TRAIL Mail #36: Friday 18 September 2020
TRAIL 37 on sale next week.
Heart rate training and racing.
Last two weeks to win Polar Grit X.
In this issue (click the category to save scrolling):
- From the Team. Racing and training with heart rate monitors. Run Rhodes Memorial.
- Calendar. Level 1 easing brings gives trail races a new lease on life.
- Gear. Brooks LSD Pullover – lightweight, water-resistant, windproof, versatile, stylish.
- Competition. Win Polar Grit X, First Ascent gear, and Saucony Peregrine 10.
- TRAIL digital. Read issue 36 on multiple devices. Back issues for R29.99.
We're wrapping up the designs for TRAIL 37 so this week's newsletter is a short one. We expect to be back to normal next Friday.
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If you have not bought issue 36 yet, please consider doing so for just R49.99 on our site. Issue 36 has 188 pages of trail running inspiration. It's available on our own website, at the unbeatable price of R49.99 (save R10 versus other platforms).
Kirsty R, a reader in Cape Town, has this to say about issue 36:
“The first thing that I really liked was how accessible TRAIL mag is, especially for someone like myself. I don’t consider myself a runner but I do like to explore and looking through the TRAIL app actually makes me want to run and that’s a big deal!
“What hit me was there are real people, sharing real stories about their trail running and just having fun being outdoors, which is refreshing!
“I have been looking at the mag on my iPhone Max and the font size is easy to read and the font for the flags and headers is also nice.
“I really like how the format reads on the app and I absolutely LOVE the ‘5 Accessible trails to hit tomorrow’ pages.”
Thank you Kirsty!
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Without further ado, here are two excerpts from issue 36.
Deon Braun, TRAIL publisher
Choosing the right running shoes for you
You’ve been running for a while – or you're a newbie – and it’s time for new shoes.
You’ve done your homework – asked your running partner’s advice, googled, chatted around the braai. Now it’s time to buy the actual shoes. What do you need to consider? This is probably one of the most challenging issues that shoe experts need to address on a regular basis. There are so many driving forces influencing peoples' decisions. Some of them are vitally important to the biomechanics of the individual in specific circumstances, and some have no real effect at all, but to the person buying the shoes they have an influence.
How do we deal with guiding people though the process to end up with the correct pair of shoes? These are my thoughts, information, and guidelines, but remember that there is never a one size fits all approach to running footwear. I encourage you to fit, feel, and try.
Learn stacks – and save cash – with coach Grant's 10+ year shoe experience in TRAIL 36.
Explore Rhodes Memorial, WC.TRAIL 36
features five easily accessible urban trails
: Settlers Park (EC), Wolwespruit Bike Park (GP), Westville Eco Trails (KZN), Steiltes Nature Reserve (MP), and Rhodes Memorial (WC).Here's a snippet from Rhodes Memorial:
Rhodes is a convenient gateway to many breathtaking trails in Table Mountain National Park. To make the most of your experience, park at Rhodes Memorial and take the small stairway up to the contour.
There, you will have two options: go right at the turnstile and head towards the King Blockhouse or turn left and head towards Newlands. I usually train for distance and go left, then turn back and head right, but there are so many other options...
Read the full article by Zoe Papadakis in TRAIL 36
PROMOTED EVENTS:Wed 23 – Thu 24 September
Heaven and Hell Mountain Marathon. 5km, 8km, 14km, 22km, 44km, 88km. Rhodes. Pure, brutal wilderness mountain run in Southern Drakensberg. Only two people have ever finished the 44km. New 88km has 7,510m vert! Start 5am. R30-R2,000. alpineswifttrails.co.zaWed 28 – Thu 29 October
Otter African Trail Run CHALLENGE. 5km/42km. Storms River. Run the reverse route west to east from Nature’s Valley to Stormsriver Mouth with 2,600m of ascent, 11 hour cut-off. otter.runFri 30 & Sat 31 October
Otter African Trail Run RACE. 5km/42km. Storms River. Run the reverse route west to east from Nature’s Valley to Stormsriver Mouth with 2,600m of ascent. Cut-off extended to 9 hours! otter.runSat 31 October
Dassie and RockRat Trail Runs. 6km, 10km. Storms River. Over rocks, roots, pebbles, through riverbeds and up steep climbs. Start 8:30am. R200/R240. otter.runWed 28 Oct – Sun 1 November
The iKhulu Trail Run. 50km, 100km. Gugulesizwe, Maputaland. A unique running experience along the unspoilt coastline of Maputaland. Pristine beaches, rolling sand dunes and breath-taking views in a rarely found remoteness. therunningcompany.co.za