So, it was a bitter, dark winter evening and I was home here on my tod so I thought I’d go out for a run. I was thinking moonlight and stars. What I got was somewhat different.

I stuck the music on the phone on shuffle and as the first notes played, I thought… ‘What?’

I listened to the slow intriguing intro and wondered Kate Bush? But then again, no, as Sir Elt sand. Not her piano. Then I recognised Tori Amos.  The song was nicely unfamiliar still, so the music revealed itself as I started to run on the slippery frosted path with the street lights all surrounded by huge auras of orange in the mist.

I turned on to the road – salted for the buses – but there wasn’t a soul or a vehicle around.  So eerie running with a beautiful song unfolding and everything around me dark and hallucinatory – blurred by mist. No noise except Tori’s voice and my breaths – not an owl, nor the rustle of a black bunny hopping on the short whitened grass.

It was very very cold. Bitingly cold. The frost seemed to be gathering on the grass as I ran. I only wore a thin silk top under my cycling jacket so I felt it immediately but warmed up soon. The cycling jacket is shortish and warm and has reflective piping so no excuses for running me over, but no vehicles anyway.

I had no idea it was so slippery and so freezing.  Dangerous really but the eerie atmosphere and the song made it special.  I love that kind of experience.


About janh1

Part-time hedonist.
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8 Responses to Wintery

  1. Jane Parry says:

    Something special about being the only one out isn’t there? And speaking of Kate Bush.. spookliy she has just come on radio!!!!!xx

  2. IsobelandCat says:

    No tall dark handsome stranger then? There will be in the film version.
    Like Jane I love that feeling of being the only person about. An amzing feeling on such a crowded little island.

  3. Pseu says:

    I don’t do running, but when I have tried, in cold weather, I just end up wheezing! So I’m in huge admiration of you.
    Lovely track

    • janh1 says:

      Oh it’s very wussy running, Pseu.. Little more than a trot. I have no ambitions for half marathons – onlyto be able to go out and get in the zone when I feel like it 🙂

  4. There is something magical about this weather, Jan. I love taking the dog for a walk and looking at all the Christmas lights 😀

    • janh1 says:

      Oh Kate, I soooo miss the dog these mornings. The most I do is walk around the garden whereas, with a dog, I’d be across the fields and through the woodland…

      All my dogs were *always* game for a walk in any conditions, any temperature 🙂

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