Leave the house at around 5:15 a.m., and it's pitch-black. But by the end of the run, dawn has broken, you can turn off the Petzl head lamp (if you remember) and revel in actually seeing where you are running.
Don't know about you, but I'm getting a wee bit tired of feeling like a coal miner only seeing 10 feet in front of me through a shaft of light. Sure, there are advantages to running in the darkness, and I've celebrated that in earlier posts. But there comes a point, as springtime approaches, when you crave light.
Alas, just when I'm getting used to seeing sunrises, along comes the time change this weekend. Sure, we gain an hour of light in the evening, and that's just swell for afternoon and evening runners (or those who do two-a-days), but it means a few more weeks of darkness for me and fellow early morning runners.
An additional bummer: We lose an hour for Sunday morning's Shamrock'n Half Marathon in West Sac. The 8 a.m. start really is 7 a.m. No biggie to people who normally get up early, anyway, but still ...
IN HAPPIER NEWS: The new Running Times magazine features America's top Masters performances of 2009, and two local runners are represented.
The incomparable Barbara Miller, 70, of Modesto, recorded the best performance in the 70-74 women's age group by running a 1:47:10 in the Humbodlt Redwoods Half Marathon. And, in the 85-89 division, Po Adams had the third best time in the women's 85-89 age group for her 3:24:14 at the Cowtown Half Marathon.
Read the full list here.