Reflective Flipbelt

Eight of the Best Reflective Running Kit

With less daylight hours, learn the beauty of pre-sunrise and night time road and trail running. But make sure you can be seen… Jackets Proviz REFLECT360 Outdoor Jacket, £99.99 Proviz’s REFLECT360 Women’s Outdoor Jacket is waterproof and windproof, with an outer shell that is 100% reflective. Any light from a vehicle, or the torchlight of a passing runner or cyclist will reflect back making you light up the night. (Get 20% off any of their products with our exclusive discount code for GRTW newsletter subscribers). Craft Lumen Lightweight Reflective Running Jacket, £77.89 This Craft reflective running jacket has all-over reflective

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Real Women Review: Waterproof Running Jackets

Introducing our new segment real women review…where we ask YOU, our running and triathlon community for your top product recommendations to help other women choose the best kit. First up…waterproof running jackets… Scroll to the end for an exciting competition in partnership with award-winning sportswear brand Proviz Sports to win a Proviz REFLECT360 Women’s Running Jacket. Inov-8 Stormshell Full Zip Running Jacket Price: £180 Key attributes: Lightweight jacket for training and racing in wet conditions. “The Inov-8 Stormshell folds away really small, so it’s perfect to carry on changeable days, it’s waterproof and, most importantly breathable too. The jacket also

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Virtual London Marathon

Race Review: Virtual London Marathon

For the first time in its history, the London Marathon invited participants to run the marathon their way, running virtually alongside 45,000 runners up and down the UK – and across the world. Jennifer Glass, 52, shares her experience of this historic event with us. The event was like nothing else I’ve ever done! The race required you to plan your own route, decide your own start time and organise all the logistics involved in running 26.2 miles that are usually handled for you. There was no expo but equally, there wasn’t a portaloo queue! I found comfort in being

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Race Review: Helvellyn Triathlon

Sharon Leeming, 41, a mum and part time school teacher, gives us the lowdown on the Helvellyn triathlon, billed as one of the toughest triathlons in the world… Helvellyn triathlon, set in the Lake District, had been on my wish list radar for ages. It had always felt out of reach with its 1489 feet of climbing on the bike, followed by a further 3118 ft on the run but after a month of training on the trails as part of the GRTW V-Alps Ultra and lockdown wiping out most races, I felt confident about entering. I had every reason

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Menopause and running

Menopause and Performance: Navigating Hormonal Changes

Age doesn’t have to be a barrier to success in endurance sport. As women hit their forties and beyond, hormone changes during the peri-menopause and menopause can affect our body shape, performance, mind and soul – but it doesn’t have to be this way. Female athletes can achieve amazing performances in their forties plus, this October for World Menopause month we’ll show you how. Last year, Joan Benoit Samuelson 40 years after her record-setting 2:35:15 at the Boston Marathon took on the course again with the hope of finishing within 40 minutes of her original time. She succeeded, with a

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Four Tips to Avoid Burnout and Ensure Training and Race Day Success

Autumn is often a time when we reset after a busy summer and set ourselves new race goals. But read this before you enter anything to ensure race day happiness Six months of lockdown, working from home (some with kids in tow), no holiday abroad and races cancelled, this September has seen an explosion in race sign ups in a bid to escape the inertia. In the desire to get out in the fresh air, have a target after being so long without a training motivation, thousands of us have entered endurance events that leave us little time to train.

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Do women get slower with age?

As we hit our forties and beyond, how much does it affect our speed and how should we change the way that we train? Physiologically, there is no doubt that if you an elite female athlete you will get slower as you age. But for the majority of female recreational runners and triathletes, getting slower as you hit your forties and fifties is NOT a foregone conclusion. Why? Because most recreational female athletes don’t start running seriously until their thirties. As for triathlon, many of us don’t have the time or money to start training for a multi-disciplined event until

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3 Ways to Boost Your Motivation to Train

We all know that we should be training, but sometimes it can be hard to find the time or the motivation. If you’ve found yourself in a rut here are three easy ways to help you get back out there and reaching your goals. Many of us couldn’t wait to get out there and train post-lockdown, then suddenly autumn hit and we’re busier than ever. Whether you’ve been preparing for the kids going back to school or just coping with returning to semi-normal life it can leave us feeling unmotivated. 3 Tips to Get Motivated to Train: Get enough sleep Making

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Pelvic floor and the female athlete

Everyone knows that pregnancy and childbirth affect pelvic floor health. But there are other causes that can cause pelvic floor issues from incontinence to back pain Awareness, knowledge and access to specialist women’s pelvic health experts, thankfully, has improved loads in the last decade. When we recently interviewed a host of female runners and triathletes for our podcast series on Postnatal Performance (out in November 2020), it was great to hear that so many had sought rehab before returning to training (listen to our interview with Gill Bland, a sub 3 hour marathon recreational runner on her experience). Pelvic floor

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Achieving Training Gains Through Adventure

With most races cancelled for 2020 and lockdown wiping out normal training methods, many have used adventures to train. Be inspired and discover the training adaptations gained through adventuring… Shaking your head and thinking that there is no way adventure training can really benefit your performance? Think again. Tour de France cyclist, Jerome Cousin was visiting his girlfriend in Portugal when the country went into lockdown, and all return flights back to his native France were cancelled. Once lockdown was eased, he bike paced with girlfriend on a 1,152km trip across Portugal. He described the experience as ‘total freedom’. Now, if

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