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GENTLE WORKOUTS

We all know running is great for the body, but swapping in an active recovery workout could see your running performance soar, says Lisa Buckingham

You need to put active recovery workouts into your diary now! They boost performance, make you less injuryprone and keep your body in great condition. They’re for everyone, from those running two or three times a week with no race goal, up to those training for an ultra.

What is active recovery?

It’s a reasonably short, lowintensity workout you do on a non-running day. It can be any type of exercise, but we’ve listed the best options on the right – plus active recovery rules.

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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.