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Guilt and Exercise

Email time again

Recently, a sweet reader asked:

Hi Katie! I just found your blog and read through your whole FAQ Page! Thanks for the source of procrastination from my homework!  And it was so well-written and thorough too. I really enjoyed reading it. But I noticed you wrote that you don’t run ever day, only like 5 times week. I was wondering if you feel guilty on days off? I always feel like I should be doing something on my rest days, even though I’ve heard that it’s better for your body to not run every single day and you’ll actually get faster if you give yourself rest days. I was wondering what you thought about this? Do you ever feel bad about not running every day?

I don’t feel guilty about rest days from running, although I do sometimes have to force myself to take them (especially if it’s beautiful outside!).  One of the reasons I run is to be healthy, so if I did run every day, I wouldn’t feel healthy.  I feel healthy knowing I’m giving my body the rest it needs.  Plus, if I ran every single day without ever taking a break, running might start feeling like a chore (burnout) instead of something I look forward to doing.  It’s like holidays: if every day were a holiday, they might start to lose their appeal.  When I force myself to take a day off from running, it only makes me that much more excited for the next day, when I can get back out there!

I run because I love it.  If you loved to paint, for example, but missed it one day because you didn’t have time or didn’t feel like doing it, would you feel guilty for not painting that day?  Of course not.  You’d feel sad, maybe, but not guilty. And some people might not agree with me (everyone’s entitled to his/her own opinion!), but I wholeheartedly believe that rest days are crucial for achieving top performance and staving off injury.

If you over-train, you put yourself at high risk for injuries that could end up sidelining you for much more than a rest day (as I almost found out the hard way).

With rest, your muscles and energy stores get a chance to repair and rebuild, helping you to become faster and stronger. So take those rest days, girl!  And feel good about yourself, knowing that you’re truly taking care of your body.

Molly’s a fan of rest days too!

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(She might like rest a little too much) 😉

Katie is the baker, photographer, and author of the popular blog Chocolate-Covered Katie. Her favorite food is chocolate, and she believes in eating a balanced diet that includes dessert every single day. More about Katie—> 
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  1. sisrocks1996 says:

    Eating, exercise, not going out enough etc.

    I’m a people pleaser too and I would give anything to make everyone happy!

    I don’t run on the daily. I try to cross train, do yoga, but I don’t do rest days well so I’m done taking them off completely. I get anxious and grouchy.

  2. *Andrea* says:

    i love your analogy to painting – of course you won’t feel guilty taking a day off from a hobby, so simple of a concept yet often not made. i feel guilty A LOT if i miss a workout or eat too much carbs or desserts :( i’m getting better though! i also feel guilty for not partying/drinking enough since i’m in college and my school is known for being a ‘drunken jcrew catalog’ haha.

  3. I am a huge people pleaser. Are you a first born? I am, and I always want to make everyone happy. ALWAYS!

    I always take one day off from working out. I’ve NEVER felt guilty. Rest time is part of exercise – your body needs to rest to recover properly. I try to take off Sundays – that’s the one day I don’t have to be in the gym. :)

  4. Melinda says:

    I don’t feel guilty if I don’t do or do actually do something one day because tomorrow is another day (although if you say that every day nothing even gets accomplished). I try to exercise as often as I can and I have been getting in 4-5 days a week and changing up my routine, so I feel about about that. But on weeks I only make it 2 times I do not feel guilty because I know I was busy making a difference in someone’s life somewhere (I teach college and some work with middle/high schoolers) so I am ok with those rewards as they help to keep me healthy too. I wish I had time for everything and I guess that is what I feel guilty about, I just run out of time everyday.

  5. molly says:

    No worries – I would read an entire blog dedicated to Fudge Babies. 😉
    As for running, I had an interesting experience this cross country season. I did take a rest day or two or week over the summer, but I was running hard every day. I got it in my head that running should be challenging and hard every day.
    When I started practicing with the team, every single run FELT hard, even the easy days.
    My amazing coach pulled me out of practice with the team and gave me an entire month of running longer distances, but running at a pace that was easy. I was definitely frustrated with myself.
    But last week, when I practiced with the team, not only was I still in the exact same place in the group as always, the work-out felt GOOD, and I had the lowest recovery heart rate in my group.

    anyway, the point is that not pushing yourself to your limit every single day is good for your body – I got stronger when I let my body recover instead of continuing to push myself.

