Time

Measuring time can be a tricky thing. There are occasions when time goes by so slowly – like the thirty seconds I endured holding side plank position this afternoon. Then there are occasions when time goes by so fast – like the thirty second recoveries I had this morning between my running excel sprints. Both thirty seconds, one seemed an eternity and one seemed to be gone in a blink of an eye. Time is time, how I perceive the activity I do in the time I have makes all of the difference. One thing I am happy to say is that in both examples I was doing an activity I enjoy and the activity is helping to make me stronger. I wish I could say that about every minute, but I do not like to lie.

This morning I ran my speed workout at my gym. A friend from work joined me as my guest and he did the cardio point test with my trainer. My training partner also met me and ran on the treadmill next to me for a while. A nice way to pass the time running – with friends I don’t usually see on Tuesday mornings. My workout was great – I ran 6 x 800 meters and did them between 4:24 to 4:18 minutes, getting faster with each one. Then I ran 10 excel pickups for 30 seconds to get my legs used to turning over quickly – these I did at 7 minute mile pace. Woo. Hoo. I feel strong when I run, not like I am pushing beyond my ability. As time has passed I can see I am improving. This afternoon I did my weight workout along with the new challenging abdominal workout. I’d like to say that is getting easier with time, but again I prefer honesty. It hasn’t gotten any worse, I will go with that.

How quickly time passes came to mind today as I came out to the pool deck this afternoon to write. Four weeks from today this opportunity will be gone – the pool closes Labor Day weekend. Five weeks from now I will have completed my half iron distance triathlon. Now there is a tricky measure of time. Only five weeks away? I will be out there for over six hours during the race? See what I mean? As I wrote that the thought speared through my mind – Carpe Diem. I have written about it so many times this year. Seize the day, today is the only day I know I have. There is balance too – plan as if you will live forever, live as if this is your last day. Just make sure to live each day to the fullest, not just merely surviving.

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