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Digital Subscriptions > Women’s Running > March 2019 - In Your Stride > START RUNNING today!

START RUNNING today!

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!

Before you set off

Running is one of the simplest things you can do to dramatically improve your health, but preparation is key for a happy first run. Before you know it, you’ll be hooked…

1 Fuel

Ensure you’ve eaten a small meal or snack roughly two hours before you head out, so that you’re adequately fuelled, and keep hydrated during the day before and after you run by regularly sipping water. Make sure your food option includes complex, slow-releasing carbohydrate, for all the energy you’re going to need. Great options include:

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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.