26.2 Running Mantras To Inspire You on Hard Days

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26.2 Running Mantras To Inspire You on Hard Days

Running can be hard!  Get past the hard days with my favorite running mantras.

26.2 Running Mantras to Inspire You on Hard Days from Running in a Skirt

Hello! Hello!

I’m still in Alaska… follow along on Instagram for updates.

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.

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26.2 Running Mantras

  1. Stronger and stronger by the mile. Amanda from Run to the Finish
  2. I will run and not grow weary. Kerri from FitViews
  3. Just keep moving! Heather from FitAspire
  4. If you can do this, you can do anything. Katherine from KatherineEdgecumbe.com
  5. You are Capable! Susie from SuzLyfe
  6. Don’t stop when you’re tired, stop when you’re done. Deborah from Confessions of a Mother Runner
  7. The faster you run, the faster you get done! Marsha from MarshaApsley.com
  8. Forward is a Pace. Tara from A Daily Dose of Fit
  9. Remember the 40% rule. When you feel like giving up, you still have 40% left in your tank. Amber from Eats and Exercise by Amber
  10. If you can dream it you can do it. Kathryn from Dancing to Running (courtesy of Walt Disney)
  11. Run the mile you are in! Michelle from Fruition Fitness
  12. Just one more mile! Priya from Masala Girl Travels
  13. You can do hard things. Laura from This Runner’s Recipes
  14. It always seems impossible until it’s done. Aimee from Forty by Forty Fitness (courtesy of Nelson Mandela)
  15. Think it, Be it, Run it! Julie from The Healthful Peach
  16. If running is hard, run more. Ilka from Ilka’s Blog
  17. Your body achieves what your mind believes! Kelli from Club Connect
  18. Stronger than you know. Lauren from Breathe Deeply and Smile
  19. Your legs are not giving out, you head is not giving up… KEEP GOING!
  20. If I could do it before, I can do it again.
  21. Suck it up, Buttercup (The Hubs motivation for me… lol!)
  22. I eat hills for lunch!
  23. When your legs can’t run anymore, run with your heart
  24. There will be a day you can’t do this.  Today is not that day.
  25. Remember when you couldn’t do this.
  26. Running is a gift.

I hope these inspire you as much as they did me! Happy running.

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Your turn!

Runners- What is your favorite running mantra?

Non runners – How else do you use mantras in your life?


I’m linking this post about Running Mantras with Marvelous Monday,  Jill Conyers for Fitness Friday & Inspired to be Fit, Amanda for Thinking Out Loud Thursday,  Coaches Corner, and Annmarie for Wild Workout Wednesday.

By | 2017-08-15T14:03:45-04:00 July 12th, 2017|Fitness, Newbie Running, Running|6 Comments


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  2. buydianaboluk July 20, 2017 at 3:22 pm - Reply

    Amazing Mantras, I love reading all of them.
    These mantras would definitely help all the people who really passionate about life and running.
    I have a request to you that please share your daily routine since getting up to bed time with timing.
    Thanks and Regards,
    Emily Smith

  3. Naomi July 13, 2017 at 10:46 am - Reply

    I love these! I’m not a runner, but I use mantras to give me a boost through my workouts. Other mantras: body positive ones have been HUGE in making me feel more confident and at peace with myself.

  4. Emily @ Pizza @ Pull-ups July 12, 2017 at 11:41 pm - Reply

    I love these! Thanks for sharing!

  5. Shelley Marcy July 12, 2017 at 7:25 am - Reply

    Although I can no longer run due to ankylosing spondylitis, I can still walk and run a bit and walk and run a bit more….my own personal mantra, “God gave you legs. Now use them!”

  6. Mary Beth Jackson July 12, 2017 at 7:19 am - Reply

    When I get tired, I think – WWMD. What would Marcia Do ? 🙂

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