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The best female running accounts to follow on Instagram

Evening Standard logo Evening Standard 17/02/2019 Rosie Fitzmaurice
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Anyone else noticed that virtually everyone on Instagram seems to be running some form of competitive race this year?

There are plenty of reasons to get on board the running bandwagon, of course. As well as being a great form of cardio, many also claim that running has a particularly positive effect on their minds. Bella Mackie recently wrote a book about how running helped her battle crippling anxiety and depression.

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Meanwhile, neuroscientist Ben Martynoga previously told the Standard that aerobic exercise like running can help us to deal with stress and concentrate better, and that there's also scientific evidence to support the idea of a runner's high.

So whether you're running - or want to start - for your physical or mental health, here are some Instagram accounts to get you motivated...

1. Adrienne LDN, @adrienne_ldn

Why follow: Adrienne is a busy woman, as well as being a personal trainer and ambassador to the likes of Adidas and Origins, she also hosts her own podcast, Power Hour.

She's running five half marathons this year and just completed her first race in Barcelona. Follow her for uplifting and empowering vibes that'll encourage you to get training, whether it's running, Reformer or HIIT.

2. Susie Chan, @susie_chan

Why follow: For when one marathon just isn't enough, endurance runner Susie Chan has taken part in some of the toughest ultra-marathons around the world. 

Follow her wild adventures around the world, from jungle runs in Costa Rica to treks along an ancient Japanese mountain trail.

3. Amy Lane (formerly Hopkinson) @wellness_ed

Why follow:

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WHY I’m RUNNING not RACING @marathonparis >> I’ve just come back off a 17 mile run. As I hit 13 miles I looked at my watch which read 2 hours - this is 20+mins slower over the same distance compare to when I was training for #londonmarathon 2018. _ But this year I’ve got married, gone away, been on a mini moon and launched #wellfar. All of this craziness has meant that my initial intentions of wanting to run a 3.50 marathon time have had to be re-calibrated. Why? Because the load of life is a stress on the body just like marathon training is and I did not want either my mind or muscle to become overwhelmed by everything I was asking of it. So I’ve slowed down and I’m enjoying just checking off the distance. I’m also stopping to take in views, stopping for water and fuel breaks and just being OK with the fact that this year I’ll be adding many minutes to my marathon time. _ _ If you’re racing good on you and I hope you get the time you’re after. If you’re running like me, well, let’s enjoy the journey. Marathon week is the least mileage you’ll do over the next 8 so let’s make sure we enjoy every mile leading up to it #marathonrunner #trainingjourney #parismarathon #sundayrunday #londonrunners

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Women's Health digital editor and Lululemon ambassador Amy Lane recently launched her own weekly running podcast called Well Far in which she documents her own training for the Paris marathon, while also interviewing running experts along the way. 

Follow Amy for plenty of exercise-specific tips and how to complement your running with things like strength training.

4. Charlie Running @therunnerbeans

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Run love.... ❤️for me run love is running with friends, running in new places, running PBs, running hard, running easy. What do you love about running? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ My biggest run love comes at the end of a marathon, when the emotions take over - like this moment with @milesfitter at the end of the New York Marathon I've had a number of questions about the trip to NYC to run the @NYCmarathon this year as part of our runner's group so here are the details: ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 🍎Enter the ballot for the NYC marathon by midnight tonight (keep everything crossed) ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 🍎If you aren't lucky in the ballot, you can buy a flight & entry from 2.09 events (or other sports tour) ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 🍎Secure your spot in the runner's apartment, this is an Air B and B with a group of runners traveling solo, or in pairs. We'll be doing a shake out run, carb loading on pizza/pasta, enjoying pre and post race brunches and heading to the expo together. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 🍎Dates are Thurs 31st Oct - Monday 4th Nov - deposit is £200 pp, total price is £500 which includes accommodation, food and goodies! Email me at therunnerbeans@gmail.com for more details. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I'm running it too this year - can't wait! #tcsnycmarathon #rbpartner #runlove #sixstarfinisher @wmmajors

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Why follow: Charlie is a student dietician and blogger currently training for her ninth marathon. She hasn't always been a runner and started her blog to document her training for her first marathon as a non-runner.

Follow her for workouts, exercise class reviews, race recaps and healthy recipes.

5. Emma Kirk Odunubi @emmakirkyo

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The look you give when you know pull-ups, chest to bar and shoulder heavy work is on the cards 🙈 this morning session revolved around all the skills I’m weak at! Made a promise to myself to do the stuff I hate. In today’s 14 min EMOM I managed 5 strict (banded) pull ups every min for 5 mins-super proud of that. Then attempted 1 chest to bar every min there after, did I get every rep? No not at all, but I attempted and it’s a skill that needs to be developed. Avidly working on my weaknesses to make them my strengths...the motivation is real 💪🏽 Happy Tuesday amigos. Try and do something today to push yourself to be better, micro victories are the best way to success and mine today was those 5 strict pull-ups 😊 what micro victories are you chasing today? #PullUps #Gymnastics #WITTraining

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Why follow: Emma is a Track Life London coach and self-confessed sport/fitness/footwear obsessive.

Tune in for her #TrainerTuesday series, in which she draws on her experience working in the sports running shoe industry, and reviews the latest drops. Emma's weight training posts are just as inspiring.

6. Dr Lis Kilcourse @therunningmedic 

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Happy Sunday 😃 Instagram * I just want to say a huge thank you to @projecte2nutrition And @run_north_west For the prize from their Instagram competition this week! * Not only did I get a huge stash of endurance fuel but I took a trip to @run_north_west Today go have my gait looked at and try some new shoes! * Thank you so much to Sam for being patient with me going through ALL the shoes and trying on all the ASICS shoes so I can get the right sizes for next year. * My last few weeks of running have been a bit meh so this has been a prize that has come at the right time to cheer me up! * Hopefully some new shoes and better fuelling can get me going now the spring is coming 🌸 #SundayRunday #Ad #Gifted #LongRunSunday #ASICSFrontrunner #ASICSFrontrunner2019 #ASICSFrontrunnerUK #Grateful #Thankyou #Giveaway #LongRunDay #irunthisbody #bodypositive #running #womensrunning #Kayano #runforlife #RunningCommunity #RunningPhoto #RunningSelfie #RunningShoe #RunningShop #ThankYou

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Why follow: Elisabeth Kilcourse, is a junior doctor based in Manchester and a member of the ASICSFrontrunner UK team.

As well as documenting her running training on her blog, she also shares healthy gluten-free recipes.

7. Bella Mackie

Why follow: Bella Mackie, wife of radio presenter Greg James, has just written, Jog On, a book in which she explains how she used running to battle crippling anxiety and depression.

Follow her for running motivation, kit tips, as well as a peek into her love of fashion and hair accessories.

8. This bunny runs, @thisbunnyruns

Why follow: Having lost a third of her bodyweight, ​Becca is now a marathoner and ASICS FrontRunner, and is currently also training for a triathlon this year.

Follow her for all things running, cycling, swimming and fitness.

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