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There’s nothing like an over-indulgent festive period to help us set a new goal. Staying motivated to train as temperatures plummet however, is a different story. That’s where Dopamine comes in, the ‘D’ in DOSE and neurotransmitter that affects motivation.

There are many ways to increase dopamine levels to help you get out the door. One is to listen to tunes that leave you feeling like a badass. Another is to visualise what it will feel like to reach a goal (we’re picturing an awful lot of wine and cheese after the Paris marathon).

To keep dopamine flowing long-term, set small goals throughout your training and reward efforts every time a goal is reached. Why not team up with a buddy and Run to brunch.

Follow these simple tips and staying motivated to train will get a lot easier.

Now for the task at hand. Which endurance fitness challenge will you choose? Here’s a round up to help you get inspired…

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Tough Mudder, London
What is it? 10 – 12 miles of mud and obstacles built to test your mental grit, camaraderie and all-around physical fitness. In this team-oriented challenge there’s no winner, no finisher medal, no clock to race against – just an ice cold drink and a few good scrapes from a day spent outside and free from everyday bullshit!
Who is it for? Dare devils, thrill seekers and risk takers. This would make a bonding stag or hen do for active types!
Where and when? 6th – 7th May 2017, London (more dates and locations available here)
How much? From £109
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Iron Man, Exmoor
What is it? One of the most testing Triathlon’s on earth. The route is comprised of a 1.2 mile lake swim, 56 mile bike ride and a 13.1 mile run set in picturesque surroundings.
Who is it for? Athletes with serious stamina, endurance and determination.
Where and when? 25th June 2017, Exmoor National Park (more dates and locations available here)
How much? £245
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Coast to Coast, Scotland
What is it? Run, ride and kayak 105 miles across the Scottish highlands in some mysterious and wild locations. Landmarks include Cawdor Castle, Loch Ness, Glen Nevis and Glen Coe.
Who is it for? Tough hardy types with a love of the outdoors. Split over two days and camp overnight at Fort Augustus. Breaking up the challenge makes this more achievable and allows you to enjoy a cracking weekend with your mates.
Where and when? 9th – 10th September 2017, Scotland
How much? £220
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Endurance Life – Cornwall
What is it? There’s marathons, and there’s Ultra marathons… that’s a staggering 44 miles! The task is brutally simple: to run non-stop from the southern most point of England (Lizard Point), to the western most tip (Land’s End), along the legendary South West Coast Path.
Who is it for? Mentally prepared runners not shy of a few steep climbs and descents while battling pounding Atlantic swells.
Where and when? 10th June 2017
How much? £65
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Vertical Rush – London
What is it? Put your fitness levels to the test and support the charity Shelter in the process by racing up the 42 floors and 932 steps of Tower 42 – one of London’s ten tallest skyscrapers.
Who is it for? If you’re a pro at climbing stairs.
Where and when? 9th March 2017, London
How much? From £30
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Tribal Clash – Portugal
What is it? A team competition for teams of six, 3 men and 3 women. A two-day competition held outdoors on a beach. The workouts include; lifting, shifting (carrying, dragging, pulling), locomoting (running, swimming, cycling, paddling) and climbing with music blaring in the background.
Who is it for? Tactical team players with an ability to think logically and stay cool under pressure! Combine with a surf holiday.
Where and when? 28th – 30th April 2017, Portugal
How much? Team entry £660.00
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Spartan Race: Sprint – South East London
What is it? 5 – 6 km consisting of 20 – 23 obstacles. A great starter distance for beginners, or a perfect test against time for the more advanced racer.
Who is it for? Perfect for athletes of all levels; from Spartan first timers to seasoned racers.
Where and when? 8th April 2017 – St Clere, South East London
How much? From £62
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Dart 10k 2017 – Devon
What is it? A swim journey from the town of Totnes down the Dart estuary to Dittisham (dit-sum to locals). The non-competitive swim is open to all abilities ending with a mini-festival with hot tubs, food stalls and local bands and singers to serenade you as you arrive. All swimmers have to wear a full length, ankle-to-wrist neoprene swimming wetsuit.
Who is it for? Non-competitive types happy to go at their own speed and have a jolly afterwards.
Where and when? Saturday 9th September 2017
How much? Free
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Paris Marathon 2017 – Paris
What is it? A unique opportunity to make the ‘City of Love’ yours. Taking in the Champs Elysées, Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe, it offers an incomparable backdrop, with spectacular views and landmarks all along the route.
Who is it for? Runners with a penchant for wine and cheese. It would be rude not to mix the two…
Where and when? 9th April 2017, Paris
How much? €115
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