Are You Water Wise? Without a doubt, water is the most extraordinary substance! Some may even say it is the ‘Hub of Life,’ writes runner and registered dietitian, Melanie Sher.

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If we look at the composition of our bodies, water is the largest single component of the body. It compromises up to 60-70% of our total body weight. Every chemical, biochemical and metabolic reaction that takes place in the body requires water to be present. The body uses this water to help regulate its temperature […]

Countdown to Comrades

It’s the final countdown to Comrades – The big training weeks and long runs for Comrades are done and dusted, and many runners understandably feel that they now deserve a good rest before lining up at the start on June 9, while others are in panic mode, cramming in kays. CoachNeville explains how to get to the start of the Comrades feeling rested and ready.

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For the past 2 months, runners have juggled the demands of training with work and family commitments, with some falling asleep at their desk at work (when I was younger, doing big mileages of 180-200km/week, I would sometimes sneak off to the toilet during work so that I could nap … my apologies boss).  A […]

What actually is a “Well Balanced Diet?”. Avid runner and registered dietitian, Melanie Sher, cuts through the myths and misconceptions …

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What actually is a ‘Healthy Balanced Diet?” One of most commonly spoken about topics these days is “Healthy eating.” There isn’t an internet page, blog or Instagram account that doesn’t speak about diet, and most people are now aware that the real route to improving your health and lifestyle is through the idea of consuming […]

Cape Town trail runner, Liam Gannon, tackled his first 100 miler at the tough Addo Elephant Trail run recently. Tired and happy after 28 hours he remember the highs and lows …

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The honest (and very long-winded) truth … It was 7am on 19 March 2019 and I was desperately trying to go back to sleep. The effects of sleep deprivation remained largely unknown to me. I had tried to fool myself into believing that if I slept late, I could bank sleep for the race. I […]

Coachneville’s Dullstroom high-altitude 50km training run: Great vibe and perfect weather

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Coachneville’s annual high altitude 50km training run for his runners preparing for the Comrades went bigger and better this year, with 28 runners tackling the almost 1000m of vertical altitude gain on March 16. 22km of the route was on undulating dirt road and the remainder on quiet, hilly tar roads. The 7 mobile vehicles, […]

Mid-March is time to start your Comrades training and the big 2-month high-mileage push for most of my runners begins next week. By now you will ideally have run your qualifier and be fit without being over trained. CoachNeville explains how to nail your Comrades training …

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The Comrades remains a feat of endurance, despite improvements in training, running gear and nutrition. The appeal of completing 89km lies in the fact that it is not only a notable achievement, but is also doable for those who are reasonably fit and who are prepared to do the training. The next two months from […]