England Athletics running coach Ellie Brown specialises in pilates, yoga and pre/post natal classes - she's got the knowledge to help women thrive through the menopause.
You may slow in shorter races during this time, but it has been shown that there is room for improvement in longer races. Bring on the marathons!
Your pelvic floor weakens, so make time to work on strengthening these key muscles. Also, counteract the loss of bone mass women over 40 experience by strength training – free weights or machines in the gym once a week will really help.
Your decreasing Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR) can lead to more fat being laid down, especially around your middle. Resist the temptation just to run more, and add core training to your routine – think Pilates or yoga.
Get out running with friends or as part of a group – the company and joint achievement will help with any feelings of isolation you may feel.