I can’t wait for the Solstice. Not only because it’s a significant day on the seasonal calendar, but also because it marks the turning point between the long hours of morning darkness and dawn coming earlier again. It’s been so difficult to get up in the morning and training in darkness. I don’t mind when the sun rises at 5:30am or earlier, but at the moment it’s rising just after 6:30am, which means my entire sessions are often done in darkness. Fortunately, this only lasts a few weeks here in Brisbane.
Today I treated myself to a sleep in and went for my pack hike tonight instead. It was actually really nice to go walking at night instead of in the morning. I probably wouldn’t do it all the time because it cut into precious time with my partner. But it does make a lovely change and I thoroughly enjoyed it tonight.
It’s slightly warmer at night than in the morning and there is no dew on the ground. For barefoot walking it’s definitely better because my feet didn’t freeze on cold dewy grass. I felt fantastic carting around my pack plus 13kg of water bottles in the cool night air. It was good to help clear my head after a long day in the office before settling down to a delicious dinner and a night in front of the box (I love chilling in front of the TV at night). I think I will incorporate night walks or runs into my training regime more often.
Total: 3.65km walk with pack + 13kg in 43:41.