Running can be hard! Get past the hard days with my favorite running mantras.
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I love running. I literally created a list containing 101 reasons I love it. I thrive over the routine of it and the chance to unplug and clear my head. I feel strong and happy when I run. It makes me a better person in so many ways. I run chasing those fleeting moments where I feel like I could live forever and do anything. I long for the days when the trees are the perfect shade of green and the Carolina blue skies literally take my breathe away.
Let’s be honest though, running isn’t always easy. There are so many good things about it, but sometimes nothing clicks and my legs feel like 100 pounds weights that just don’t want to move. Sometimes it’s hard to breathe. Other times the whole thing just feels off and I struggle to get myself out the door. Those are the days I have to dig deep, especially if I’m training for an upcoming big race.
On hard days I pull out my trusty running mantras. My three favorite ones all pull from the same idea… “There will be a day you can’t do this, today is not that day,” “Remember when you couldn’t do this?” and “Running is a gift.” For me these all touch on the theme that I haven’t always been able to run when I’ve wanted to. I’ve had issues with chronic illness, surgery and injuries that have kept me from running for months at a time. Remembering what it felt like to not be able to run, usually pulls me through. In the same vein, I know that I will have times in the future where I can’t run. Because of that, I want to enjoy each run I can. Running mantras help pull me through.
I know most runners have similar mantras that go through their head on hard days. I asked some of my favorite running bloggers to share their favorite running mantras with you and they came up with some inspiring ones. I’m sharing my personal favorites at the bottom of the list. This list has 26.2 running mantras in honor of the marathon distance. If you happen to be training for one, I have one for each mile you run! If you run less… spread these out over weeks or months.