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Running On Sunshine
Embracing a land of contrasts, Sophia Snyman runs through a flower field alongside a giant red dune. She’s enjoying the trails around Klein Aus Vista Lodge in Namibia, which her brother Piet owns. klein-aus-vista.com ■
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Apparel
#GEARGUIDE #TRAIL37 Advertise here gear@trailmag.co.za PROPER FIT = BEST FIT. The layer closest to your skin should be snug to prevent chafe. LOAD PACKS IN ORDER OF LAYERING for quick, easy access Needed first Base Midlayer Shell Needed last BUY YOUR
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Thabo Madlala
It is said that the world is shaped by individuals and this was never truer than the life of Thabo Madlala. The 38-old Mqatsheni resident was a world-shaper of the first order who had a profound influence on all those fortunate enough to pass within
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Case Study: Johan Jonker Takes It Slow
In the 1980s as a young runner I was privileged to train with top Comrades runners who were all older and more experienced. One of these was Johan Jonker, who refused to do his long runs for the Comrades with us. The reason was that Johan was a great
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Trail ZA
Publisher Deon Braun | deon@trailmag.co.za Editorial Heloise | editorial@trailmag.co.za 087 152 0103 Advertising Deon | ads@trailmag.co.za 082 377 4669 Damien Schumann (cover), Wasfi Adams, Chris Allan, Emily Allan, Katy Barker, Govan Basson, Jonna B
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Lifestyle
#GEARGUIDE #TRAIL37 Book your spot gear@trailmag.co.za Eat for the body you want, not the body you have. WHAT'S IN IT? Reading labels can be a lifechanging exercise. Healthy ingredients should make up the bulk of names, with few (or no) additives. SC
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Trail of Plastic
Have you ever wondered how much plastic factors into your runs? Here's my average running checklist: • Sunglasses • Sun cream and lip balm • Hydration backpack • Quick-dry shirt, sports bra, and shorts • Socks and shoes • Smart watch and phone All of
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YOGA For Runners
I don’t know about you, but the sound of yoga used to be so daunting for me. I arrived at my first-ever yoga class unable to do the splits, let alone touch my toes! But I left feeling light and open. I was hooked from then on and my yoga journey bega
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Your Missing Ingredient
The missing ingredient… Sometimes it’s impossible to find, but when you do manage to find the special something, who knows where you can go. For years my running has lacked consistency. I could bang out a big run on a weekend and slack all week. But
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Shoes
#GEARGUIDE #TRAIL37 Boost your sales here gear@trailmag.co.za #1 PRIORITY: *BEST* FIT YOUR LOCAL RUN STORES will help you fit several models and advise on the best shoes for you. SHOE SIZE: A finger-width gap between your big toe and the front of the
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Eco-shorts
Millions of event T-shirts are produced and given away each year that are never worn. Trees not Tees works with UK-based race and event organisers to give participants the option of planting a tree rather than getting given a T-shirt they won't wear.
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I’m More Fatty
“When lockdown ends, I’m more fatty.” I had to laugh at this wordplay comment on amor fati below Daily Stoic’s excellent Youtube video. Amor fati is a Latin phrase, and one of the central teachings of Stoicism. It can be translated as “love fate” or
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Gear Shorts
#GEARGUIDE #TRAIL37 Aeropress® Coffee Maker > Becoming the brewing method of choice for coffee lovers here and abroad. R780 Ledlenser NEO10R Headlamp > Top of range, rechargeable, head or chest mount, 600 lumens, 10 hours. R1490 Tifosi Aethon Crystal
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Keep it Real
Lives Cape Town, Western Cape Born 5 July 1979, Pretoria Profession Tech entrepreneur Age 41 Height 1.77m Mass 70kg https://twitter.com/armanddp/ https://www.instagram.com/armanddp/ https://www.facebook.com/armanddp armanddp ARMAND DU PLESSIS is an i
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Trust The Process
Hold the vision for long haul gains. In a society driven by instant gratification, running can provide a wonderful illustration of how being patient and playing the long game can pay dividends. As Arthur Lydiard, the great New Zealand running coach s
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Enter the 2020 Trail Film Awards
https://www.instagram.com/trailmag/ https://www.facebook.com/trailza/ https://twitter.com/TRAILza pics@trailmag.co.za #trailmagpix Anele Bans is silhouetted against the haze during a 21km-long 13 Peaks Challenge training run as he takes a leap of fai
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Surviving Surgery
I’VE HAD A GAMMY ANKLE as long as I can recall. It’s almost been my thing. I’ve run with braces, strapping, and special orthotic inserts. I can remember the worst of the twists, with the intense pain, the golf ball-swelling, and that awful black-and-
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Fire Escape
I have been trail running for 10 years and have had some amazing adventures all around our country. I always try to be run prepared for anything, so we carry extra food, warm gear, and of course cellphones. But when facing a runaway fire in the Drake
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Snakebite!
Snake expert and author JOHAN MARAIS explains what to do if bitten by a snake while trail running. With around 175 different snake species in southern Africa, there is a real chance that trail runners may encounter them. While very few fatal snakebit
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MY WORDS My Viewpoint
letters@trailmag.co.za I am a trail runner, a mom, and currently an ASICS Frontrunner for South Africa. I discovered the Otter African Trail Run about four years ago. Since then it has been a dream of mine to take part in the race. It’s what got me i
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Young & Fun
Ivan is the endurance runner. He can get into a lovely pace and just keep it steady at the front, leading the pack. When he runs, he pushes himself not to walk, and never gives up. The siblings particularly enjoy a 10km run with some decent vertical
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Tees or Trees
Our Tuesday Trail Polls have yielded many insights from you. We decided to focus on the comments rather than the numbers, for a sense of nuance. Facebook and Twitter followers were asked: 1. Would you support something like Trees Not Tees? 2. How man
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Training, No Racing
In his How Or Why series, SEAN TAIT, founder and Running technique coach at Off the Mark, provides some perspective on some of the issues challenging readers. The scenario that we runners are dealing with is one beyond our wildest dreams… a world wit
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Runtheberg
“I love climbing big hills and live for technical downhill running. So, when Runtheberg announced their virtual race with an elevation category, I knew I’d enjoy it.” Tarrin van Niekerk did most of the event on the Wonderboom stairs, accumulating 51k
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#traillove
It's dark. I feel deceptively good after that monstrous climb: but it's only number two of thirteen! The city lights below compete with the moon, illuminating my surroundings, but only just. The icy morning air, with the piercing smell of Cape botani
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Strava: Premium Or Free?
I've used Strava for free for a few years, and decided to pay for Premium for two reasons. First, after being a free user on the platform for so long, the least I can do is at least pay. And second, they also have bills to pay. It's a good service. I
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Choose a Line
Running is simple. But running isn’t always easy. Well, maybe running on tar is. One foot in front of the other and repeat. We’re all pretty good at that already. You could say we are able to do so without having to thinking about it. Unconsciously c
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Gone2gone
During July 2020, over 2,000 runners had made the 21km pilgrimage across the mountain between two GONE Outdoor stores, Longmarket Street to High Constantia. Let’s break that down: • 2,261 official entries• Of the 2,261 entries, 2,007 were unique.• 72
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The Diagonal of Friends
Fabrice Cifré, Guillaume Albin, Cyril Vincent etsy.com This charming 68-page comic book follows the adventures of four friends who decide to take on the gruelling Grand Raid Réunion during a bout of liquid celebrations. The race is colloquially calle
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