The trouble with time is that we never seem to have enough. But then sometimes we have too much. Time on our hands. Out of time. Wasting time. Spending time. Making the most of time. Clock watching. You can’t buy it. You can’t negotiate for more. Once it’s spent it’s gone.
When Pauly and I first started to look into running marathons one of the biggest things that was stressed upon me through reading and through talking to other runners was that it’s important to choose a marathon that we had time to train for. If life is too stressful or busy then choose another marathon. Choose another time for training that isn’t so busy or stressed. The trouble for us is that we’re not exactly young. While I firmly believe in positive aging and staying fit, healthy and active forever no matter how old we are, the fact of the matter is Pauly will turn 60 this year and I’m over 50. For us it’s run marathons now or perhaps we will run out of time and never run marathons.
This is an old forgotten house on a road near the farm. It was taken in November 2013. Fast forward to now and this what the place looks like. Unloved. Broken down by time and neglect. Falling apart.
This is a tree on the same road taken in November 2013.And here is the tree today. A similar story of aging negatively. No tending. No care. No nothing. Only wind, rain, sun. Drought and flood and even snow.
Things tend to fall apart with time especially those things that are not tended and cared for. Running marathons means that we have to look after our bodies. Pauly and I watch what we eat, we aim for good sleep (doesn’t happen anywhere near as much as we’d like it to) and we keep our bodies moving. Unlike the tree and the building we are not sitting around waiting to fall apart we are being active and doing the things that we love. All the research points to this reversing or at least limiting the effects of aging.
I believe the perfect time to chase a dream is now. Looking back at our distance running I see worry and stress and uncertainty related to our situation on the farm. But I also see time laced with finishers medals, great weekends with wonderful people and a sense of achievement like no other. The stress and worry would still be there but why not decorate it up with some wonderful running bling? While this was the best decision for us (the only decision) timing for marathon training is crucial and I do understand and acknowledge this. I read on Julie’s blog recently about falling down seven times and getting up eight. There is never a right time to start to eat healthy, get into running or to do whatever it is you want to do. The only right time is now. Don’t wait for a magical sign or for the 1st of January. Start today. Now.
And now that I’ve successfully spent an hour musing over time with the key board and delete button I shall go. Like sands through the hour-glass please take these musings with grains of salt.
Happy running 🙂
PS this is week one of a ten week plan heading us towards Adelaide Marathon South Australia. No this isn’t a good time to be training for a marathon for us. But there is no time like the present. Here we go again!