Last February the parliament of the European Union in Brussels discussed once again on the abolition of Daylight Savings Time. It’s no longer in force (or never has been) in many countries around the world: almost the entire African continent, Asia and most of the islands scattered around the globe. On most islands the change in sunlight is minimal during the year, there’s just no need for it. But the various pro and con weren’t convincing. We’re creatures of habit. So, once again, in mid-March we’ll turn the hands of the clock (or rather, we will press some electronic buttons) forward sixty minutes.

That loss of an hour might seem like nothing, a one-night event without any consequences. Instead, it’s been studied (and confirmed) that in the days following Daylight Savings there’s an increase in headaches, general tiredness, insomnia, difficulty working and studying. On the other hand, we get an increase in light until July, with the sun rising before five in the morning and setting seventeen hours later. A change in temperature also comes along with Daylight Savings. You’re probably thinking, "... and thank goodness ...". In any case, this is the time to start re-planning your running schedule

I know, just the other day we were complaining about the cold and poor light outside. But bundled up and with the right tools, we can run any time of the day. This will no longer be possible with prohibitively high summer temperatures. "But Julia, we still have spring!", you might say. It's true. The problem is that we’re creatures of habit (see above) and change isn’t easy. During the Italian summer the only time you can really run is in the early hours just before dawn or in the evening after the sun sets. Statistically speaking, you be more successful with your training if you run early in the morning. So, my advise is to get your body used to morning runs now. Try a few easy runs before breakfast. It’ll be just enough to get the ball rolling and get you thinking about other habits you’ll need to put into place (like going to bed earlier) to become an early morning runner, what kind of breakfast to eat, how to organise your morning so you slide right into work on time.