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Women’s Running

Dec 2019


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Hello! issue 120 || december 2019 We couldn’t have done it without… issue 120 || DECEMBER 2019


HEADLINES The people, campaigns, research and updates making an impact in our running community this month NEW GEAR From yoga kit for your gym trips, to the warmest jacket we can find, we bring you the latest best new kit Stretch after running Stretching helps improve the range of motion of your joints and muscle/soft tissue flexibility, which makes it important for injury prevention HEALTH The latest nutrition, beauty and health headlines. Because running doesn’t end at your feet Kelly Ruck Ultrarunner Kelly Ruck is a mum of four (and soon five) who enjoys running beautiful Wye Valley trails, and doughnuts FUEL Try these three quick recipes for an easy yet ever-nutritious meal or snack, perfect for the health conscious runner December is a time for reflection Laura Fountain is a mother, a running coach, a personal CLINIC Gabriella Pimentel is a lower limb musculoskeletal MY ROUTE London physiotherapist Lisa Posnett enjoys exploring new routes on longer runs and one of her faves starts at Victoria Park I’m in my 60s and want to run a first marathon – is that okay? Women in their 60s were once considered too old to


Running mates Because we run better together This month, you share the joy of watching the next generation of runners, the challenge of a Sunday morning run and how a digital running club keeps you on track. Great work #WRTribe! Your questions answered How to get stronger glutes, what to do if you find massages agonising and how a plant-based diet shouldn’t negatively impact your running RUN BACCHUS Have you ever wanted to run around a vineyard in the sunshine, wearing fancy dress, and drink wine along the way? Tina Chantrey suff ered this glorious marathon just for you… STORT 30 If you fancy taking on your first ultra, you’d be hard pressed to find a lovelier one than this as Tina Chantrey discovered ASDA FOUNDATION YORKSHIRE MARATHON The crowds, the support and the stunning scenery makes the eff ort all worThit as Cal Jones discovered DIARY Races in January, February and March 2020 Nicky Spinks Nicky has challenged how we think about ultrarunning, achieving what was once believed to be impossible


Hadeel Hassan WARRIOR “If I can, then anyone can” Hadeel Hassan has negotiated a lot in the past few years: a PhD, profound depression, cerebral palsy, a dyspraxia diagnosis, the transformative power of running, and selection as a major sports brand’s ambassador. Life is full of surprises… Marathon success! Anne and Sarah have been training for the Thames Meander Women’s Running AWARDS 2019 Welcome to the Women’s Running Product Awards 2019! BEST NEWCOMER The latest update to the Clift on family has gone straight BEST NEUTRAL SHOE And it’s another win for the Clift on 6! “I would definitely BEST LIGHT/MINIMAL SHOE ON Cloud It’s a bestseller due to zero gravity foam and the BEST UPDATE Not only a highly technical trainer, these shoes are BEST RECOVERY SHOE Aft er a long run or race, your feet need you to love BEST TECH TOP This beautifully cut tank was a hit across the board BEST CAPRIS/SHORTS/ LEGGINGS You can spot a runner in Tikiboo kit from quite a distance! BEST BASELAYER Runderwear Long Sleeve Base Layer BEST HIGH VIS PRODUCT Lightweight, wind resistant and reflective: this clever BEST HOODIE/ SWEATSHIRT The Dash ½ Zip will keep you warm and dry when temperatures BEST NON-TECH TEE WiTha slim-fit design and a four-way stretch knit fabric BEST ACCESSORY This is the second year in a row the Buddy Pouch has BEST BACKPACK This simple yet eff ective backpack from Asics ticked BEST HEADPHONES For many of our testers, the Jabra Active were their BEST FITNESS TRACKER/ SMARTWATCH WiThswim tracking and a sevenday battery plus all the BEST GPS WATCH For those venturing into multi-discipline sport the BEST RUNNING BUGGY WiThgreat build quality, wheels that turn on a sixpence BEST WEIGHT TRAINING EQUIPMENT This unassuming piece of kit is something of a miracle-worker. BEST HEALTHY SNACK Have we mentioned how much we love nut butter? Jake’s BEST PROTEIN SNACK Have we mentioned how much we love nut butter? Jake’s BEST PRE-RACE SNACK Pure Energy delivers carbs and electrolytes and claims BEST MID-RACE SNACK A boost that’s kind to the stomach and tastes nice BEST POST-RACE SNACK “This tasted just like squash!” enthused Gemma. “This BEST VEGETARIAN SNACK While these are ideal as a breakfast replacement, packed BEST VEGAN SNACK The very scrumptious Pulsin Booster is our go-to snack BEST SUPERFOOD SNACK It’s safe to say everyone in the testing group loved BEST HEALTHY DRINK A protein drink that wasn’t milky was a revelation BEST SKINCARE There’s nothing quite like sinking into a warm baThaft BEST MAKE-UP SportFX has taken us by surprise and is now a mainstay Positive thinking Eternally grateful Small acts of daily gratitude could unlock a more fulfilled version of you – and a happier runner. Here’s how


GOROOGUE America’s unsanctioned footraces pit runners against each other on unmarked urban courses in the middle of the night – and the concept has just arrived in the UK. Are you ready to run rogue? JOIN ACTIVE ADVENT December can be one of the hardest months for staying motivated to run. But wiTha little planning and new goals, we can all stay active and healthy YOUR ACTIVE ADVENT PLAN A training plan to help you stay active throughout December until Christmas, wiTha mixture of parkruns, cross training, yoga/strengThwork and easy runs, to keep you motivated this winter Mimmi Kotka Swedish ultrarunner Mimmi reveals how she has simplified her life to follow her passions


