A week or so ago, I participated in a fun twitter chat where the question was asked about favorite signs seen in a race. It made me think because my favorite sign actually turned into my running mantra and I repeat it to myself often in races, on training runs and the like.
I love this mantra so much because it reminds me that I am lucky I get the opportunity to run – and that I won’t have that opportunity forever. There will be a day when I will be unable to just wake up and run six miles because I want to. So I try to appreciate the fact that I can run and be grateful for that fact. It’s also a reminder of just how strong I am. I’ve been guilty of giving in to negative self talk before on runs and saying this mantra in my head forces me to remember that hey, I can do this.
They say that positive thinking really works and I must say, I agree. Thinking positive things during my runs works out so much better than mentally beating myself up!
What is your running mantra? How has it helped you?