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Change of pace Running wild

Want to invigorate your running? Swap mundane miles for a thrilling off-road adventure and run, leap and swim your way to a happier, fitter you

Remember the running you did as a child? Chances are it was jam-packed with adventure and exploration, romping up hills, leaping over fallen trees, surrounded by nature. And it never felt like exercise.

If that seems like a distant memory, all is not lost. “Getting older doesn’t mean you have to lose your sense of adventure,” says runner and author, Jen Benson, who has spent the last six years exploring the best off-road running routes with husband, Sim, for their book, Wild Running, which features 200 of Britain’s best trails. “Taking your running off-road is a great way to explore new places and find new adventures, even in places you’re already familiar with,” she explains. Jen points to the mental and physical benefits that come with moving to the trail. “Running in nature is a boost for the mind and body. Running off-road brings a whole new level of challenge to your training, with beautiful woodlands, coastal paths and trails the perfect distractions from the steepness of hills,” she says.

Happily, there’s a plethora of running related sports emerging which appeal to your inner adventurer, immersing you in off-the-beaten-track scenery to leave you fulfilled, challenged and reinvigorated…

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About Women’s Running

We’ve taken a running jump into spring with our March issue, which is packed with inspirational ideas on how to go further, get fitter and run faster now that the worst of the cold weather is behind us. We’ve been out on the trails discovering new ways we can inject a bit of wild into our running: from fastpacking to swimruns there are plenty of ways to embrace your inner child and find new ways to love our beloved running. And if that wan’t enough to inspire you to leave the tarmac behind, read our interview with Emily Scott: last summer she climbed 282 Munros (that’s a mountain to the non-Scottish among you) unsupported, in one continuous round. And she’s on the lookout for her next adventure! We’ve also included the Big One: your training guide to getting round a marathon in tip top shape – whether it’s your first marathon, or simply your latest stab at a PB, we’ve got the plan to give you a strong finish. Our extended workout this issue focuses on arms: strong arms are vital for a strong stride, so we’re working on getting rock-hard triceps and biceps to pump our legs. And while we know that running is good for ourselves, did you know you could help others by putting one foot in front of the other? We investigate England Athletic’s Mental Health Champions campaign to support good mental wellbeing through running, and find out how we can get involved at a local level.