Runner's World (UK) - - IN THS ISSUE - ANDY DIXON ED­I­TOR @Rw_ed_andy

THE DAYS WHEN THE ONLY REA­SON RUN­NERS toed a start line was to clock a fast time have long gone – and nowhere is that more ev­i­dent than in the car­ni­val of hu­man­ity that is the Virgin Money Lon­don Marathon. A veteran of many, I am al­ways moved by the names of lost or loved ones em­bla­zoned on the back of so many vests. That PB sud­denly doesn’t seem so im­por­tant. And for all those with rea­sons clearly vis­i­ble, thou­sands more run for thou­sands of other rea­sons of their own. We of­fer a snap­shot of those di­verse and in­spir­ing back­sto­ries in our 26 rea­sons to run fea­ture on page 36. I’m run­ning Lon­don this year as part of the Run­ner’s world pace team. We’ll be pac­ing fin­ish times in 15-minute in­cre­ments from sub-3 to run/ walk (5:14). See runnersworld.co.uk/pac­ing for more info or visit our stand at the VMLM Expo.

Else­where in this is­sue, there’s more in­spi­ra­tion on of­fer from the masters ath­letes re­defin­ing per­cep­tions of what older run­ners can achieve, in The golden age, on page 64. Once in­spired, we of­fer you the know-how to im­prove your run­ning, from the 10 best 5K and 10K train­ing work­outs ( p80), to find­ing the men­tal strength to push through pain (p44); and from gym-free moves for rock-solid joints (p91), to get­ting more from the friendly bac­te­ria in your gut (p58). Plus, in a move pre­sum­ably not be­ing too closely mon­i­tored by WADA, on page 85 we un­leash the awe­some, per­for­mance-en­hanc­ing power of the muf­fin.

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