A blog about my life, fitness and fun! (...and maybe a few cat pictures...)

A blog about my life, fitness and fun! (...and maybe a few cat pictures...)

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

My Running Mantra

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...

What's your running mantra? I'm sure I say quite a few motivating things to myself when the going gets tough during a run, but the mantra I respond to the best is this:


"I'm doing it!"

(The key is, I have to say it out loud. That's what makes it special!)


The first time I used this mantra was during the Harrisburg Marathon in 2012. It was my PR marathon. Around mile 20, I passed Paul and his mom. I was right on pace to blow my previous PR out of the water by 10 minutes! I was on track to not only BQ but break 3:30.

"I'm doing it!!!" I shouted to them, as I ran off to tackle the last 6.2 miles.

I don't know why I was so confident, but somehow I just knew nothing was going to throw me off track during the last miles. Those miles weren't easy, but I did them. "I can do anything for _____ more minutes," I kept saying to myself. 

That's another little mantra of mine. The "X number of minutes" game.
What's your running mantra?

25 comments:

  1. Your mantra is so uplifting! I like that!

    My most recent mantra is "push out of your comfort zone" or just "comfort zone, comfort zone, comfort zone" repeated over and over again until the hard run is done! I don'd do the X minutes game because even two miles for me is a lot of minutes, haha. I do tell myself X miles game because that number sounds small!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. The miles game works well too! I even sometimes count the miles to the tenth because 1.9 sounds a lot less than 2 for some reason.

      Delete
    2. So many typos in that comment. I hope Ali didn't see! :D

      Hahha I do 1/2 miles sometimes if I need the extra boos!

      Delete
  2. This really made me think! I don't have one thing that I really stick too. I know when things get tough I have a million thoughts go through my head. I am a mentally destructive runner, so I have to get my mind on board with my body. It usually involves me just telling myself "I am strong, I can do this" or depending on if I am really falling apart "get your shit together!" haha!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. It's good to have different mental strategies for different days! I suppose we all need that! :)

      Delete
  3. Yeah, I totally do that too where I say I can do anything for 4 hours, or 10 minutes, or whatever. I use that same mantra during childbirth too.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Ooh, which means I guess I would have to shout "I'M DOING IT!" during childbirth hehe.

      Delete
  4. I've borrowed this mantra before, by accident! During A1A I kept saying "I'm really doing this!!" Over and over haha!

    I don't have a specific mantra these days but I've found that reminding myself that "it's all in your head" (pain, fatigue, fear, etc) helps!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Oh man I could borrow your mantra. I'm going to keep it in mind.

      Delete
  5. My mantras often pop in my head right before a race or a workout. Like you said to me - why NOT me? That stuck. Last one, fast one. If it's hurting me, it's killing them. Most of that shit comes out of nowhere! I'm going to remember "I'm doing it!" for Boston!

    ReplyDelete
  6. As distances have increased, my motto has become "You got this, just keep running!" I found that negative thoughts drag me down, and can't have that.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I have been feeling very negative lately so it is nice to hear everyone's positive mantras!

      Delete
  7. I have always reminded myself that "I get to do this. I am doing something that I genuinely love to do."

    I also try and set mini goals in my mind and not think about the big picture. For example,"you can make it to the stop sign. You can make it up that hill. You are strong enough for one more mile." And then when I get there, I set the next goal.

    Lately, I've been pulling the childbirth card when I start feeling the pain. I tell myself, "you pushed a baby out. This is nothing. Now suck it up." :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I totally need to remember sometimes that I do GET to do this. Love that one, Kristen. :)

      Child birth, okay, anyone who has done that is tough as shit!

      Delete
  8. When it's really tough, it's "You can do this. Just keep going." When things get a little better, it's "This is your day!!" :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I loooooooove "This is your day!!!" :)

      Delete
  9. Mine is "if you want it go get it!" Usually it works if I'm in a time crunch for a goal. ;)

    ReplyDelete
  10. Ha! I said that to myself running Richmond :)
    I also like to say out loud...You feel fine! Push! Your gotta get it now!
    I think it good to talk out loud, but I often will start trying to concentrate and say this to myself if I feel tired (like Saturday)
    Enjoy this and control your breathing...and I try to breath deep :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I didn't read your race report yet but I'm going to today! Can't wait to see how those mantras worked for you! :)

      Delete
  11. When I used to run and was close to reaching exhaustion, I would think about what I'm going to do when I get home... I'm gonna chug some water. Stretch. Take a long shower. Put on my pajamas. Lay on the couch and watch mindless TV. Cap things off with a huge dinner. Block out the pain and imagine how comfortable and proud you are going to be when you lay on the couch.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Ooh yah you know I like to lay on the couch! :)

      Delete