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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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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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What’s the difference between a tempo and an interval run?

Confused about the difference? Here, GRTW Head Honcho of online running programmes, Tara Shannahan explains and how it can make you a faster runner Interval Run An Interval run is when you run fast for an interval of time, then allow the body to partially recover and then repeat.  Why do we run intervals? The purpose of these runs are to train our VO2 max, which means the maximum amount of oxygen your body can process to fuel your run. Your VO2 max is determined by two things – the ability of your heart to pump oxygenated blood around the

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Delicious marathon & bike training breakfasts

Want a delicious, quick easy breakfast that will help to fuel you and means you don’t have to get up hours earlier than you need to? Try these One of the hardest things about training for endurance and holding down a career/family/relationship (delete or add as required!) is that, all those long miles on bike or feet need to be done early in the day, to get them out of the way and give you time to live your life. But, that then means getting up even earlier to eat a breakfast that you can digest to fuel your training.

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GRTW Runderlust – our look at this weekend’s bucket list races

Pack your binoculars! This weekend’s race round-up takes in sea views from all four corners of the British Isles, and maybe the chance of spotting a sea creature or two… Loch Ness Marathon (plus 10k, 5k and junior races) Obviously there’s the stunning loch (lake) and spectacular Highland scenery – but we all know that the real draw here is the search for Nessie…. And what better distraction to get you through 26.2, than the chance of a monster-spot?!  Prepare for cold weather, splendidly wild isolation (there are few crowds around these parts, though you may get a cheer from

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Runderlust Marathon Inspiration

Every weekend, we bring you details of some of the most runderlust races around the world  If you live in the UK, it can sometimes seem like marathon races all but stop in the summer. But this is when some of the most interesting races begin to happen elsewhere in the world.  If you’re a true girl that runs the world, and love travelling as much as you love running or triathlon, then here’s some races to whet your appetite. They’re all part of the accredited Association of International Marathons Association, so they’re good races, well organised.  Fancy somewhere in

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#grtwproject26.2 ‘I’m riding a rollercoaster of emotions.’

Pre marathon anxiety is now kicking in, not least what to wear. Is planning your marathon day outfit as complicated as choosing your wedding outfit?!It’s beginning to seem so for Rachel Sparkhall  With the second four week block of training provided by Girls Run the World, Tara completed, it certainly feels like the clock is starting to tick fast and training intensity is ramping up. Nerves are rumbling around and whilst I’ve completed all the training and hit the required mileage, I’m riding a roller-coaster of emotions.  ‘Can I get my nutrition right on the day and not need to

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How Yin Yoga can transform your running

Read about Girls Run the World founder, Rachael Woolston discussing the benefits of yin yoga in Women’s Running magazine. And if you fancy joining our 30 day Yoga Recovery programme for marathon runners, sign up for our launch offer on our NEW digital training platform created for female runners and triathletes inspired by goals HERE. By signing up, you’ll get access to a limited number sign up offer.

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#grtwproject26.2 ‘Having a virtual coach keeps me accountable – and running even when I don’t feel like it’

The final of our four winners of #grtwproject26.2 winners, Rachel Sparkhall, 43  reveals how accountability and b-run-ches have been so important for the first four week block of her Paris Marathon training… Race: Schneider Paris Marathon Target: 3  hours, 59 minutes I read a quote this week, ‘the marathon is the victory lap’ and this struck a chord – it will be the culmination of 14 + weeks of not only running an amazing amount of miles but also the thinking time and juggling of work/life as well – I think the mantra ‘this is the victory lap, enjoy it’

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#grtwproject26.2 ‘Having different training zones has transformed my running’

Our third #project26.2 runners, Kerrie Flippance, shares how recovery runs and training zones has transformed her running…while she contemplates a 5am start as she juggles marathon training and motherhood  Manchester Marathon will be my first marathon and I ‘panic entered’ last August after reading a friend’s Facebook status which led me to believe it was about to sell out. To date there are still places left!  After I entered, I tried to forget about it, ignoring all my friends’ excited social media messages about who was training on what days and where could we run to vary our training.  I was

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