I was feeling a little down about this week of non training. Then I thought to myself (ever spiraling down the black hole of self defeating thoughts) what if I can't do it? What if I get there and I just fail? What if the sweeper bus --instead of just picking me up-- runs me over, backs up over me again, and runs me over for a third time while the bus driver screams "Lack of training loser!". Then I thought how silly that was because gas is expensive so running over me once would be enough.
After that I began to think I needed a mantra for this race. I will find it and then write it on my hand. YES! Then when I imagine the tickle from the sweeper flag being tapped upon my shoulder I can just look down, get motivated, and kick it into gear. Then I wondered if you guys had some running mantras that keep you going in a race? Then I thought....well, I think that is a good topic for the blog. Time to share running mantras! Here are some I have discovered that I like.I made the phrases bold where I thought a mantra could be found.
- "Plan your work and work your plan." Napolean Hill
- "Winners make it happen. Losers let it happen." Leonard Lavin
- "Don’t let anybody tell you that you can’t do it. You can. It’s up to you. Decide to do it and follow through." Porter Freeman
- "Effort only fully releases its reward after a person refuses to quit." Napoleon Hill
- "I will persist until I succeed. Always will I take another step. If that is of no avail I will take another, and yet another. In truth, one step at a time is not too difficult. . .. . I know that small attempts, repeated, will complete any undertaking." Og Mandino.
- "Any man’s finest hour -- his greatest fulfilment to all he holds dear -- is that moment when he has worked his heart out in a good cause and lies exhausted on the field of battle -- victorious. . . . Leave no regrets on the field." Vince Lombardi
These are just a few. I think I will tweet out (@LookAtMeRunning) more quotes I may run across this week. So if you find yourself in the same head space as I am right now feel free to use, or find, or share your favorite mantra. Until then....
Keep moving forward my friends!
P.S. Do you have a mantra you use to see you through a race? Please leave them in the comment section below. You just may be the one who helps a fellow first time half marathoner through the race!