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“I FELT SICK TO MY STOMACH WITH ANXIETY. I NEEDED TO TIE ON MY TRAINERS AND JUST RUN”

WHEN JACKIE WILSON AND HER FAMILY MOVED TO MALAYSIA, LITTLE DID SHE KNOW HER RUNNING WOULD BECOME MORE IMPORTANT THAN EVER

On the day I found out I was pregnant with our second child, my husband was offered a promotion. It wasn’t looking like a bad day in terms of good news, apart from the fact that the new job role was in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

After initially laughing in my husband’s face at the ridiculousness of the idea, we spent an evening weighing it all up and decided to go. After all, I was going to be on maternity leave anyway, why not do so in perennial sunshine, in luxury accommodation with a swimming pool and a maid? Cut to a little over four months later and there we were, posing at the foot of the Petronas Towers, in a sheen of sweat and with an overwhelming feeling of ‘What on earth have we done?’

In the years leading up to this moment, I had spent 20 years working in marketing for various food brands, such as Twinings Tea and Cathedral City Cheddar Cheese. We had a daughter, Holly, who was two years old at the time. I had been a runner for around 25 years and absolutely loved it. I found it to be one of the constants in my life that I could always rely on to relieve stress, process my thoughts and generally feel happy.

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Re-start your running with the new issue of Women's Running, out now! We'll show you seven ways to break out of a running rut and how to come to terms with a new way of running when your times are on the decline. We've got expert advice on the steps you need to take now if you're planning for a spring PB next year. Plus, find out how running can help you be more mindful; be inspired by three women who celebrated big birthdays through amazing run events; and find out how to run if you have asthma. Giving your nutrition a re-think? Read a dietician's no-nonsense advice for fuelling your endurance sessions and read our special report on carb cycling for runners. You'll find all this plus the best kit reviews for road and trail, workouts for runners, and much more!
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