After the GO33 Ultra in November I had planned on taking it easy until the new year. Those plans entailed running only every second day up until the end of the year and covering only around 5 miles per run. This would allow me time to rest and recover from running more events than I had initially planned to do during 2011. 5 miles would keep the engine idling and allow a bit of battery recharge time. However, plans change! A week after the GO33 came a facebook 'invitation' to take part in the Marcothon. How could I say no. The idea was simple, run a minimum of 3 miles or 25 minutes EVERY day in December. I had started last years Marcothon but failed miserably after only the 4th day due to a particularly nasty bout of 'cannybearsedwithis'. For many runners, including myself, December is a difficult month to keep motivated and maintain the fitness levels built up during the 'race season'. These difficulties include the scottish winter weather, various seasonal illnesses doing their rounds and the 'self-inflicted' problems from making merry!! But I thought I would give it a proper more disciplined try this year and confirmed my willing participation. There are no prizes, no medals or goody bags for participation just the satisfaction of completing (where have we heard that before?). 31 days of continious running, no rest days allowed. Many would step up to the challenge worldwide, many would fail and fall by the wayside, some in spectacular fashion and some with a pathetic wimper at the last hurdle. But NOT I!! So with no rest days for a month, the impending end of the world from the predictable mince weather we get in the north, the lack of daylight hours and fitting in the actual time around an awkward shift pattern, how hard could it be? I didn't want to just run the stipulated 3 mile / 25 minute minimum everyday, where's the challenge in that? So decided to try and run different distances and durations over various routes and terrain each day. It would have been easy to find a local 3 mile route and run that everyday for the 31 days.