TRAIL Mail #3: Friday 22 January 2021
Train your brain, read TRAIL.
Bowel timing: how's yours?
Win: Trail Film Awards.
100km record popcorn time.
January is a marathon, not a sprint.
This is the longest month (psychologically, financially) and January is being drawn out even further by lockdown. The rare blue sky days call me to the sea I glimpse through my home-office window. But I cannot touch the ocean. May the next month of 2021, and the remains of summer, allow us to get salty! For now, I'm grateful for the lush forests, full rivers, and these legs.
Maybe you need somewhere to direct your energy while you wait to see what lockdown has in store. Find a new trail to explore with Afritrails, or strengthen your core with Karine Bezuidenhout.
For even more inspiration, scroll through a copy of TRAIL 38. We're getting superb feedback from readers this issue. Long-time supporter Michelle C says:
"I want to congratulate you on another fantastic mag. Just when I think it can’t get better, you surprise me. The content is so authentically South African with so much added value for readers. As a trail runner, TRAIL is a MUST READ!"
The most important thing is that you are safe and healthy. Watch out for tropical storm Eloise, wear a clean mask in public, and eat your greens.
Heloise Hunter, TRAIL editor
KnysnaX Trail Series. Was Fri 8 – Sat 9 January (WC) but POSTPONED, date TBC. 4km, 9km, 14km, 22km, 4km. Pezula Resort. Spectacular trails at inaugural event. Prologue 4km on Friday, other distances on Saturday. knysnaxse.co.za
WildSeries Three Cranes Challenge. Fri 26 – Sun 28 February (KZN) POSTPONED to 8-11 July. 29km/25km/23km, 29km/40km/23km. Bushwillow Park, Karkloof. Scintillating forest trails through the beautiful indigenous Karkloof Conservancy. Start 6am. wildseries.co.za
Lake Gariep Run. Sat 1 May (EC)
40km, 20km. Driekwartblou Guest House, Gariep Dam. A trail run in the Karoo next to the biggest dam in South Africa. Start 7am. R550/R650. lakegarieprun.co.za
We loved seeing your summer adventures on our Trail Trophy Facebook thread.
In our favourite for the week, Bianca and Heino Engelbrecht ran from Franskraal to Danger Point Lighthouse near Gansbaai. They enjoyed 11km along the coast with rocks, sand, and some inevitable tar.
Their photo may appear in a future TRAIL issue – and so could yours.
Prefer telling stories? Write us a letter and receive a pair of Feetures socks
Trail greats to attempt 100km record.
You may remember Nike's Breaking2 project from 2017, which invited the world's best marathoners to break the two-hour barrier. This weekend, you can watch the ultra version unfold. Shoe brand Hoka One One has invited 40 exceptional runners to attempt to set a new 100km record, including two famous trail runners: Tarawera 100 record holder Camille Herron, and Western States 100 record holder Jim Walmsley.
The event is called Project Carbon X and the goal will be tough to reach. According to Running Magazine Canada, Camille will have to beat Japanese runner Tomoe Abe's 6:33:11 time, set in 2000. That means running 3:56 minutes per kilometre... for 100 kilometres. Fellow Japanese runner Nao Kazami set the men's 100km record in 2018. Jim will have to run 3:42 per kilometre to beat the 6:09:14 record. Ouch!
Can they do it? We'll find out soon enough!