  6. Great post, as usual. I have been dealing with this recently. I feel so guilty when I don’t make it to the gym and miss a workout. I know that my body needs rest and time off but it still makes me feel guilty. I am learning to accept rest as a necessary part of being fit and healthy.

  7. I love reading about your fudge babies! I may just have to make myself another batch, or two, this weekend!

    I spend too much time feeling guilty about food and exercise – I just make an effort to do exercise I enjoy and to make healthy eating fun so I don’t want to do the things that make me feel guilty so much. Though I do have more of a tendency to take too many rest days!

  8. kbwood says:

    great post girl! i used to exercise everyday, but my body loves me so much more when i let it take a break. if i let it rest, i go back to my runs stronger and with more energy.

  9. Beth S. says:

    I feel so quilty when I take my off days from running ( 2 per week). I also feel guilty on my running days as I feel like I don’t do enough! I guess it’s a lose lose situation for me.

  10. Jessica says:

    I really love running too (when I can get outside and not on a treadmill!) I feel guilty on my days off, even though I know my body needs the rest. I just don’t want to be a bum!

    I have a hard time saying “no” to people. I don’t like to disappoint anyone, but it eventually becomes overwhelming!

  11. Jenny R. says:

    this might sound kind of strange…but I have a favourite spin class taught by a certain teacher at my gym and I love it so much that I only let myself do it once a week so that I don’t get sick of it. On the other days I do my own workouts (non spin workouts like running, eliptical, weights, walking).
    The thing I feel guilty about is when I have too much work to take Cheddar for the long walks we both adore. Especially lately…he’s been getting shorter walks :( Poor boy. Maybe I’ll make him some carob-babies to make up for it ;P

  12. katherine says:

    I definitely take rest days from running. If I don’t, I am much more prone to injury. I do try to stay active on my “rest days” though, and usually go for a long walk with my dog or something!

  13. I am such a people-pleaser too! I’ve been really working on learning to say “no” and not feel guilty about it… it is really hard!

  14. Danielle says:

    I love running too. I used to feel guilty about taking rest days, especially because I never felt sore and I felt like I still had energy so they didn’t seem necessary. So over the summer I decided to skip most of my rest days…which was a badddd idea. I eventaully did become sore all the time and exhausted. Moral of the story: even if you don’t feel like you need a break, sometimes you do!

    And I never get tired of reading about fudge babies :)

  15. Yes I believe days off our important too!

    I am a people pleaser too, and I try to get better at saying no. It is just hard, but you do have to put yourself first. There are days when I feel guilty about not working out or eating too much, but lately I am just enjoying life and trying to reduce my stress. So no more feeling guilty…life is too short. In regards to blogging, it is all still new to me, so I just try to do what I can and I think most bloggers understand, well at least I hope ; )

  16. erintakescontrol says:

    I love cardio/strength training. I do it as much as possible and don’t seem to get tired of it. I do throw yoga into the mix maybe once a week, my son loves Warrior I, II, and III! As for guilt, I always feel guilty about the time I spend away from my son. I work…A LOT. I wish I could stay at home (enter my fantasy of winning the lotto!) but bills must be paid to stay afloat. I really try to make special the time we do have together, but I still feel guilty!

