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Break through the pain barrier

Running is one of the most rewarding, endorphin-releasing, brain-fog-clearing, social, strengthening, energy-boosting exercises you can do. But it can also be tough. How do you break through the pain barrier when it hits?

Whether you’re training for your first 5K or your tenth marathon, we all reach a point as we’re pushing ourselves to the limit where we hit the pain barrier.

“The good news is, it’s possible to break through that barrier and keep going,” say Claire Dale and Patricia Peyton, the authors of Physical Intelligence. “Our brains and bodies have a complex neural mechanism called a ‘central governor’, part of our survival system that keeps us from harm or injury, so that when we feel pain or fatigue we instinctively want to stop the activity that is causing it,” they explain.

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About Women’s Running

Women’s Running is leaping into autumn with a new passion with the November issue. We uncover the best way to keep your running mojo fresh: pick a goal – any goal – and work towards it. From running a race to building strength, we unpick the best way to keep your feet on the path. We also embrace ultrarunning that anyone can do: slow ultrarunning! Cutting your speed is a filthy concept in other publications, but for us it’s a secret weapon in running further and longer than ever before. We talk to warrior Lowri Morgan who has a few ultramarathons under her belt, including the 350-mile Arctic Ultra (we didn’t ask how slow she ran, but she was the last person standing). Plus, we review all the latest shoes, the best running bras, jackets and reflective clothing for these shorter days. We also take a fond look at the incredible Flo-Jo: the passion, the fashion and the talent of a legendary runner.