take a peek into the lives of other trail runners in our reader photos section. Read about Nadea Victor’s brief brush with the podium at Xterra, and get inspired by our reader letters.
- Celebrate the love-at-first-stride and mourn the just-friends result of blind dating in pairs races, with Kim Stephens.
- Get your workout on farm trails across South Africa, from Laurentia Farm in Gauteng, to Virginia Farm in KZN, and Experimental Farm in the Western Cape.
- Catch up with South Africans racing across the globe: Gerda Steyn in Oman, Ryan Sandes in New Zealand, and Iain Don-Wauchope in Costa Rica.
- The people who put their life on the line, taking a stand between veldfires and fynbos, use trail running to stay fit, know the lay of the land, and push their limits. Meet and brain-pick the trail runners amongst the Volunteer Wildfire Services (VWS) members.
- Who is your #TrailHero? Readers take a chance to hero-whorship theirs.
- Our cover athlete, shot by Jacques Marais, has an infectious smile and serious competitive edge. Kerry-Ann Marshall was raised on her feet, trying to keep up with ultrarunner dad (Scuba Steve Marais), and having push-up competitions with her triathlete brother (Stuart Marais). Now she is a serious competitor, winning the 2015 Ultra-trail Cape Town 100km, 2015/16 Addo Elephant Trail Run 44km (overall 2015, women’s race both years), 2015 Table Mountain Challenge 40km, and a host of other races. This came after her recovery from a chronic hip injury, which helped her empathise with her clients at Kerry-Ann Physiotherapy.
- Get inspired by Fernanda Maciel, a Brazilian environmental lawyer who has set a land speed record for women on the highest peak outside the Himalayas: Aconcagua.
- Too many hats to mention, Erik Vermeulen has shot a fair few TRAIL mag covers, emcees and photographs trail events, is the proud father of twin tots, and finds time for a full-time day job. But how did he end up on top of Aconcagua? Find out!
- Rachel Manyathi tells us why she runs, and has that permanent smile on her face.
- Has your training plateaued? Raise the roof of your abilities, by building various intensities into your training. Coach Neville shows you how.
- Use technique and drills to avoid the most heinous of overuse injuries: the dreaded stress fracture! This is the final installment of Sean Tait’s injury prevention series.
- Use a bike (mountain, road, or stationary) to improve your running. South Africa’s Long Distance Trail and Ultra Trail Champion, Nicolette Griffioen, uses training on a bike to balance the relentless impact of running.
- Your mind has more to do with your ability to cross the finish line than your body. Seven trail athletes (local and international, elite and weekend warrior) provide their secret motivation for getting through the wall and to the end of the race. The experts are international ultrarunner Adam Campbell, our versatile cover athlete Kerry-Ann Marshall, ultrarunning, trail blazing pro Ryan Sandes, experienced mountain runner Su Don-Wauchope, Ultrarunner and adventure racer Ryno Griesel, two-time SA Long Distance Trail Champ Johardt van Heerden, and endurance weekend warrior Odessa Perelson. Train your brain, find a mantra, and finish what you started.
- Hear from Bev and Richard Attfield at Team Eat.Run.See. They ran through the Red Centre of Australia as part of their three-year vegan globe-running adventure.
- TRAIL held its first Cape Town clinic, and Fareed Behardien of Leave The Couch was there. Read about the ten pearls of wisdom he gained and the people he met.
- The Addo Elephant Trail Run is the only 100 miler in South Africa, back after eight years. Kim van Kets had a surreal time of it, enjoying delights such as hallucinations, the threat of leopards and hippos, and the need for suppositories. Inge Schulenburg tried, and Andy Wesson triumphed. These athletes will give you an honest glimpse into what awaits on a 167km trail race.
- Recovering from injury is about more than rest and rehab. What you eat can help the healing process. Nutritionist and triathlete Lucy Etherton explains which foods can aid recovery and how.
- Empty your bowels before you run and you’ll avoid dreaded belly cramps. Dr Gabe Mirkin explains what to eat to ensure you are ready to run.
- A quick boiled egg or three won’t hurt you, but any more than that in a week could put you on a road to heart disease. Discover how and why.
- The healthiest, best-priced produce is seasonal. Find out what you can get fresh and local this winter.
- Take care of your feet! You need them. Podiatrist Dennis Rehbock – Footdoctor breaks foot care down on a timeline, from daily to monthly maintenance
- A t-shirt and shorts won’t cut it as daylight hours drop with the temperature. Get the basics of layering for winter runs.
- Our product guide features winter gear from brands First Ascent and The North Face.
- We dissect trail shoes and give you an anatomy lesson, so that you know your toe spring from your medial post.
- Feast your eyes on a range of trail shoes, from Brooks, Hi-Tec, Salomon, Saucony, and The North Face.
- We look back at some of the bigger trail races that have taken place in South Africa, including Batrun, Tankwa Trail, Addo Elephant Trail Run, Three Cranes Challenge, AfricanX, Drakensberg Northern Trail, and Umhlanga Easter Trail.
- There are 124 events lined up from May to November 2016 from across South Africa, and internationally. Get the details and start lining them up with the help of our calendar!
- Mina Guli runs the Richtersveld as part of her #Run4Water campaign on the back cover, shot by Kelvin Trautman. She did forty marathons over seven deserts on seven continents to raise awareness for the Earth’s water crisis.
- Get inspired by locals each doing their bit to clean up their environment. TRAIL organised a cleanup of the Umhlatuzana River in KwaZulu-Natal.
- The Spekboom is almost too good to be true. Darrell Raubenheimer explains why you need it in your life, and how easy it is to grow.
- See a life-changing documentary on Sebastião Salgado, famed photographer and conservationist.
- Don’t waste your garden refuse. Invest it right back into your yard for easy food-growing.
TRAIL magazine became South Africa’s first print publication dedicated to the booming worldwide activity of trail running in December 2011.
Since then the mag continues to enlighten its growing readership with the best places to run, the most suitable gear and the most popular trail running events from every angle; visiting the Himalayas, Sahara Desert, Amazon and many local trails, including the famed Otter African Trail Run, the Fish River Canyon Ultra, and the Salomon Skyrun.
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