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Women's Running January 2021

Marathoner, jogger or racer, Women’s Running magazine prepares you for any distance no matter your running style or ability. Looking for the most suitable trainers and apparel to make every run rewarding? Or perhaps expert tips on how to boost your stamina and improve your energy levels? Look no further than a super informative, digital subscription to Women’s Running magazine! Every issue offers a full scope into the world of running - from sections on gym training and healthy nutrition to running fashions and running events for women of all ages. Discover everything you need to take your running to the next level. Maximise every run with the ultimate monthly motivational guide - subscribe to Women’s Running today!

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Anthem Publishing
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2 min

Well, we made it. Here we are with the new dawn of 2021. Never has a year had so much hope and expectation heaped on it. Last year, I did a parkrun on New Year’s Day. _ is year, I’m just going to go for a run. And while I’m out there I tell you what I’m not going to do. I am NOT going to make resolutions: I don’t want to eat less, I don’t want to drink less, I don’t want to exercise more. And I don’t want to beat myself up. What I did in 2020 was everything I could have done to support myself – I managed that by eating, drinking and exercising precisely enough to get myself through it. So I shall do the same in…

1 min
we couldn’t have done it without…

Tina Chantrey Our relentlessly positive fitness editor has kept herself training during both lockdowns, with the hope of competing in numerous races and an IronMan, all of which were cancelled. Without missing a beat, she picked herself up and started training again – all the while leading her weekly run group on the south coast virtually during lockdown. This issue, she compiled our comprehensive guide for beginner and returner runners. Turn to page 30. Alex Parren Alex Parren is a qualified personal trainer, nutritionist, and running coach as well as a keen ultra runner. When she’s not busy working as a freelance copywriter and marketing consultant for sports and fitness brands, she can be found exploring the trails of the South of England. This issue, she looked at how our periods can affect…

4 min

GET BRITAIN RUNNING Leading events companies join forces to kickstart UK fitness Five of Britain’s top participation sports organisations have joined forces to create Get Britain Running. Made up of Front Runner Events, Running High Events, Rees Leisure, MK Marathon and RUNFEST, Get Britain Running is founded on three core principles: improving health, raising awareness and supporting charities. Before the COVID-19 pandemic, almost two-thirds (63 per cent) of adults in England were overweight and unfit, obesity rates in the UK having nearly tripled since 1975. During the first national lockdown, physical activity levels across England plummeted, with 30 per cent of the adult population being ‘inactive’ between March and May, and 12 million adults doing almost no exercise. Participation sporting events have been among the most significantly impacted industries as a result of the…

2 min
new gear

Cold comfort If it’s frosty, don’t leave home without your Runr snood, made from 100 per cent recycled plastic bottles. These are so versatile, whether you use them for controlling your hair, warming your neck or mopping up sweat during summer running. At this price point of just under a tenner, this is our winter all-round bargain, and perfect for those times you need a handy face covering. £9.95, runr.co.uk Mission: run anywhere The Under Armour Run Anywhere Cropped Long Sleeve has got everything you could want. HeatGear fabric ensures you stay warm, wicks sweat away from the skin and sits just right to prevent chafing. A dropped hem protects your lower back from the cold and it also features thumbholes, external pockets (with flap) and reflectivity front and back. For wet or…

3 min
improve my cardiorespiratory fitness?

The best way of calculating your CRF is through your VO2max score, which is simply the maximum amount of oxygen your body can utilise during exercise. Luckily, many of today’s running watches and apps will calculate this for you. There are many things you can do to naturally improve and maintain your own CRF, which can help improve your running performance as well as your longer-term health and longevity. “Crucially for runners, you need to follow a well-structured, consistent and progressive plan,” explains Eddie Fletcher, a sports scientist at Wattbike (wattbike.com). “This means a plan with the optimum mix of duration, volume, intensity, rest and recovery.” Adding variety can be an effective way to do this. “Mixing up running on the road with cross country or trail running, as well as the…

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PERIOD POVERTY SOARS DURING COVID-19 New research from Lil-lets shows that in the UK, period products are out of the financial grasp of many young girls, with Covid-19 increasing the harsh impact of period poverty. It also found that Covid-19 has had a significant impact on girls’ mental health (40 per cent of young women ages 14-21 have said that lockdown has negatively impacted their mental health), Before the outbreak, Plan International UK (plan-uk.org) found that one in every 10 teenage girls will, at some point, not be able to afford sanitary products. Understanding period poverty is helped by discussing the ‘toxic trio’: a lack of education about periods, sex and relationships in schools; the cost of sanitary products; and the stigma about menstruation. Covid-19 has stunted progress to combat period poverty in…