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The dark nights are here along with the cold and wet weather, and it’s really hard to keep motivated to get out there and run during the winter months. Added to this the fact that big races in the Spring have been put back again – it doesn’t give you the push to get out and keep up with your running plan!

So how can you keep motivated to run during the Autumn/Winter months and not lose all your hard work from your summer running?

There are a few options…

Invest in a Treadmill

Sometimes the weather just makes it a little too undesirable to get out… and can even be dangerous.  Investing in a treadmill will ensure you can keep running through the winter months in the comfort of your own home (or garage) in front of Netflix! Keeping moving in this way will ensure that when you get out in the Spring, you won’t be starting from scratch.

Find an indoor sport

If you really can’t face the winter roads and trails, why not turn to a different sport to help keep your cardio up.  Swimming, badminton, five-a-side football are options to keep your fitness up during the Winter.

Continue with Strength Training

Even when the Winter is in full swing, there is no excuse for not continuing with your strength training.  It’s an integral part of our programmes for our ‘Inside Track’ members helping to keep them strong and injury-free.  If you want to keep up with the cardio, there is plenty of choice online for HiiT workouts, until you get a warmer day for running.

Doing little is better than doing nothing at all!

Don’t beat yourself up too much if you miss that run, just get out for the next one. It’s when you miss several which then turns into weeks that you then regret the rest when you finally get back to it!  We’ve all been there and definitely regret not putting just a little effort in to keep in with our running during the winter months. Make sure you have the right kit to stay safe in the dark winter months.

Doing a 2-3 short runs each week is better than one long run now and again.

Introducing our NEW Winter Challenge…

To help you keep motivated during the winter months – in fact, every month, we have our virtual challenges called ‘Seasoned Runner’. You may think you have to be a ‘seasoned runner’ to do them, but you couldn’t be more wrong. It’s all about moving for medals!

Keep motivated for the entire season!

Our aim is to help keep you moving throughout the months ahead, whether that be walking, running, rowing, cycling or something else. Our Winter Challenge is based around a 300-mile snowflake-shaped map in Lapland which you are tasked to complete by Spring. How you do it is up to you! Part of the challenge will see you connected to our map on Challenge Hound where you can track your activities, your progress and perhaps even race others around the course! PLUS… all your activity from December 21st will count towards your mileage so you won’t lose out if you’re a little late to the party!

Seasoned Runner Virtual Run Challenges
Move 300 miles over Winter and you will earn this mega medal!

Keep motivated to move

This is a great way to keep motivated during the winter to ensure you’re still reaching your goals. Whether that be training towards a distance, achieving a certain number of miles, or simply getting out there and keeping your running ticking over.

Want to get it on the action? Sign up to secure your place!