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Disappointed with myself

I didn't go running on Saturday, as was exhausted after chores, tavel & shopping (that I hate). Sunday had a 9km walk in Arboretum with my partner & dog - again no run, apart from 3 min up-hill run for fun. Yesterday, I felt terribly tired, so again no run. Today I'm going for blood donation, so no run today or tomorrow (at least).

I am disappointed, as I keep making excuses :( and then I regret it.

Anyway, happy running day for all of you who have more willpower than I have.

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Then make a plan to run Friday. Clear your diary, no excuses, you are running Friday. You know you will feel fantastic for it, so do it, regardless of whether you "want" to or not. Sometimes having a bit of time off can improve our running...so don't waste time or energy beating yourself up about it. Just make a plan, and go!

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I will plan my run, but I cannot clean diary (work, chiropractic visit, walk the dog, are musts in that order). I need to decide to wake up in the morning (despite hectic week) or do it with a little empty stomach and some hunger after all of the responsibilities (approx 6pm).

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It sounds like you’ve had an exhausting time!!! You have got willpower you just need to keep it at the fore front of your mind..you were ready to give it all up not long ago but here you still are...& if you’re disappointed when you do t get out then there’s obviously some pleasure in it for you....come on IgaT , I know you want to do it....remember the feeling when you complete a run??? You love it & it shines through your posts when you’ve been...we’re all running along with you whispering ‘keep going’ Somedays are harder than others, not everyone enjoys every run they do, especially on the days we dont even want to put our trainers on..but we run because we can...we know there are people who would love to be able to just ‘go for a run’ but cant...run for them...& run just because you can too xxx

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I love it, that's why I don't understand why I am postponin it and why it is so hard to go out.

It is like self-sabotage or something. And I've noticed it gets really bad when I am supposed to do long continuous run. Even though I know I can do it, I am prepared, I even did 25 min run before (once, but I did it). So I am clueless what's happening in my head.

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Hi I agree with both replies. Dont worry about the runs you havent managed to do just focus forward on the run you will do on Friday or Saturday! You can do this! Please let us know how it goes xx

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I will think when to do my run, even i it will be short with loads of walks in between, as I know that after blood donation I may be weaker.

Today I will plan it!

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Don't beat yourself up, sometimes life gets in the way. Look at your schedule, see what the next day is that you could do your run and pencil it in. When I did the programme, I wasn't always able to do all 3 runs in one week, but I did all the runs in the proper order. Sometimes there were a few more rest days in and that's ok. You're getting out there, you're being active and you are doing a good job. Sometimes, if I'm tired but not completely exhausted, and push myself to get out for the run, I'm amazed at how I feel during and after. Do what you need to do to get through the week, don't get down on yourself, and look forward to when you finally can get that run in.

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I am currently running ~1x per week and I know it is way more than sitting on the couch, but I kind of know/feel that I am able to do two runs per week.

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Then make it happen. Put it in your diary, treat it like anything else - chiro, work, etc. This is the day and time I can and will do it. Sit down at the beginning of the week, look at your schedule and see what days will be most suitable. We don't want it to become a chore but it needs to become a routine. Then those weeks were it just isn't possible become a blip in the schedule and not a complete fall off the wagon where you can't climb back on and carry on. You can do it, we have faith 🙂

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If 6pm is a doable time, then why not make that your regular run time. I understand that it can be hard to find motivation after work/chores but if you start getting into running 3 (or 2) times a week at 6pm, that becomes the new normal. If you are hungry, have half a banana or just tolerate it until you get home. Also, you are already predicting that your next run will be short with lots of walking. This is not a helpful way to approach it- are you psychic (or just setting yourself to fail)?

C'mon IgaT, you can do this :)

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Running regularly at 6pm means eating proper meal (only warm one during the day) not earlier than 7pm (run, stretching, shower). I was running like that for some times, but being tired and hungry wasn't helping. I need to figure out how to wake up ealier without feeling I am resurrecting. I've noticed that adding healthy habits is easier for me in the morning. I cannot go to work later (as I'd prefer), so need to work on falling asleep earlier, like 9.30pm to have enough sleep and time to run in the morning.

Regarding short run / walks is just being realistic. I will try the full run, but after giving almost 0.5L of blood (~1% of my mass) and beinblow blood pressure person, I know I may be too dizzy for normal run. But I am NOT saying I won't try my best ;)

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Come on Iga .... we ninja runners have one thing in common - we run!

I just spent 5 days in Arnhem with my friends and he has ALS. The memorable thing he said to me was “I am lucky to be here, 2 years after diagnosis” He can’t run, he wants to, but being able to is now a distant memory for him. So run for you, because one day you may find you can’t and you really, really want to.

Plan for it, tell us when you do and we’ll run with you....

Please don’t beat yourself up over it, sometimes we feel the love sometimes not, by posting on here, you’re asking for a pick me up! So hopefully we can pick your spirits back up. Sending you spirited hugs from grey grimy London

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I will run again, I'll decide when tonight when I know how I will feel after donation.

I love running. I am grateful that I can do it. I know one day I will not be able to do it. I thought I cannot do it due to long term knee problems so being able to run is amazing for me.

You know me well, I need some cheering up from you to get me out there again. I have very wierd running urges when I cannot run, like when I'm going out to work or today in the middle of work. Then, I am getting too exhausted and I fail to push myself even to gear up. As I know that 99% of times I did gear up, I went out of the door, I ran, and from one reason or the other I was happy (regardless good or bad run).

I also know that writing here helps me acctually go out there :)

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Thought as much, you ain’t no quitter! Happy running when you next go ninja!

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I am not quitter! I am procrastinator, but I am going out there eventually and having amazing time and even better feeling after returning ;)

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OK, friends. They couldn't take my blood today, which means I can run earlier than expected :) YEY !!!

I opened my calendar and made an appointment for tomorrow 6pm. Who is going with me?

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