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Runner's World South Africa November 2018

Runner's World is internationally respected as the leading authority on the sport. It provides the runner and health enthusiast with expert advice on training, motivation, nutrition, injuries and equipment. It also contains race calendars and reports. Runner's World is enjoyed by dedicated runners and other athletes who use running to enhance their fitness. The articles contain information on the latest events and discover the stars and personalities behind the scenes. The magazine provides advice from the best coaches, and exercise programmes focused on any level.

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maskam & gifberg, namaqua

RUNNER: Peter Kirk GPS: -31.702498, 18.742189 THE EXPERIENCE The Knersvlakte is not really the sort of place you want to get lost in. Think infinite scrubland plains, no human habitation for kilometre upon kilometre, and elemental temperature shifts that could either fry or freeze you, depending on the season. But the colours vary too, with browns and greens morphing into multi-coloured hues with the blooming of the annual spring flowers. It’s a harsh space, but the landscape is imbued with an innate minimalist beauty that’s impossible to ignore once you’ve spent some time here. Running is one way to do exactly this, with a range of trails criss-crossing not only the Knersvlakte Plains, but also the imposing bulk of the Maskam and Gifberg ranges in the distance. Slog it out on a gravel road side-swiping into…

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the inside lane

In our best-illustrated story of the year, we delve into one of the most difficult conundrums faced by mommy and daddy runners everywhere: can you be a good runner and a good parent? (‘Why Do You Run So Much, Daddy?’, p40). Most parents will agree that finding the time to train hard, rest and eat well becomes a kid-sized problem when the pitter-patter of little feet conflicts with your own pitter-patter time. It’s a heartfelt piece, with some solid advice – and yes, you can still run a PB! Like tax and changing finance ministers, getting old is part of the life deal. But age doesn’t have to define our performance; and sometimes, simple tweaks can help us stay fit, healthy and injury-free well beyond our prime years. In ‘How To…

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the loop

THE QUESTION What has been your worst race-day decision? Forgetting to put anti-chafing cream on! I’ve learnt a very painful lesson! Lol! – Dawn Mills All-Bran Flakes for breakfast... Gun Run Half… – Reme Le Hane Trying to run through ITB! – Warren Buss Eating Pro-Nutro! – Geoffrey Chisnall Where and what is your post-run guilty pleasure meal? Cake… always a big fat slice of cake… But only after a race. – Taniko Gough Cappuccino, Coke and chocolate croissant at Vida. – Dave Askew Everything in the kitchen and the sink! – Maryke Collins Carrot cake at Mugg & Bean! – Belinda Liebenberg At Bootleggers – Eggs Benedict on a savoury ham and cheese waffle. It was everything. – Erik Salamon Waffles and ice cream from The Creamery. – Claire Louise Shortt RocoMamas mushroom burger. – Evangelique Thomas THE GALLERY #INSTARWRUN FNB Joburg 10K City Run 2018. Always amazing to run through our incredible city. – it_takes_two_feet Willpower…

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how to outrun aging

WHEN I TORE my medial meniscus in my 30s, there was a chance I might never run like I had – freely, whenever I wanted, for as long as I wanted, on any terrain, at any intensity. I set a goal: instead of surgery, I would rehab my knee so I could still run with excellence – and with my two young sons. I set up an appointment with a physical therapist who specialises in working with runners. I did everything he asked, and I learned a lot on my own, too – not just about my knee and my body, but also about how to train as I aged. These lessons are universal, and they benefit anyone who wants to run freely without pain for as long as possible. Here are…

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5 age-defying role models

1 FLO MEILER, 84 / Regularly competes at senior games in events such as the hurdles and pole vault – claiming over 700 medals! 2 GEORGE ETZWEILER, 98 / Has raced one of America’s toughest uphills 13 times – the 12km-plus Mount Washington Road Race – including a finish of just over four hours this year. 3 PAUL OLDEN, 64 / When this sports media figure got back into running at the age of 60, he decided to run at least 1 600m every day. His second streak eclipsed 600 days in July. 4 BEGO LOPEZ, 50 / Fulfilled a lifelong ambition to compete at after-school level when she joined a university cross-country team. (And two of her teammates on the non-traditional team were 42 and 49!) 5 DON WRIGHT, 77 / Diagnosed with…

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the most food important for runners

1. Eat All The Colours. A rainbow of produce provides all the nutrients you need. For example, the orange in vegetables such as carrots and butternut means there are high levels of beta-carotene, which ultimately becomes vitamin A – an immunity and eye-health booster. Bright colours also indicate that the food is rich in antioxidants, which can fight Alzheimer’s and heart disease. And studies suggest that when the pigments in produce interact with each other, it maximises the health benefits. 2. Choose the right carbs. In general, runners should consume 50 to 65 per cent of their kilojoules in the form of carbohydrates – the higher your mileage, the higher your percentage. This doesn’t mean all pasta, all the time. You’ll find quality carbs in grains such as quinoa and rice, in potatoes,…