Tuesday, December 21, 2010

The shortest days


When you get up at 5 a.m. to go for a run outside, you notice certain things. Like darkness, for example. There is a lot of it during the fall, as our hours of daylight steadily decrease. According to my running log, I've been carrying a flashlight on my morning jaunts since Aug. 10. And I'll be running with one through at least mid-April, when our group starts our run in darkness and finishes in daylight.

Anyway, if there is anything good to be said about our recent blasts of wintry weather, it is this: The days now start getting longer. Sunrise today was 7:29 am, and sunset was 4:33 pm. The change is just seconds a day at first, but I'll take them. In six months, sunrise will be 5:25 am and sunset 8:43 pm. I can't wait!

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