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Resident running mum Claire Chamberlain on the goals she did (and didn’t) achieve in 2017

At the end of 2016, I set myself the New Year running goal of beating my 10K PB, which I haven’t managed to zip past since 2008 (a lifetime ago, back in those pre-kids days). Did I manage it? Hell no.

But I did manage a fair few other things – things that turned 2017 into a pretty special year. For starters, I ran my first half marathon in six years, back in March, on the day of my daughter’s second birthday. Running (OK, plodding) my way round Bath’s picturesque streets marked more than just the achievement of 13.1 miles: it was the first time I’d raced further than 10K since having children and it felt momentous. I was doing something for me!

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About Women’s Running

We all take up running for different reasons – to improve our health, lose a few pounds, raise money for charity, or perhaps because we drunkenly made a pact with a friend. But, whatever the reason, we all share the benefits of what running can deliver: inner strength, fearlessness, fitness, self-belief, self-esteem - the effects are countless. You only have to read this month’s cover star Viv’s incredible story to hear the effects of running. After undergoing a double mastectomy following a breast cancer diagnosis, Viv made the courageous decision not to have reconstructive surgery – a decision directly influenced by taking up running and the newfound body confidence this gave her. As we move into the New Year, confidence is going to be key to ensuring we reach our goals, whether that’s taking up running for the first time, upping our distance or losing weight (you can find plans for all three on page 32). Now is the time to harness self-belief and, to help you do so, we’ve got tips for you from life coach Steve Chamberlain. When you let go of limiting beliefs, you’ll be surpised how far it can take you, after all, as Chamberlian says, “beliefs are just thoughts we buy into, so it’s important we choose wisely!”
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