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HAVE YOUR SAY

STAR LETTER "I RUN BECAUSE I CAN"

I wanted to write and thank you for focusing on running with cancer in your most recent issue [September 2016]. I found myself nodding in wry recognition while reading Alice-May Purkiss’s story, as it resonated so much with me.

I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2014, aged 37, and, while undergoing chemotherapy, it was detected to have spread to my liver. I did Race For Life Pretty Muddy during my chemo (with my PICC line very thoroughly covered in cling film!), and started going to my local parkrun to gradually improve my fitness and provide something other than cancer to focus on. I kept at it, building up the distance, and was thrilled to finish the Great Birmingham Run Half-Marathon in October last year, in support of Cancer Research UK.

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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!