Posted by: rundadrun | July 11, 2018

It takes a lickin’ and keeps on tickin’

Recently a very sad event took place in our home. My faithful old running watch finally gave up the digital ghost. I know that to most people, this would not be worthy of mentioning, much less writing about, but this was no ordinary watch. This is the watch that had timed ALL of my children’s races and workouts for the last 8 years. It would not be an exaggeration to say that it had timed thousands of laps during workouts and races on the track as well as over a hundred cross country races.

This watch had been my faithful coaching companion for many years. I have replaced the battery more times than I can count. The band and face are covered with scars and worn out in places. It was on my wrist timing laps in JV meets in the rain, track workouts in the snow and everything in between. It timed both of my children’s races at the State Cross Country meet and State Track meets. This watch is a legend in our home. It also recorded every painfully slow mile of my last marathon 9 years ago.

But when it comes down to the details, it was just a watch. Specifically, it was a Timex Ironman 100 lap digital running watch that was waterproof to 100 meters. In the end, that was what killed it. It lost its seal and water got into it and ruined it.

So, why go on and on about a watch? Because it isn’t about the watch. It is about what that watch recorded. It recorded time with my kids and with the other kids I coached. It kept a split second record of memories that weren’t erased every time I hit the “reset” button. That watch was there for it all. And I will be honest, when I saw that it was ruined, it hurt a little. But I quickly realized that it wasn’t the watch that was important. It was the TIME. Those times were so important in building relationships with my children and the kids I was blessed to coach. That doesn’t end when I buy a new watch.

Our lives are full of opportunities to make memories out of “times” – those precious seconds and minutes with family and friends. Those minutes when we are so tired, but make time to read to our children, those all too brief moments with an aging parent or friend that we will never regret. No matter how they are recorded, spend the time! The only time we regret is the time we didn’t have.

P.S. I got a new watch. Let the good times roll!

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