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Why warm up and cool down?

You’re not alone, a large majority of people don’t warm up or cool down. But here’s four reasons why you should.

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Pacing tips for Otter African Trail Run

The flat sections near the end of Otter African Trail Run, that 42km epic along the spectacular Tsitsikamma National Park, are the nemesis of most runners, says Otter Trail Run coach Ryan Hodierne. Podium hopeful Kane Reilly says: “The 42km distance of the Otter’s pristine Garden Route trail is not what delivers the infamous Otter Bite. It’s the many short, steep, and often stepped climbs that do.”

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How to trail run in wet and dry

So there you are, innocently minding your own business and enjoying your weekend trail run with some friends. You reach a steep downhill section of singletrack that is still sodden after the rain yesterday. As you step on what looks like a firm patch, your foot slips from under you and you crash down heavily on your side, sliding down the path at hyper-speed and coming to a sudden, jolting stop against a very prickly […]

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Practical and sentimental kit choices

People are magpies, indiscriminately hoarding items that may be of use. And when they pack for races, they tend to do the same, throwing in this and that ‘just in case’. I asked a number of adventure racers to reveal the unusual items lurking in their backpacks and crates, whether they’re practical or sentimental kit choices. To eat or to share Tasty treats offer comfort to both the provider and the recipient, who may be […]

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Ten Ways To Become A Better Trail Runner

Trail running is not just about running along trails. If you want to become a better trail runner and enjoy it to its fullest, then I suggest you incorporate the following 10 strategies into your training. I know they will help you achieve your running goals. Not in any particular order, these have worked really well for me: 1. Get riding Cycling can help make you a better runner. Many runners will only be forced […]

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Seven Vital Things You Must Do To Taper For Your Best Event Yet

One of the fundamental aspects of your race preparation is tapering your training to peak on race day. Athletes use the term peaking to describe being in the absolute best condition (physically, emotionally and mentally) at a specific time for an event. Peaking is not always easy to perfect and requires experience and planning. This article could save you costly errors and disappointment. Pro triathlete and Olympian Kate Roberts has learned the science of peaking […]

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