Apologies to anyone on the Equator or in the Southern Hemisphere. Look away now.
This is my first winter as a runner. When, by the way, will I start to feel confident describing myself as a runner? I always want to laugh when I say that, or qualify the statement with a list of my shortcomings!
Anyway, it's been interesting to experience winter and I've found it quite hard. I leave for work in the dark and come home in the dark. I want to get in and stay in when I get home. Actually I'm quite attracted to the idea of hibernation. I miss the lovely rural routes I can only do in daylight. I'm stuck with running through the streets which is fine but not so nice. And I'm aware that some other runners - maybe some of you - share these feelings.
But cheer up if you do. Today is the shortest day. From tomorrow onwards we can look forward to longer evenings and it won't be long till we start noticing the days lengthening. And the farther north you are (I'm in Perth, Scotland) and the shorter your shortest day is today, the more your patience will be rewarded with gloriously long summer evenings. EVENTUALLY.