WINTER ESSENTIALS There’s no need for downpours to scupper your training. A waterproof jacket is essential for winter and will become your best friend! ESSENTIAL NEW RELEASE SHOES Three of the latest shoes released this year: an everyday workhorse, a trail beast, and a race day classic – we’ve got it covered ESSENTIAL WATER BOTTLES You need to stay hydrated so you can run further and stronger – these bottles will help you do just that ESSENTIAL GLOVES Adding gloves early on in autumn can oft en keep you going on more chilly runs, before you feel you really have to layer up when the frost sets in ESSENTIAL FIRST AID KITS Accidents are more likely to happen in colder months due to rain and ice – be prepared wiTha miniature first aid kit GROUP TEST BASE LAYERS Few things are as important as a really comfortable, warm and cosy base layer to protect your core throughout colder months


Postnatal running Baby steps There’s a lot of conflicting and confusing advice for new mothers who are desperate to start running again. Jo Perkins sorts through the noise and brings you the lowdown on postnatal running Pelvic floor exercises for runners A few quick exercises to help get your strengThback Perfect form Rising shoulders Taking shoulder/neck stress along for a run is detrimental to your movement Winter circuit Use any extra time indoors over winter to get your body strong for next year’s PBs, says Anne-Marie Lategan


Super food Let’s go bananas! Ask any group of runners what they regularly eat before Protein power A day’s worThof delicious recipes, all including one powerful ingredient: Whole EarThpeanut butter Katie Schide Winner of this year’s 90K Marathon du Mont- Blanc, American ultra ace Katie talks plant-based fuelling and café gourmand


Which trackers are the most accurate? ›

Garmin's Vivomove Sport Watch is our top overall pick for its accuracy, comfort, ease of use, and so much more. Whether we're tracking our step count, calories burned, or time spent sleeping, we find the metrics to be spot on. The smart device doesn't stop there.

What's the difference between trackers and smartwatches? ›

Fitness trackers usually prioritise functionality over style, with simpler designs that focus on tracking health metrics like steps, heart rate, and sleep. Smartwatches, on the other hand, often come with more stylish and eye-catching designs that can easily be customised to match your style.

What is better than Fitbit? ›

While we preferred Fitbit to track workouts and steps, Garmin was better for walks and runs, since it's known for its GPS accuracy and its ability to help with pacing within the app. It even provides trails or loops you can follow in most cities.

Are there better trackers than AirTags? ›

Four Best AirTag Alternatives: Tile Trackers for iOS and Android. While many options are available, the four best AirTag Alternatives include the Tile Pro, Tile Mate, Tile Slim, and Tile Sticker. In addition to being a great alternative, Tile is also compatible with the Life360 app.

What watch do cardiologists recommend? ›

Top 3 features of best smartwatches for heart patients for you
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Noise Newly Launched Endeavour Smart Watch1.46 inch AMOLED Always On
Apple Watch SE (2nd Gen) [GPS 40 mm]1.78 inches
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Are health tracking watches worth it? ›

Fitness trackers are a great tool for heart health,” says Johns Hopkins cardiologist Seth Martin, M.D., M.H.S. “Being more active and changing your habits is important, but it can be difficult. Tracking likely helps a lot of people when combined with a clear goal to shoot for.”

Is Garmin better than Fitbit? ›

Fitbit is a great health tool, while Garmin offers products with advanced fitness features. Garmin trackers have a traditional watch look, whereas Fitbit trackers are more sleek and discreet. When choosing which brand to buy from, consider price, ease of use, and features each product offers.

Do I want a smart watch or a tracker? ›

Generally speaking, smartwatches are more technology-packed and therefore more capable than fitness trackers. Think of them as a complementary device to your smartphone—models like the Apple Watch 9 and the Samsung Galaxy Watch 6 can do many of the same tasks their smartphone counterparts can.

Is A Fitbit better than a smart watch? ›

Fitness trackers tend to have fewer features than smartwatches, but they're more effective if you're mostly concerned about your health.

Which is better a fitness tracker or smart watch? ›

Basic functionality like giving you the time and date is still included, but fitness trackers are typically meant exclusively as a tool to promote a healthy lifestyle. While a smartwatch can serve as a useful companion while staying active, the watch also includes a broader range of convenient features.

Is Fitbit being discontinued? ›

We are no longer selling Fitbit products in select countries—but don't worry! We will continue to sell Fitbit products through select retail partners and support you and the devices you currently own with software releases, security updates, warranty fulfillment, and access to customer service.

Who is Fitbit's biggest competitor? ›

Most Commonly Comparedto Fitbit
  • Google Fit. Compare.
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Are any fitness trackers accurate? ›

Fitness trackers are typically pretty accurate at measuring steps and minutes of physical activity, and physical activity intensity. These trackers are designed to measure movement, and they do a pretty good job of quantifying movement behaviors, so relying on them for those types of measurements is OK,” Creasy said.

Is Garmin or Fitbit more accurate? ›

If you are big into outdoor exercise, a Garmin is probably the better pick. Its watches have deeper fitness features, and we find the stat accuracy level to be notably higher for aspects like heart rate.

How accurate are phone trackers? ›

Qualified services may achieve a precision of down to 50 meters in urban areas where mobile traffic and density of antenna towers (base stations) is sufficiently high. Rural and desolate areas may see miles between base stations and therefore determine locations less precisely.


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