Runners repeatedly feed their mind with inspirational, motivational and even humorous sayings during long-distance training runs or races.
During my first marathon somewhere around Mile 16, I heard a bystander repeating to all the runners who came by her, “You can and you will.”
I really didn’t know what a mantra was at that point, but I kept repeating it in my head, and it turned out to be a mantra that I still use today.
20 Running Mantras That Will Give You a Boost!
Mantras are personal to each runner. What may work for me may not motivate someone else, and vice versa. So in publishing this list, I don’t want to suggest that these are the “top 20” or have any ranking. Use whatever works best for you.
As I thought more about presenting the list, I returned to one of my favorite scenes in a Steve Martin movie. In “Roxanne” — based on “Cyrano de Bergerac” — Martin’s character (the large-nosed C.D. Bales) is insulted in a bar when another patron makes fun of his nose. But Bales isn’t upset with the insult, he’s ticked off about the lameness of the putdown. He then goes on to categorize 20 insults.
No insults will appear on the following list. Instead, here are 20 mantras in various categories — some courtesy of Marathon Training Academy members — that may get you up that hill or across that finish line.
“If you can take it, you can make it!” — from the movie “Unbroken” (Thanks, Julie)
“You are capable of much more than you think you are.” (Thanks, Dan)
“Suck it up buttercup.” (Thanks, Molly.)
“Just keep running.” (Thanks, Jennifer.)
”Yes you can!” “Yes you can!” “Yes you can!” (Thanks, Gill.)
“This hill is yours . . . take it!” (Thanks, Liz)
“Don’t be a Seahawk — run it in!” (Sign at the 2015 Phoenix Marathon)
“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” (Thanks, Deanna)
“Do, or do not. There is no try.”
“I am SPARTACUS!!!” (Thanks, Trevor)
“Sweat in training so I don’t bleed in battle.” (Thanks, Samantha)
“Come what may, I will run.”
“I wanna go fast.” (Thanks, Lee, quoting from Talladega Nights)
“Solo la felicidad!” = Only happiness! (Gracias, Katie.)
“Hills pay the bills.” (Thanks, Dan)
“As the race gets longer I get stronger.” (Thanks, Britt.)
“I don’t stop when I’m tired, I stop when I’m done.”
“Pain is weakness leaving the body.”
“The body achieves what the mind believes.”
“The day will come when I cannot do this. Today is not that day!” (Thanks, Tanya)
Don’t see your favorite mantra on this list? Then please share in the comments section below.