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« When a Healthy Survivor Feels Like Quitting | Main | A Fighting Spirit »

January 19, 2011


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Even athletes training for an event know that sometimes they're not going to finish as many miles or achieve the per-mile pace that they'd planned for that day. The important thing, as you said, is to look at what's stopping you, and address that. Did you sleep poorly the night before? Does something hurt? Does today's run feel so much harder than usual that you're afraid you'll be worse off if you finish? Do you feel that finishing the second mile is not really helping you achieve your goal of staying fit? Are you forgetting what an achievement it is for you to run at all? (I had a friend who berated herself for having to rest during a 5K walk when her blood counts were so low that I was impressed that she even started.) Or are you stopping just because you don't feel like continuing?

Only the last one has anything to do with will power. In any case, if you're looking for signs that you have the will power to withstand the rigors of possible future treatment, isn't your extensive history of having withstood the rigors of so many previous treatments far more predictive than whether you finish a planned run on any given day?

Jonnie Hickman

Needed to read this today. Thank you!

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