  17. Chrysta says:

    Great post. I actually learned about this the hard way. I was one of those people that felt horrible about taking a rest day too. Then I just bonked out one day. I literally was on the elliptical at the gym and i had no more to give. I had to get off and sit down. I totally drained my body of all its resources! Lesson learned! I now only workout 5 days a week. If Im having a super busy week sometimes just 4 days. I realize now that this is a lifestyle not just a mandatory exercise regiment. I workout cause I love the way it makes me feel but I wont spend time feeling bad about it if I take a day off cause I know I will get right back to it the next day. Plus in the whole scope of life..one of two days off isnt going to make a difference=) Wow sorry to type so much. I just wanted to share about this since its something I recently learned the importance of. Take your rest days!!=)

    Oh and Katie just so you know I totally look forward to reading about your babies! It totally makes me smile. So write on girl and keep rockin it!

  18. Ha! We’re not sick of fudge babies and don’t worry about not having time to answer every comment. I used to feel that way, but I’ve since realized that I just don’t have time…I try to make it to everyone’s blogs but it’s not possible everyday.

    As for exercise, I work at my gym (or sometimes hula hoop at home or do workout videos) 5 days a week. The other two days are rest days. Some weeks I get too busy to make 5 days, and that does make me feel guilty (and fat…I have body dysmorphia, I know…but I do have a fat girl inside).

  19. Abby says:

    Bring on the fudge babies!

    As for taking a break from working out.. yeah sometimes. BUT I feel better when Im outdoors and active so I might “do less” but not sit on my bum bum the whole day. Just like you enjoy running, I enjoy walking so if I feel like taking a nice long stroll ,I do it!

    Have a super day, Katie :)

  20. Kate says:

    I used to NEVER take rest days. I’d run and give it my everything until there was literally nothing left of me. I was worn out, over-trained, and in the end I ended up injured and unable to run for about a month earlier this year. Since then I have learned to “listen to my body” and do what feels right physically and mentally instead of pushing my self to the limits with intense exercise. I also used to have a terrible time with feeling guilty for missing a workout or a run, but thankfully now I can easilly take several days off if I need to without much of a second thought. This week I have been sidelined from running so I have tried something new instead – swimming!

    Having an ED, I naturally have a lot of irrational “guilts”, but I won’t go too much into that. I am trying to overcome that little by little and I’ll admit that I’ve already come a long way from where I was just several months ago (a lot of that due to blogging support).

    Don’t stop the fudge babies! It’s not like you’re the only one in love with them. Hahah. It’s YOUR blog and you have every single right to post about whatever YOU want! Just enjoy it girl, don’t worry about what anyone else says!

    Have a great day Katie!

  21. I love the Fudge Baby mentions, Katie! No worries there at all!! You can talk about ’em and share photos and recipes for ’em as much as you like!!!

    I feel guilty for spending sooooooooooo much time on the computer with freelance projects, taking care of emails for writing/blog/review/contest/PR-related stuff, and all else that goes into being a freelance writer and blogger.

    I know I should take more breaks, live life more, exercise more, and just give my brain a rest – yet I keep going….

    Love the post, Katie.

    And I think most people realize it isn’t humanly possible for us to visit every single blog that visits ours. I do try to check out the links my readers leave with their comment info but sometimes it isn’t for a few days (or weeks) until I can get time to do it. I certainly can’t visit and comment on every blog I love or find out about every single day. I just don’t have time. Too bad life isn’t all about 100% blog-related stuff. LOL 😉

    Hugs!

    *smiles*
    Michele

  22. The cool thing is it’s your blog so you can write what you want. :)

    I don’t feel guilty either about taking a day off from excercise because I still am moving around so much and it’s not like I’m sitting doing nothing all day. Although that’s not a bad thing to do every once in a while either.

  23. Maria says:

    I definitely feel that blogger’s guilt too, Katie! I feel as though I have to comment 24/7, but I’m slowly learning that I can’t do that and live my life as well! I also get guilt on rest days or eating to much non-healthy food :/ But then I feel guilty for not giving myself rest days (completely agree that it’s important for both your sanity and health!) and from not giving myself enough wiggle room and treats. Sheesh, I guess i’m a guilt–freak??? I’ve been working on worrying less, so I’m totally with ya, girlie!!!

  24. Alicia says:

    I feel guilty if someone asks for help and I say no (which I never do) even if I don’t want to do it.

