Runner's World (UK) - - HUMAN RACE -

I all some­times­fours, like dreama horse that gal­lop­ing.I can run The on feel­ing of power is amaz­ing. – Karen S I in dreamt­the mo­bileI was ga­methe main Tem­ple char­ac­terRun 2. I was just run­ning for­ever. – Jodie L Hill The night be­fore the Brighton Marathon last year I dreamt I was run­ning it. Imag­ine how I felt wak­ing up and re­alised it was yet to be done! – Suzanne Tay­lor I dreamt I was run­ning a marathon wear­ing my dress­ing gown. – James Mul­lan I was run­ning in a race that went up a ver­ti­cal cliff face and you had to do a cook­ery com­pe­ti­tion, like

Master Chef, at the top. – Rita Cross I’m in a race and don’t know which way to go and I end up run­ning around in­side build­ings try­ing to find my way back to the race route. – Donna-marie Win­ter I dreamt that I ar­rived late for the start of the Lon­don Marathon, but so did David Beck­ham, so I ran with him. – Ann Hooks 1000m ever [she ran 2:31.93 sec­onds at the Birm­ing­ham In­door Grand Prix in Fe­bru­ary]. For the fi­nal 400m you could not only see the pain in her face, but feel it. It was a real treat to watch and af­ter­wards I ran my first sub-20 5K. Simon Chalmers, Mon­trose MIND THE GAPS Matt Fitzger­ald's ar­ti­cle Sweet

Truth (RW, March) was very in­ter­est­ing. I agree that sugar has been de­monised re­cently and that it does have a role in boost­ing per­for­mance. But I was sur­prised that tooth de­cay wasn't men­tioned. I’ve been ul­tra run­ning for two years, fu­elling my long runs and races with sports gels and drinks as well as ‘real’ food. A re­cent den­tal check-up re­vealed five new cav­i­ties. My den­tist said that in six months my teeth showed a level of de­cay she'd ex­pect over four or five years. I'm now more care­ful with my sugar habit and I brush my teeth after ev­ery long run. I don't want to be a healthy, fit run­ner with false teeth! Ver­ity Bryce, Aberdeen, Scot­land NEW AGE I've been run­ning for over 20 years, and have been for­tu­nate to have had a suc­cess­ful run­ning ca­reer. Now a FV50, what in­spires me is other veteran run­ners who con­tinue to run well for their age, and still look great. I think it's time Run­ner's

World con­sid­ered some older run­ners for its cover stars. It would be such a great ad­ver­tise­ment for the ben­e­fits of run­ning. I'm very proud of what run­ning has done for me, and the pos­i­tive ef­fect that it has had on my body. Pippa Ma­jor, Couls­don, Sur­rey

RW SAYS At Run­ner’s World we are also in­spired by older ath­letes. Turn to p64 for a cel­e­bra­tion of masters run­ning. A WEIGHT OFF MY MIND I’ve al­ways been over­weight. I’d tried many times to diet, but al­ways put the weight back on. That changed last Novem­ber. I was out walk­ing the dog when I saw a no­tice about a Parkrun that was start­ing. I went to the first one and strug­gled round in a 52:29. Since then, I’ve lost over two stone and can now run the whole course with­out stop­ping. It’s be­come a fam­ily af­fair: my sev­enyear old loves try­ing to get a PB; my 10-year-old has im­proved his stamina for rugby and my hubby en­joys the peace, as I'm too out of breath to talk to him! Run­ning re­ally has made a dif­fer­ence to our lives. An­gela Pritchard, Can­nock, Stafford­shire SCRAP IRON Hav­ing suf­fered from fa­tigue for some years I was di­ag­nosed last year with ge­netic haemochro­mato­sis (iron over­load), which can be dan­ger­ous if left un­treated. Your ar­ti­cle on iron (RW, April) was in­ter­est­ing, but didn't point out the im­por­tance of not self-med­i­cat­ing. For some­one with un­di­ag­nosed ge­netic haemochro­mato­sis, a course of iron to com­bat feel­ing run-down could be dan­ger­ous. Sarah Mil­burn, Carlisle, Cum­bria

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