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BEGIN THE YEAR WITH A BANG!

WHETHER YOU WANT TO RUN YOUR FIRST 5K, YOUR FIRST MARATHON OR SHIFT A FEW POUNDS NEXT YEAR, WE’VE GOT THE TRAINING PLANS TO HELP YOU SMASH YOUR 2018 GOALS

NEW YEAR FITNESS

Whatever your running goals this year, January is a great time to start working towards them. There are fewer distractions and that new running kit you got for Christmas is just begging to be taken for a trip round the park.

We’ve got three plans for you to help kickstart your running year: the first is designed for runners looking to complete their first 5K; the second is for those looking to shed a few pounds; and the third is for budding marathoners.

As well as weekly runs, each plan encourages you to do some strength training two to three times a week. Whether you’re aiming for your first 5K or a marathon, including strength training within your week is going to make you a stronger, less injuryprone runner – so it’s time to make it one of your New Year’s resolutions. Use the upper- W body strength workout on page 76 to get you started and head to womensrunninguk.co.uk for more workout ideas. If you’re a member of a gym, have a look for any weights-based classes on offer and give these a try.

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About Women’s Running

We all take up running for different reasons – to improve our health, lose a few pounds, raise money for charity, or perhaps because we drunkenly made a pact with a friend. But, whatever the reason, we all share the benefits of what running can deliver: inner strength, fearlessness, fitness, self-belief, self-esteem - the effects are countless. You only have to read this month’s cover star Viv’s incredible story to hear the effects of running. After undergoing a double mastectomy following a breast cancer diagnosis, Viv made the courageous decision not to have reconstructive surgery – a decision directly influenced by taking up running and the newfound body confidence this gave her. As we move into the New Year, confidence is going to be key to ensuring we reach our goals, whether that’s taking up running for the first time, upping our distance or losing weight (you can find plans for all three on page 32). Now is the time to harness self-belief and, to help you do so, we’ve got tips for you from life coach Steve Chamberlain. When you let go of limiting beliefs, you’ll be surpised how far it can take you, after all, as Chamberlian says, “beliefs are just thoughts we buy into, so it’s important we choose wisely!”