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Fueling the Run: Eat and Drink for a Smooth Journey

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When I got serious about running long distances, I was surprised to find out that eating while running was a thing. I mean, I thought eating happened at a table, not while huffing and puffing up hills in my running shoes! Figuring out the right food and drink can be a bit tricky, so I want to share what's worked for me. Let's chat about it so you can find what works for you too! Hydration Hacks Pre-Race Prep: Leading up to a big race, hydrate like it's your job. Check the color of your urine – yup, we're going there. Light and clear is what you're aiming for. If you're hitting the loo with a neon yellow, you need more water in your life.  Carry Your Own Hydration: Some races suffer the tragedy of running out of water at the tables. For races over 10km, I've got my own hydration party going on. In my water bottle, you'll find a mix of PeptoSport and Rehidrat. There are loads of similar brands out there, so test them on training days to find your winning

Running Realities: Questions I was too embarrassed to ask

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Starting to run was a huge learning experience for me. Some questions were easy to ask and get answers to, but there were a few I felt too shy to bring up or didn't even know I should ask. Let's chat about the stuff that might be a bit awkward but is totally part of the running journey!  Toenails: Avoiding the Blues Long toenails and a long run – a combo that can lead to some serious toenail blues. The pounding in your shoes can turn those nails into a colorful surprise. The solution? Trim them a day or two before your run to prevent a colorful catastrophe. Race Day Bathroom Dilemmas Ah, the race day bathroom struggle – it's real. Step one in avoiding an unplanned pitstop: watch what you eat the night before. And before you hit the race, make a pitstop of your own. A warm drink can help prompt the process. Always carry a small stash of loo paper in your running shorts, just in case the porta-loo runs out or nature calls in the great outdoors. Girl Stuff and Running: Hormone

Team Awesome: The Unsung Heroes - Your Support Crew

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It's often said that running is a solitary pastime, I don't agree. When I started out, I didn't give much thought to the incredible team of people I'd need to call upon. As I learned more about this amazing sport, I realised that although I was the one toeing the start line of a race, I'd never have made it there had it not been for my super hero squad. Let's take a look at some of the key role players. Physio: The Prevention Maestro: Prevention is the cornerstone of a resilient running journey, and a skilled physio is your ally in this endeavor. Their expertise goes beyond healing; it's about fortifying your body against potential pitfalls. However, even in the unfortunate event of an injury, having a physio who knows you well becomes invaluable. Their familiarity with your body's intricacies enables them to tailor a recovery plan that's as unique as your running style. After all, an experienced physio is not just a fixer; they're a partner in y

Run-Ready Bag Essentials: What's in My Running Backpack?

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Ever wondered what's in my trusty running backpack? Well, I've got the scoop on the essentials that keep me prepped and ready for any race-day adventure. Let's dive in! Backpack Bliss Why a backpack, you ask? Sometimes, getting to the race start involves a bit of a trek. A backpack is like a comfy companion that carries all my gear without making my shoulders protest. Plus, it's roomy enough for everything I need. Make sure to put your name and a contact number on your bag - just in case. Clean, Dry Clothing A change of clothing is a game-changer post-race. There's nothing like the feeling of swapping out that sweaty gear for a clean, dry outfit. It's a simple pleasure that boosts my post-run mood. Wet Wipes or Microfiber Towel Post-race cleanup is essential. Wet wipes or a microfiber towel are my secret weapons for a quick refresh. Trust me; your post-run self will thank you for it. Deodorant (Anti-Pong) After a run, it's all about keeping things fresh

Happy Feet, Happy Run: The Lowdown on Running Socks

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Ready to dive into the world of socks? Yes, socks! They might not be the obvious star of the show, but trust me, they play a crucial role in your running happiness. Let's break it down. Sock Brands Galore Step into the sock aisle, and you'll find a gazillion brands. It's like a sock wonderland out there! Try a few, experiment, and find the one that feels like a hug for your feet. Your feet are unique, so why settle for anything less? Socks and Shoes, BFFs for Life Picture this – your running shoes and socks are the dynamic duo. They work together to give you the ultimate running experience. Like peanut butter and jelly, they're just better together. Say No to Seams Blisters? Ouch, no thanks! Avoid socks with seams that can be troublemakers. Smooth sailing is the goal here, and you want your socks to be your foot's best friend, not the enemy causing blisters. Size Matters – No Really, It Does Just like with shoes, size matters with socks too. Snug, not too tight, not

Happy Feet, Happy Run: A Simple Guide to Running Shoes

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So, you've signed up for your next big challenge, are ready to conquer the road, and those running shoes are calling your name. Let's chat about why they're like the VIPs of your running journey. Get Shoes That Fit Imagine squeezing into shoes that feel too big or too small – not cool. Get fitted to make sure your shoes match your running style. Happy feet mean a happy run.  Oh, and guess what? Wearing the wrong shoes might cause blue toenails – yep, those are gross and take forever to grow out! Comfy Beats Cool Who cares about fancy looks? It's all about feeling amazing. Choose shoes that make your feet feel happy. Comfort wins over pretty looks any day. Watch Out for Puffy Feet Did you know your feet might puff up when you run, especially if you're going the distance? So, leave some room for happy, not squished, feet. Also, know your shoe brand and size - don't risk an online shopping fail! From Short Shuffles to Long Runs For quick short runs, any good pair m

Hlalanathi Drakensberg Resort: Review and things to do in the area

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Know before you go Travel time - approx. 4 hours from Gauteng  Road conditions - tar Electricity - yes, blue caravan plug adaptor required Ablutions - very clean and functional. Private ablutions available, enquire when booking Shop on site - yes, basic supplies Fuel - closest filling station, Little Switzerland (petrol & diesel) Closest supermarket - Winterton Getting there Hlalanathi is approximately a 4-hour drive from Gauteng. It's a relatively easy trip with most of the route following the N3 highway. Once you take the turnoff to Harrismith/Bergville the mountains make their appearance, and we really enjoyed the stretch of road passing the Sterkfontein Dam. This body of water is enormous and its blue waters and abundant wildlife were sights to be savoured.  After Little Switzerland, the road conditions worsened, and there were plenty of potholes peppered along the route. There was a section of road that had fallen away which necessitated a short stretch of very rocky offro