  25. Kiersten says:

    I’ll admit, I feel guilty sometimes when I don’t exercise, but I’m not as bad as I used to be. I KNOW it’s better not to exercise everyday. I’ve done that in the past and usually felt like crap!

  26. Michelle says:

    “Life’s short; don’t waste it with guilt!” Well said! I know that I used to feel guilty after eating pretty much anything. I have since then put some meat on bones (not in a bad way… I was a little underweight). I sometimes, usually when I’m stressed/tired/blahblahblah, start to feel that guilt again, but then I just think of the exact words that you said above; life really is too short! Make it good while you still can!!!

  27. Kathleen says:

    I feel guilty about spending too much time by myself. When I’m deciding weather to go out I have to think, I’ve never regretted spending time with friends, but when I look back on my life I do regret things I’ve caused myself to miss out on.

    It’s different now that I’ve moved to a new city, so I don’t really know as many people. But I’ve learned that as appealing as a movie night snuggled in bed may sound, I’m happier in the long-run when I social.

  28. Your answer to your reader’s question is great! I would add that if one feels guilty for not running/working out for 2 days a week, s/he might want to examine why they feel guilty. If that why is a fear of weight gain, then the exercise motivation may be a little misplaced. Personally, I exercise M-F and just do some active recovery type thing on the weekend IF I feel like it – a walk outside, light yoga, something like that. I don’t want to wrongfully read between the lines of your reader’s email, but a couple days off from exercise is certainly nothing to feel guilty about, especially when we ought to feel guilty only when we don’t give ourselves the breaks we deserve!

    By the way, I definitely have the same bedspread as you. :)

  29. Post what you want sweetie and I think with anything, it’s always important to trust your gut…food, exercise, rest, what and how often you blog, etc.
    Do your thang, Miss Katie!
    :)
    xoxo

  30. Michal says:

    I never ever used to take rest days. I would feel so horrible if I did. Now I try to take one day off a week. And I mix up my workouts by taking zumba classes twice a week, which I count as fun rather than a workout.

    On a sad note I still havent made any babies! There are so many kinds I dont know where to start :) I suppose that is a good problem to have though…

    Michal

  31. Shelby says:

    I feel guilty for not working out sometimes. But that’s only because I really want to and have so much energy…and then homework takes over my life. I def. switch up the exercise. I think that’s the only way I would keep doing it. Everyday with the same routine?! Pssh. No way. And I take at least 1 rest day a week, maybe 2 if I really need it.

    Mention those fudge babies all you want girl, how can you not love them?!

  32. eaternotarunner says:

    When I was training for a half-marathon I only ran 4-5 days per week because I knew it was important to take days off. I definitely felt guilty (mostly when I overate on my rest days), so I decided to use those free days to take some yoga classes! They made me feel great and the stretching even helped with my running. But yes, rest days are a must :-)

  33. Hi Katie – I am super guilty of exercising the same way every day – typically a 4-6 mile run outside. Although I really like yoga, running seems to make me feel so much stronger. They will soon be offering yoga where I work so I might change my tune!

  34. Bethany says:

    I am guilty of doing the same thing everyday, I really try to mix it up, but haven’t gotten there…yet.

  35. Teresa says:

    I pretty much completely agree with your response about exercise and rest. Definitely a good idea to let your body rest and recoup. As for guilt, I have been dangerously ridden with guilt at many times in my life. I blame it all on Catholic Guilt… but that is a whole other story and really I don’t care to bring up religion in this space. I mostly feel guilty about causing any discomfort or pain to my family and my close friends. I manage to always make myself feel like I am somehow “in the way.” Ridiculous really, yet so real to me.

    As for you feeling any guilt about your blog or responding to every comment— please don’t ever let an unresponded to comment on your blog be a source of guilt to you! I would hate to know that you would feel guilty for not responding to my comment. You are a such a sweetheart and I respect you, even if you write 100 fudge baby posts in a row!

  36. Katharina says:

    I definitely have rest days.

