As I’m sure everyone already knows, running isn’t just a physical sport. Your mental conditioning plays a huge role. Your body can only do so much if your mind is throwing up road blocks (ha, good pun). You need positive thinking to get through the physical tough spots.
Enter the running mantra.
So what makes a good mantra? According to Runners World, one that is “short, positive, instructive, and full of action words.” RW also encourages you to think outside the box. Don’t limit yourself to real words. Made-up words work too. “Think strong words. Repeat inspiring phrase. Run even better.”
As you might know, my mantra is Fast Feet. I used it successfully to focus myself on a tempo run. All I had to do was keep my feet moving. It distracted me from my doubts. Could I keep this pace up? Was I falling behind? Nope. No negative thinking. Just focus on keeping my feet turning over quickly. Result? The fastest 6 miles to date.
Thanks to everyone’s comments on yesterday’s post, I’ve acquired quite an arsenal of running mantras. Here are other runners go-to phrases.
Fast Feet – Sylvia from Truffes Du Jour
Finish what you’ve started…You’ve got this! - Nancy from Little Fancy Nancy
Keep Calm and Carry On – Caroline from Journey to Wellness
Own my pace - Christine from Love, Life, Surf
As far as I can, As fast as I can - Sara from Endorphin Mom
Hope less, kick more. Dreams start, guts finish. – Laura
Smooth and easy and Run tall - Jess from ReRunRunning
Dream big, run long - Dorothy from Mile Posts
Run the mile you’re in - Jess from EatDrinkBreatheSweat
Someone busier than you is running right now - Laura from Odd Duck Blog
One foot in front of the other - Katy Widrick
We don’t quit at the end… this is where we finish EVEN STRONGER - Janine from The Purple Giraffe (via Jillian Michaels)
Grateful, Power - Lisa from RunWiki
I think I can, I think I can – Caron (and The Little Engine That Could)
My legs are strong, so I run long - Cat from Breakfast To Bed
Embrace the suck - Elle from Eat, Run, Sail
QOTD: Do you have a running mantra I should add to the list? Please share!!