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Your questions answered

Essential advice from the team on everything from running during your period to how to do interval training to improve your endurance. Plus how to mentally prepare for speed sessions

Q I’m in my 50s and although I do the same amount of training, I’m getting slower. Any tips?

A Even elite runners slow down with age, so you’re not alone! Studies have shown that our aerobic capacity declines as we reach our 40s, and continues to drop by about 10 per cent each decade after that. This means that a 60-year-old runner will have more endurance capacity than sedentary people their age, but 20 per cent less capacity than their 40-year-old self. Studies have also shown that with every passing decade after 40, stride length and preferred running speed drops by about 20 per cent. Runners older than 40 also produce less power in their lower-leg muscles which has an impact on performance.

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Women’s Running is the community for women who love to run. Each issue is packed with essential advice on training, nutrition and kit, alongside inspirational real-life runners’ stories. Whether you’re considering your first ever run, or you regularly take part in races, Women’s Running will help you run better. Running is about more than just putting one foot in front of the other: it’s about who we are.