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Marie Claire (South Africa) - - HEALTH -

MC health and copy ed­i­tor KATE MA­SON hits

the ground run­ning this new year and gives you the skinny on the lat­est juic­ing trends New year, new start. That seems to be the unan­i­mous an­nual mantra as we wind down and press the re­set but­ton on the year that’s passed. There may be a list of things I wish to achieve dur­ing 2015 but I know my­self too well; the list will get misplaced and I’ll de­fault back to the same habits.But when it comes to ex­er­cise, one ac­tiv­ity I re­turn to time and again is run­ning. I en­joy the time to think and the en­dor­phin hit and calm that sets in after com­plet­ing a goal. Last year, I pushed out of my com­fort zone with a 21km road race and got into trail run­ning. So this year, my res­o­lu­tion is sim­ple: to just con­tinue. Run­ning events have grown in pop­u­lar­ity in SA in re­cent years. Of course there are the big­gies like the Two Oceans Marathon and the Nike Soweto Marathon, but a host of fun colour, night and char­ity runs have popped up on the an­nual cal­en­dar, too. It’s not just the phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity that peo­ple are loving, but the ex­hil­a­rat­ing vibe en­coun­tered at the start­ing lines. At the Nike Soweto Marathon 10km race I re­cently ran, hun­dreds of fel­low par­tic­i­pants were danc­ing with an­tic­i­pa­tion as Pharell’s ‘Happy’ blasted on the speak­ers. For me, th­ese mo­ments tap into that hu­man con­nec­tiv­ity that we can all too eas­ily for­get.

KEEN TO TRAIN FOR A NEW-YEAR RUN?

Get en­ter­ing: Run­ner’s Memo­rial Race 8km (Cape Town, 31 De­cem­ber), Dis-Chem Half Marathon & 5km Rehidrat Dash (Gaut­eng,11 Jan­uary) and Es­ton Colour Run (KwaZulu-Natal, 31 Jan­uary).

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