Just catching up from Tokyo with laptop battery running down (I'm in the bar). Too many updates to take in but couldn't not notice TRex's American River 50 entry. Wow. I'll be gracing those parts in June at Western States. It's an amazing part of the world for running.
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.