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Life after 26.2

JUST COMPLETED A MARATHON? FEELING LOST WITHOUT THE STRUCTURE OF A TRAINING PLAN? WE EXPLAIN THE BEST WAYS TO RECOVER PHYSICALLY AND MENTALLY, AS WELL AS HOW TO SET YOUR NEXT RUNNING GOAL…

POST-MARATHON

Running your first marathon can be like arranging a wedding. It involves months of preparation, planning and anticipation for one big day you desperately hope goes well. The day comes and goes, hopefully you feel great and then – what next?

It’s not uncommon to feel a bit flat after the initial novelty of completing 26.2 miles. It’s also hard to define your next running goal. Should it be another marathon? Should you try getting faster over a shorter distance? Or take your distance running to the next level and sign up for an ultra?

Firstly, take some time to celebrate your achievement. With so many people taking on mammoth challenges like multiple marathons, triathlons and ultras, it can be easy to underestimate what you’ve accomplished. It’s a huge deal to run 26.2 miles. Fitting in the training is a big feat by itself and almost deserves a separate medal! Take some time to give yourself a mental pat on the back. Remember that the sense of achievement you feel will stay with you for the rest of your life.

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Grow your mental – and physical – strength with the June issue of Women’s Running, on sale now! From the performance-enhancing benefits of adopting a competitive mindset, to the best ways to develop your mental toughness, we’ll show you how to become a more confident runner. You’ll also discover how running can help boost your mental self-image – hear how running gave cover star Anna Pearce confidence and courage as she overcame a highly traumatic life event. And if you’re focused on getting your body stronger and fitter this summer, the issue is packed with helpful advice. We’ve got a six-week training plan for runners looking to make the step up from 5K to 10K, and a fantastic workout to boost power in the hamstrings and glutes, helping you run faster and stay injury-free. Find all this plus the usual inspiration, recipes, tips and gear reviews.