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ROAD TO RECOVERY

THE JOURNEY BACK TO HEALTH AFTER SERIOUS ILLNESS CAN BE A LONG ONE. BUT SHOULD YOU MAKE IT ON YOUR OWN TWO FEET?

RUNNING TO RECOVERY

Anyone diagnosed with a serious illness may think that getting fit could be out of the question. But when faced with major health issues, some people use exercise to fight back. The late Jane Tomlinson overcame breast cancer in 1991 at the age of 26 and, when it returned in 2000 and spread throughout her body, she was given just a year to live. Despite this, she lived for another seven years and completed the London Marathon three times and the New York Marathon. She died in 2007 after raising over £1.8 million for charity.

TV talk show host Trisha Goddard ran during treatment for breast cancer, from which she now has the all-clear. “I’d run to my daily radiotherapy session,” she told Women’s Running magazine a few years ago. “As my treatment went on, they could see my blood oxygenation coming up to 100 per cent. My doctor was saying: ‘You’ve proved us wrong’ as they were telling me to rest.”

REST NOT BEST

Complete rest may not be the best option for anyone recovering from a serious illness. The Christie NHS Foundation Trust, a large cancer treatment centre in Manchester, recommends staying physically active (in moderation) when diagnosed with or undergoing treatment for cancer.

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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.