Why can’t I just have more time?

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I ask myself this question a little too often.  And it seems like I still can’t find time, even when I make the effort.  I wake up earlier. I go to bed a little later. I make my to do lists…and yet, I run out of time.

Most days, I wake up with a plan.  I set the alarm, and I get up.  And it seems that every movement I make has a purpose. Literally.  Every thing that I do is purposeful and every moment is for a reason.

Constant movement towards something….I am carrying something from one place to the next, I am driving someone somewhere, I am sending something to someone or responding to someone that needs something.

And yet, I still run out of time.

So, what’s the secret?  How do we finally catch up? I don’t know the answer.  I wish I did.

I’d be fibbing if I said that I felt this way every day.  There are some days that I phone it in.  There are days that I. Just. Can’t.  I can’t be there for everyone. I can’t problem solve.  I don’t even try to make a list of things to do, or prioritize anything.  Because, some days, it just doesn’t happen.

Much like with training, sometimes we need a day or two to rebuild, to recover.

So, some days, I will do the bare minimum and then….I will run.

I run to reset.  Running helps me to take a step back, and to take some time for me.  Running on the trail feeds my soul, and fills my cup again.  This will allow me to throw myself back into the craziness.  And it allows me to be resilient again.

I sometimes wonder what people do when they don’t have running, walking, swimming, biking…something.  How do they get through the stress of life?

I am thankful that I have running and trails that I can disappear on when I need to.

What do you do to deal with LIFE?

Run Happy. Run Long, Friends.


Amy is an ultramarathoner and triathlete, a coach, a mother of four, an Exercise Physiologist and a Physical Therapist. She lives with her husband, Dan (also an ultramarathoner and triathlete), and kids in Ohio.

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