10 great running mantras and why they work
It's cold and grey outside, you've just got in from work and the last thing you want to do is go for a run. In fact, Netflix is calling your name (binge watching the latest TV shows sounds SO good right now), and you really fancy some comfort food, snuggled up on the sofa.
Sometimes, we all need a little extra motivation. It might be your fitness buddy, calling you up for your after-work run, or it could be your favourite playlist that gets you up off the sofa and raring to go. For some of us, workout fuel such as a fruit smoothie or energy bar does the trick, but for those times when nothing seems to be working, how about some great running mantras that will get you motivated? We've come up with 10 of our favourites – let us know if you have any you love!
#1. “You were strong enough to get this far. You are strong enough to keep going.”
This mantra from Runladylike.com is a great one as far as we're concerned. Although it may not have you jumping up off the sofa, it's a great motivational tool for long-distance running and fitness challenges; memorise it for your marathon or 5K run and use it to your advantage. If you're strong enough to start the race, you're strong enough to finish it! This works even better if you workout with a fitness buddy too, as they'll motivate you to keep going until you reach the finish line or meet your goal.
#2. “The body achieves what the mind believes.”
Rock your Brave's mantra is one we really love. It's saying that if you set your mind to it, you can achieve anything – it could apply to your whole life, not just running and fitness. A motivated mindset can really help you to reach your fitness goals, so if you're planning on training for a 5k or even just setting yourself a goal such as running 5 miles every day, believe you can do it and you'll find it much easier to achieve!
#3. “Feel the fear and do it anyway.”
It's the title of a best-selling self-help book by Susan Jeffers, but it's also a mantra not just for running, but for life. So many times we feel afraid to try something new – whether that's joining a running club, going to a new gym or even starting a new job. But face the fear head on and come out the other side unscathed and you'll quickly realise that it isn't fear that harms you, it's not taking action. As they say, you're far more likely to regret the things you didn't do than the things you did. So get your running shoes on and get out there!
#4. “The greatest pleasure in life is doing what other people say you cannot do.”
Walter Bagehot's quote makes it into our top 10 running mantras for several reasons. Firstly, it's a generally motivational quote – showing others that you can do something when they doubt you is a great way to get a sense of achievement. But it's more than just that. Proving people wrong can become a bit addictive, particularly when it comes to health and fitness. If your friends and family thought they would never see you get off the sofa and run around the park, imagine how they'll feel if you complete a marathon? We love this inspirational mantra.
#5. “I don't stop when I'm tired, I stop when I'm done.”
We're a bit in love with this mantra. It's easy to be tired when you're working 10 hour days and have the commute from hell, but are you fuelling your body as well as you could be? It's normal to feel tired after work, but hopefully after a healthy snack you should still have some energy to go for a run, or even a gentle jog! Don't let tiredness get in the way of your fitness goals, fuel your body with energy bites, healthy smoothies and snacks and plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables and keep going!
#6. “Run happy, run grumpy, run speedy, run slow, run a little, run a lot. Just run.”
It's easy to find excuses not to go for a run. Maybe you're tired. Or your favourite show is on television (Walking Dead, anyone?) Or maybe it's cold outside. Whatever your excuses, don't let your mood get in the way of exercising. Just get out there and do it, as the mantra says. We practically guarantee that after 5 minutes, you'll feel better and be glad you did it – it's getting started that is the hardest part. Try building up slowly by running for a few minutes every day until you are addicted; trust us, that will happen quickly! You'll soon notice a difference in your mood as your endorphins kick in.
#7. “Nothing is impossible. The word itself says, 'I'm possible'”
We're inspired by this quote from Audrey Hepburn and we plan to use it as one of our running mantras whenever we train. Whether you're running every morning just as a personal challenge or are training for a race, remember that nothing is impossible. It might seem impossible right now that you'll be ready to run that marathon next summer, but it's all about building up slowly. You'll soon notice you are running faster, for longer and feeling fitter than ever before.
#8. “A year from now you will wish you had started today.”
How many times have you looked back on a fitness or healthy eating goal and wished that you had started sooner? It's so easy to put it off until tomorrow, especially at this time of year. It seems like Christmas parties and nights out are happening all around you, so fitting in the time to go for a run can be harder than ever. But stop making excuses and putting off your workout – there's always time, even if it's just a 20-minute run around the block. Set yourself running goals, and start today!
#9. “If you're tired of starting over, stop giving up.”
We love this – it might even become our number one mantra. It takes time to get into a running routine, particularly if you're totally new to running, but don't give up! Building up slowly means you'll notice changes to your fitness and your mood. By giving up, you're back to square one where it will be hard to motivate yourself again. If you need incentives to run, give yourself some! Run to meet a friend, find a fitness buddy, download a running app or treat yourself to a delicious healthy smoothie after your run. Just run!
#10. “Log out, shut down, go run.”
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Simple and to the point, we finish with the simplest mantra of all. Tired of spending all day at your desk working on a PC? When your work's done, log out, switch off and go run! Get out there and reduce your stress naturally by running around the local park or your neighbourhood. There's nothing better to clear your mind, boost your mood and leave you feeling great.