Wednesday, January 19, 2011

running mantras

The race supporters who stand at the sidelines cheering on their favorite runners are undeniably a great motivator for the folks in the race. I've seen some pretty good signs over the years but my favorite has always been: "Don't Stop: People Are Watching!" I've also started writing a word or phrase on my arm with a Sharpie before the race. It's those little reminders that keep you going when the going gets tough. What are your favorite running mantras?


laurel said...

My favorites, from the marathon I did on Saturday, "Pick up that toenail and RUN!!!" and "Run like you stole something!"

Tryna said...

Favorite Mantra:

"Left, Right, Left, Repeat."
"This sounded like a good idea when I signed up"

Favorite Signs:

"Come on honey, I'm hungry" (presumably held by a husband)
and my all time favorite...
"Pain is fear leaving your body"

Rachel Beal said...

One mile at a time!!

Juli said...

We are Strong (breathe)! It was my husband's cycling team mantra, but it is great for running too.

Christy said...

My favs -
"If it was easy, everyone would do it."
"Just breathe."

Also, when running long distances, I count the miles up to half way and then count them back down. For example, for a half marathon I count miles 1 - 6, and on mile 7, I start counting back down. It tricks my brain into thinking that running that distance is possible at mile 1 because I only have 5 more to go. Once I get to 6.5, I tell myself I am halfway there. :)

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