    I feel guilty when I complain and ask for help from other people. This is deifnitely something I’m working on because people should be able to get by with a little help from their friends 😉

  37. Kat says:

    I think it may very well be a “first born” thing — and maybe a Virgo thing? the perfectionist thing too? sigh, I totally feel you guys on the people-pleaser / guilt thing! But doesn’t it also help us to be better people by setting high standards for ourselves?

    As far as working out, I think my biggest problem is knowing the difference between ‘wow, I feel that because it’s a little sore because I pushed myself really hard yesterday’ and ‘ow, I need to stop now because I’ll hurt myself if I don’t take a rest day.’ sometimes it’s hard to know…. but Katie, I totally agree with you– it’s like art (which I also claim as a hobby 😉 — when you take a day off, you don’t feel guilty, you do miss it a little, but it’s the *absence makes the heart grow fonder* and it rocks the next day when you get back to it. and rock on fudge babies (and all their variations!)

  38. Gina G says:

    im with you katie! =)

  39. CCV, just discovered your blog! ♥ it, so beautifully written and very very cute. I am drooling over your Raw Fudge Babies! ♥♥

  40. Katie,
    I used to feel so guilty about not commenting on everyone’s blog, but I had to get over it. I can only do my best, ya know?

    Used to feel guilty about days off from running as well, but now I take 7 days a week off and no guilt whatsoever. 😉

    I’m a people pleaser as well. Oh how I hate to upset people, and if I think someone is mad at me, I just want to crawl in bed and hide under the covers. Sometimes this is a good thing, but often times, it’s not. I’m working on it. I need to remember that Heather needs to be happy too.

  41. BroccoliHut says:

    Hmm I think there must be something wrong with me…I can’t think of any sources of guilt right now. I consider blogging a very necessary reprieve from my day, so I don’t feel guilty about that, and we all know I enjoy food too much to feel guilty eating…
    Anyway, I take a day off of running every Sunday–it IS the day of rest after all:) Occasionally, I’ll swim instead of run (like when it’s too friggin HOT), and I enjoy water skiing at the lake too (does that count as exercise?). Alright, now I am rambling. Good night!

  42. Rest days are SO necessary for a healthy and happy body! I take at least one or two a week, and like you, sometimes I have to force myself to do it as well, because I LOVE to work out!

    Guilt…isn’t it an ugly feeling? I mostly feel guilty about being a good mom to my dogs. We walk them for at least an hour every day, but I feel guilty that that isn’t enough. I worry that I moved them from America to Saudi Arabia where we don’t have fancy vets, Petsmart, great hiking trails, etc. I feel guilty when I forget to cook them up a pot of veggies and lentils (I supplement their regular dog food with fresh veg).

    I love them so much I just want them to have the best life possible, so that is what weighs on my heart.

  43. Marina says:

    I feel guilty pretty often. About not exercising, too much eating, not enough studying…I guess I’m a masochist sort of :)

  44. CaSaundra says:

    I totally believe in rest days and I am not even a HUGE exerciser! I do yoga and strength training about 4 times a week, and the rest of the days I am not too worried because I walk countless miles on campus everyday, so I don’t wna go overboard.

    Btw, how did I know little babies would sneak into this post 😉

  45. Anonymous says:

    Great analogy with the painting. you wouldn’t want to get burnt out on what you love! Great post:)

  46. Great tips for rest days. Burn out isn’t a good thing – especially for something you love!

  47. I make myself feel guilty for silly things all the time. For instance, right now I have a virus. I am sitting on the sofa in my bathrobe feeling guilty about calling in sick to work. I keep thinking “I am an adult. I need to tough it out.” On the other side of the coin, I had to leave work early yesterday because I could barely stand up. I feel the same way this morning as I did yesterday morning. I will probably “lose it” if I go in to work today, just like I did yesterday. Yet, I feel guilty. Sigh… thanks for listening to my rant. I should probably call in sick now….

  48. jcd says:

    Great post! I take rest days too. I use the extra time those mornings to catch up on things around the house. It’s a win-win situation: my muscles get time to recover and I get other things done.

