Saturday, March 8, 2014

SEEING THE LIGHT

Tonight, in most parts of the United States, folks will turn their clocks ahead, as we "spring forward."

Our long period of darkness began back in November, when we turned back the clock, pulling the curtain down on our daylight hours, thrusting us into pre-5:00 p.m. dusks.

Now, we are on the other side of it, the spring equinox is less than two weeks away, and the minutes of daylight will increase until June.

For runners and outdoor enthusiasts, increased daylight equals increased safety and increased opportunity for time on the roads. Sure, early morning workouts will be difficult for a few more weeks, but soon light on that end will increase as well.

The next two months or so, for many runners in many regions, can be the most pleasant time of the year to run. Soon, shorts will replace tights. Hats and gloves will be shed, tracks and trails will reappear after being buried under snow for so long.

St. Paddy's Day races will abound over the next couple of weeks, and then springtime races overflow our calendars.

It is a glorious cycle that, we runners can uniquely appreciate.

We are, once again, seeing the light. The long period of darkness is behind us.

Embrace and enjoy another season in the sun.