Thursday, October 30, 2008

My Superpower Wish

This week's Take It & Run theme at Runners Lounge is Choose Your Superpower. "What superpower would you choose if you could? Sure, speed would be nice, but it seems like as a group we would get more creative than that. A shield to keep the rain out. The ability to stay warm or cool. I could see triathletes wanting to have Superman's trick of instantly changing clothes in handy phone booth."

I gave this quite a bit of thought. As a mother of two young children, the most difficult obstacle I encounter is finding the time to train. To run. To swim. To cycle. To work my core. In order to get stronger, to get faster, I need to adhere to my training plan. I need to do the work. I want to do the work. I enjoy putting myself to the test and pushing my limits.

I have thereby come to the conclusion that I would want the power of Time Manipulation. If you have read The Chronicles of Narnia (or watched the movies), you know what I am talking about. When the kids go through the wardrobe, time passes differently in Narnia than it does back home. When they return to their normal lives - it seems as if only minutes have passed whereas they have spent days, months even, in Narnia.

When I lace up my running shoes, sync the Garmin, and step out the door, it would be delightful to do my prescribed workout without worry of childcare. I could go for a 2 hour run - enjoy myself - and upon my return, it would seem I had not ventured farther than next door to borrow a cup of sugar.

The power of time manipulation would have merit in my personal life as well. I'm sure all of us with children can attest to the fact that finding time alone with one's partner is very difficult. Imagine the bliss that could result if one could manipulate time?

What about you? What super power do you wish for?

OSN: 1300m warm-up (900m mixed stroke / 400m w/fins); 12 x 50m freestyle drill (in rounds of 4: first 3 w/fists, 4th open palm); 6 x 50m choice FAST on 2:30 (I did freestyle - 50, 49, 48, 48, 49, 49); 150m backstroke active recovery. 2350 m total.


  1. DC comics' the Flash had the power of time manipulation and he was my favorite comic hero when I was a boy (and comics were 12c). He would run fast of course and could shake his body molecules super fast so he could run through things but if he ran counterclockwise or something (or maybe that was Superman), he could arrive before he left. Now we're talking! You could see how things went during the run and decide whether to do it before you did it.

  2. Now that would be cool!

    I've never really followed superheros so I couldn't come up with a female character with those abilities... I just used the one shown cuz I figured guys would think she is hot. :D

    Perhaps I should create my own?

  3. Control over time would be an excellent power. Think how relaxing a run would be if we knew we weren't going to be behind in 20 other things when we get back. My kids are grown, but my job requires the same level of attention as an infant. My days rarely end after 8 hours, and my evenings and weekends are always at risk. I've been using a treadmill next to my desk as my power over time. My uses one so she can run and still keep control of her 2 young sons.

    I live 5 miles south of Lake Stevens. I was thinking it would be fun to go up and watch the Half Ironman. Even more fun with someone to cheer for!

  4. What an awesome superpower that would be!!! As a running wife and mom of two teenage boys, I am in dire need of this. Sign me up once you figure it out, ok?

  5. Oooh, this is a tough one. Until I put more thought into my decision, I would have to agree with your choice (and I don't even have kids!).

    Great post! :)

  6. I read a book about an evil dude that had the ability to stop time (amongst other things). Very scary, but a good read.

    Makita, thanks for all of your generous support and heartfelt well wishes during this Ironman journey. It meant so much to me to have friends like you out there supporting you. I know. We make a great team, eh? :-)

  7. Cool thought! But like Peter, the first thing I thought of was Flash!

  8. A super power? It would have to be flying! 'Really' beating the traffic, are you kidding me - how much fun would that be. I used to dream about flying, but not lately. Maybe because I stopped eating meat, my mind is more at rest? Or I'm just tired of trying to fly and not succeeding. Whatever.


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