running

The Rise, and Rise of the Ultra

We’re no slouches when it comes to distance running in South Africa. The Comrades legacy is as deeply ingrained in our country’s tapestry as braaivleis. But it’s without a doubt that, both locally and globally, the rise of the ultra-marathon has changed the game. A marathon goal used to be a perfectly acceptable dinner party brag. Now we’re talking 100-milers like they’re a second helping of milktert. Have we lost our collective minds?

Naked Running Could you do it?

Are we too consumed by the numbers, and over analysis of each split and every bit of vert gained? In a running era where it didn’t happen if it’s not on Strava, what are the possible benefits of ditching the GPS watch, aka “running naked?” More and more coaches are encouraging runners to relearn how to run by feel or by intuitive pacing. This strategy accounts for a more natural adaptation to external factors such as heat, humidity, climbs and changing terrain. That is one side of the naked running scenario; the science driven by a desire to perform.

Mapungubwe 2018

Part 2 of a 3 Part Series

The powerful historical relevance of this life-changing journey and, an elephant encounter. Entries for the 2019 edition will open just a few weeks from now.

Day 2 – 34km

Winter Running Tips

The hardest part about running in winter is getting out the front door. Once you’ve conquered that hurdle, the rest is easy(ish). Here are our top 5 tips on how to turn the chilly months in to your favourite running months.

1.The Buddy System

Motivation is everything, as is accountability. Arrange to meet a group or a like-minded friend and you’ll be less likely to flick snooze and hide below the duvet. Tell yourself that you just need to be out there for 5 minutes, you can always turn back. Most times, we keep going.

What is a Whole Food Lifestyle?

Put simply, a whole food eating plan or lifestyle rejects processed food and encourages the consumption of foods that are as close to their natural form as possible.

Whole grains replace refined grains whenever possible, and fruits, vegetables and beans replace supplements when it comes to getting sufficient fibre and vitamins.

Families that Play Together!

Over the next few weeks, we’ll feature families that get out on to the trails together. We’ve got stories on twins who tussle at the sharp end, father daughter combos, mothers who let their little ones run before they walked, and this wonderful father son trail team, Eugene and his father, Herman Van Der Merwe.

Mastering Downhill for good

Heading out into the mountains for a day of technical trails is a recipe for never ending enjoyment but if you hit a downhill unprepared a small slip can lead to a twisted ankle or worse. Lisa Jhung has 4 helpful pieces of advice to help you get comfortable on the downhills.

Most people have tried to ‘choose your line’ (take the path of least resistance). Others have tried looking where they want to run rather than where they don’t. Others still have tried the masterful wide arm swing for extra balance. This is what Lisa Jhung recommends.

Get Better at Uphill Running

 “Trail running with an aversion to climbing is like surfing with a fear of being underwater. Yeah, you might be able to avoid it for a bit, but eventually you’ll find yourself in way over your head, deeply questioning your life decisions.” says David Roche from Trail Runner Mag. Here are 4 of his tips on how to improve your uphill running.

1. Be STRONG from the waist down.

“Fighting gravity is all about power-to-weight ratio” says Roche. There are 3 ways to build your power.

Downhill and Technical Running

“THERE’S NO GREATER BUZZ IN RUNNING THAN NAILING A DOWNHILL. IT’S YOU VERSUS THE TERRAIN. TO WIN THAT BATTLE FEELS AMAZING!”

Tom Addison from Inov-8 has 10 top tips for faster downhill running. “Being able to descend with confidence is crucial, especially when racing. You can be the best in the world at running uphill, but if you can’t descend then it will seriously hamper your chances of winning races, be that on the fells, mountains or trails.”

 

Make Running Work for You

Tips for keeping perspective and enjoying a happy, healthy relationship with training, David Roche tells us more.

Many of us are crazy. And that is O.K.