Run Talk Sa



Run Talk SA is a weekly running podcast hosted by Mr Active, David Katz aimed at the South African running community. We chat to the who's who of the South African running scene, preview races, catch up with experts and give advice from running your first 5km up to the Comrades Marathon.


  • How Luvuyo used running & IronMan to lose 40kg plus

    11/08/2015 Duration: 16min

    TalkFEED — This week on Run Talk SA, Mr. Active catches up with Luvuyo Bangazi. Weighing 120kgs at one stage, this P.E. boy used an event on his doorstep to help him lose more than 40kg! Hear how IronMan and a predisposition for running in particular, helped motivate him to shed the weight. Now he is also helping give back to disadvantaged communities. Read more

  • Jo'burg are you ready for a running adventure?

    04/08/2015 Duration: 12min

    TalkFEED — Coming up on this edition of Run Talk SA, David “Mr. Active” Katz catches up with Mark Castel, one of the organisers of the Hollard JURA. Born out of the JUMA mountain bike race, this running adventure version is set to take Jo’burg by storm on the 5th of September. It’s an adventure not to be missed. Read more

  • CT Marathon, tapering, getting the best out of your shoes

    28/07/2015 Duration: 11min

    TalkFEED — Coming up on this episode of Run Talk SA, David "Mr. Active" Katz catches up with Dawid Visser of ASICS. They have recently come on board at a Sanlam Cape Town Marathon partner. On this podcast, they talk CT Marathon, marathon tapering and tips on how to get the best mileage out of your shoes. Read more

  • The truth about vitamins and why runners need them

    21/07/2015 Duration: 16min

    TalkFEED — On this episode of Run Talk SA, David Katz, Mr. Active welcomes back functional sports nutritionist Ian Craig. Runner's tend to draw more from their bodies. So Mr. Active begs the question to Ian, how important are vitamin supplements for runners? Read more

  • Nothing is impossible - unless you believe it to be

    14/07/2015 Duration: 20min

    TalkFEED — Welcome to this week’s edition of Run Talk SA with myself, David Katz, Mr Active and I’ve got a really interesting guest on today and it’s not necessarily running specific, but the whole part of running and running these crazy ultras we do in SA, it’s all in your head, it’s all about motivation and just to give you a little bit of a background into our guest this week. If you look at the background into his book, it says this is the story of how a skinny kid from Kenilworth in Cape Town managed to travel halfway around the world without sponsorship and then outwit, outsmart and outperform the world’s best paid professional athletes on a day that changed his life and the sport of big wave surfing forever. If you haven’t cottoned on yet, it is Chris Bertish who we’re speaking to today. Read more...

  • Arnaud Malherbe on the revival of South African athletics

    07/07/2015 Duration: 16min

    TalkFEED — Welcome to this week’s edition of the Run Talk SA podcast, I’m David Katz, Mr Active. I’m very delighted to welcome someone onto the podcast today who is a former South African record holder in the 400m. His personal best time 44:59, he was the first South African to break the 45 second barrier in the 400m. He also held the National Championship four consecutive times between 1996 and 1999 in the 400m. It’s none other than Arnaud Malherbe. You still know the name, we used to see him running back in the 90s at all these World Championships but we now hear his voice on commentary. Arnaud, let’s get straight to it, I bumped into you last at the Comrades Marathon this year. I really want to look at athletes and a bit into sprinting, but Comrades, what a Comrades it was in 2015. To have a South African double and one two in the women’s race, there was some phenomenal running by our athletes. Read more

  • Knysna Forest Marathon - for the seasoned & novice

    02/07/2015 Duration: 09min

    TalkFEED — Welcome to this week’s edition of the Run Talk SA podcast, I’m David Katz, Mr Active and I wanted to try something new, having only recently taken over the podcast from Brad Brown. Every month, at the start of the month, to look at a particular race that month, a race of interest. One of the bigger races in the country and we really are blessed to have so many races. Yes, Comrades is done, Two Oceans is done for this year, but there’s so much coming up in the second half of the year. Including the race on the 11th of this month, the Momentum Cape Times Knysna Forest Marathon. Read more

  • Injury prevention and conditioning tips from Dr. Jon Patricios

    23/06/2015 Duration: 17min

    TalkFEED — Welcome to this week’s edition of the Run Talk SA podcast, I’m David Katz, Mr Active joining you once again. A very interesting topic today; I’m going to get straight to the point. I’m joined by Dr Jon Patricios, one of the most foremost spots physicians in the country. He’s a sports medicine consultant to none other than Kaizer Chiefs, SA Rugby, Cricket SA, MTN-Qhubeka, of course about to become the first African team to race in the Tour de France, and he also works as a concussion specialist for World Rugby. Dr Patricios, thanks for joining us, concussion, not a common problem for runners? Read more

