Chasing the Spanish trail runner up his favourite training mountain
After finishing up my racing obligations during my European trip to the ITU Duathlon World Champs in Spain, I had the chance to head a bit further down South to the city of Salamanca and join trail running legend Miguel Heras on a train run. This article first appeared in the September 2016 issue of Full Stride.
Written by Ants
Thursday, 15 January 2015
Posted in Reviews
Hot Hot Hot Hot Hot Hot Hot!
On the 14th of January 2015, the first of four races in the popular short course trail running series, the Spur Cape Summer Trail Series, took place. A total of 398 eager runners took on the 12.2km long course and 538 braved the not-too-short 8.4km short course. Missed it? No problem...read on and live the experience through your mind's eye!
Do couples who run together benefit from their shared passion?
There comes a time when couples will experience tension in their relationship. Being with one person can pose new difficulties unheard of by those who may be single… but they do exist. For some, relationship counselling may be beneficial; for others, not so much. Fortunately, there is still hope for any relationship encountering friction – it’s just not something which is often proposed, but should be considered. In this article, I’m going to be discussing how running a marathon with your partner can be a far more effective, natural way to build a strong and everlasting relationship.
As your body begins to age, you may notice you aren’t as ‘able’ to train as much as you were when you were in your 20s (or younger). That’s not to say you should quit running at all (quite the opposite, actually), but slight adjustments to your training pattern should be considered, especially as some of the physical attributes to your body begin to hinder, such as your aerobic capacity, metabolism slows, and your body fat increases. These are a few of the different effects aging can have on your body, and is more evident with marathon runners. Not to worry: I’m going to help you see the light with your marathon running training, by providing you with some tips you can use to enhance your marathon running!
Curious about trail and mountain running? Pieter Steyn from Ultrarunner.co.za unpacks everything you will need for your best and most comfortable time out there. From shoes to packs, from shirts to shorts: check what the ultrarunner has to say...
Written by Ants
Tuesday, 04 November 2014
Posted in Articles
250km in the Green Kalahari
The Kalahari Augrabies Extreme Marathon! Known as South Africa’s Big Daddy, this 7-day adventure is not for the faint of heart. This past weekend, 70 endurance athletes from all over the world converged at Augrabies in the Northern Cape to compete in this experience of a lifetime. They will be running (self-sufficiently) for a total of 250km through some of the toughest terrains, ranging from green vineyards to rocky outcrops and of course the Kalahari desert, ending on Friday 7 November.
With Clanwilliam being such a popular getaway destination – with its superb dam and surrounding campsite, and add in the fact that October brings in the start of summer, with invariably some very warm conditions, who wouldn’t have wanted to head for Clanwilliam for the weekend? Better yet, the folks at Freshpak and Tridusport have excelled themselves at organizing and running the Clanwilliam fitness festival, offering open water swims, a “fit kids” competition, as well as triathlon, duathlon and biathlon events.