DAY LIGHT SAVING TIME SWITCHES ON TOMORROW. The need to reset clocks one hour later, in advance of the “spring forward” rule for DST’s start this weekend will evoke different responses. Early risers might be dismayed that the mornings will once again be very dark during a pre-pre-dawn morning outdoor run or walk or trip to the gym. To make it to work, school, or an appointment on time, they may need to skip seeing the sunrise. The time switch may cause evening exercisers to exult, as there’s more available light now to attempt a late session.
Some will welcome the technological event as a sign that winter will soon be losing its grip on the earth’s northern hemisphere. In spite of recent, discouragingly huge March snow events that have caused widespread power outages, dangerous travel conditions, and a LOT of shoveling in some parts of the country, the change means that spring weather can be expected in April.
However, that thought may not be enough to compensate for the internal body clock adjustment that will be required for the first week or so. What to do? Perhaps it’s possible to get all the whining, grumbling, and resenting of this forced change over in a day, by meeting it head on with a single voluntary event. Turn the tables* on the time change. Make it work to motivate fitness efforts going forward rather than briefly discourage them.
Get up even EARLIER than scheduled for a physical activity challenge of your own design, of your own free will. Run, walk, bike, swim, exercise. You choose. Do it Sunday or Monday am (Saturday morning if you are reading this just after midnight when it will be posted). OR stay out LATER than usual and enjoy the lengthening daylight hours to reward yourself for accommodating the official time change.
My event will be the Earned Runs DAYLIGHT SAVING DASH. It may be a two-part, morning plus evening personal event, using my #1 Earned Runs bib, that will coincide with the rising and setting of the sun.
RUN & MOVE HAPPY!
*NOTE: Origin of the phrase "turning the tables" according to Grammarphobia.com"
"It originated with the playing of board games in the 17th century, according to the Oxford English Dictionary.
It means “to reverse one’s position relative to someone else,” the OED says, especially “by turning a position of disadvantage into one of advantage; to cause a complete reversal of the state of affairs.”
In its literal meaning, the phrase referred “to the position of the board in a board game being reversed, hence reversing the situation of each player in the game,” Oxford adds. But apparently it was used figuratively from the very beginning."
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EARNED RUNS is edited and authored by me, runner and founder. In 1978 I began participating in 10K road races before 5Ks were common. I've been a dietitian, practiced and taught clinical pathology, and been involved with research that utilized pathology. I am fascinated with understanding the origins of disease as well as health and longevity.
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