TRAIL Mail #12: Friday 17 June 2022
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Training for trail's uphills.
Win SCARPA Spin Ultra shoes.
Run for Cape Town's fur nation.
Are you eating chia wrong?
In this issue
- Trail Talk. Getting stronger on the uphills.
- Your adventures. Trail Trophies powered by issue 40.
- Gear. Oofos Ooriginal Sport Sandal for recovery.
- Races. 15 events in the next 30 days.
- News. Make your CT Trail Marathon count for more.
- Health. Have you been eating chia wrong?
- Training. Training vert for those big uphills.
- Competitions. Win Bridgedale and SCARPA.
1. TRAIL TALK
"The strong get stronger" is a jibe that our cycling group mentor used when one of our group didn't make a session. He was right. Those who were consistent did get stronger.
The principle applies to athletes who push their limits in a range of sports, and trail running is one of them. Especially in winter.
Use this one to improve your hill climbing abilities.
Running coach Sean Tait's article in this issue lets you choose from three intensities and three pace levels when training hills.
Sean also answers the question: what about inclined treadmill training as a way to train for hilly races?
Read more in Training.
You ask a lot from your feet on the trails. Before and after, give them the comfort they deserve.
Thanks to quality brands Feetures socks and Oofos sport sandals for sponsoring this week's newsletter.
Enjoy the rest of the read. Happy trails!
2. YOUR ADVENTURES
Your #TrailTrophies photos.
(Above) Sunshine is good for the soul and it's even more welcome on a cold Highveld winter's morning that aches right into your bones.
Braam Smit captured a visual oxymoron: warm colours blazing a frosty moment during his Joburg trail run with friends Arno van der Merwe, Sandra Meyer, Johan Van Staden, and John Livanos.
A striking shot!
Check out more reader photos in this week's Facebook post and add your own favourite pic from last week. All are eligible for our month-end Bridgedale sock giveaway prize. T&C apply.
Issue 40 (with Jo Keppler on the cover) is the sponsor of Trail Trophies this week. Have you read it? It has 200+ pages with a ton of reading.
TRAIL issue 40 features:
- a MEGA Ultra-Trail Drakensberg 2021 photo-feature
- tells Jo Keppler's remarkable story fighting substance addiction
- improves your strength through hill running
- helps you avoid and counter hypothermia
- and much more.
Chanel Gemae Visser ran a "wonderful 10km on Harkerville's MTO Trails in the Garden Route last weekend with my best friend, Bree."
If you're on a trail and it starts raining, snowing, or lightning flashes around you... you have to hope that you run into Rihaart Syms. He has a knack of finding the best caves. He also lets his photos do the talking: for this picture, "Constantia Nek Table Mountain Fitness Freaks" is the no-frills caption we got from him.
Ian Martincich did a short out and back at Tunnel Creek above Lake Tahoe in Nevada.
Annelie Nel ran the Great Zuurberg Trail Run in the Addo district on the weekend. She also did some farming (learn other trail running terms in our lexicon article). "Ouch," was all she said. Heal well Annelie!
Adele Immelman did Run the Vines at Alto Wine Farm. "The 17km route was shortened due to the fire on Helderberg Mountain, but we still did 630m of elevation over 14.6 km. It's an absolutely stunning farm with beautiful views."
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