    However, I sometimes find myself feeling guilty for silly things I know I shouldn’t. I think it’s human nature to do so. As long as you are happy, healthy, and live a positive life, you should never have anything to feel guilty about!

  49. Jessica says:

    First off I love your blog. I’m a brand new reader and I just wanted to tell you that you are doing an excellent job!

    Guilt: I have tons of it! I don’t exercise as often as I should, My almost 4 year old won’t eat the healthy things that I want her too so that makes me feel guilty, My daughter would like a brother or sister but her sister was born still in february and we have decided not to try again(Major guilt).

    Anyway thats just a few. I try not to beat myself up for these things, BUT ITS HARD!.

  50. Ricki says:

    I never feel guilty for resting! Maybe for avoiding exercise, but not resting from it!

    And Molly & Henry are TOO cute!

  51. My motto: If you feel guilt than you are exercising for the wrong reasons! Find fitness that you enjoy (like CCV and running!) and have fun while being active AND enjoy the rest time!

  52. Lori says:

    I suffer from the guilt if I miss exercise, but I do have rest days and know that I need them. The problem is sometimes I need a rest day when it isn’t supposed to be a rest day… I am not sure if it is more guilt or exercise has become such a habit I don’t know what to do without my morning workout… I am trying to listen to my body better but it is a work in progress.

  53. JAG says:

    I also feel guilty for not having the time to respond to every comment, email or private message from people asking for my help/advice about diet and or fitness.

    I don’t feel guilty for not taking rest days from exercise as I do train pretty intensely so I *have* to rest so I make the most of relaxing.

    I also feel guilty about not being able to spend as much time with my son as I would like, due to work committments, chores, blogging, etc. However, the time we do get to spend together is quality time and we both really enjoy it. We also make sure to take half an hour at the end of the day, before bed, and he comes and lies in bed with me and we just lay there and read together – it’s my favourite part of the day :)

  54. Kate says:

    As a parent, sometimes I feel guilty taking the time to do something for myself (yoga class, extra long run, or other non-exercise related time for myself). I am learning, though, that this is necessary for me to recharge. It’s important to be fully present in whatever you are doing – if you never have that wonderful headclearing time to yourself (like with a good long run!) it is much harder to be fully engaged in your work, parenting, etc.

    Love your blog – so glad I found it! I am not a vegan (was veg for many years) but am very picky about where my animal products come from (local & free range) and love good meatless recipes…can’t wait to try some of the oatmeal recipes!

  55. as a personal trainer, i NEVER would recommend to workout EVERY single day. by doing this you don’t give your body enough recovery time and acutally gains in yoru strength are made OUTSIDE the gym, or on your recovery days. it is so important for improvements, to take at least 1 full day off from exercise each week, and one day being a lighter still active but just not ‘all out’ kind of day. it may be hard mentally to give your body a complete rest, but this will prevent overtraining which can lead to depression, decrease in strength, fatigue and pain

    keep awnsering those questions katie! you rock :)

  56. Marissa says:

    I feel guilty for not posting much lately, but then I realize that everyone understands!

    And keep posting the fudge babies 😉

    I used to have massive guilt about rest days and if I skipped working out in general…but I don’t anymore. I exercise to feel good and I don’t want it to be stressful. I want it to be my stress relief!

  57. miss v says:

    i’m not going to enter the drawing cause i have both of those! i know you love the magic bullet as much as i do!

  58. Jess says:

    Girllll, I am SO not tired of you posting about fudge babies 😀

    I am one of those strong believers who thinks a rest day or two is crucial. I aim for at least one a week. Without it, I am positive I’d develop an over training problem. I do not think our bodies are made to run 10 miles seven days a week. It’s just too much! And rest days can be fun too 😀

    <3 jess
    xoxo

  59. Sarah A says:

    At 5’7” and 140 lbs, I’m now a healthy size 6. In the past year I’ve lost 30 lbs due to exercise and my happier vegan lifestyle, but I’ve had to seriously adjust my exercise regime which used to be a daily, 2 hour, grueling work out – all to achieve the ‘perfect’ body that left my bad knees in real danger. Tuesday, I had a meeting with my adviser, and she made the comment that I might want to take PE since I ‘could use it’.

