Well it is cold and dark most of the time and just so tempting to stay on the sofa reading a running magazine or lie in and not go out running. I can also keep very busy browsing the web looking at running shoes and kit and even manage a bit of christmas shopping for others while I’m at it!
However the hibernating and ‘reading around my subject’ option is not going to keep me lean (less fat) before the inevitable Christmas excesses nor make the start of marathon training in January easy when long runs start at 9 miles. I will have to muster some motivation to get out there. How many miles per mince-pie?
Recover and sort out those niggles.
So while I can’t crawl into bed and hibernate I can make the most of a quiet period and while my mileage is low make sure all my niggles are completely sorted (and ask for tokens for a sports massage for Christmas). Rather timely I was sent the following after my marathon to review…
I’d seen and used Deep Heat and Deep Freeze before for warming stiff aching muscles and icing joints and tendons. Deep Relief was new to me. it’s a combination of Ibuprofen and Levomenthol for cooling, pain relief and calming inflammation. I found it very effective in enabling me to run pain free after my marathon and since then in helping healing and I continue to use it after harder BMF sessions to relieve my Achilles and prevent further inflmmation.
Get some winter kit.
So I have dug out my winter kit and finally found where I left my running gloves, after buying a new pair! It’s not just long tights, sleeves and layers to keep warm but worth thinking about items for visibility. I often get ready to go out for a run and realise that I am completely dressed in black. Sportshoes.com have good advice for keeping safe in the dark and low light. Wear florescent clothing for low light conditions like fog or drizzle and when it’s getting towards dusk. For dark wear something with reflective materials in strips, trims or logos to reflect drivers lights in the dark so you stand out clearly.
They sent me this Ronhill beanie in fluorescent orange to try. It adds an essential touch of bright colour to my otherwise dark running kit and is a lovely soft thermolite fleace material which is cosy, stretchy, to pull down over my ears and doesn’t make my head too hot and sweaty.
Sign up for Janathon.
It is the best (only) way to get me out and running in the new year. Run (or do some other form of exercise) and blog every day in January. There’s great banter and community support between participants and some fantastic blogs to read plus a wee bit of healthy competition!