Ran fast with the wind today –
Racing Father Time –
But still lost by years
Copyright by Minh Tan on listed dated of completion.
Notes to this poem…
A relatively warm chain of days in February allowed me to get out on a winter run, being a fair weather runner these days after many years of marathon training through the winter. Not training near as hard now, and being older, I can’t expect to run at nearly the same pace as I did before. It’s comforting I’ve only lost about 15 seconds per mile for the same effort on a 10K run, with a bit more for longer distances as it’s the endurance I’ve lost more of, not the actual short speed.
Still, I felt slower even though I ran a little harder than planned today, with the wind at my back in the open area of my route. It was as if I were racing Father Time, metaphorically, and felt the impact to be greater than it actually was, feeling I was running wind-aided today. The “lost by years” exaggerates time people usually lose races by, but also references aging that tends to be measured in years.
The R-series poems were composed while I was out running, in an effort to find time for writing in a life that is always getting busier.