Anyone who’s run a mile knows that running is as much a mental sport as a physical one. Your body can do so much more than your mind allows. But if you can tap into the strength of your mind and send the “go” signal instead of the yellow or red light signal, you’ll be an unstoppable running force. Running mantras will help you tap into this powerful mindset.
Mantras are simple phrases repeated in meditation to help the mind focus and block out unnecessary background noise. Mantras have also become a tool for elite athletes to improve their performance. You can reap the rewards of using mantras as well and become a stronger, faster runner. Here are some running mantra suggestions you can use during your workouts and races:
“I am tough.”
“I am strong.”
“I run hard.”
“I run long.”
“Yes I can.”
“I always win.”
As you can see, mantras are simple, short phrases and can even seem cheesey when you first start using them. Try mixing up your mantras and making up your own until you find a combination you’re comfortable with. And even if you feel silly repeating these phrases in your head during runs, stick with it, and I guarantee within two weeks you will start to see an improvement in your running performance.