#Run1000Miles ambassador Lizzie Rosewell offers some advice if you’re struggling to keep going at this time of year
At this time of year it can be difficult to stay motivated to run. The combination of dark mornings and evenings and bad weather can make it a real effort to get out of the door.
Having a goal race to train for keeps me motivated and gives me something to work towards through the winter. I am looking forward to running the Dark Peak Marathon at the beginning of December, followed by a couple of local trail marathons in January and February in preparation for the Hardmoors 55 in March and hopefully a 100 mile race in May.
The #Run1000Miles challenge is of course a great motivator as we move into the last few weeks of the year! I am currently on 1650 miles so have achieved my target of 1500 miles. It is tempting to push on to try to achieve 2000 miles, but I know that this is not realistic in the time left and with the chaos of the approach to Christmas with two young children! Instead, I am focusing on consistent mileage and plenty of hilly runs in preparation for next year’s challenges (this requires a bit of planning from East Anglia!). I recently managed a few days away in the North East, running some stunning trails along Hadrian’s Wall and on the Pennine Way - it gave me a real boost to explore a new area.
Good luck to everyone nearing the end of the #Run1000Miles challenge; whether you have achieved your mileage target or not I hope that you are approaching the end of the challenge fitter, healthier and happier than when you started. And in case your motivation is waning a little, here are some tips to help you keep on running through the winter:
Set a goal – enter a race or give yourself a personal challenge to work towards, such as running your longest distance or running three times a week all winter
Find a running buddy – run with a friend or join a running club. It’s harder to skip a run if you are meeting others and will help you feel safer if you worry about running in the dark
Prepare for success – avoid any excuse to skip runs; make sure your running kit is clean and laid out ready, and schedule runs in your diary to make sure you have time
Gear up – bad weather is far easier to deal with if you have the right kit; a decent waterproof jacket, gloves and hat will keep you warm and cosy, while a powerful headtorch makes it possible to keep running off road despite the long hours of darkness
Try something new – if you are losing motivation then have a go at something different such as cross country or orienteering
Harness your inner child – spot the signs of the changing seasons, kick up fallen leaves, splash through muddy puddles and don’t worry about getting a bit wet and dirty
Ultra-runner Lizzie Rosewell blogs at https://lizzierunning.wordpress.com/blog/