If I’m completely honest with myself (and you), the past few months of running have been a struggle.

With all the exciting things going on in my life right now – *cough* baby on the way *cough* – and travel seemingly every weekend, structured training and races took a back seat.

And you know what? I think that’s OK.

We all go through phases in life of varying motivation levels. Sometimes we’re excited to train and race, and other times just getting out the door is a complete struggle.

This year the uninspired phase came for me after Thunder Rock, but for most people, the common season of training struggle is winter.

And the dreaded dark, cold, damp days of winter are coming.

After a summer of long miles and race goals, your body and mind start to crave a break from running. Add travel, holidays, and cold to the mix, and most of us fall out of our running routines and out of shape.

But, of course, it doesn’t have to be that way.

Today I share my strategy for getting through difficult months when training feels like a chore, and coming out the other side primed and ready to jump back in.

Here’s what we talk about in today’s episode:

  • My training slump. What gives?
  • The type of training to maintain throughout winter
  • Why you should try something different
  • The one training strategy I always recommend
  • Running in the cold

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Author Doug Hay is the founder of Rock Creek Runner, host of the Trail Talk podcast, and fanatical about everything trail running -- beards, plaid shirts, bruised toenails, and all. He and his wife live and run in beautiful Black Mountain, NC.

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