Winter Colours

Thank you for all your kind comments on the Spartan Run Super! My clothes are now mud free enough for the washing machine and the trainers are in their 4th overnight soak. I can’t believe how stubborn the mud is!

Autumn Fall sunset from W HotelSunset from W Hotel

Autumn has finally arrived here! Usually after the 2nd weekend October the temps start to dip. Chilly for me is 17C! This morning was a brr 11C! I haven’t felt that much chill since February! Browsing the clothes racks this week when I should have been grocery shopping, I realised why I don’t like colder months. Not just because it’s cold, rains more and gets dark early, it’s the colours. I wear black (I’ll virtually live in black leggings now until next Spring), however too much black, grey, red, khaki, brown and other dark tones affects my mood. The past few winters inspired by Chriselle Lim and Katrina from Tone It Up, I’ve made an effort to buy cream, white, lighter colour tops (no grey, not even light grey) in winter weights and textures to fight winter blues. I’m convinced black and dark colours also make me look older as well as how I feel. Plus on overcast and rain days when you don’t see the sun for 3 days at a time, lighter colours help deal with not seeing the sun for 3 days. It’s amazing how much it colour affects us. The only black I wear at the gym are leggings and a sports bra. My tops have to have colour! Pinks, blues and oranges for motivational, worker harder vibes!

I’m a lot happier not embracing the dark colours and happy that this year, there’s more choice in coat colour other than black, dark grey, brown and camel (though I love lighter colours, can they come with a stain guard on them?). There’s navy! Yay cry strawberry blondes and redheads!

A few colours I avoid wearing are dark yellows, all shades of green and brown. However brown or rather taupe might be a colour I’ll sport a few times next year. I really want to go for the Spartan Race Trifecta. All three distances. The only problem is they have to be taken in the same year to qualify (It’ll be a expensive year!)! Whether I run them or not, I’ll still be training towards them as I have been. I was okay on some walls, but with most of them needed help, so I’ll definitely be focusing and working on pull ups, muscles ups and wall climbs. One of the Beast obstacles was walking/running up a hill with heavy chains. That’s the weekly shop cycling back! Monkey bars, I’ll still continue them on longer runs. Running; work at pace, obviously endurance and working on the hydration and fuel! I also would like to expand more with yoga this time. Perhaps most importantly however is to remember for next time is place the headband over the tops of my ears otherwise they’re sticky out!

Not my best look or colour choice!Not my best look sportograf-72219026_lowres

Correction: I said in Sparten Super, that the Beast winner ran it in 1h16m, he actually ran it it 2h16m.

How does colour affect you? What are you training goals for the up and coming season?


  1. says:

    I had no idea mud took so long to take out! But then again I’m not as brave as you to do a Spartan race so I wouldn’t know 😉 It’s so hard dressing for winter and I couldn’t agree more with avoiding black. Looking forward to seeing your winter fashion while it becomes summer here soon 😀

    1. says:

      You never know, you could do the 5km if you ran with a team!
      I didn’t know mud was difficult to get out, but this mud is something else. I think it seeped into the fibres it’s been that stubborn!
      To be honest, I’d been happier if was big winter coat season. You hardly take it off, so dressing is a little easier, but then if you don’t feel right in what you’re wearing, no big coat will help! I still ‘dress up’ even if the coat stays on nearly all day out! Looking forward to your summer picks you lucky girl, so I have inspiration for next year xo 🙂

  2. says:

    Watch out Heidi Klum… Mud is a good color ON you 🙂

    Yes, I love the fall. I always called this my ‘running season’ because there were so many fun races to do this time of year. Its the perfect weather for them!

    And I having trouble with my upcoming training goals. My works just received ALL the holiday snacks (cookies, popcorn, chocolate covered pretzels and popcorn) in this week. How much do you charge to kick ones butt in gear? 🙂 Have a great weekend Nat!

    1. says:

      You’re gonna have to stay well away from them! Sugar comas! Or I don’t recommend this, but I have been known: OD on sugary treats, notice how you feel and never touch them again! Or pig out and fit in extra training sessions and eat lots of green leaf veggies (broccoli) to detox and restore alkaline levels!

      For some reason I think Heidi Klum would like this type of race and would still look a knock out at the end covered in mud!

      Have a great weekend 🙂

  3. says:

    I used to love the turn of Autumn and getting back my beloved hour of sleep, it was a time of hibernation but now I’m a little older I yearn for the lighter morning and evening – a little touch of sad there! I like brighter colours so certainly a nice bright or hot pink or a good cherry red, I wear fluorescent yellow commuting to and from work on the old 2-wheeler, and generally I’ll wear a black trouser or dark blue jeans with a multicolour top for a complete change. I’m not a leggings person, I’d like to be but my shape doesn’t suit this type of clothing eek! A bright colour makes me feel happier and some Browns suit my colouring. Growing up in the 80’s era I think all fluorescent colours need to make a big come-back, just like the wham video wake me up before you go-go! Sing along now xxx

    1. says:

      You’ll be surprised how leggings flatter many body shapes! Try them!

      Bright colours always make us feel happy, but I’m not sure fluorescent colours need to make a comeback. I vaguely remember Mr Motivator. Please not those bright colours making comeback! I remember my sister’s big pink bat wing jumpers, permed hair and red. I’m glad I skipped that era for colour, but I got the next decade of grunge and then early 2000’s. I think I prefer fashion now! That said I don’t like the 90’s comeback with crop tops etc. I’m happy the designers skipped bringing back the waistcoat craze of 1993-5! 🙂

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