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Feel good DO GOOD

WITH SO MANY WONDERFUL COMMUNITY INITIATIVES OUT THERE, WHY NOT MAKE THE WORLD A BETTER PLAC E WHILE YOU RUN? HERE ARE JUST THREE WAYS YOU CAN GIVE SOMETHING BACK
The mutual benefits of running

DOING GOOD

VOLUNTEER WITH GOODGYM

GoodGym is a community of runners who combine getting fit with doing good in the wider community. “It came out of me not doing any exercise and thinking I could do something more useful than just running on a treadmill,” explains GoodGym founder, Ivo Gormley. “So I started running to deliver the paper to an isolated older man called Terry.” A Group Run involves running to a community project or organisation, helping out, and then running back again – taking part in anything from tidying a community garden to sorting food boxes for disadvantaged families. Or you could try a Mission Run (helping out an elderly person with a one-offtask), or Coach Run (running to visit an elderly isolated person).

It’s a brilliant way to make a difference to somebody’s life, putting your running to fantastic use. “Every time you go for a run, you’re probably going past the house of someone who’s isolated and lonely,” says Gormley. “Stopping for a chat once a week can make a huge difference to their life and give you a bit more motivation for an extra run.”

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About Women’s Running

With the festive season approaching, life is about to get busy. That’s why, this issue, we’re helping you ensure you keep up your running over the festive period with our Christmas Survival Guide, including a four-week training plan, achievable no matter how busy your schedule. Wellness is at the centre of the issue: you’ll find information from our resident GP on how to ensure you’re getting enough iron in your diet as a female runner – and spot the warning signs of a deficiency – as well as essential advice on running through pregnancy from coach Laura Fountain, as she looks at why it’s so essential for pregnant runners to listen to their bodies and focus on their own individual journeys. If you’re finding it difficult at the moment to concentrate on – and look after – yourself a little bit more, then don’t miss cover star Karen Lewing’s story; find out how she transformed her life – and her wellbeing – when she did just that. And if that’s enough to encourage you to make more time for you – and your running – next year, don’t miss contributing editor Tina Chantrey’s feature on the benefits of paid-for coaching…2018 might just be the year you take your running to the next level.