Go on, admit it. Even the most enthusiastic of runners can have their spirits dampened by the winter weather. Whether it’s the horribly dark mornings or the so-cold-you-want-to-cry temperatures, getting yourself out of the door can be a real struggle during the winter months.
The truth of the matter, however, is that running is really good for you no matter what the season, so it’s really important that you keep going in order to maintain optimum cardiovascular health throughout the year.
Still not convinced? Perhaps what you need is a goal to work towards to keep your running momentum going. Nothing keeps us motivated in our running more than training for an event. Whether it’s a cheeky little 5k or an epic marathon, having something to work towards is bound to get you out of the door and pounding the pavement – even if it is a blizzard outside!
Here are some of our favourite events to keep you motivated over the winter season:
Buff Epic Race
What better way to reward all those cold running sessions in the cold than a little holiday in Barcelona? The Buff Epic Run puts the “fun” in “run” and is aimed at those who don’t take themselves too seriously!
If you fancy trawling through countless obstacles with 2,500 other participants while wearing a mideaval helmet and a cape, then this is the run for you.
Sound like something you would enjoy? Find out more in the video clip below!
Bupa Great Winter Run
If you fancy something a little closer to home, why not blow away the cobwebs with a small, sharp 5km in the beautiful surroundings of Holyrood Park?
Every year, thousands of runners use the Great Winter Run to draw a line under the Christmas and New Year celebrations and start the year on the right foot. At 5km, it is a very accessible distance, even for beginners, so sign up now on the Great Run website.
Paris Half Marathon
If you truly want to be training all throughout the winter, then book yourself in for a big spring race.
Why not try something abroad, like the Paris Half Marathon? The route goes through some of the finest scenery in Paris, including the stunning “Parc Floral” and out towards Notre Dame, before turning back and finishing at the beautiful Chateau de Vincennes.
The training plan will keep you motivated throughout the short, cold days – just think about that beautiful spring race in one of the most romantic cities in the world! What more could you possibly want?!
Brighton Half Marathon
If you fancy the challenge of a half marathon distance but want something a bit closer to home… then the Brighton Half would be perfect for you. On the Southern coast of the UK, the weather is usually getting a bit milder come February so you don’t have to deal with that biting mid-winter chill.
At 10,000 runners, it’s one of the biggest running events in the South East.
Rudolf’s Red Nose Race
Get in the Christmas spirit with this five mile (8 km) run. If you don’t do it for the exercise, do it for the free reindeer antlers you get at the beginning of the race!
Knebworth Park Jog
In aid of the British Heart Foundation, this family friendly running event takes place in the stunning grounds of Knebworth house – known for its beautiful scenery and abundant wildlife. Let’s face it, it’s not every day you are able to run alongside wild deer!
The multi terrain track can pose a challenge for more experienced runners, but the choice of 5k or 10k makes it an ideal choice for beginners too. Even if you don’t fancy running the course, walkers are also welcome, so it really is suitable for everyone.
How are you planning to keep your fitness up over winter? Tell us in the comments section below!