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1 min.
that greeting thing

When I run in the suburbs in the early mornings, I generally make a point of greeting pedestrians, unless I’m in a grey mood. My address is usually a Hello or Howzit! or Sawubona, kunjani? delivered with a smile or wave. This week I paused for about 500 milliseconds after the initial greeting and added a very cheerful “Have a great day!” to the 20 or so people I ran past. These were mostly people on their way to work. I was surprised by how much more that second phrase connected with them. It turned them from disconnected strangers into friendly human beings, who also saw me differently. That works for pedestrians. But what about runners? We all know that some runners are totally zoned in (or is it out?). Greet them…

1 min.
rebels on the trails

There are certain character traits shared by people within a community. One which I think I share with you, a fellow trail runner, is a rebellion against rules that don’t make sense. Some of these rules are official, some are societal. But I am mighty glad that my sport allows me to wear whatever I want to an event, that I may pee in the great outdoors, that fence-hopping is necessary to finish the course sometimes, that I can walk or run or climb a tree or take a selfie, that I can share food and drink with other runners, and so many more things which may not be allowed at a road race or in a different context. Societal rules I like to break on trail runs: don’t talk to strangers,…

3 min.
your trail running life in focus

pics@trailmag.co.za trailmag.co.za TRAILza TRAILmag #trailmagpix on Instagram SEEING THE TRAILS THROUGH THE TREES Peter Purchase at the Bloukrans River crossing on the Tsitsikamma Hiking Trail during an Addo Elephant Trail Run training expedition. “The things we do for fun. Like planning a 120km fastpack training run in the pristine mountains and indigenous forests of the Eastern Cape,” exults fellow Port Elizabethan Andy Wesson. “Camping in a rainstorm, a long slog in a heatwave, swimming in the teacoloured streams, taking shelter from an electrical storm – adventures like this are better with friends.” The party spent one night out during the out-and-back run from Nature’s Valley. Murphy’s Law took over, causing Peter to roll his ankle, and therefore miss Addo, as well as forcing the party to use their emergency gear in the incredibly rough storm. Andy managed to complete the…

5 min.
my words my viewpoint

letters@trailmag.co.za trailmag.co.za TRAILza TRAILmag NO MEDAL, NO PROB It’s 5am. I sneak out of bed, careful not to wake up my husband. Bleary-eyed and not yet fully awake, I make my morning coffee and sit contemplating “Why am I getting up so early for a social run?!” Runners love races. We grab the medals at the end, eager to prove that we finished. We check out our splits compulsively. We high-five our friends and share our race results on Strava. So why is the social run becoming increasingly popular? When I started running many, many moons ago, I was a solo runner. Yes, I was part of a running club, but being an inherently shy person, I just did not feel comfortable starting conversation with just anyone. Fast forward several years past a horrible running spill, and I…

5 min.
three cranes

NONTOTHUKO MASHIMANE (in pink) and DUDU NGCOBO ran all three days of the 99km Three Cranes Challenge together. Nontothuko recalls: "We had been running for about 12km (of the 32km) on the first day, and when we saw Sven (the photographer) we were so excited. He really captured how we felt. "Dudu and I are trail buddies. We have been running ultras together since 2016. Two weeks after Comrades we decided to tackle that monster stage race Kruger2Canyon. That's where we made a deal to always run together, to make the journey more fun. Running in a forest alone can be scary… "We get to share the experience with another person and take great fun pics. Dudu and I love pics! "On the second day (42km) the heat was a bit too much and…

3 min.
the international event family

Yukon Montaine Arctic Marathon CANADA, 1 February 2018 South African Jethro De Decker (35) was the only person to finish the 2018 MYAU, covering 420km in approximately 132 hours. The other 19 racers dropped out in harsh conditions reaching -45°C. Jethro dropped out 100 miles into the 2017 race, and returned with a different attitude and new skills to last the distance. The Capetonian actuary, who currently lives in Singapore, reflects on the difference between his 2017 and 2018 race. “One of the biggest lessons I learned in the Yukon is acceptance. "On my first attempt I was often fighting against the cold, often getting frustrated when things weren't going my way, and struggling to get things back on track in that harsh environment. “And then I DNF'd 100 miles in due to an injury.…