Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Daylight Savings Time


The modern idea of daylight saving was first proposed in 1895 by George Vernon Hudson and it was first implemented during the WWI. 

The Eastern section of the United States will return to Daylight Savings Time (DST) on 2:00 a.m. Sunday March 10, 2013.  I am not sure how this slight advance of the clocks affects the world or mankind in whole, but it does effect me as a runner.  I’ve read reports where DST, saves energy, lowers crime, and reduces the number of fatalities from traffic accidents.  But I’m not really sure if it does any of this, I’ll have to trust the Gov’t.  BUT as a runner I will take advantage of Daylight Savings Time in the following manner:

1.  I will move my clocks forward one hour at approximately 2:00 a.m. standard time or whenever I get up, you see Sunday is my sleep in day.  And even DST is not going to change this!

2.  My first DST run will be at approximately, 5:30 pm which was the former 4:30 pm and I will run without my handy flashlight or a mirage of reflective gear.  I'm sure I'm going to save at least $5.00 in batteries.

3.  As I run post DST, I will enjoy the view of the world around me, the blue sky, the green grass, the budding flowers and the children at play.  Running in the daylight = priceless!

4.  I will no longer fear being run over because a distracted driver did not see me in the veil of night, but I will continue to worry I will be run over by a driver responding to the latest TXT joke.

5.  I will use the extra daylight hour at the end of my day by logging a few extra miles…where before I cut a run short because it was too dark, to cold or I just did not have the zip in my step.

6.  And lastly I will no longer run with the fear of the Skunk!  Since the sun will still be shinning brightly during my post DST runs, Mr. Skunk and his family of stinky butts should be in hiding.

DST savings times is here, Let's just all get out an enjoy the sun!  

PSA announcement: At home, please consider taking advantage of this event by testing and/or changing your smoke detector battery.


  1. The only thing I don't like about the spring time change is that it falls a week before the Shamrock Half. It certainly makes for a challenge getting up at what feels like an hour early, but I do love the sunrise over the ocean at the beginning.

  2. Agree, but anything to make the end of my day "brighter" is okay by be, so over night time running!