So we now head into winter with the clocks changing on Sunday heralding the start of early evening darkness. For some this marks a retreat indoors for long nights in front of the TV, but for the running community it just means readjusting a training programme to keep fit in winter.
Running outside has lots off positive benefits and will fight off physical lethargy and mental depression. If you need to run at night, find a well lit route and if possible run with friends or in a group. If you are working from home, get out for your run in daylight hours and adjust your schedule accordingly. Or if you are a gym member, in extremis you can resort to a running machine.
Whatever you do, try and keep to a regular schedule. It’s a good idea to have a goal. Why not enter the Quicksilver Hampton Court Half Marathon on February 21st? Then when it looks cold and dark outside, just visualise yourself fit and in form on the start line. It’s a great incentive to get you out the door!