    Admittedly, my body type is not long and lean. It’s athletically chunky. I absolutely love nuts/high protein foods and naturally tend to build muscle. And I love chocolate down to my love handles. But for just a moment, that comment made me feel guilty for…failing to meet her expectations. It seems that people-pleasers come in all shapes and sizes.

    I can’t thank you enough for posting this, Katie. It was a perfectly timed reminder that as much as health is physical, it is also a state of mind.

  60. The Pancake Girl says:

    Great post!! I’ve learned first hand (a couple times!) that running every single day is not necessarily for everyone, and can cause serious problemos with your body. I mean, some people can handle it, but it really depends on your body type. I personally end up injured after a few months running daily, like clockwork, but yet I would always try to squeeze in as much mileage as I could bc not did/do I love it, but I’d feel guilty skipping a run. Running a little is more important to me now than not being able to run at all (because I’m sidelined by injury, etc.).

    Don’t feel guilty about what you post- we are all choosing to read what you write, and it’s all about you writing what makes you happiest!

  61. Tommy luca says:

    I like running very much.I have recently started running. Right now, I’m going every second day, giving my body a rest and working up to longer times and more frequency. For the first time EVER, I am actually enjoying running and am thinking about making it part of my daily routine.

  62. Marianne says:

    I would say I very rarely feel guilty about things. I might wish things had occurred differently, but the feelings aren’t guilt. Life is too short to worry about missing a day of exercise of whether you had an extra piece of chocolate. It’s all about how things play out in the long run, and not micromanaging down to the second.

  63. Melissa says:

    Heck, I think 5 days a week running is a bit much, honestly. I’m training for my first half marathon and I only do three days a week. I do 5-6 miles 2x a week and then my LSD run where I’m building mileage to the 13-15 mile range.

    After my LSD, my legs are SHOT and I can’t even imagine running. I can’t do plyometrics or any real bouncy cardio, either. I just finished my first 11 miler yesterday and had to do strength for my upper body and some ab work today instead of Tae Bo or circuit training with Jillian ’cause my legs are done in!

    Ideally, I’d like to get to where I’m running 4X a week but since I’ve had a buttload of injuries in the time I’ve been a runner (less than a year! And I’ve had all the big running injuries it seems – plantar fasciitis, groin pull, IBS, stress fracture – I suck at building mileage moderately, apparently!) I am a bit gunshy to do more than my 3x a week plus 3 days strength and/or cross training cardio. I also just got done with a big weight loss (50lbs in about 10 months) and am trying to not swing into overtraining due to getting weird about food and burning calories.

    Loving the blog so far and really looking forward to making some babies (of the eatable variety!) – they sound like a great post run snack! I tend to bonk hard after the LSD since I don’t plan ahead well enough to bring food to the gym. My plan of eating a dried apricot ever 3 miles hasn’t been sufficient as of late. Hrm.

  64. Tricia says:

    I used to run six days a week, and i quickly realized that that was too much lol. So now i just run with the team, and if i feel that i haven’t had enough practice in with the team (ex. i miss a practice or something), i’ll just run on my own. Four to five times a week seems to be perfect for me because the last time i was running too much and i got super bad shin splints :(

  65. trajayjay says:

    I think i have a huge problem with guilt

    I feel guilty if i over/undereat a certain food (or just food in general)
    I feel guilty if I don’t run at my top performance (I also run but I usually do 2-3 mi at a time with rest days)
    I feel guilty if I try really hard on a test but I get a B or lower than an A-
    I feel guilty when I can’t concentrate on my homework
    I feel guilty when someone is mad at me
    I feel guilty when I don’t exercise enough

  66. Linda says:

    Love your recipes but it appears I am unable to print some of them since there is no way to just print the recipe. Am I doing something wrong?