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10 EASY WAYS TO AVOID INJURY

IF THE THOUGHT OF BEING UNABLE TO RUN MAKES YOU BREAK OUT IN A COLD SWEAT, FEAR NOT! HERE ARE 10 SUREFIRE WAYS TO ENSURE YOU STAY STRONG TO RUN ALL YEAR LONG

If you’ve kick-started your running year with an improved training plan, more miles and a string of new challenges to tackle, the last thing you want is to be sidelined by injury. Having new goals and mixing up your training regime is great for us all, but if you don’t increase your strength training at the same time, as well as look after yourself, you may find yourself forced into the role of cheerleader for your running buddies.

This year can be amazing – if you want it to be. We want you to enjoy every step of your running journey, so follow our top 10 tips and your running and confidence will only improve.

01 BE STRONG!

“Many runners love to run so much, they forget to do strength workouts as well,” says Tracy Griffen, a personal trainer and author of the Healthy Living Yearbook (£9.99, Griffen Fitness). “Lunges, squats, glute bridges and single-leg resistance exercises will all improve your leg strength.” More muscle means more running power, as well as a significant decrease in running niggles. “Most running injuries I see are in people who run too much and don’t do strength work,” she adds.

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Think you’re too old or not fit enough to start running? Or perhaps think you’re the wrong body shape? The April issue of Women’s Running, on sale 22 February, will make you think again. Find out why running is so accessible, despite these preconceived barriers, and use our ultimate beginners’ training plan to get you started. Get inspired by our cover star, Paralympic athlete Stef Reid MBE, who despite losing her leg in a near-fatal boating accident, went on to become the reigning World Champion in long jump. You’ll also hear from three women who refused to let their disability, weight or cultural barriers stop them from running. Worried about injury setting you back? Don’t miss our 10 top tips for injury prevention, or our lower-leg workout, designed to combat shin splits, plantar fasciitis, calf niggles and more. With marathon season looming, we’ve also got essential advice for you on staying hydrated – as well as reviews of the latest gels, bars and drinks – to help you perform at your best, in training and on race day. You’ll also find our usual kit reviews, expert training advice and inspiring runner interviews.