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  • A: I have just returned from the first Fascia Congress in Boston, USA, where many researchers were talking about their work on fascia, which is the connective tissue that keeps all the structures in the body together and in place. If the body starts using one movement more than another, like using your quadriceps (thigh) [...]

  • Novices often seek advice from those battle-hardened runners identified by their dirt-stained running shoes and faded club colours worn like war medals. Sometimes the questions are naïve and curious. Often the answers are even stranger… “I’m not sure how to tie these things,” said Ferdie, crouching over spanking new tackies with sparkling white…[Read more]

  • A: Your problem is common among runners. The reason for this problem is that physiotherapy often focuses on treating the symptoms and not the cause of the problem. It’s quite common to hear stories like this. Even though it is important to treat the symptoms with ice to reduce swelling and with mobilisation of the [...]

  • Zersenay Tadese of Eritrea – Cross Country and 21km World Champion – was tested recently, throwing up one of the most remarkable results ever measured. His running economy, at a running speed of 3:09min/km, was 150ml/kg/kilometre. In other words, they have measured that in order to run 1km, Tadese will use about 150ml of oxygen [...]

  • It’s wonderful to have you run with us!” exclaimed Sue to a newcomer. “What persuaded you?” Mirinda rolled her eyes. “My boyfriend’s to blame. He asked me what I wanted for my birthday, and I said, ‘Something that can go from 0 to 60 in under four seconds. So he gave me a bathroom scale.” [...]

  • Organising an official race is a massive undertaking. Getting sponsors, marshals and traffic officers, the parking, the registration, the start, the watering points… so much work and expense. And what if enough runners don’t pitch up? The Back Of The Pack were tasked with doing the publicity for the club’s annual race. “We need the [...]

  • Running is such a hard sport,” despaired Mapule, slumping down at the end of the training run. “I’m just not getting fit. I’ve been running for three weeks now, and I’m just as tired – no, even tireder, after every run. Eish!” Judy promptly moved across to empathise. “We’ve all been there, Mapule. Maybe you [...]

  • Sweden’s European indoor and outdoor sprint hurdles champion Susanna Kallur sped to a new World Indoor 60m hurdles record of 7.68 seconds at Sunday’s Karlsruhe BW Meeting in Germany. Her time erased the 7.69 world indoor standard set by Ludmila Engquist, then running as Ludmila Narozhilenko of the Soviet Union, in a 1990 competition in [...]

  • A: It sounds like you have a stress fracture of one of the metatarsal bones. This is a fairly common injury of these bones as they are not big bones that take a lot of force and stress when we walk and run on them. Firstly you must analyse your feet and see if you [...]

  • Taking full advantage of the favourable weather conditions and the flat course, many athletes achieved their best performances at Sunday’s Nedbank South Africa Marathon Championships in Durban. South Africa’s Coolboy Ngamole finished third in his debut marathon after breaking the field up with surges at 26km and again at 30km, but at 35km he was [...]

  • I dug deep and managed to stay in front for the last kilometre right up to the finish line, which I crossed like a man possessed. To my horror the other runner blatantly ran right past me in the finishing shoot, to hand his name in to the timekeepers before me. Is this acceptable in [...]

  • Look up the great Comrades Marathon to see the origin of the name for these shorts. They have become somewhat of a colloquialism in South Africa, but remain our very own, much like Ouma rusks and Mrs Balls Chutney. And yes, they are real South African. You can visit them on http://www.pollyshorts.co.za.

  • It’s a joy being able to do something you love with the ones you cherish – it’s what Hallmark moments are made of. But it’s time to take a stand. You’re the one with the distance and dedication ‘in the bag’. Your daughter should be happy to learn from you – not to make her [...]

  • ThumbnailAthletics South Africa (ASA) announced on Sunday that it would refund the R30 entry fee paid by 500 athletes in the 10km race at the Nedbank Durban City Maraqthin and 10km event.

    A marshalling error led to a mix-up in the route, with some athletes running a longer distance than others. – ASA

  • The most common aspect looked at is the landing of the foot. In the past five years, numerous running experts have proposed a forefoot landing as the fastest and safest way to run. They point to the elite as an example: “If they land on the forefoot, then it must be the best way!” This [...]

  • I have decided to bow out of the 2008 ABSA Cape Epic mountain-biking event, admitting defeat before reaching the start line. It’s been a hard decision to make and one that I will probably regret as race day gets nearer – and most certainly once it’s over and the war-stories start surfacing. The opportunity to [...]

  • ThumbnailI’m fairly competitive and work in an environment full of competitive, competent people, where being amongst the best is taken for granted. I find myself making excuses for my athletic (or lack there of) performances. That said, I started off as a couch potato; I was always involved in sport in one way or another, but [...]

  • For runners and readers of Runner’s World, working for RW sounds like the perfect job. And it is. In fact it is so perfect that after 96 editions it’s hard for me to figure out what would beat it. The excitement and fun of deciding on features, the challenges of getting the story ‘just right,’ [...]

  • Thumbnail1. When I’m down to the last 3 to 4 kilometres of the race, I repeat “I can do anything for 30 minutes… I can do anything for 30 minutes…” – Christine Jones 2. I visualise that I’m INSIDE of a giant rolling ball…keeping it rolling at a steady pace by placing my feet and hands on [...]

  • ThumbnailAccording to the pasta nay-sayers, the beloved high-performance diet of runners everywhere may be making us fatter. So what’s behind the criticism? The common denominator among detractors seems to be insulin. And it’s true that for some people, particularly those already overweight, a diet rich in carbohydrates will boost circulating levels of…[Read more]

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