I haven't had to deal with winter training for a couple of years... well, not in the deep depths of winter, otherwise known as the winter solstice. Even as I sit here on Monday morning, writing this, it's only just getting light and it's nearly 7am.
It only lasts for a couple of days but every year around the solstice I feel like the world is darker, less shinier. And it's definitely colder. I don't know why, but it affects my mood. All I want to do is hibernate until it's over.
I didn't have a great weekend of training over the weekend, but yesterday I trumped winter solstice.
I didn't get up early like I'd planned, I didn't drive out to the bush to run on trails like I'd planned either.
Instead I got up at a civilised hour, did a couple of loads of washing, and went and visited my Dad. But instead of driving like I normally would, I caught the train to see Dad and ran home.
It was my first run of a reasonable length since The North Face 100. 25ks. So I knew it wasn't going to be easy. I took my time and, in the end, enjoyed the winter sun and some sights of Brisbane that I don't usually see on my runs.
|Shiny new science building at Boggo Road Precinct|
|The old and the new at Boggo Road Precinct|
|Maritime Museum, South Bank, Brisbane|
|Parts of today were shiny, with the sun shimmering on the Brisbane River.|
So I faced winter solstice, and prevailed.