This phrase has slipped into common parlance recently as a result of the hit TV series Game of Thrones, before I go on I must confess that I have never seen it, cue aghast faces and people pouring scorn on me for missing out.
My two runs early yesterday morning and late this afternoon have confirmed though that winter is indeed coming. The long sleeved high viz running top has made its seasonal debut, the breeze has held a distinct chill and it’s taken a while for me to be able to feel my hands!
At this time of year it is understandable that people struggle to find motivation, going out in the dark and the cold is not high up on the list of ways to have fun and so it is easy to let things slide and to curl up on the sofa instead of getting your kit on and getting out there.
Last winter was my first as a runner and there were definitely times when I struggled with motivation. This year I have tried to counteract that by setting myself some goals and challenges.
From 13th-19th November I will be taking part in the first ever Million Moo March. This international virtual event is already sold out and has been put together by @OrdMarathoner and @MelissaKahn7 . It is a celebration of the positive spirit and support within the running community with proceeds going to the American Cancer Society. I’m really looking forward to taking part and the fantastic race pack has already arrived all the way from the U S of A.
As I have previously mentioned I plan to run at least 5k every day in December, REDDecember. Last week the RED movement took a new and positive twist as one of Twitter’s finest @BriShaw81 managed to fill a whole 12 month calendar with runners committing to their own RED months. A simple yet inspiring idea for runners to give their all for a month and then hand on the virtual baton, everyone will be supporting each other and although it will be hard I know it is achievable and another way to maintain winter motivation.
My REDDecember will go hand in glove, I may need some by then, with another virtual event, the Run Up To Christmas. This event is from the same people who brought us Marathon In A Day earlier in the year. You have from 1st December to Christmas Day to run as many miles as you want and although it isn’t a run streak challenge that is how I have decided to approach it. Again the event will support Mind and the running community will join together to do what it does best, there is still time to sign up by visiting their website here.
With a potential half marathon in January too I have plenty to keep me running and keep my motivation up. I’ll keep you posted in the next couple of weeks via this blog as things progress but I’d encourage all of you to find some winter motivation and set yourself some goals even if it is to just allow yourself that extra mince pie or turkey sandwich come the big day.
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