Run 1:31:00  16.2 km (5:37 / km)
This time all parts of the body felt more or less OK and I set out for the run I'd planned to do yesterday. On a clear morning heading northeast into the first hint of light, there was a real sense of running towards the sun, and although the first 3km (dark and largely uphill) were slow, it had the sense that it was going to turn into something better. Onto some old territory in the form of the Hawdon rollercoaster before turning south again, and once on the Yarra Flats it turned into one of my best runs of the year - flowing along nicely and with plenty of confidence, even on the often-troublesome short sharp climb out of Wilsons Reserve. By then, I was sufficiently in the mood that the Alphington railway crossing, instead of being an excuse for a rest, was an opportunity to do a couple of laps of a side street while waiting for two trains. A very positive session by the standards of this year.
A slight sour note to see a large pile of (presumably) illegally dumped rubbish at the entrance to Wilsons Reserve, duly reported to the council later in the day (hopefully complaining to the council about something isn't the first sign of old age). A more unusual litter issue was a trail of jellybeans a couple of hundred metres long on the footpath (and adjacent road) where Heidelberg Road crosses Darebin Creek. Also spotted in this section was a girl in school uniform who was presumably late because she was running down the footpath, although her priorities weren't entirely rearranged because she was still doing something with her phone whilst in motion.
The route also took me past the railway construction site. Some more detailed plans came out during the week, and it seems that, contrary to my expectations, they're not going to need to acquire any properties in my old block (the new track is being built as a second tunnel on the far side of the cutting). Just means those still there will have to deal with regular overnight construction noise for the next couple of years. Glad it's not me.