“In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.”
– Albert Camus
First of all: Happy Winter Solstice!
We’ve made it half way through winter! Sure, some bad weather might still come our way, but in my head at least, it’s only going to get better from now on.
Unusual for me, I decided to do my weekly long run this Saturday afternoon. I decided to go for it when I learned yesterday that Nike has a special charity focus event today: 12.21 Move More. The idea is that individuals from all over the world can pledge the Nike Fuel (Nike’s activity counter) they earn on this day to charity, which Nike will translate into financial donations.
While I’m really not bothered about Nike Fuel, I do use the Nike Sports Watch (which I love) to track all my runs. Therefore, even though I just want to know about the distance, pace, elevation etc. of my runs, courtesy of Nike I also get a number representing my hard-earned Fuel for every run.
It was a no-brainer really: run lots today and let the corporate giant make a donation to charity.
My initial plan was to run a whole marathon, but this proved tricky since I was not able to set out before 1pm. I took my hydration pack and plenty of food with me and set out on an easy, but very long run in a nearby nature reserve. However, on this occasion my otherwise much loved solstice worked against me and I just couldn’t outrun the dusk. If I had planned things a little better I could have brought some lights and reflective clothing, but without either a night run in the forest was off limits.
In the end, I ran 21.12 miles today. It seemed like a good number to give to charity. And I loved every single yard of it! (Which is weird, because I am normally only capable of comprehending distances when they are expressed in the metric system).