I know that lots of runners use a running mantra to help them get through tough runs and stay mentally focused during races. We hear the phrase running is 90% mental all the time. Apparently mantras can help you avoid negative thoughts and distract you minor aches and pains. I am on the search for a running mantra of my own. I have, thus far, not been able to come up with just the right phrase so I am hoping one of you might be able to help me find it.
According to Runner’s World, a “well chosen mantra can help keep you remain calm and on target. Repeating choice words can help direct your mind away from negative thoughts and toward a positive experience”. I went to my favorite group of mother runners to see what their mantras were.
Erika (MCM Mama runs) uses two mantras “suck it up buttercup” and “run the mile you are in”.
Coco (Got2Run4me) found that repeating “I am not throwing away my shot” (derived from Hamilton) got her through last weekend’s tough New York City half.
Some avid runners, like my friend Kate, use a more situational approach. Kate keeps her head in the game by thinking of a reward at the end of her race. At last week’s miserably rainy Shamrock half she reminded herself there was “beer at the end”.
How to come up with a running mantra
According to the expert editors at Runner’s World, your mantra needs to be short and sweet (4 to 5 words at most). You want to remember it and chant it when you need it most. Avoid using negatives and instead direct yourself to the positive. Combine short phrases with action words and adjectives. (source)
Think phrases such as:
I got this
I am still searching for the perfect phrase to use this race season. Have any ideas for me? What’s your mantra?