  • What every Runner should know about diet this Winter

    16/06/2015 Duration: 14min

    TalkFEED — Welcome to this week’s edition of the Run Talk SA podcast, I’m David Katz, Mr Active and winter really bit in South Africa, especially up on the Highveld in the beginning of June. It had to come at some point and it has arrived. So we looked a couple of weeks ago at what you can be doing in winter in terms of training. What you should be looking out for to avoid getting sick. A very important aspect when exercising and just in general when it comes to winter is diet. What you’re putting into your system, what you’re lacking, what you need to add. This week we’ve got Ian Craig joining us, he’s a functional sports nutritionist and we’re going to really dissect what to look at when it comes to diet. Ian, thanks very much for joining us. Read more

  • Why Compression gear should be in your running wardrobe

    09/06/2015 Duration: 17min

    TalkFEED — Welcome to this week’s edition of Run Talk SA, I’m David Katz, Mr Active. I can’t believe that it’s already just over a week since the 90th edition of the Comrades Marathon. I’m sure there are a lot of sore runners still out there. One aspect to look at after any race, let alone Comrades, is recovery and after training sessions and how important that recovery aspect is. One way that you can look at aiding your recovery, not only while you’re training, but also after the fact is with the use of compression gear. It really is an industry that has exploded over the last few years in South Africa and we’re joined today by Adriaan Diederichs from Babcock Health. They’re the distributors of Sigvaris, a Swiss based compression gear company here in South Africa. Adriaan, thanks for joining, just first of all, how did you get into the compression gear market? Read More

  • How to stay healthy and get strong this Winter

    02/06/2015 Duration: 09min

    TalkFEED — Welcome to this edition of Run Talk SA, I’m David Katz, Mr Active. It is post Comrades, all the excitement of the 90th Comrades Marathon is done and dusted. Its recovery time now and we are going into winter, the three coldest months that we have here in South Africa. So the big thing and the first thing I want to hit our guest today with is post Comrades, what should people be doing? You’ve been doing so much mileage, so much training to get to the race, you’re thinking of doing it next year in 2016, what is the next step? Do you need a big, strong recovery, how much time do you need off? With me today is Zac van Heerden from Exercise Solutions. Zac is an exercise scientist, he’s worked with the Portuguese football team, he’s worked with Bafana Bafana, he’s worked with Mamelodi Sundowns on their league championship winning season. He has plenty of experience and the main experience and Zac’s forte is sports science. Zac, just tell us, Comrades. Really, we know, it’s a heck load of training,

  • Barry Holland - for Club and Comrades

    26/05/2015 Duration: 11min

    TalkFEED — Welcome to this edition of Run Talk SA with myself David Katz, Mr Active and we are less than a week to go now until the Comrades Marathon and a lot of excitement in the air. I went out for a run in Johannesburg this morning, it’s starting to get finally a little bit cold. So a lot of the Comrades runners up here are going to be thankful that race week has arrived. There are plenty of runners around the country heading down to Comrades or up to Comrades this weekend, including none other than the legendary Barry Holland. Barry Holland has done no fewer than 42 Comrades, he’s done them consecutively and this year he’s going for 43. Barry, that is some sort of feat.

  • Running is about friendship

    19/05/2015 Duration: 14min

    TalkFEED — Welcome to this week’s edition of Run Talk SA, I’m David Katz, Mr Active, taking over the podcast from Brad Brown. Many thanks to Brad, he’s done fantastic work on Run Talk SA over the last two years, but we will continue to mould this into a fantastic running podcast. All your questions you can get them into us, all your advice, anything you want people to know or you want to know. You’re welcome to send through to us on Run Talk SA. This week we’re just over a week away from Comrades Marathon, the 2015 edition, of course it is an Up run. We talked about this last week with Brad, I did attempt the Comrades up run two years ago. Wasn’t in great form on race day and made it 71km feeling horrible for the last 20km. Great experience, unfortunately didn’t finish. I will be back, but someone who will be back this year and someone I’ve done a lot of running with since I re-immigrated to Jo’burg, moved away when I was about 3 years old, came back here in 2006. I’ve done a lot of running since 2006

  • Winds of change on Run Talk SA

    12/05/2015 Duration: 22min

    TalkFEED — After two years and some amazing content, Brad Brown hands over the reigns of the Run Talk SA podcast to David "Mr. Active" Katz. Here is the introduction.

  • What happened to the Comrades Marathon cheat?

