Heading out to the Manaslu Mountain Trail Race, Nepal meant I was looking for anything that could help me get through the eight stages, 216 kilometres and 14,422 meters of elevation. I had the kit sorted; fitness was where it could be so I looked to technique. I knew that having an efficient technique would mean I was using less energy to move faster. Thus resulting in less time on my feet, faster day on day recovery and an overall more enjoyable experience.
I'll be the first to admit I am a fair weather runner, the hotter the better, any chance of rain and I start moaning. Winter is not my favourite time of year. For at least four months I have to face up to keep the devil falling from the sky and stay fit. Penny Comins explores some cross training options to keep you fit, motivated and warm over winter.