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About Women’s Running

Whether you’ve just run your first few steps, or you’re planning your next ultramarathon, Women’s Running is your virtual coach: here to offer inspiration, advice and support, whatever your journey. We have reviews of all the latest kit, including support shoes and sports bras, as well as your essential leg workout to help you run stronger than ever. We’ve got interviews with intrepid London Marathon runners, including Nell McAndrew, as well as with our cover star, Megan, who is the first hearing impaired person to run from John O’Groats to Land’s End. That’s a thousand miles, all told! And this month, we’ve explored the world of hormones, from puberty to menopause and everything in-between, and how we can work with them to run our very best.

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Women’s Running
New look, new kit, new routes, new ideas… and new editor!
LIFESTYLE
The people, campaigns, research and updates making an impact in our running community this month
Brilliant new kit to inspire you to lace up, get out there and chug through those miles feeling your best
What are they exactly? And why are they important?
The latest nutrition, beauty and health headlines: because running doesn’t end at your feet
Runner and mother of two boys Hannah Hall talks about being inspired to start running after her niece lost all four limbs to meningitis B
Try these three quick ideas for simple, nutritious
Laura Fountain is a mother, a running coach, a personal
Why strong and flexible posterior chain muscles are so crucial to good posture, running well and staying injury free
Rachel Murphy, owner of She Runs Outdoors (sherunsoutdoors.com), shares her favourite 10.5 mile trail route where she escapes life as a busy mum of three
Kinesiology tape is believed to stimulate better circulation to an injured area. However, others believe it’s just a fashionable gimmick. So does the colourful tape really improve recovery, or is it just a placebo?
FEATURES
Running helped Megan Al-Ghailani find the light during a dark period – and inspired her to run 1000 miles from John O’Groats to Land’s End
The nine essentials key to helping Megan run 1000 miles from John O’ Groats to Land’s End
Three inspiring celebrities tell us what running means to them, and why they’re taking on the Virgin Money London Marathon this April
Eastenders star Tanya has moved the drama off-screen with her latest adventure…
Emma has taken a calm approach to her first marathon, and has found it a life-changing experience
As we know, running benefits us in more ways than simply our physical fitness. For people who experience the many debilitating symptoms of anxiety, running is a way to help keep calm, to de-stress and it will even aid better sleep – especially if you run in green places
10 ways you can use running to help anxiety
Be inspired by reports on recent races by our intrepid runners: we go the distance!
Tina Chantrey battled Storm Freya in the enchanted forest
Tina Chantrey went running up those hills – and she loved them!
Looking ahead to the must do events in the coming months
REGULARS
This month, you shared your wisdom with posts on recovery, running inspiration and your running essentials. Keep sharing the love and inspiring the Women’s Running community #WRTribe
Take control of your hormones throughout your life and discover how to work with your body – not against it
Essential advice from the team on everything from getting your breathing right to how to make your own sports drink. Plus the mental strategies that will keep you going when the going gets tough
As the fastest ever female marathon runner, Paula Radcliffe MBE is the inspirational queen of British women’s running
NEW RUNNERS
Got a pair of trainers? Great! Then welcome to our tribe. Get fit and feel great with our easy guide to starting out. With just a few pieces of essential kit, and a super simple routine to kick you off, we’re with you every step of the way. Come and run with us!
While a pair of trainers will get you far, getting
Divide your run into three sections: warm up, the run
This schedule will have you running continuously for 15 minutes in one month, on just three sessions a week
RunFestRun, a new family running festival in May, has announced a stellar line-up of music acts and running legends
COACH
Whether you’re just starting out or you’re a seasoned runner, group running has some surprising benefits. Become a better athlete by running with the pack…
Whether you’ve just joined the running community or you got your 100th t-shirt long ago, run a parkrun PB with Laura Fountain’s training plans
Don’t rush into running by doing too much too soon.
This plan is for those who’ve been running for a while
This plan is for experienced runners who are consistently
The Olympian talks fitting running around kids, training in the great outdoors and what running means to her
KIT
For those runners who pronate (your foot rolls inwards when you run), these support shoes will ensure both comfort and speed
Do you expect great performance and great style from your technical tees? So you should. Here are our current faves
Do you want freedom of movement, comfort and good coverage while your run? Then it’s time to try a skort
Frequent running means frequent hair washing: avoid drying your hair out with a dedicated shampoo
With the warmer weather, you need to increase your intake of electrolytes to keep your body hydrated and to prevent cramping
You should expect the most from your sports bra: it should fit well, be easily adjustable, breathable and keep boob movement to a mimimum
What did we do before apps tracked our time, distance and performance? If you love your stats, here’s some apps to try out
BOOTCAMP
From assisting your post-injury comeback to pacing your interval sessions, it’s time to embrace the benefits of the treadmill. Here’s what you need to know
Strengthen your legs and get your kinetic chain working in unison to guard against injury and muscle imbalances, with exercise scientist Anne-Marie Lategan
Squats are one of the best exercises a runner can do to improve your strength and tone your legs
NUTRITION
Intolerances, allergies and autoimmune diseases can all impact training, but getting diet-savvy can effectively help to overcome symptoms, says nutritionist Louise Pyne
Emma Rome’s coeliac diagnosis was life-changing – in a positive way
If you find that gluten is problematic, stock up on these essentials to build your strength, repair muscle and boost your energy levels for every single run
Raya Hubbell, endurance athlete and coach at Precision Coaching, shares the foods that fuel her training
These super-nutritious and super-tasty supper ideas from Supercharge Your Life are ideal for your spring training, take minutes to whip up, and the whole family will love them – promise!
High protein, low carb and ludicrously tasty, these super easy ideas from Mindful Chef are as satisfying as they are nutritious: the ideal post-run recovery meal