Whenever I hit a rough patch during a race, I try to use one of my running mantras to clear my head and focus on the task at hand. A running mantra can be any short, motivational phrase that you repeat in your head while running. It can be a line from a song, an inspiring quote
, or just a couple of words that motivate you, such as "One step at a time". One that I like to use is, "Feeling stronger, getting faster." It's just a few simple words, but it somehow motivates me to dig deeper and keep going.
I also like to use running mantras at the end of a hard run or race, when I know approximately how much longer I'll be running. I'll tell myself, "Just ten more minutes. Just ten more minutes. Just nine more minutes" and so on. Doing a mental countdown in my head calms me down and distracts me from any pain I might be feeling.
Do you have a running mantra? What goes through your mind when you're running? How do you get through a mentally tough run? Share your thoughts in the comments section.