Carl - previously, I have never been bothered what the weather is like. When there has been snow and ice I have ventured up to the peaks and really enjoyed those runs with the stunning views. Things just haven't felt the same since that ultra in August and, even when the weather has been ok and I couldn't find a reason not to go out, I have found a reason not to go out. I have given myself a good talking too so hopefully that will spur me into action.
I'm not ready to reflect on the last 12 months just yet, I think it would do me more harm than good mentally at the moment !! A quick look at my spreadsheet, though, tells me I will have run a similar amount of miles to last year, at approximately 1,350.
Could you not have 2 A races next year, one in Spring and the other in Autumn ? There would be 5/6 months between them to recover, train and peak for the second one. Not that I'm saying it's a bad thing only having one, I'm sure it would mean you getting to the start line in cracking form without having overdone things. You could also do Manchester in April.....................!!
Despite starting my training plan 3 weeks ago I'm just not feeling it at the moment. It's been very easy to say no to a run especially with the colder weather upon us. It's been like this for about 4 months now and I am struggling to getting going again. Time to give myself a good talking too and just get on with it....
PS - laziness, too much eating and drinking, just not wanting to run at the moment - all of the above were why I didn't run at the weekend. Monday is normally a rest day for me but due to my lack of activity, and potentially another week of stuff cropping up and forcing me to miss runs (nephew visiting, Christmas stuff, more visits to the vets), I'm getting them in while I can.
4.5 easy miles at lunchtime down by the river. I didn't really enjoy it but felt ok and didn't even need a hat on as it was quite pleasant.