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5 Simple Tricks To Make You A Better Runner

With the Lesotho Ultra Trail coming up, here are a few tips for tackling the Maluti Mountains:
1. Focus on the finish line.
A new study from New York University showed that a little thought-tweaking can help athletes get to their destination more quickly. In the study, when walkers focused on the finish line instead of thinking about their surroundings, they were faster and perceived their distance as shorter. This mental trick is not just reserved for one sport; the study’s authors speculate the strategy could work for any activity — like biking, for example — where you can focus on a marker in front of you. You don’t need to reach the final finish to milk this approach for all its worth. Focus on mini-targets for the duration of your workout — like a trash can or tree branch — to break your sweat session into segments. It’ll feel a lot more manageable

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What to Pack

As with travelling to any remote location, you should ensure you have the following packed for your stay at Maliba Lodge:

  • Passport (with at least 6 month validity)
  • Sunglasses
  • Good hiking boots
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Camera
  • Binoculars
  • Torch

Southern Africa does have four distinct seasons, however, generally speaking they are not always as one would expect. Summer months are generally warmer and wetter ranging from 15°C to 30°C, while the Winter months are generally dryer and colder, ranging from -2°C to 18°C.

Summer Months

  • T/Shirts
  • Shorts
  • Sandals
  • Sunhat
  • Swimmers
  • At least one pair of long trousers

Just in case, you may also need:

  • Light rain jacket
  • Windbreaker

Winter Months

  • Long trousers
  • T/Shirts
  • Warm jacket
  • Windbreaker
  • Warm winter jumper
  • Tracksuit
  • Woolly hat
  • Warm sleepwear
  • Scarf
  • Gloves

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