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Digital Subscriptions > Women’s Running > April 2018 > SMART TRAINING FOR BUSY RUNNERS


The urge to get fitter and faster is often met with the frustration of knowing life is so busy it just won’t happen. Or will it? You can still improve if you’re wise with your time and train smart
Are you time poor, or poor at managing your time?

It’s a frustration faced by many runners. You’ve completed a few races, feel good and now want to take your running to the next level. You’d like to see those race times coming down. You’re focused and dedicated. There’s just one problem: lack of time.

Most of us lead such busy lives that finding time to train the way we want to can be a monumental challenge. Is it even possible and practical to get fitter when you’re so busy?

“Everything is possible and if you actually want to improve, it’s all about planning and being organised,” says Matthew Pierson, a gait analysis specialist from “Use the time you have more effectively. For example, I’ll do a 30-minute run and, to get the benefit, will do 10 minutes easy, 10 minutes hard, 10 minutes easy. Early morning runs can help you squeeze in extra training – there is no better feeling than having done your run by 7am.” When it comes to efficient training, organisation is key.

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Think you’re too old or not fit enough to start running? Or perhaps think you’re the wrong body shape? The April issue of Women’s Running, on sale 22 February, will make you think again. Find out why running is so accessible, despite these preconceived barriers, and use our ultimate beginners’ training plan to get you started. Get inspired by our cover star, Paralympic athlete Stef Reid MBE, who despite losing her leg in a near-fatal boating accident, went on to become the reigning World Champion in long jump. You’ll also hear from three women who refused to let their disability, weight or cultural barriers stop them from running. Worried about injury setting you back? Don’t miss our 10 top tips for injury prevention, or our lower-leg workout, designed to combat shin splits, plantar fasciitis, calf niggles and more. With marathon season looming, we’ve also got essential advice for you on staying hydrated – as well as reviews of the latest gels, bars and drinks – to help you perform at your best, in training and on race day. You’ll also find our usual kit reviews, expert training advice and inspiring runner interviews.