10 minutes in...how am I ever going to run for longer than this? 20 minutes in; I can’t find my footing, 30 minutes in; oh I’ve been running for half an hour?, 40 minutes in; I found my footing, 50 minutes in; my breathing is normal, wait am I breathing? 60 minutes in; an hour, an hour?! I so got this I am strong, 70 minutes in; look at me go suckas, 80 minutes in; oh man why is my knee chirping?, 90 minutes in; oh god I can’t feel my feet anymore, 100 minutes in; YEAHHH fuckas 100 minutes. I feel amazing, this is awesome. Oh hello legs... owww everything. Somebody get me some food.
This is basically my conversation with my body while running, almost every time I go through this banter. It’s funny because some days I think I can run forever (or at least until I get really hungry) and it feels effortless. And then some days trying to reach 5km kills me. This is the beauty of running. You never know which one you’re going to get until you are in it.
I recently read an article on the power of positive though and using personal mantras on training runs so that when the big race happens you can dig deep and pull them out to help you along. One of my absolute faves is “think strong be strong I am strong finish strong” Of course I usually distract myself with thoughts of what I’m going to eat and what beer I will have after I’m done.
Care to share any of your mantras? What keeps your mind strong during a tough run so your legs will be?