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Hitting That Big Old Wall

How to Keep Going When You Feel Like Stopping


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  • This article could not have been timed better. I ran my longest run today ever, 14 miles, and there were numerous times that I waned to hist stop on the treadmill and just throw in the towel. Thank you for reminding me that I am stronger than I believe and giving strategies to help me get over the wall,
  • Thanks, I just needed to read that today. It really helped me keep going.
  • Frankly I think overriding your body when you are driving it too hard and its begging for rest, is terrible for your adrenals as well as your entire body.

    Guess that's why I don't run marathons!
    : )
  • Best Part

    Finish Line Pose.... Getting stronger sound track playing in my head.

    I definitely know what you're talking about - everyone who has run a long race can pinpoint exactly when they hit the wall. For me it was at mile 18 during the Philly marathon. I kept going because I was running with a friend and didn't want to hold her back, so that's another good way to motivate yourself - be accountable to someone else.
  • Good topic. I love its emphasis on running!
  • This is my first comment on any article. I've been working on diet/exercise since Jan. and losing ground lately. It was the perfect info at the right time. THANK YOU!
  • This was really appropriate because when I hit the wall, I feel bad enough already - lightheartedness is like a second wind. Especially loved the bribery suggestion, LOL.
  • Great blog Julie! Congrats on finishing the Boston Marathon!!!
    this is a great article, almost more applicable to everyday life than running or weight loss. everyday can be a struggle sometimes, but we have to remember to keep moving.
  • I don't understand how people here can say this article doesn't apply to weight-loss when so many comments here clearly show very discouraged people ("I'm slipping," "this darkness I'm in," etc.) who have hit "The Wall" in their weight-loss journey. Yeah, there's not a true finish line in a healthy lifestyle as there is in a road race, but there are certainly goals, and these suggestions can help people moving onwards and upwards to where they want to be as people and physical specimens.

    That said, they definitely do apply to running as well. I read this article last year, but I'm running the Chicago Marathon this weekend, my first-ever and something I couldn't have done if I hadn't turned my lifestyle around and become a "Sparkperson" almost two years ago, so thanks Julie, and thanks for reposting this, Sparkpeople: I will definitely use these when the going gets tough this Sunday and reach that goal I've set for myself, using Sparkpeople once again.
    I wish I could say that I had an epiphany after reading this, or that I some major life change was brought about, but I'm still discouraged. The author was thinking this while running a marathon and I feel like I'm never gonna be running a marathon, let alone come out of the darkness I'm in. Thanks for the suggestions, but I'm not fully convinced I can related to this.
  • I am feeling very stressed out at work today and visions of the vending machine were dancing in my head telling me that a candy bar was just the fix I needed. I decided to track what I have eaten today to see if a candy bar would fit into my calories (light dinner?), read this article and realized that I can skip the candy and stay focused on my healthy goals and meal plan. Thanks, there will be no vending machine trip for me today.
  • Those are great suggestions! Yesterday, I was determined to walk at least 10,000 steps. I didn't necessarily feel like going the distance. The suggestions in this blog are excellent for those times!
  • What wall? There ain't no stinking wall. A wall is made of brick or rocks, or wire, something, that can be broken, climbed, torn down, walked around, or endured. A Physical place, with a physical solution.
    This "wall" in the article is in your brain. Just the same place the door is! If you imagine a wall, why can't you imagine not having one?
    Don't make a wall out of an imaginary excuse for resisting change.
    Recognize that your will (you) is in charge of your noise in your head.---or can be--if you teach it to be. Use the tools in he article, but understand it is all a game you are playing with yourself.. The name of this game is "Long term goals vs short term goals."

    Who is winning---you--- YOU win either way, YEAH!!!!
    WHAT do you win!? That is the whole point here.
    My answer is that I am winning all the time, and I am consciously, actively moving in the direction of MY long-term goals. I occasionally "fall off the wagon" (get sick and tired of resisting temptations and go back to a comfort zone from my past) and I give myself a few days to recognize it and get back on. Every time I do that, it is a VICTORY!!
    Now, my idea of "cheating" is to have A scoop of ice cream once a week-maybe. Twenty years ago, it was to buy a half a gallon of ice cream and pretend I was not going to eat it all in one sitting. And then promptly do just that and feel sick for hours and disgusted for days--even weeks. Now, I wouldn't dream of buying a half gallon of ice cream for ANY REASON EVER. It is NOT something I do for my long-term goal--no matter what. Victory for long term goal- defeat for short term goal.
    I won't spend $5 for organic spinach and then cancel it out with HFCS and lard. Would you?

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