I often see posts on here from people feeling disappointed in themselves because they can't go further or faster, because they had a bad run or because others seem to be doing better.
Today I went out for my run and right from the start, my legs felt heavy. Sometimes after 10 minutes or so I settle into the run and it starts to flow, but not today. 15 minutes came and went and it was no better but I kept going, fighting the voices in my head telling me to give up and go home. I kept going until 26 minutes and I had to give up feeling totally wrecked. As I walked home I was disappointed in myself for not going as far or as long as I had planned. I know lots of factors have affected me - not drinking enough yesterday, not sleeping brilliantly the past few nights, being back to my teaching job after the summer off when I know September is always exhausting.
I was still being hard on myself but then I thought, why? I shouldn't be. I was out exercising, I ran for almost half an hour when at the start I could hardly run for a minute. I covered 3.4k running and then about another 1.5 k walking home. Not the most free, relaxed or flowing run, but a run none the less.
I guess at the end of this long post, I just want to encourage those of us having a bad run or a bad day to not be so critical of ourselves. We're still learning and building up our stamina. We're exercising our hearts and getting fitter. We're giving ourselves headspace from the stresses of our day to day lives and as the little picture I've posted says, we've had the courage to start.