The Inside Lane
Ladies and gentlemen, runners and joggers, sprinters and trail runners, parkrunners and marathon runners, roadrunners and treadmill fans... it‘s a new year! Ta daa! A chance for a new start, and a world of possibility. This is the year you do that marathon or run that sub25-minute 5km, or enter a trail race... Stop putting it off. Just do it! (Thanks, Nike!) Stop saying ‘next year’, or ‘not right now’. Start setting goals. Plan your year, and take on that challenge you’ve always wanted to do... but never thought you had the time.
I have to admit that after interviewing Jonno Proudfoot (‘Real Good Food’, p40), the author of the new Low Carb Cooking, I changed my diet that very night. Proudfoot, made famous after his collaboration with Prof. Tim Noakes on his ‘banting’ book The Real Meal Revolution, released his new book at the end of last year; and although it still follows banting principles, it’s a far more accessible gateway to healthy lowcarb eating. I, for one, will be using Proudfoot’s recipes to reduce the number of unnecessary carbs I have at dinner. To get you started, Proudfoot has put together 10 recipes from his book, aimed at helping runners lose those stubborn extra kilos in a healthy, sustainable way.
In our story ‘Savour the Secret Language of Running’, p18, writer Ali Nolan describes the simplicity of putting down a chalk line on a road to measure out intervals. In a running world full of tech, using a humble piece of chalk to mark off the start of an interval may be the most authentic way to handle those hard efforts. No need to find a track, gaze down at a GPS... just measure out your favourite interval length, mark it out, and get going. Like they did in the old days!
My wife – who edits Taste, one of SA’s biggest food magazines – always finds my forays into food fads somewhat amusing. Most recently it’s been about broth – yep, the stuff they make from animal bones! But a good broth is full of good protein. Throw in some veg, noodles and spices, and you have the perfect salty, umami post-run recovery meal. In our story ‘Hype or Hero?,’ p24, we uncover the truth behind all the hype around food fads; and although broth isn’t the cure-all I wish it was, it certainly tastes good. And sometimes that’s just fine.