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“I NEEDED THE STRUCTURE OF A TRAINING PLAN”

45-YEAR-OLD ANDREA KINGDON, A POLICE OFFICER FROM TORQUAY, RAN THE LONDON MARATHON IN 2014

“Running 26.2 miles was much more difficult than I expected. The first thing I said to my friend when I finished was: ‘Don’t ever let me do another marathon again!’ But it’s incredible how quickly the memories of the pain fade. I found myself entering the ballot for the following year –.it was a strange mix of knowing how difficult it was, but relishing the challenge and the feeling of success on finishing it. It might have also been that I felt a bit flat after completing it –.I am quite structured in my training, following a plan for each event and I really missed that element and found I needed to keep that drive and motivation going. I started to train for ultra-marathons and other marathons to vary the terrain and challenge myself further. I have since completed five ultramarathons and numerous other races. I continue to challenge myself by mixing up my training and setting new goals.”

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Grow your mental – and physical – strength with the June issue of Women’s Running, on sale now! From the performance-enhancing benefits of adopting a competitive mindset, to the best ways to develop your mental toughness, we’ll show you how to become a more confident runner. You’ll also discover how running can help boost your mental self-image – hear how running gave cover star Anna Pearce confidence and courage as she overcame a highly traumatic life event. And if you’re focused on getting your body stronger and fitter this summer, the issue is packed with helpful advice. We’ve got a six-week training plan for runners looking to make the step up from 5K to 10K, and a fantastic workout to boost power in the hamstrings and glutes, helping you run faster and stay injury-free. Find all this plus the usual inspiration, recipes, tips and gear reviews.