    05/05/2015 Duration: 19min

    TalkFEED — One of the biggest stories we have covered here on Run Talk SA was that of the Comrades Marathon cheats. If you missed the story or would like a refresher then make sure you check out this post where Mark Dowdeswell told us about his statistical findings. We then had a look at the numbers from the following year's Comrades Marathon and made another startling discovery thanks to the help of another runners, Cuan Walker. On this edition of Run Talk SA Brad Brown caught up with Comrades Marathon race director Rowyn James to find out what action has been taken against these cheats. You will be pleased to know that action has been taken and you can find out more about it on this episode of Run Talk SA. Also be sure to look out for the next episode of Run Talk SA for an exciting announcement.

  • How to run a sub 3 hour marathon with Arnold Geerdts

    12/11/2014 Duration: 19min

    TalkFEED — What does it take to run a marathon in under 3 hours? For many of us just finishing a marathon is an incredible achievement, running a sub 3 hour marathon is a super human achievement. South African TV and sporting personality Arnold Geerdts has run 63 sub 3 hour marathons. That is not a typo. Sixty three sub three hour marathons, stretching over 4 decades. Less than 40 people have run sub 3 hour marathons in 5 decades and Arnie is on a mission to become the first South African to achieve that incredible feat. That means running a marathon in under 3 hours in the 1970’s, 1980’s, 1990’s, 2000’s and 2010’s. He came perilously close to doing it at the Boston Marathon this year as well as the Cape Town Marathon. He is however training for another onslaught early in 2015. Read more

  • Bob de la Motte - The Run Away Comrade talks the Comrades Marathon

    03/11/2014 Duration: 25min

    TalkFEED — 9 Time winner of the Comrades Marathon Bruce Fordyce describes Bob de la Motte as follows: “Bob de la Motte truly believed he would win the Comrades Marathon. While other contenders hoped to win, Bob knew he would. When he didn’t, he came back the following year twice as determined. In 1986 he broke the Comrades Marathon record and still did not win. He was the most ferociously determined athlete I ever met” This week on Run Talk SA we catch up with Bob de la Motte, who is in South Africa to promote his new book “The Run Away Comrade”. Bob shares with Brad a few of his wonderful memories of racing the Comrades Marathon in the Bruce Fordyce era. He also speaks about some of the legends of the South African road running scene including the like of Hosea Tjale, Josiah Thugwane and Johnny Halberstadt to name just a few. Bob also spoke about Mark Plaaitjies as well as their decision to leave, what was then an awful South Africa. Read More

  • Freedom runner Samantha Gash completes the Freedom Trail

    26/10/2014 Duration: 20min

    TalkFEED — On this episode of Run Talk SA we welcome back Samantha Gash. Samantha, along with Mimi Anderson, have just completed a run of more than 2000km in just 32 days! The first time we caught up with Samantha was a few days before she left Australia to head to South Africa to take on the Freedom Run (You can listen to that interview here). We caught up with her again this morning to find out how it went. If you want to find out more about the Freedom Run, the route Samantha and Mimi ran as well as throwing a few bucks their way, please take a look at their website. Read more

  • Manfred Seidler launches Athletics Today

    01/10/2014 Duration: 19min

    TalkFEED — This week on Run Talk SA we catch up with Manfred Seidler, one of the top athletics journalists in South Africa about a new initiative that he has started called Athletics Today.Athletics Today is a bi-weekly online video magazine programme that will keep you up to date with the latest news in the world of South African athletics as well as what is happening from an international perspective.On the podcast this week Brad catches up with Manfred to find out how it all started. They also chat about this past weekend’s Berlin Marathon and the state of Athletics in South Africa right now.Read More Read more

  • Freedom Runner Samantha Gash runs to keep SA girls in school

    23/09/2014 Duration: 18min

    TalkFEED — When someone tells you they are running planning on running 80km a day for 32 days, what is the first thing that pops into your mind?The first thing that pops into our mind is “That’s awesome, we’d love to do that too”. If you think the same way, you are going to love our chat with Samantha Gash this week on Run Talk SA.Samantha, along with Mimi Anderson are taking on the more than 2000km Freedom Trail between Pitermaritzburg and Paarl.These two incredible women aren’t just running the Freedom Trail because it is there, they are running it for a fantastic cause. They are running it to keep South African girls in school. We think this is an incredible story and we are super excited to share their story with you.As discussed in the podcast you can follow Samantha and Mimi’s journey across the Freedom Trail here, you can donate to the worthy cause here and send some Twitter love to Samantha here.Also as mentioned on this week’s podcast, join us for  Comrades Marathon webinar. Click here to regis

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