How do you maintain motivation and fitness through the winter? Just keep entering events and turn up. It works for me.
If there's no paid event there's always a Park Run. Often you can do both if the paid event is on the Sunday. Alternatively, do like Run Jono does, take a couple of months off and don't worry about it.
I prefer to keep rolling throughout the year because even 2 weeks off (enforced by business travel) seems to set me back too much. Last Sat I did the Woodbank Park Run (modified ice course) and the inaugural Litton Christmas Cracker fell race on Sunday (7.6 miles). It was magic - reminded me of a summer race with all the runners milling about on the village green afterwards, the gazebos, and the BARBECUE. We enjoyed free mince pies and mulled wine as well.
This coming Saturday it's the 5th Tour de Helvellyn (38 miles). Anyone else on here doing that? To keep me on the straight and narrow over Christmas there's a choice of an orienteering race or a 10k trail race on the 28th; haven't decided yet. Then it's the Bowstones fell race on the 31st to round off the year.
2015 begins with the Park Run on the 3rd and Hit The Trail 5 miler on the 4th.
I'm holding in reserve the possibility of additional fell races on Boxing Day and New Year's Day, but family commitments and the expectation to indulge to excess may scupper those thoughts.
Well that was tough. 16 miles in 3:07. It's not very runnable up there on't watershed but at least I survived the bog monsters. Well done everyone else with your weekend running. How many did the Langley 7 then? Was it any good?
UDS, a million thanks for organising next year's accommodation. I'm liking the sound of a week being available. I'd be up for a jaunt up the mountain, since it must be getting on for 20 years since my one and only walk up there. I'd also be up for a T Rex adventure. I really want to see the top lake at Dinorwic. Then there's a visit inside electric mountain, a trip down the mines we run past on the far side of Snowdon, ... Lots to do.
On Saturday I ran Grin 'n' Bear It - a 16 mile fell race from Langsett Barn around the watershed between Manchester and Barnsley. It was tough, leaving me feeling somewhat tired, such is the unrunnability of a lot of it. It took me 3hrs 7mins. My knees complained bitterly. I survived the bog monsters but returned home well and truly soiled by them. It was a lovely day for it, though.