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BREAK DOWN YOUR BARRIERS

SOMETIMES YOU HAVE TO CLEAR A FEW OBSTACLES TO KEEP RUNNING. DR JULIET MCGRATTAN SHOWS YOU HOW TO SMASH THROUGH THOSE WALLS

Going for a run is usually as simple as pulling on a pair of trainers and heading out of the door. Sometimes, however, it’s not so straightforward. Problems and issues frequently crop up that prevent us from running. These barriers can be physical or psychological, minor niggles or major medical problems. If you’re a beginner wanting to take your first running steps, then they might be enough to discourage you from even trying. Even if you’re an experienced runner, you can still get floored by the smallest thing. It’s easy to lose motivation if you stop running and really hard to get started again, especially if your problems recur.

As the resident GP for Women’s Running, I’ve been answering your questions on running-related topics for many years. I realised that lots of the problems we face are due to the fact that we’re women. Whether that be periods, pelvic floors or the menopause, it can be particularly hard to find good advice because these topics are rarely talked about. There has definitely been more discussion on some of these taboo subjects, such as tennis player Heather Watson blaming her loss in the Australian Open on “girl’s things” and Carol Smillie and Kate Winslet both talking on TV about wetting themselves on a trampoline. With the increased numbers of women taking part in sport, particularly running, there really was a need for somewhere for women to go to for sensible evidence-based advice. I’ve written a book, Sorted: The Active Women’s Guide to Health, to cover all of these areas of women’s health and many more too, including common injuries, digestion, tiredness and motivation. I really hope you find it to be a useful handbook to keep on the shelf and refer to when a problem crops up. There are tips you can try, guidance on when to see a heath professional and lots of stories from amazing women who have overcome their health barriers and kept on exercising.

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About Women’s Running

Start running today with the July issue of Women’s Running magazine, on sale now! In this beginners' special, we've got a step-by-step guide to going for your first few runs, with expert input from coaches and advice from the Women's Running team - trust us, we've been there! Resident GP Dr Juliet McGrattan helps you overcome your barriers to running, and we'll also give you eight great reasons to start today. Already a runner and need to step things up? We've got an eight-move Pilates workout for you, plus for the dedicated athlete, we'll show you 10 next-level exercises to strengthen your core. Plus, don't miss part two of our 2017 Ultimate Race Guide, detailing 100 must-do races from now till December.