A bit of background:
I’ve had a subscription to Runner’s World for about a year now and there is much I like about it. However I recently decided to do a bit of shopping around and check out some of the other publications on offer here. So over the next few weeks, I’ll be checking out a few of the other running magazines on sale and seeing what I make of them!
First up today….
- Easily found at Barnes and Noble but under ‘Women’ instead of ‘Sports’, even though ‘Women’s Triathlon‘ and ‘Men’s Running’ is under ‘Sports’. Hmmm.
- Cover price – $4.99
- Issues reviewed here: July and August 2013
- Pagination – Both editions – 80 pages.
- Advertising Pagination – Both editions – 27 pages of adverts/advertorials. 33%
- Annual subscription price: $19.99 for 10 issues
What did I like about it?
- I really liked that it was aimed at women. It was really nice to read something aimed so precisely at ME as a woman and a runner – and men can enjoy it equally so no need to jump on my equal opportunities soapbox 🙂
- Really liked the fashion pages. They highlighted some lovely clothes (not at Vogue prices) and the layout, design and photography is great! Made me want to BUY STUFF!
- Some great healthy eating articles, a feature on running safety and strength exercises.
- They have a great website with lots of good stuff on there, including a weekly Blogger on the Run feature if you want new bloggers to follow!
- I loved that they featured a decent amount of reader-runners. They got a lot of publicity last year with their reader cover-girl competition and I loved the supportive nature of these pieces. Much as we admire the pro runners, few of us will ever be that fast and I personally am more inspired by the women I know (and women like me) who run than by the gazelles!
- I admit it – I liked some of the girly stuff, the skincare and hairstyle stuff!
- There was a sense of fun about running in this publication. Running IS fun – Women’s Running celebrated it!
What was I not so keen on?
- It feels very thin in my hands, this publication!
- Equally, a lot of the content feels very lightweight. I like something easy to flick through but at times it strayed too far into fluff territory. You’d buy this magazine for fun, not to learn anything!
- I know the ads pay the bills but it felt VERY advert-heavy for such a thin magazine.
- There was a long article in the July edition about a woman attacked when running in Hawaii. I know it happens more than we’d like to think (and many magazines feature similar articles so Women’s Running is not alone) but I do find this kind of stuff to be fear-mongering.
- I liked this magazine but I wanted to like it more. I would love more depth to some articles and simply more pages!
- I think it would be perfect for women who are new to running, excited by it but maybe intimidated by the traditional running press. It’s a great gateway magazine into the running community. If you have girlfriends who are getting into it, it would be a great magazine to buy them. I’ll be passing my copies on to newbie friends.
- Not sure if I’ll buy it again. Maybe for a long car trip? Which is a shame because it could be great!
Next up: Running Times