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Digital Subscriptions > Women’s Running > March 2018 > I WAS OVERWHELMED, I WAS UNHAPPY, I WAS SICK ON THE TUBE


This month’s cover star, Charlie Watson, signed up to run the London Marathon after losing a close friend to suicide. Little did she know how much running would transform her life…


The concept of running as a transformative activity is probably familiar to most of us: getting into the habit of lacing up your running shoes and heading out for a few miles has a knack of making you feel stronger, healthier and happier. But for Charlie Watson, 29, from London, the life transformation was total. Her running journey began in 2012, after a close friend tragically took his own life.

“I applied to run the London Marathon for Mind, in memory of my friend”, she remembers. “At the time, I was drinking a lot, going out a lot, smoking… just trying to mask the pain I was feeling. I wanted to do something that was positive, that was going to raise money and awareness. And something that was out of my comfort zone.”

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About Women’s Running

Discover the healing power of running with the March issue of Women’s Running, on sale 25 January. Find out how running can help treat depressive disorders, clear the mind and manage stressful life situations. And hear from women who have experienced these benefits for themselves, such as cover star Charlie Watson, who shares how running – and blogging – has helped her to manage stress and anxiety. Keen to start running but daunted by the prospect of having to run for miles without a break? Discover Jeff Galloway’s hugely successful Run Walk Run training method, which has helped thousands to start running, stay injury free and even qualify for the Boston Marathon. We’ve got all things marathon training covered in this issue, too. You’ll find three 12-week training plans for beginner, intermediate and experienced marathoners, as well as expert advice on getting marathon fit on reduced mileage. Plus, don’t miss our recipes for delicious, homemade fuelling snacks or our leg-focused strength-training workout, both supporting your stamina and strength, whatever your training goals.