It’s funny, but I had a running mantra even before I knew what a mantra was. Back in high school (probably 1989 or so) I started running as part of being on the crew team and I vividly remember doing my mile and a half at the track and breathing along to the following (very embarrassing) mantra (names have been changed to protect the innocent): “Think of Bill, think of Ben, think of just how thin, thin, thin”. Yes, pretty silly and a little sad but it did keep me doing the six loops of that track!
Mantras are simply a word or phrase that you repeat to help you focus. They’re used in meditation practices to help you concentrate and rise above the constant mind chatter that we all have. In running, mantras are usually motivational words or phrases to help focus on the run or to get past difficult moments.
My favorite running mantras are:
- Focus (ok, that’s pretty basic and direct but sometimes I need that!)
- Suck it up buttercup.
- Dig a little deeper.
- Just keep swimming.
- Strong, calm, steady.
I’ve actually used a few of those at work in stressful moments too! What are your favorite running mantras? Are any of them as embarrassing as my high school one?