Inspired by Dean Karnazes, Tim loves “long and slow races in stunning environments all over the world – my dream scenario.”
As an ultra runner, I find winter a tough time. My season typically runs April to October and these are the days I long for - the sunny, warm, camaraderie filled days. Of course, as the popularity of ultra marathons grows, ultra distance races are increasing through the winter months- the likes of “Tring to Town” and the hard-to-fathom-even-by-ultra-standards “Spine Race” - the season doesn’t really end anymore. Yet, I am a summer racer.
Winter can be long and boring and if, like me, you despise winter it can get you down but it can also be an opportunity. Summer form is created via winter training and so I try and use discipline through the winter. This isn’t always easy with two children under the age of 6 and a small business I have just launched. So when the alarm goes off at 5am and I have a two hour window until 7am and breakfast time, rolling over and hitting snooze is always the most appealing option. That is until I return from my run, energised and ready to Carpe Diem.
But yes, for those of us with responsibilities - most of us - winter running means running in the dark. Often a less than appealing prospect when combined with the winter elements. So here are my top tips for safe and enjoyable winter running whether you run 5k’s or 100 mile races.
Some people love winter and whilst I am not one of them, if I don’t use it to the best of my ability I will pay come summer. I hope these tips help you get out there!
Tim Lambert is a #TeamIffley ambassador. Tim is wearing Hampton Gravel Black shorts and Thorpe Midnight Black.