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Women's Running

Women's Running June 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.

United States
Pocket Outdoor Media, LLC
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6 Issues

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2 min.
paris, je t’aime

WHEN I WAS 20, I HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO STUDY ABROAD IN PARIS FOR A YEAR. The only request I had for my host family placement: Please make sure they live near somewhere I can run. I grew up in a suburb of Phoenix and had never lived in a big city before; I was worried I wouldn’t be able to run through the nerves that would inevitably accompany my move into another culture. I wound up in an older woman’s beautiful apartment in Neuilly-sur-Seine, an upscale suburb on the west side of Paris, directly above the Bois de Bologne, a huge park that once served as the hunting grounds for the kings of France. Run south, someone told me, and I couldn’t miss it. This was before smartphones and ubiquitous personal…

2 min.
find everything here at womensrunning.com/mag

OPINION Equality at Boston THE BOSTON MARATHON CHANGED ITS RULES THIS YEAR, creating an elite men’s wave for the first time. The change means only men registered in that elite wave can compete for prize money. The decision lit up commentary decrying the end of an era when anybody with enough hope and determination might just be able to break onto the podium. But here’s the rub: There’s been an elite women’s wave since 2004. Our digital editor, Erin Strout, shares her thoughts in a piece titled “Equality at Boston Is Long Overdue”. “Boston is all about qualifying,” she writes. “We have to earn our experiences there…For the handful of sub-elite men and women who are on the cusp of achieving the Olympic Trials standard, and therefore don’t have an invitation to…

4 min.
go with the flow!

Researchers from three groups—St. Mary’s University in the U.K., Fitr-Woman, a period-tracking app, and Strava, the social media app used to track cycling and running—teamed up to see whether women were getting relief from their period cramps via exercise. Surprise (or maybe not): Movement may help. Strava sent out surveys to its 39 million users worldwide and 14,184 women returned them. The survey asked about all kinds of menstruation-related issues, but one of the most interesting findings was that 78 percent of women said that they found relief from discomfort during their period by engaging in some sort of exercise. Part of the reason why: Exercise helps reduce inflammation, and researchers have found a correlation between reported premenstrual syndrome symptoms and high levels of C-reactive protein, a biomarker that can…

3 min.
ultra explorer

When I caught up with Boulder, Colo.–based Darcy Piceu, she had just returned from taking her 10-year-old daughter, Sophia, to Costa Rica for spring break. The two had spent the week in Nosara, which is known both as a yoga destination and year-round surfing town. It’s not as well-traveled as other parts of Costa Rica because of its largely unpaved, bumpy roads, but Piceu, 44, has always been one to prefer trails over road anyway. Her love of ultrarunning started more than two decades ago, when she was a junior in college studying abroad in Australia and New Zealand. “It was just one of those moments, in my early 20s, where I felt like I needed to start actually doing some exercise and taking care of myself,” she says. A swimmer…

2 min.
becky wade

PLENTY OF POSTGRADS go abroad after college, but Becky Wade took her travels to the next level when she spent a year crisscrossing the continents in 2012. During her trip, Wade, 30, logged 3,500 miles to tap into the local running scene in each of the nine countries she visited, ultimately documenting her journeys in her acclaimed memoir, Run the World. Today, Wade–who burst onto the marathon scene in 2013 with a 2:30:41 debut–lives and trains in Boulder, Colo. And as an Olympic hopeful in the marathon, she’s turned her focus toward her next dream destination: Tokyo in 2020. There may never be that ‘perfect’ time to take a trip. But don’t let timing or money hold you back. On her staying power as a runner I put a lot of stock into…

4 min.
get high

THERE’S A REASON SO MANY ATHLETES LIVE IN THE MOUNTAINS: Altitude makes you faster. “Training at altitude offers physiological changes that improve your endurance,” says Randy Wilber, PhD, a senior sports physiologist at the United States Olympic Committee. “Your body senses that there’s less oxygen in the air and responds by making more oxygen-carrying red blood cells to compensate.” That means running feels easier once you return to sea level—score. Ideally, Wilber says you’d follow a “live high, train low” strategy, like the elites do. “‘Live high’ at 6,000 to 9,000 feet to produce the optimal red blood cell response, but ‘train low’ at sea level (or as close as possible) to maintain your running intensity and speed.” Not about to pick up and move in the name of a PR? Well, Wilber…