Marathon Mantras

Edit: I meant to post this yesterday but then my free wifi at the airport ran out lol.

I’m writing this while waiting for my flight to leave for Chicago :-O It still doesn’t feel real to me. I don’t think it will until I am IN Chicago and walking around. It will be awesome to explore a new city!

A few days ago I asked people to share their race day mantras with me. I plan on keeping many of these in mind as I run 26.2 miles, and wanted to share them with you as well. Thank you to all for your input, and also thank you to all of you who have read my posts throughout this 18 week journey and provided support and advice!

One of my mantras I plan on repeating in Chicago is: Deal With It. I read about it in the book The Champion’s Mind, and really liked it. I plan on thinking this when I start feeling tired and want to back off.

Here are some of the others that were shared with me (and their respective blogs so you can go check them out too!):

Running a marathon (or any race) soon? Check out these race day mantras to help you get to the finish line! 

  • I don’t know how helpful this little mantra is but ever since my late high school/early college years of when I was a track/xc runner, my dad always would say to me to repeat to myself ‘lookin’ good feelin’ good’ (i think its from a movie?!) and it always made me laugh! So to this day I still use it :-) – Alyssa (Bits Of Everything)
  • Then toward the end of the race I tend to say “do you have anything else to give” the answer is usually yes and I’ll pick up the pace or at least hold my pace. -Amy (Amy Says So)
  • I ask for prayer requests from FB people and assign each request a mile. That way, I always have something or someone to focus on. -Lauren (Running Slowly With Kids)
  • My mantra is : “the body achieves, what the mind believes.” Helps me everytime! -Daisy (Fit Wanderlust Runner)
  • My mantra is “Get There!” I have it engraved on my id band for my watch. It reminds me that my goal is to get to where I am going, it doesn’t matter what happens between the start and the finish if I get there I am a winner! -Missy (Getting Fit To Find Myself)
  • Your mind wants to give up before your legs do. -Katelyn
  • You can do hard things. -Sarah (Uplift Training)
  • Run THIS mile. — don’t worry about THAT hill or how far you have left to go – Coco (Got 2 Run 4 Me)
  • When any discomfort or pain comes up during a race I repeat “think, feel, relax.” I think about the exact area that hurts, really feel it, then tell it to relax and imagine my muscles healing themselves. You’d be surprised by how well this works! It’s a Zen Buddhist teaching :-) -Bri (Run Lift Yoga)
  • I always turn to Walt Disney when the going gets tough: “If you can dream it you can do it.” -Kathryn (Dancing To Running)
  • You can crumble or you can conquer. -Carmy 
  • I can do hard things. -Courtney (Eat Pray Run DC)

How good are all of those? One of my all time favorites is “The body achieves what the mind believes.” If you’re looking to improve your mental strength, I highly recommend checking out The Champion’s Mind. It really has opened my eyes as to how much your brain affects your performance.

Okay…time to get ready to board. HERE WE COME CHICAGO!!!

Edited to add: We are now actually in Chicago and it has been awesome lately. Heading to the Expo today! :-O


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  1. I am so excited for you! Can’t wait to hear all about it god luck and have fun
    Deborah @ Confessions of a Mother Runner recently posted…How To Host A Soup ClubMy Profile

  2. You’re going to have a great weekend. Let me know what you’re wearing on race day and your planned pace and I’ll look for you at 13. : )
    Marcia recently posted…Help Change U.S. Dietary Health Guidelines/GiveawayMy Profile

  3. You’ll do great, remember why you are there and to have fun! :)
    Tricia@MissSippipiddlin recently posted…I’m Walking Across a Tightrope and How I’m Finding BalanceMy Profile

  4. These are all great! I’m not sure I have a mantra, but I love the saying on my Momentum wrap that says “believe, endure, achieve”! Good luck this weekend and enjoy the race! Have FUN!
    Sue @ This Mama Runs for Cupcakes recently posted…Introducing the #FitFamily Bosu ChallengeMy Profile

  5. It’s going to be fun! I have a couple of mantras: I can and I will; don’t stop believin’; be positive; and it is what it is.
    Wendy@Taking the Long Way Home recently posted…Friday Five: Motivation!My Profile

  6. You will do great! Can’t wait to hear how you do! Oh and I also pray for people during my runs too. I’ll dedicate a mile to people close to me. I’ll find myself smiling sometimes thinking of the person even when I am running up a hill. :)
    Daisy @ Fit Wanderlust Runner recently posted…Why You Shouldn’t Date A RunnerMy Profile

  7. I love these!!! Most of my mantras are scriptures to get me through lol, but I love “slow and steady wins the race” and “keep pushing”.
    Artney @ My Pretty Brown Fit recently posted…Cigna Blogger Meet-up! Disneyland Half Marathon WeekendMy Profile

  8. I hope you have a wonderful time. Those are some great motivating mantras all right! I like the one about concentrating on the pain and sending relaxing/healing thoughts there.
    Elle recently posted…Manitoba Harvest Hemp Hearts Review and GiveawayMy Profile

  9. go go go!! i’m tracking you and can.not.wait. to watch and follow as you kill it!
    courtney @ eat pray run dc recently posted…5 TV Characters Who I Think Are AwesomeMy Profile

  10. I like “Deal With It” sort of like “suck it up”. I hope all goes well!
    Coco recently posted…Why Not Me And Other StoriesMy Profile

  11. Good luck in Chicago this weekend! Heading over to add you to my list of runners to track on Sunday.

  12. So I may be bias…. but I think “You can crumble or you can conquer” is a great mantra ;)! Good luck on your marathon!
    Carmy recently posted…Friday Five: People Who Motivate MeMy Profile

  13. Good luck! Have run during the race!
    MCM Mama Runs recently posted…Five things that motivate me to runMy Profile

  14. Have a wonderful race! It’s going to be awesome. Even better as a (virtual) spectator… I have so many blogging friends running the race it will be great to track everyone. Good luck!
    Debbie @ Coach Debbie Runs recently posted…How to Enjoy Running on a Treadmill. Plus an Interval Workout!My Profile

  15. I’ve been thinking about you. Enjoy the whole Chi Town experience!
    jill conyers recently posted…10 Cooking TipsMy Profile

  16. Great post! Mantra’s get me through many runs! God luck in Chicago, you will be awesome.
    Toni @runninglovingliving recently posted…#5ToTheFinishLine Webisode 4: Marathon Training Questions & AnswersMy Profile

  17. I love this!! Great mantras! You are going to be awesome tomorrow!!! You CAN do hard things!! Super excited for you – good luck and have so much fun!!
    Love Chicago and that course is awesome!!
    Natalie recently posted…Friday Favorites!My Profile

  18. These are great marathon mantras! I use a few of them.. and some are new to me! ;)
    Rachel recently posted…Training for Your First 5KMy Profile

  19. Sorry I am late to this, I hope you had an awesome race and these mantras got you through. My favorite is, “You are stronger than you think.” because aren’t we all?

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