Ask any runner and they’ll tell you, sometimes you have to dig deep.
Whether you’re 3 hours into a marathon or 15 minutes into a 5k, running can hurt. And pain can make you want to quit.
If you don’t know what I’m talking about, then you just aren’t running hard enough.
When the going gets though and those evil little demons start showing their face, it’s hard not to listen. I’ve experienced this plenty of times:
- There was the Rock n Roll USA marathon back in 2012 when I walked a good half mile with only 3 miles to go.
- That training run when I literally laid down, in the middle of the trail, closed my eyes, and tried to pretend I never started running in the first place.
- And the time 50k earlier this year when I was so tired and so cold that I would have quit, had I not still be 4 miles from an aid station.
The running demons can be terrible, but thankfully we have ways to stop them. And one of the best is a running mantra.
Back in March of this year I reached out to ultrarunners, triathletes, Boston qualifiers, and running coaches, to hear what they had to say about running mantras. The crazy part? Every single person I reached out to said they have used one when things got tough.
What came from those discussions was an awesome collection of stories and tips for leveraging a mantra to achieve greater running success, which I’ve been giving away for free, when you sign up here.
The stories are powerful and the tips are proven, so I’ve decided to share a few of them with you today.
The first, by Matt Frazier of No Meat Athlete, is a story about embracing the bad situation, and looking at it in a new way:
But maybe trying to convince yourself something is easy just isn’t enough to calm the demons. Maybe you need to fight them. That is Susan Lacke’s approach:
More Stories, More Advice
Each runner, sometimes each race, may require a unique way to fight those running demons and a unique mantra.
That’s why it’s important to remember that you’re not the first person to experience a terrible run, and not the only person hurting during any particular race.
In the Power of a Running Mantra, runners like Jason Fitzgerald, Greg Strosaker, Jennifer Heidman, and more, share their mantras, heartbreaks, and triumphs through their mantra stories. On top of that, we’ve shared dozens of great tips on how to find the perfect mantra for you.
As runners we have a lot to learn from each other. We teach each other about training, nutrition, race strategy, and of course, fighting the demons.