Sunday, December 21, 2014

COMING OUT OF THE DARK



At 6:03 pm., we here in the Northern Hemisphere began to come out of the dark.

Well, astrologically, that is.

The sun's path has reached its southernmost position, and now will advance northward.

The Winter Solstice is the shortest day of the year, and the first day of winter. Yes, the next couple of months will be brutal, but psychologically, the fact that the days are getting longer is certainly a positive thought for most of us.

These days it is getting dark before 5:00 p.m., but after tomorrow, that will change. By the end of January, we will have gained a half hour or so of extra light at the end of the day. Statistically, February can be the snowiest month for us here in the northern climes, but, as days get longer and the sun is higher in the sky, snow melts more quickly.

Enjoy the promise of the Winter Solstice. Embrace the fact that we will slowly begin to come out of the darkness. Ancient societies celebrated the day, and so do we. Our runners' roots, which can be traced to the cavemen, who had to sometimes run to stay alive, take us back to our basic survival instincts. We are faster, safer, and filled with healthy Vitamin D, as light increases.

Prepare for the winter days ahead. Always wear the proper gear. Make sure you are visible during the increased hours of darkness, and run safely on streets that may be icy and slippery.

Much more about running weather and climate in the chapter entitled, 'Seasons,' in my book, "Running Shorts," and in the chapter "Your Seasons,"in my latest book, "Personal Best," available at: www.muldowneyrunning.com

Happy Solstice Day to All!