Table Mountain contour trail run

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Table Mountain contour trail run

Is a perfect scenic outing as its traverses the lower slopes of Table Mountain boasting exceptional views of Cape Town.

A short and steep path will take us to the start of the trail. The route is on a fairly flat single trail with rocky sections, firm underfoot make it for an easy run with plenty chances to enjoy the views. By mid-distance a kick up will take us to the middle contour toward Devil's saddle. Once reaching the saddle the path start to zigzag down for a while till it level off at about 580 metres, crossing some nice rock shelves and taking in the summit of Oppelskop before turning back to our departure point on the lower traverse.  If you were to follow the Contour Path to its natural conclusion, it would lead you all the way around Table Mountain to Constantia Nek..We won’t do it today as this may take us several hours!

Table Mountain contour Trail Run getting geared

Sturdy trail running shoes and breathable socks, natural fibres such as mohair or wool. For the legs a lightweight and quick drying tights or shorts. For the upper body inner layer, lightweight, quick-drying, breathable long or short sleeved. Second layer with thermal long-sleeved base layer for cold or wet conditions. Outer layer, lightweight, windproof, water resistant breathable, insulated jacket. For head wear, quick drying peak caps or buff. For eyewear, quality Polarized lenses, which can adjust as light conditions change. Hydration pack with a stable body fit and ventilated back.

Yoga and Trail Run

Yoga and running lie on opposite ends of the exercise spectrum but they actually combine strength and flexibility.

Pacing for various distances

5 - 10km Judging pace for short races up to 10km is the trickiest. You are running at a high intensity, leaving little margin for error. The most common mistake is to start too fast and then running out of gas! This also happen if you have not done a proper warm-up before the race. If you discover that you seem to find your second wind after the first kilometres, it is a sign that you haven't done a proper warm-up. Golden rule the shorter the race the longer the warm-up. 10-21km Races over these distances have fast starts, especially since on trails it is important to try and get a good position before hitting the single track. Knowing that the pace will slow down once everyone reaches narrow paths. Less competitive runners should start more on the safe mode as they can still work their way past slower runners. Often single track poses challenges for good pacing and you don't want to be stuck behind slower runners.

Strength and flexibility

If your body is off-balance it can often lead to repetitive strain injuries. Tight muscles tend to get tighter and compensating weak muscles weaker. Yoga can work specifically at balancing strength in the muscles that support and stabilize the skeleton system.

For some interesting info on Yoga and running click here

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Stunning view of the city
  • Fun single-track
Table Mountain contour path trail run

Cape Town

Clear sky
  • Clear sky
  • Temperature: 15 °C
  • Wind: Variable, 3.7 km/h
  • Pressure: 1028 hPa
  • Rel. Humidity: 82 %
  • Visibility: 10 km
Reported on:
Fri, 07/03/2020 - 11:00
Tour Code: 
CER 2
Running Trail Tour
Hiking Tour
Run Duration: 
1:30
Distance: 
10.5 km
Terrain: 
The first part of the path requires a bit of effort to get to the level of the contour path. Once on the level path it is a mix of single and rocky section.
Run in the cool morning
Depart Time: 
7:45am
Return Time: 
11:00pm
Price: 
R700p.p

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