In a recent post about making choices I hovered around the cop-out of making excuses and stated that we all have the same 24 hours in a day. It's what we choose to do with our time that counts. Well as usual during my runs I got to thinking. This past Saturday as I was running through the cool black predawn air, I began thinking about what I said. I began to wonder exactly how much time I spend running and cross training. Do I really spend that much time preparing for the runs I choose to do? I know I get up early, but I began to break it down.
Assume I run 2,200 miles averaging ten minute miles and cross train for 80 hours by the time this calendar year is complete. That would be a total of 22,000 minutes or about 367 hours running. Combined with an estimated 80 hours of cross training the total is 447 hours of training and racing. Just shy of 19 days which is approximately 5.1% of my time over the course of the year. Even if we calculate this based on the 18 or 19 hours a day I am actually awake the percentage would only rise to about 7%.
My point is that as much time as we think it takes to achieve our goals, it's really not that much. If you decide to spend 1 hour per day, just 3 days per week, it only adds up to 6.5 days or less than 1.8% of your total time.
Whether you like to read, run, ride, meditate, volunteer or grow a garden.....giving 100% less than 5% of the time seems possible no?