5 Mantras for Runners
When you’re struggling during a hard workout, run, or race it can be easy to let negative self-talk sabotage your efforts. The mantra is one of the most powerful methods of summoning strength during a particularly hard run. With practice, you can learn to push through rough patches and come out on the other side (or maybe even avoid “the wall”)!
This past weekend my coach prescribed me one of the most challenging long runs I’ve ever completed: 22 miles with the last 6 at marathon pace. For the record, I had never run more than 20 miles in a training cycle, and I certainly had never run marathon pace miles at the end of such a grueling long run. Needless to say, I was pretty nervous. But as I’ve been learning, the mental aspect of a hard run is just as important as the physical, so I set out on my 22 miler with my secret weapon: mantras.
I haven’t always been a mantra person, but during my last few months of hard training it became necessary to dial into a strong mind frame to get the work done. I did some searching and found several mantras that are meaningful and really push me in the last few reps of a track workout, or the last painfully fast 6 miles of a long run. Below are a few of my favorite mantras to use when things get hard. Perhaps they will inspire you to keep pushing and finish your runs strong!
I love this easy two-word mantra, and sometimes shorten it to simply “dig”. It reminds me that there is always a little more that I can give to a workout or run if I only dig deep and pull it out.
It’s Supposed to be Hard
A few of my favorite mantras lately have incorporated this mindset; the workouts or races are supposed to be hard, that’s why they are workouts and races! When I get into a tough spot on a run, this mantra reminds me that sometimes we are supposed to work hard. The work is supposed to be hard. And that no matter how painful, I can complete the run.
I Can Do Hard Things
An offshoot of the previous mantra, “I can do hard things” is all about believing in yourself. The workout or race can be hard, it’s supposed to be hard, but you can do hard things! When the going gets tough, this mantra reminds me that I am strong and powerful regardless of the difficulty of the run.
I borrowed this mantra from my coach who consistently asks me to do the work. When I’m feeling beat up from a big week or a hard effort, I like to remind myself that work does in fact work! This mantra got me through my last big race and continues to push me during hard weeks.
Leave it All on the Course
In a race, I like to remind myself that it is the final big effort; the last chance to give it everything I have and to leave it all on the course. I love this mantra because it reminds me to run as hard as I can on the day, even if things aren’t going according to plan. No matter how the race is going, you can always leave it all on the course and have no regrets!
What Mantras Do You Use?
What are your favorite mantras to use during a hard workout or race? How do they help you push through rough patches?