Sunday, May 5, 2019

Time

Time is a currency. It is the most precious thing we have.

In life we don't know how much time we get. So we are taught to maximize every moment. But time is ultimately just a way of quantifying productivity. And thus each minute is unforgiving. We must cram as much as we can into each minute. It makes us hurry through life, without always appreciating it.

As runners, time is a goal. Maybe we want to break 4 hours in the marathon. Or maybe it's 1 hour 30 minutes in the half marathon. Or maybe it's 25 minutes in the 5k. Or maybe it's just running non-stop for an hour.

Achieving such goals are big reason we run, and so should they be. But at some point you will realize these time goals are not the most important reason we run.. Sometimes we need to be reminded that running is most meaningful and most enjoyable when it exists for nothing more than it is, and without the pressure of a time clock.

My recent sojourns up Terrace Mountain have reminded me of this fully. I eagerly head up the mountain, exploring all the trails, with almost no time goals or constraints. I just go. I run. I be. I enjoy. It is pure bliss. I appreciate every moment I can while out there in nature. Time flies by, and is of zero importance to my run. Will I still chase time goals? Sure. But this has reminded me that training from this place of gratitude is the best way to do it.

So in running and in life, do not fill your minutes. Let the minutes fill you.

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