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Nut Or Seed Butter
Nut butters (besides peanut butter) are costly, oily, and have additives when bought. And yet it's simple, if a little labour intensive, to make your own! If you're allergic to nuts or want to mix it up, you can make seed butters too. Pumpkin seeds m
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Queen Rose Mpumalanga
Access All day, all year Dogs Yes Fee R90 / Trails 2 / Best route 21km / Ascent 670m / Difficulty Intermediate / Time 4h A scenic one hour drive from Nelspruit takes you to Queen Rose hiking trail, situated in the Barberton plantations and Queens Riv
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Trying to Breathe
Exercised-induced asthma (EIA) is a narrowing of the airways in the lungs, triggered by strenuous exercise. Trail running is strenuous… so how do runners with this condition cope? Three runners share their stories of managing this condition on the tr
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Witfontein Western Cape
Access All day, all year Dogs Yes Fee Free / Trails Various / Best route 11km / Ascent 170m / Difficulty Easy / Time 70min My chosen route is fondly known as the Sampies Loop, since the highest point of the route is called Sampies. The first Outeniqu
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Vimff
What is inspiring your days? media@trailmag.co.za I attended the Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival held at the Barnyard Theatre in the north of Johannesburg. This film festival features a mix of mountains sports, with two trail running m
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<SPRING GEAR>
R349 | firstascent.co.za The Corefit Tee is the ultimate running tee. Moisture-wicking Quik-Wic fabric draws sweat away from the skin and accelerates evaporation to provide comfort, while reflective trims will increase your visibility both on the tra
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Trail Runner Nation
You know you are obsessed about trail running when you listen to every podcast you can on the subject. This is especially true in my case, as I live for podcasts, listening to them in the car, whilst working, or doing chores. I cannot count how many
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Get Up To Speed
At times, it’s fitting that we pay homage to the giants who went before us. And so, in 1996, while backpacking around England and Scotland on honeymoon, I dragged my nonrunning spouse to Oxford… So that I could visit the Iffley track! This is where R
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The Trail Runner’s Companion
A Step By Step Guide To Trail Running And Racing, From 5Ks To Ultras Sarah Lavender Smith R212 (Kindle) Are you new to trail running or deciding whether to make the leap into ultras, but aren’t sure how to make the transition? Then do yourself a favo
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Thirsty?
Ballito GP and ultra runner Dr Rosie Carey explains how dehydration affects your body and how to avoid it. The 2013 Comrades up run is etched in my memory. It was unusually hot, with temperatures above 30°C, and a blistering headwind picked up. I sta
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The Lion King
Who do you admire? people@trailmag.co.za Siviwe was on the country's radar in June 2019, when he hitchhiked to the Knysna Marathon from Mfuleni, and went on to win the race in 2h33min. His Facebook post asking for a ride (after his borrowed car would
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Restrictive EATING
It’s a Friday, and all your friends are over for games night. Someone is on the phone ordering take-away for dinner and another has just taken the cork off a bottle of wine. And there’s a slab of chocolate for dessert. Your stomach is curling and chu
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Feeding The Soul
ANDRE REDINGER is a co-founder of the Southern Lodestar Foundation, and MD of Millhouse, a producer and distributor of vitamin blends to sub-Saharan Africa. The 48-year-old combines his drive to feed the children of Africa with endurance running. He
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Ladder Agility Don’t Fall On Your Face!
In his How and Why series, coach SEAN TAIT, founder and running technique coach at Off the Mark, responds to your trail-related questions. It’s important to first establish that there are two very different ways in which we can get injured on the tra
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Your Trail Running Life In Focus
pics@trailmag.co.za trailmag.co.za TRAILza TRAILmag #trailmagpix on Instagram Matt Gibbs at the 21km Greyton Brew Run, which circumnavigates Greyton, climbing the surrounding mountains. “Matt is gesturing excitedly in the direction of the second (and
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For The Love Of Experience
Some set speed goals, attempt a new distance, or aim for major vert. But Capetonian Tracy Berry (47) decided on quantity. She set a one year goal to run 55 trail events in 2016 – and now she's hooked. She has run almost every event in the Cape since
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Fast-Packing
What is it? Where, how far, and with what equipment? Andy Wesson (AW) and Naomi Brand (NB) answer every fastpacking question you can think of! AW It’s a combination of trail running hiking and backpacking, usually overnight and with a minimum of equi
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Bound To Rebound
You’re tough. How do I know? You made it through winter, didn’t you? Congrats! Now it’s time to prepare your mind (and body) for longer days, warmer sunshine, and more time outdoors. Enjoy it. Soon it will be winter again. But then another spring, an
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Good News (After All!)
How do you connect with Nature? Tell us at trailplanet@trailmag.co.za Green pond slime has finally become cool! How? By turning algal blooms caused by our wastes into useful, less toxic footwear products. One company, aptly named Bloom, thinks it can
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Mental Powers of a Trail Runner Superhero
I have developed a strong appreciation of the power of the mind after coaching many trail runners from beginner to professional over the past 15 years. I’ve seen how it can make or break training and racing. This is my top 10 list of key mental abili
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The Small Things Add Up
I love it when my body surprises me, and I just found out it can do a headstand! I remember years ago, struggling to do an inclined handstand against a wall, struggling to run continuously for a kilometre, and generally feeling frustrated that my bod
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Fungi: Food Or Fear?
How do you connect with Nature? Tell us at trailplanet@trailmag.co.za Every step you take is on an underground network of millions of fine threads weaving through the soil. Most of them are only a single cell thick. These threads are hyphae and make
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Use It Or Lose It
We run because nothing comes close to the scenery, the pain, the gain, that out-of-this-world feeling when you look back at what you’ve achieved. You want to use as many muscles as possible to achieve the best, injury-free, record-beating, effective,
TRAIL5 min citite
MY WORDS My Viewpoint
letters@trailmag.co.za trailmag.co.za TRAILza TRAILmag It has taken me days to comprehend the enormity of my experience. Not just finishing 50km, but the 10 hours before I crossed the finish line. Leading up to Umgeni River Run, I was anxious. I beca
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Pine Busters
I'm part of a crew that goes into the Drakensberg and cuts down pine trees. They are an alien invasive and a huge threat to the Berg's water-generating abilities for the rest of South Africa. Although it is very difficult for a lone seed to find its
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Back in Action
Normally we can get over back pain with some stretching, a good night’s sleep, and possibly some pain medication. What about that back pain that continues to occur, or that is affecting your trail running? It is one thing to sort it out in the short
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Stiff-legged Jol!
The Oxpecker Trail Run is about so much more than the run. You will have a jol on and off the trail, your legs will be stiff, and you will join the 8,250 Peckers since 2015 who know why all three weekends sell out every year. This event, now in its f
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Community Stu
My dad and uncles were all road runners who spent time “running on the mountain”, as it was then termed. They all ran for VOB club. As a family, we grew up around events, from Two Oceans, to Voet of Afrika weekends in Arniston. I still recall all the
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Dance
Get nimble, flexible, and strong with dance. Gym instructor and personal trainer NATASHA WALLENDORF breaks it down. I have been personal training and teaching group fitness classes for the last 28 years. Movement is a passion to me and I see the bene
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Wolkberg
Annelize Bell (in pink) leads her daughter Eljané van der Walt (hood) and Hanli Pienaar Bovill through the misty indigenous forest at the Wolkberg Trail Run 36km Woodbush event. “The first day was misty, cold and rainy, which made for an exciting exp
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