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“Running without a watch is so liberating”

Talking to marathon runner Armana Rai is a welcome antidote to the tech and pressure that can go hand-in-hand with running these days. She runs for the love of running – and so should you!

Armana Rai’s running ambitions are refreshing. “Running is a part of my life,” she says. “I can’t imagine life without it. I want to keep running as long as I can.” For her, it’s not about times, distance or extraordinary feats of human endurance. It’s just that she really loves running.

It’s the kind of confession that at a party could illicit the odd eyebrow raise or perhaps a stifled yawn, but she’s in the right place here. Loving running is what we do. We just nod, grin and imagine high-fiving Armana as we pass on the running track.

Armana, incidentally, did fall out of love with the sport for a while a few years back, due to a tricky relationship break-up, but the love for running is back. With a vengeance. And she wants to share that love. She’s an evangelist with some very specific advice: get an online coach, ditch your watch (wait, what?) and listen to Westlife on repeat!

Unleashing a runner

Armana Rai is a 28-year-old accountant from London. She’s been running since she was 11 years old. “I was really unsporty in primary school even though I come from a very sporty family – my dad is a pro hockey player. I just wasn’t good at sports when I was younger.

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Women’s Running is the community for women who love to run. Each issue is packed with essential advice on training, nutrition and kit, alongside inspirational real-life runners’ stories. Whether you’re considering your first ever run, or you regularly take part in races, Women’s Running will help you run better. Running is about more than just putting one foot in front of the other: it’s about who we are.