March 5, 2014

What is your running mantra?

After recently reading a book called Running Within by Jerry Lynch and Warren Scott, this is a question that I have asked myself over and over again. Chapter four of the book talks about affirming your ability during all the stages of your running.  Ridding yourself of negative thoughts is one of the hardest things for runners during certain stages of a race.  When you feel fatigue, soreness and anxiety towards the end of a race, keeping a positive attitude can be tough.  Training your brain is critical to get you through the rough patches. I have come up with my own list of running mantras, some were shared with me, some are from books and one came from a fortune cookie I received shortly after I started to run!
Fortune Cookie photo from Quinn Dombrowski via Flickr
Here is my list:

* Unless you puke, faint or die, KEEP GOING! - Jillian Michaels

*  You have trained for this and are ready for this...earn what you worked for!

*  It's not the will to win, but the will to prepare to win that makes a difference.  - fortune cookie

*  Never give up! - Advice from my Dad since I was a little kid

*  If you dream it, you can do it! - Walt Disney (Christine sent me a little plaque with this saying while I trained for the Goofy Challenge.  It still sits on the bookshelf above my desk!

What is your running mantra(s)?  Please share!
(Pam)

28 comments:

  1. I usually need my mantra when I am struggling to finish those last miles of a long run. Mine is simply "you can do this". It's kind of plain and not very inspirational. But it is a reminder that I am capable! ( at least on most days...lol). -M

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    1. That is the biggest thing Meranda....knowing you are capable. Adding that to my list!

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  2. "Finish Strong" which I had printed on a custom tank from One More Mile to wear for my first Full marathon last month at RocknRoll New Orleans. Its also on a bracelet I wear for every training run and race. Its also on my Road ID :)

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    1. I love that Nicole....we all should try to finish strong!

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  3. I love the quote by Walt! I also use a bible verse as my running mantra..."I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me!"

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    1. The Philippians bible quote is a good one Mindy!

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  4. Love these mantras! For my marathon on Saturday, my mantra was actually a quote from Princess and the Frog... "Trials and tribulations, I've had my share, but there ain't nothing gonna stop me now cause I'm almost there!" It reminded me that I put in the work and after 18 weeks, I was almost there, whether at mile 15 or 25! :0)

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    1. Lauren, that was a good quote, especially when you get to those tough miles around 20-25. Great work completing your marathon!

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  5. These are all great mantras. Walt Disney's "If you dream it you can do it," quote is one of my favorites. Another favorite is from Dean Karnazes: “Run when you can, walk if you have to, crawl if you must; just never give up."

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    1. Adding the Karnazes quote to my list....thanks for sharing!

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  6. "I think I Can"- Casey Jr.- Dumbo

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  7. Mine is not a quote from someone else. I simply find a tree ahead and tell myself "one more tree." Then when I've passed that one, I do it again. "One more tree." Simple but effective.

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    1. Jennifer, Someone else made this suggestion once and it is a great one!

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  8. For the Princess Half at about 10.5 miles when my body just wanted to be done, I just kept saying and thinking, "Keep going, I just want to be done. Almost there!"

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    1. Becky, sounds like that kept you going during Princess.....sometimes we just need a little extra push from within,

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  9. I love the Jillian Michaels mantra! And that was so sweet of Christine to give you that plaque! Not a big surprise :)

    I don't really have a running mantra. I should get one though. I have always liked the Dean Karnazes quotation that was already mentioned: "Run when you can, walk if you have to, crawl if you must; just never give up."

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    1. Kellie, Dean has great quotes as well.....thanks for sharing!

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  10. "If you can dream it, you can do it" is one of my favorites too! Also, "Even miracles take a little time" from Cinderella is another when I'm feeling like my progress is coming along very slowly.

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    1. That quote from Cinderella is a great mantra too! Thanks for sharing.

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  11. LOVE all of those. Actually, I love most running mantras because they're so inspirational! My personal favorite is "it's your choice to finish strong". I always repeat it over and over during a race. It helps me ignore things out of my control -- like the weather -- and just focus within and trust myself.

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    1. Jen, I am going to add this to my list. I may be writing a bunch of these on my arms next week!

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  12. I always go with Philippians 4:13: I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me! However, I LOVE that Jillian Michaels quote!!!

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  13. I have too many:
    "The miracle isn't that I finished. The miracle is that I had the courage to start." John Bingham

    “I never said it would be easy, I only said it would be worth it.” ― Mae West

    “The good Lord gave you a body that can stand most anything. It’s your mind you have to convince.” Vince Lombardi

    “If you run, you are a runner. It doesn't matter how fast or how far. It doesn't matter if today is your first day or if you've been running for twenty years. There is no test to pass, no license to earn, no membership card to get. You just run.”
    ― John Bingham

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    1. Oh I love that Mae West comment Abby! Of course Vince Lombardi was one of the greatest football coaches ever so anything he said should be good advice!

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  14. A lot of thoughts run through my head during a race or a hard training run, but I can't say that I have one in particular. (Or the delusion has kept me from remembering!) They always fall along the lines of, "You can do this. You are stronger than the pain. Imagine the finish line." Yet since marathon #1, the verse that reminds me of my Grandpa always comes to mind. Amazing what that strength can do!

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  15. With Princess & the Frog being my favorite movie, I always keep Dig a Little Deeper & Almost There toward the end of my playlist for long runs/races. The lyrics give me a little boost just when I need it. But for a matra, I look to the wisest bear "you are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think." Although, I must admit repeating the RunDisney "Every Mile is Magic" at first in an inspirational kinda way; and later in training, as my runs get longer, in an "ironical" through-gritted-teeth kinda way ;-)

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