“I am fast, fit and powerful. Running is easy and I LOVE IT!”
Having a mantra can help make your mindset stronger by providing you with a positive, uplifting phrase or message that you can repeat to yourself during those challenging miles. Negative self-talk can be a major obstacle to overcome. This is where a mantra can be particularly helpful.
What you focus on, you get more of…
By repeating a positive mantra, you are focusing your mind on a constructive and encouraging message, rather than allowing negative thoughts and self-doubt to take over. This can help you feel more confident, motivated, and resilient, even when you are pushing yourself to your limits physically or mentally.
Additionally, having a mantra can help you cultivate a sense of mindfulness and presence in the moment. When you are repeating a mantra, you are focused on the present moment, rather than noticing how heavy your legs feel and before you know it, another mile has passed!
Here are some examples of running mantras that can get you through the hard times:
“One step at a time, one breath at a time”. This mantra reminds you to focus on the present moment and take things one step at a time, rather than feeling overwhelmed by the distance or effort ahead.
“I am strong, I am capable.” Reminding yourself of your own strength and ability can help boost your confidence and give you the mental fortitude to push through the tough parts of your run.
“The pain is temporary, but the pride is forever.” This mantra acknowledges that running can be uncomfortable or even painful at times, but the sense of accomplishment and pride you’ll feel after finishing your run will last much longer.
“Mind over matter.” This classic mantra reminds you that your mind can be a powerful tool in overcoming physical challenges, and that pushing through mental barriers can lead to physical breakthroughs.
“I can do this, I will do this.” This simple and straightforward mantra can help you stay focused and determined when the going gets tough.
Ultimately, the best running mantra is the one that you create and helps you stay motivated and positive during your runs.