- The Washington Times - Sunday, October 27, 2002

Daylight-saving time is the pits.
I mean, I don't mind the "spring forward" part; it's the "fall back" part that irritates my running style.
I enjoy running in the late afternoon and evening. After work.
While many people are doing happy hour, I am torturing myself on the roads or track.
But now, until sometime in April, I must run in the darkness through the gauntlet of cars, trees, potholes and signposts. Which one will be my undoing this time, I wonder.
Have you ever noticed that people get fatter in the fall and winter? Did you think it was nature's way of giving us extra insulation to fend off the cold?
No. It is because of daylight-saving time.
You come home from work and it is dark and chilly out, so you find distractions to keep you from going outside.
The magnets on the fridge start pulling you closer and closer until your willpower gives out, and voila, you begin to add poundage, not mileage.
This is not a new concept. I did some intense research on daylight saving, which means I did a 10-second Yahoo search. This idea goes back to Benjamin Franklin, who sought to make better use of daylight and conserve energy (like runners need to conserve energy).
Franklin, while a minister to France, first suggested the idea in an essay titled "An Economical Project for Diminishing the Cost of Light." The essay was first published in the Journal de Paris in April 1784. But it wasn't for more than a century later that an Englishman, William Willett, suggested it again in 1907.
The current U.S. law is known as the Uniform Time Act of 1966. The law does not require that anyone observe daylight-saving time; all the law says is that if we are going to observe daylight-saving time, it must be done uniformly.
However, I have discovered that daylight saving is not observed in Hawaii, American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, the Eastern time zone portion of Indiana and by most of Arizona (with the exception of the Navajo Indian Reservation).
All places with thin people. Check it out if you don't believe me.
Ever wonder what other people do with the extra hour they get for daylight saving on the last weekend of October, which usually happens to be Marine Corps Marathon time?
"One extra hour of sleep that night will probably help me reduce my time a few seconds per mile," said Luis E. Amaya, ever optimistic.
"As far as daylight-saving time, simple," marathoner Greg Jones said. "I'll get an extra hour to lie in bed, staring at the ceiling, desperately awaiting the arrival of the hour of early morning Web surfing for last-minute marathon tips which comes right before the only two stinking hours of sleep this morning."
For me, that extra hour will be spent changing the battery in my smoke detector. That's right, a full hour.
Getting back on schedule
The sniper attacks played havoc with the road racing schedule over the past three weeks. Some races have been canceled and others postponed. Word to the wise: Check with the race officials before departing for a race.
Today's Goblin Gallop 5K was postponed until next spring, according to race director and running legend Dixon Hemphill. It was replaced in the RacePacket Grand Prix series by the Nov.9 United We Stand 10K. The series also replaced the Alexandria Turkey Trot with the Centreville Turkey Trot 5K on Nov.28.
The Run for Kathy 5K in Bowie was rescheduled to Nov.16 from Oct.12, and the Rockville 10K/5K was rescheduled to Dec.8 from Oct.13.

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