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Author: Natasha Papini

Trail Blazing with Ryan Sandes

“Around 38 – 42 beats per minute…” – that is the answer I received after attending Ryan Sandes‘ launch for his book, Trail Blazer, and asking him what his resting heart rate normally is! (For any normal human being, you would almost be considered dead or dying with that sort of “normal rate”.) Launching off … First and foremost Ryan was very quick to kill all rumours that this book release was a sign that he was ending his running career! This book simply allowed him to share his love for what he does with us, as well as give...

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New Year, New You, New… Ultrarunner…?

I love this time of the year! A new year always brings new energy, new goals – and new faces to our morning runs! For some of us – the consistent few – who have been running for a few years and have a few races of varied distances under our belts, the casual banter around Comrades; or a so-and-so ultra trail race; or a bucket list race like the 100 km Skyrun are the norm. We all divulge in our running year ahead and that THIS year will be THE year! The year to do that multi-day race; the...

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The 12 Days of Christmas – A Runner’s Version

  I would be lying if I said that I didn’t have Christmas on the mind! So, why not REALLY get into the Christmas spirit with this runner’s version of The 12 Days of Christmas:     On the First day of Christmas, my true love gave to me: TWELVE months of running!!  On the Second day of Christmas, my true love gave to me: Twelve months of running; and ELEVEN Dri-Fit T-Shirts. On the Third day of Christmas, my true love gave to me: Twelve months of running; eleven Dri-Fit T-Shirts; and TEN normal toenails! On the Fourth day of Christmas, my true love gave...

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Becoming a first-class Seconder

They say that being a seconder to a runner – be it road or trail – is just as difficult as running the actual race! If there is anything I have learnt during my time of being forced to the sideline – it’s that they weren’t lying! Being the seconder to a loved one or friend can be quite a stressful and demanding job which requires the utmost of patience and highest level of multi-tasking! The planning process for before, during and after the race is a complex one and one that, if planned properly, will earn you lots...

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Hello, my name’s Natasha and I’m an injured runner

Injuries… we all have to deal with them at some point in our lives! What runners sometimes forget – and I’ll admit that I was one of them – is that because running is such a high impact sport, it can cause a lot of stress on your joints and is therefore quite a degenerative sport (More so for road running than trail! #JustSaying). It doesn’t build muscle – in fact, work your body hard enough without sufficient recovery or nutrition and it will actually begin to break DOWN. That’s where I am at the moment. I’ve been diagnosed...

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