Do you have a running mantra? Preparing for the half marathon this Sunday, I am thinking of two in particular that seem to dominate during my longer runs:
“You’ve Got This One”
Interestingly, these were very similar to some of the phrases my husband used to coach me through a natural labor and birth! I think there are definite similarities between birth and a long run. You know both will end, but you don’t know how. You go inside of your self. It’s a spiritual experience. You are a changed person afterward. You want to tell the story to anybody who will listen. After a time, the details fade, but the milestone is always memorable…
Most importantly, any pain or soreness you felt is soon forgotten and you find yourself signing up to do it again. Eh, well… perhaps that one is a bit easier to do with a race than a child 🙂
Another thing I try to do while running a race is smile as much as I can and make authentic eye contact with volunteers and bystanders. Saying “hello” in this way definitely keeps me motivated to continue.
What’s your mantra?
What do you do during a race to keep going?