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Digital Subscriptions > Women’s Running > March 2019 - In Your Stride > THESE WOMEN never came back!

THESE WOMEN never came back!

Looking for more than a mini-break? These runners chose a life less ordinary in their beloved, adopted European countries

Julia Bleasdale’s breathtaking Engadin

The hills are alive with the sound of Edwina’s trainers
ROBBIE DAVIES

On ambassador and Olympian-turnedultra- trail runner, Julia Bleasdale, 37, lives in Pontresina, Switzerland where she trains and runs a trail running and guiding business (runengadin.ch). “Marathoner Mara Yamauchi first introduced me to the Engadin Valley in Switzerland, while she was training for the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games; I immediately fell in love.

“Thereafter, I spent many summers training in the Engadin as well as preparing for the London 2012 Olympic Games until finally, almost three years ago, I took the plunge and transported my whole life to the Engadin village of Pontresina, to the north of St Moritz, to begin a new, year-round existence in the mountains.

“Lying at 1800m above sea level, the Engadin valley offers the perfect altitude and climate for training. Not only is the landscape breathtakingly beautiful, but there’s something for every runner, whether you’re a beginner, training for the track or for a marathon, or if trail and mountain running is your preferred sport.

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About Women’s Running

We’ve taken a running jump into spring with our March issue, which is packed with inspirational ideas on how to go further, get fitter and run faster now that the worst of the cold weather is behind us. We’ve been out on the trails discovering new ways we can inject a bit of wild into our running: from fastpacking to swimruns there are plenty of ways to embrace your inner child and find new ways to love our beloved running. And if that wan’t enough to inspire you to leave the tarmac behind, read our interview with Emily Scott: last summer she climbed 282 Munros (that’s a mountain to the non-Scottish among you) unsupported, in one continuous round. And she’s on the lookout for her next adventure! We’ve also included the Big One: your training guide to getting round a marathon in tip top shape – whether it’s your first marathon, or simply your latest stab at a PB, we’ve got the plan to give you a strong finish. Our extended workout this issue focuses on arms: strong arms are vital for a strong stride, so we’re working on getting rock-hard triceps and biceps to pump our legs. And while we know that running is good for ourselves, did you know you could help others by putting one foot in front of the other? We investigate England Athletic’s Mental Health Champions campaign to support good mental wellbeing through running, and find out how we can get involved at a local level.