Most people get a little depressed or saddened when the Daylight Savings Time (DST) hits in the fall. I admit it seems weird going to work in the dark and returning home as its getting dark once again. I know there are also people who really get hit hard by the weather change. I just recently read an article on SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder). However this is the time of year I look forward to the most and I think I figured out why.
I have recently started getting back to running and most of the time I have to just take that run whenever the opportunity presents itself. Sometimes its in the evenings sometimes the mornings. Either way...whether its early morning or early evening, its going to be dark when I get out to take a run.
I happen to live in a very safe neighborhood where running in the dark is not much of a concern. That being said, here are my 3 top reasons why this is my favorite time of year to run:
1) Less People to Run Around
I no longer find those couples out for a leisurely stroll, or parents pushing strollers or people riding their bikes on the sidewalk (teaching their little ones how to ride as well). Its just so much easier to run when there's no dodging around people, slowing down for others and figuring out which way to pass ....Its just me and the sidewalk free and clear to run.
2) No Sunglasses Needed (or Eye Contact)
This is a two-part bonus. First, I have a problems keeping my sunglasses in place when I run. And its not due to perspiration either...I just can't wear them tight for running because they'll hurt my head, so I have to wear them as I do casually, but that results in me pushing them back every 10-15 steps. Secondly, I know it may sound a little rude, but I really do not want to make eye contact or say hello to people while I'm running. I don't know why this happens, I'm sure they are just being friendly, but the people in my town like to say more than the simple "Hi". Usually its "Hey, how's it going..." or something along that line. But I'm always like "huh...sorry? did you say something?" Cause when I'm running I've got my iPod jacked ALL THE WAY UP and I can't hear a single word. In the dark I can't see anyone's face, so I can't tell if they are talking to me or not. Problem solved. :)
3) Running Further
Ok - so this may be a little confusing, but for some reason when I cannot see the end of the road, I run further. I run blindly with no real desitnation in mind. I typically run a mile or so down the road and beging telling myself..Ok at the night corner I'll turn back, but since I can't see that corner, I'm still pumped to keep running. So I do. Then I tell myself I'll keep goign to the next corner, or light, etc... so on and so on... well you get the picture. Eventually I will turn around and head back. Later when I track my route, it turns out to be WAY further than I would have guessed or planned.
So there it is. That's why I find this time of year better for running. I could add that I also enjoy the cooler weather for the simple fact that I won't get over-heated, but lately we've been having warmer Fall days in the 50's and 60's. Its still nice and cool, but I really look forward to running in the lower temps.