Sunday, March 9, 2008
Running into Daylight Savings Time
Thank you, Daylight Savings Time! Finally you are here....and maybe, just maybe I can now get up off my ass and seriously train to race! Did you know total energy costs actually increase with Daylight Savings Time?...it's true. Which means more air pollution and more allergies, illness and asthma. Benjamin Franklin came up with DST in 1784 while in France. However when you change clocks to daylight savings time, you don't change anything related to sun time and we forget that there is a biological clock that is as old as living organisms, a clock that cannot be fooled - our circadian rhythm goes haywire -- the body's internal clock --it follows the sun and changes depending on where you live. It actually changes in four-minute intervals, exactly the time it takes for the sun to cross one line of longitude. However a lot of people never quite adjust to Daylight Savings Time - I think it's great for us runners though - and I can now think seriously about running, training, etc - with more hours of visibility to enjoy whilst running - running in darkness just is not a fun as running in the light - I am good with Daylight Savings Time, can handle it "circadian rhythm" wise and am looking forward to getting in racing shape. So thank you Ben Franklin, Franklin, on this one point I will overlook the racist SOB you were and your wish to "keep America White" — and to exclude everyone, unless they were English....and thank you for coming up with Daylight Savings Time - so I can run in more hours of daylight! Have a great day and enjoy the extra light!
at 8:06 AM Posted by Smith