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THIS IS NOT FOR SISSIES

by Jenny Hibbert - 06 August 2017

When a trailrun's official website already warns you that the 32km trail run is 'definitely not for sissies' then you know you are in for a tough (but breathtaking) run.

So there we were, four ladies and two teenage children. Our goal? To cnquer the infamous Num-Num Trail Challenge, and of course have some fun in doing so. We opted for the 32km Challenge opposed to the 15km Rough-i


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TRAINING TIP OF THE WEEK

06 August 2017

“Be consistent. Don't think that you can run for a week or two, and then suddenly you don't run for two weeks. That is not consistency. You need to run 5 times a week, every week.”
- Caroline Wöstmann, 2015 Comrades winner



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NUTRITIONAL TIP OF THE WEEK

06 August 2017

It’s great if you can plan or even prepare all your meals a week in advance. But let’s face it, most of us can’t. Family commitments, lazing around on a weekend or a good TV-program are all way more attractive on a Sunday afternoon than cooking and freezing food in Tupperware.
 
So why not rather focus on one day at a time? Plan what you will eat the following day, from breakf


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HOW NUTRITION CAN KEEP YOU AHEAD OF THE PACK

06 August 2017

When preparing for a marathon, your nutrition plan is as important as your training programme. An optimal nutrition plan will address energy requirements, replenishment needs and muscle recovery.
 
Vital Health Foods, the nutrition sponsor for the Sanlam Cape Town Marathon, plays an indispensable role in helping runners with sound nutritional advice. Andrea du Plessis, nutrition expert for Vita


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POST RUN MEALS

by Chanelle Retief (Registered Dietician) - 06 August 2017

What you eat after a workout is one of the most important meals of the day. It can help with recovery, fuel your body and set you up for your next training session. Here’s how to make the right choices post workout.

The energy that we eat on a daily basis comes from the three macronutrients, namely carbohydrates, protein and fat. There are many recommendations as to how much of these macronut


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HOW TO MAKE THE 'BEST' OF ANTIBIOTICS

by Chanelle Retief (Registered Dietician) - 06 August 2017

No matter how we try and fight it, sometimes taking antibiotics is the only way to get better. Here’s how to make the ‘best’ of it.
 
As runners we try our best to not get sick, especially before a major event. We take all our vitamins, drink enough water, walk away when someone sneezes, and sometimes we even avoid being around too many people! But life happens and sometimes a


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RECIPE OF THE WEEK

06 August 2017

Delicious Banana Bread

There’s nothing like a slice of warm, toasted banana bread after a run. It’s quick and easy, and great to refuel with.

Ingredients
1 Cup of mashed ripe bananas (2 large bananas)
1 Tsp. baking soda
1/2 Cup low-fat plain yoghurt
1/3 Cup canola or vegetable oil
1 large egg or 2 large egg whites
3/4 Cup brown su


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UK RUNNER'S COMRADES DREAM

by Anne-Marie Willicott - 05 August 2017

The Comrades Marathon is a bucket list race for many international runners. UK runner Anne-Marie Willicott tells of her experience as an international runner crossing the finish line of this iconic South African race.
 
Running the Comrades Marathon had always been in my blood and a very distant dream for many years. Having a brother (Ian Bailey) with 9 silver Comrades medals and 12 finishes, a


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THE COMRADES MARATHON IN NUMBERS

05 August 2017

The Comrades Marathon is one of the greatest foot races in the world – if not the greatest. It is a race that tells the story of courage, commitment and the strength of the human spirit. Here are some quick facts and interesting stats on a race that has become a South African tradition and a household name.
 
Total Entries (2017)
South Africa
Male: 1 5430
Female: 4 16


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THE UGLY BEAUTY OF COMRADES

by Nalize van Rooyen - 05 August 2017

I have read many crazy, inspiring, warm and fluffy Comrades posts, which has made me so hesitant to share mine. My story is not about the goose bumps or camaraderie or awestruck elation, but how it took every fiber of my being to pull myself together and keep going.

Three years ago I could hardly run 1km without feeling like death, but having done cross-country in school I remembered how much I rea


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