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Women's Running

Women's Running March/April 2019

As the only women-specific running magazine, Women’s Running is the go-to source for fitness-minded females who are chasing their dreams. Women’s Running empowers the ever-growing community of women runners to live a healthy lifestyle through editorial content focused on running, fitness, nutrition and wellness.

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FEATURE Ask Allie ALLIE KIEFFER WAS ALREADY A BADASS WHEN SHE made a name for herself by placing fifth at the 2017 New York City Marathon as a relative unknown in the pro running space. But her decision to be honest and vocal about the importance of body positivity and the struggles she’s faced in establishing that mindset on her own terms is what really set Kieffer apart. A year after signing with Oiselle, Kieffer now posts often on social media about this struggle, sharing her moments of personal doubt while encouraging others to continue fighting through their own. In our new web column, Ask Allie, Kieffer addresses these topics in addition to offering advice on training and nutrition to runners of all levels. Read Kieffer’s latest column by visiting womensrunning.com and share…

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aching to race

AS OF PRESS TIME, I’M A FEW DAYS AWAY FROM STARTING MY THIRD TRIMESTER WITH MY THIRD CHILD, AND I JUST SIGNED UP FOR A FALL HALF MARATHON—and not just to take advantage of the early-bird pricing. I am itching to race again—not for time, not to place. I need a goal to work toward once this little one arrives in April. Racing is not every runner’s goal, but for me—and likely many of you—it can serve as motivation to lace up my shoes and get out the door consistently. And when race day comes, the only minute I regret signing up is when my alarm goes off at super-early o’clock. Otherwise, I soak up the crowds, the start-line music, the self-styled cheerleaders, the handwritten signs and the scenery—and, of course,…

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warm up

EPIC TRAILS Obstacle course brand Spartan is launching a trail run series in 2019. Turn to page 10 for more. OVERHEARD “There is no downside in giving your best.”—Shalane Flanagan, 2017 NYC Marathon champ (Instagram @shalaneflanagan)“I never really felt that being a girl was in any way a disadvantage in what I could achieve in life. I hope I’m setting an example for my daughter in terms of what she can achieve.”—Jasmin Paris, Montane Spine Race course record holder who beat the previous record by 12 hours, even with breaks for pumping milk for her 14-month-old daughter (in an interview with womensrunning.com)“I’m impatient. I set a goal and work as hard as I can to accomplish it. It’s what I’ve always done. It’s me. I’ve had to be checked by my coach, my…

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blazing trails

The creators of the Spartan obstacle course race (OCR) series are offering trail runners a chance to rediscover classic trail running (meaning things like rugged terrain, technical singletrack and natural obstacles like river crossings and log hops) but with a Spartan ethos—including crossing the signature fire jump at the finish. Offered in 10K and half-marathon distances, the 12-race U.S. series launches outside of Seattle, Wash., this April and will coincide with Spartan’s OCR race weekends as part of an event festival. Prominent ultrarunners Charlie Engle and Luis Escobar helped develop the series and create the courses, and they’ll act as co–race directors. Elite competitors will be racing for cash prizes, and age-group winners will earn special gold, silver and bronze medals. Find out more at spartan.com/trail. COURTESY SPARTAN; NEW YORK ROAD…

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training for the uphill athlete

By Kilian Jornet, Steve House and Scott Johnston Patagonia, $35 (March 12), patagonia.com Read it: If you’ve got trail goals. Three top mountain athletes and coaches collaborated on this book, using their athlete-tested wisdom and science-based methodology to guide serious mountain runners and ski mountaineers toward their goals. Snapshot: It’s an authoritative yet accessible, customizable self-coaching plan for mountain runners, ski mountaineers and skimo racers. “There are many more ways to train wrong than right,” the authors write. “While learning from your own mistakes is the best teacher, it is painful and perhaps more importantly, a terrible waste of time. By steering you around the pitfalls and danger areas, we hope to save you wasted days and weeks, to say nothing of the disappointment and even heartbreak of ineffective training.”…

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loosen up

We liked nutritionist Rachel Davis right away for those three little words every runner wants to hear: “Eat the pizza.” “Here’s the thing,” Davis says. “There are no ‘bad’ or ‘off-limits’ foods. It’s just that some require moderation.” Davis knows firsthand you can’t tell a runner not to eat something—as a lifelong runner herself, she knows just how delicious that post-marathon pizza can be (“Preferably followed by ice cream for dessert,” Davis laughs). Davis, who took up running as a child to emulate her big sister, eventually became a collegiate track and field athlete specializing in the 400-meter hurdles. It was during that time Davis became fascinated with the connection between food and performance, experimenting with various nutritional strategies to learn how it affected her running times. This scientific mind led to Davis…