In this issue of Women's Running : The weather has been so awful lately that my motivation to go out for a run hasn’t been great. As I write this, the winds are battering my window and all hopes of a lunchtime run have been dashed. My next run will be on the treadmill, which isn’t the same as an outdoor run, but it’s better than nothing. We’ve all suffered from motivation issues from time to time, and doing a variety of sessions on the treadmill has kept me interested and focused. Even on a treadmill, you can vary what you do – hill sessions and random intervals are far more rewarding than a regular plod. In this issue, we reveal how to stay motivated and also provide some boredom-busting sessions, on page 42. Compression kit is a constant hot topic – will it help you recover after a demanding run? With more and more compression kit landing on my desk, I also began to also wonder if it’s just meant for those doing marathons and ultras, or can those of us doing shorter runs wear it post-run for recovery? Find out on page 46. If you’re a new runner, our job is to motivate and inspire you, so check out our top tips for beginners on page 26 and choose one of our plans to help you build stamina, starting on page 27. Fancy a fast 5K? See our Personal Best section for tips on how to get faster over this shorter race distance. For anyone doing a spring marathon, I wish you luck… and I would also urge you to read our features on tapering and race-day wisdom, from page 30. Finally, if you’re looking for some new kit to run in, we’ve teamed up with Brooks and Runners Need to over a whopping 26.2 per cent discount in selected stores. Visit our website to get your free voucher. Christina Macdonald, Editor-in-Chief
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