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HOW TO TRAIN SMARTER, NOT HARDER

by Derick Marcisz - 29 August 2017

It happens more often than not; an athlete runs a fantastic race at a major event. And their immediate reaction is to want to even better this performance at next year’s race. Nothing wrong with that, but the problem is that most of these runners think they need to train ‘harder’ and therefore add more kilometers. 
 
These extra kilometers get added to morning runs, they


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A FORCE TO BE RECKONED WITH

by Michelle Carnegie - 29 August 2017

She’s only been running for three years and has improved from 56th position at her first Comrades Marathon to 4th position at this year’s race. A couple of weeks ago she surprised everyone when she placed 2nd at a gruelling trail race in the French Alps. Meet Gerda Steyn, a sure force to be reckoned with in future.
 
If anyone would have told her four years ago


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REVIEW: PUMA IGNITE NETFIT

by Michelle Carnegie - 28 August 2017

The PUMA Ignite NETFIT shoe landed on my desk for review exactly one day before a scheduled 10km race. I’ve been running too long to make the mistake of running in brand new shoes. But the shoe felt so great on, and of course looked fabulous! The temptation was just too great. Race morning I slipped them on, and I was pleasantly surprised.
 
Think broad, and then add some more. Those are


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COOL TIPS FOR NOVICE RUNNERS

28 August 2017

New to running? Then read these super practical tips from experienced runners who once were in the same boat as you.
 
1. It gets easier: When most novices start out, it seems impossible to run for 10 minutes without walking. But you have to believe that consistent training and a good dose of perseverance will help you reach your goal. With each run it does get easier, but consistency is k


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SULLWALD IMPROVES WORLD SERIES-RANKING

28 August 2017

Wian Sullwald put in a gutsy performance yesterday to finish 10th in the Stockholm World Series Triathlon-race. In doing so Sullwald improved his World Series-ranking by 16 positions.

Only 50 seconds separated the top ten athletes. Britain’s Jonathan Brownlee won the 1.5km swim, 40.5km cycle and 10km run in 1:49:10. Kristian Blummenfelt (Norway) was second in 1:49:28 and Pierre Le


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BE READY TO ENTER

25 August 2017

Entries to the 2018 Comrades Marathon open on Thursday, September 1st. Keep in mind that entries are limited to 20 000 runners and that entries to the 2017 Comrades Marathon sold out before the closing date in November. So if you are serious about entering this iconic race, be ready to log onto www.comrades.com and ENTER. 

Keep an eye on this page on Wednesday as Run24 will bring you all


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THE POWER OF A PARKRUN

25 August 2017

Even taking part in a single parkrun can have huge benefits. In a study done by Mike Rogerson, a specialist in exercise and sport psychology at the University of Essex, it was found that apart from the physical benefits, the psychological well-being of participants also improved significantly.
 
Rogerson studied around 330 UK participants to measure the effect the weekly session can have on psy


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A SECOND CHANCE

by Michelle Carnegie - 25 August 2017

Every morning when she ties her running shoes for her daily run she takes a moment to be grateful for the privilege of running. This is a woman who has survived three strokes and who was not expected to even live through the night. But Luzelle van der Merwe proved everyone wrong, and today she is celebrating life through running.
 
“Every single morning when my alarm goes off, I get up an


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RACE DAY THOUGHTS

25 August 2017

The weekend is here. And that means race day for many. We bet one of these thoughts will be crossing your mind as you line up at your chosen race this weekend. Recognise yourself?
 
1. I really should have trained more.
2. I have to go to the loo.
3. Why does my stomach feel unsettled? Did I have the right breakfast?
4. What am I doing here? It’s 5am on a Sunday morni


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CROSS-TRAIN AND REAP THE BENEFITS

by Tarryn Seagram - 25 August 2017

We’ve all heard the saying that if you do the same thing over and over, you will get the same result. Same goes for running. If you run in the same way day in and day out you will most likely not become a stronger runner, but toss a bit of cross-training in the mix and you will soon see different results.
 
Many runners associate cross-training exercises with gym, which some find intimida


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