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  • 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]

  • ThumbnailMistake: Too fast, too soon “Most first-time racers go out too fast and are miserable by the second or third kay,” says women’s running coach Jane Serues. Even veteran runners get caught up in the race-day enthusiasm – and other faster racers. Easy Fix: “Start out at a comfortable pace,” says Serues, “a pace where you’re not [...]

  • ThumbnailMeb Keflezighi won the 10-K at the 2004 U.S. Olympic Trials just weeks before winning his silver medal at the Olympic Marathon in Athens. Deena Kastor also won the Olympic Trials 10-K before collecting her Olympic Marathon bronze. Former marathon world record holder Khalid Khannouchi dominated the Philadelphia Distance Run Half Marathon just…[Read more]

  • 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 [...]

  • ThumbnailThat opening two hours of a marathon may seem easy, but it is during them that control and efficiency play a predominant part. The perils of the first half are clear: going off too hard because you feel great; not hydrating enough; not taking enough liquid on board. These will hit you hard in the second [...]

  • ThumbnailIf you see a runner coming towards you but running backwards, you’d be forgiven for thinking that your eyes are playing tricks – or that runner is a bit mad. Well, it may look odd, but running backwards can help you build stronger, more balanced leg muscles. – By Kathleen Pennepacker OK, you’’re guaranteed to get [...]