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I had just completed my fi rst half-marathon before going into my second cycle of IVF. This cycle was thankfully successful and we await our little bundle of joy in July 2017. I started running in 2014 and it quickly became my passion, my release and my biggest pleasure. I have gained confi dence and, as a doctor, I have been able to pass this onto my patients. However, nobody prepared me (or I didn’t prepare myself) for just how debilitating the fi rst trimester of pregnancy could be. I imagined I would still be able to do a 5K during the week and a steady 10K at the weekend. The nausea and fatigue have hit me badly and, for the last fi ve weeks, I have been barely managing a full day at work. I am used to being a very busy person and I have been struggling to manage the basics. I have forced myself to go for 10Ks and retched most of the way round (although I did feel the endorphin buzz afterwards). I have cried when watching other runners from my window, I took my medals off the wall as they were a reminder that I am not the person I used to be just now. I could feel my mood slipping but then I remembered your magazines could serve as a focus and reminder that this would not last forever. I wanted to thank you for the fabulous articles and inspirational pieces. Having them to read helps maintain my motivation and perspective. During the low times, I remember that, even though I cannot get “out there”, my spirit remains fi rmly unbroken. I cannot wait to be a mummy and this to all become worth it – even though it doesn’t feel like that just now. I am looking forward to the second trimester when the fog shifts a little and I can build my identity back.

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We’re getting into marathon-training mode in the March issue of Women’s Running, out now! Join in our #BigMarathonChallenge with one of our three targeted 12-week training plans - you’ll find part one in this issue. We’ve also got an eight-move workout designed to get your body ready for marathon running. Using your commute to get some miles in? Find the right rucksack for you with our test. Elsewhere in the issue you’ll find a guide to running for new mothers, be inspired to smile as you run, and try three fresh recipes from Clean-Eating Alice. Plus, we’ve got all the usual great gear reviews, inspiration and quick training advice.