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“A health condition inspired me to run”

IT TOOK A HEALTH SCARE TO GET THESE THREE WOMEN IN TO THEIR TRAINERS. BUT ONCE THEY’ D EXPERIENCED RUNNING’S LIFE -AFFIRMING BENEFITS, THERE WAS NO STOPPING THE M…

HEALTHY FITNESS

“I took up running after having a stroke aged just 35”

Having a stroke at the age of 35 was life-changing,” says Lisa Wright, 43, from Clapham in Bedfordshire. “By that time I was working in IT, but I’d been a nurse for 12 years and had cared for many stroke patients. Suddenly I found myself on the other side of the fence!

“After the stroke I was unable to speak or swallow and had a weakness down my right-hand side. The stroke was caused by a hole in my heart, which was fixed six months afterwards and I was pretty much back to normal physically after eight months. However some issues, such as extreme fatigue and memory loss, persist even now. I have gaps in some of my older memories and I struggle to remember key aspects of my life before the stroke. My short-term memory is not as sharp as before either. If I don’t sleep when my body dictates, I can barely function. I forget words and my speech becomes slurred.

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About Women’s Running

Discover the best running gear of 2017 with the December issue of Women’s Running. In our annual Women’s Running awards, we’ve tried and tested 1,000 running products and, in this issue, we uncover the products that came out on top. While giving you ideas for your Christmas wishlist, we’ll help you to stay motivated too, with stories of amazing women who have used running to transform their health and lifestyles. You’ll also learn how to adopt a winning mindset, so that at every race you feel like a winner, no matter where in the field you finish. And if that’s enough to inspire you to take on a new race challenge next year, head over to our regular race reports section for a taster of some epic races the team have taken part in this season. We’ve also got for you a killer workout for abs and arms, helping you to tone up and improve your form, plus plenty more advice and inspiration to boost your running.