And how did that make you feel?
Most runners feel guilty about skipping a run.
I'm one of them.
The reason we feel guilty about skipping a run
According to Dutch filosopher Miriam van Reijen guilt is based on the thought that things could have been different. You cóuld have gone for a run.
But that thought is false, according to van Reijen!
Why do we get these faulty thoughts?Van Reijen explains the fallacy of this way of thinking by using an example of Arthur Shopenhauer:
There's a puddle of water, lying quietly on the ground. Then the puddle starts talking! It says: 'I may be lying here on the floor, but I could be making waves, or boiling, or become ice. I could do all of those things.'
Indeed, these are things water can do. But only if the circumstances are right. For the water to boil it must be heated. For it to freeze temperatues must be below zero.
But without these circumstances water can nót do all these things.
Now let's apply this reasoning to running!
Why feeling guilty about skipping a run isn't necessary
We feel guilty about skipping a run. We base our feeling of guilt on the idea that we cóúld have gone for a a run. But according to van Reijen the question isn't if we could have gone for a run. We should ask ourself the ríght question which is: 'Could I have gone for a run thís weekend?'
And the answer to that question is no. The circumstances were not right.
If you say yes, you're making the same error as the puddle of water. Just like water can only freeze in the right circumstances, as a runner you can only run if the circumstances are right
Once you accept that, your feeling of guilt will disappear.
My thoughts on this
Hm, I like the reasoning. But I keep feeling I cóuld have gone for a run if only I hadn't been so weak! Obivously I'm as dumb as a puddle of water.
For me, the best way to avoid a guilt trip is just gó for my run!
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