How do i run counter (progression bar) to

When i set the timer to high number (around 283) the counter stop and i need to repress the action bottom (e), and when i add delay (lets say 1 sec) the counter stops when it reaches 5.
All i need is the player will press e for 1 min or more (may change for balanceing gameplay)
How can i make the counter run indefently?