It’s the end of January. In the northern hemisphere we’re in the depths of winter: it’s cold, it’s sloppy, it’s dark. We’re vitamin D deprived, depressed, and darn right pissed off. And still we don’t know when we’ll be able to travel again, or go to an event, or run in a race. Long-term running goals seem as tangible to us now as retirement is to a teenager, and working toward them equally un-motivating.
So let’s keep it simple: We need a few essential things that will help us keep getting better, a few things to focus on to keep ourselves afloat, moving and ready when spring comes again. With simplicity in mind, here is one stretch, one exercise, and one mindset to add to your running and get you through winter 2021.