Hi All, it's been a while!
Since last posting, I have been running on and off. I never seem able to stick to the ideal 3 times a week. Sometimes not even twice, recently not even once.
I haven't let it slip completely though. I went on holiday to Cornwall in the Summer the run up to which was so busy, there was not a chance to get out at all. Mid holiday I was feeling rather slow and lethargic after not having run for about 4 weeks (and eating a lot of yummy food), but whacked a 5k PB out out of nowhere! The Cornish air and some rest had obviously done me good. Since then I have done a few of runs here and there, most of which have been thoroughly deflating, boring and I've even abandoned a couple. I've just fallen out of love with running. So I decided instead of forcing myself to get back into it and risking hating running altogether, I'd take a break, and return to it tonight.
I have to figure out somewhere to go now though - my favourite running haunts are now pitch black and unsafe to run through. I'm going to have to do a bit of research of quietish routes - I really don't like breathing lungfuls of standing traffic fumes. Last year I was able to run along village roads in a familiar, well lit area but I have since moved to a very hilly and less safe area.
Does anyone have any tips for dark winter running?