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Mantras for Running

Posted: by Jo Friday, 12 November 2021 @ 11:06

Jo Stroud at London MarathonI am a runner. Not a good runner, but a runner nonetheless.

Someone who has completed two London Marathons, and a whole host of shorter runs. And I learnt a long time ago that you run with your mind as much as your body: it is a mental sport, more even than a physical one.

Often when running, you can defeat yourself mentally before you even start.

Negative self-talk - that you are not fit enough, strong enough, fast enough or good enough - can crowd into your mind, blocking out any positive thinking. Tired limbs, aching muscles, exhausted lungs – all combine to convince you to stop before you are finished. And almost the worst you can do when running is to embrace that pain.

What you need is a strong, positive, mental distraction. Something which diverts your mind and body away from pain – and changes your mindset into a positive, can-do one. As the great Ekhart Toller wrote, ‘It is never the situation itself, but your thoughts about it'.

So, see a hard run as a way of challenging yourself; proving yourself; testing yourself; a way to improve and grow stronger; something you are lucky and fortunate enough to be able to do; something to embrace and enjoy – not something difficult to be suffered.  

Repeating well-chosen words can move your mind away from the negative, and towards the positive. I believe a mantra is the most powerful way of summoning strength during a hard run. It is a mental tool to reset and reclaim your mind, pushing out the negative self-talk, and helping you to harness every bit of positive energy inside you.

In its original definition, a mantra is 'an instrument for thinking'. The best ones are always positive in tone; focused on how you want to feel, not on the adversity you are facing; and are instructive and action-focused.

I always use mantras when I run – and now, I see them as a way of helping me change my mood and my mindset throughout my life in general, not just when I run. I have 7 mantras I try to live by, in addition to ones I use when running.  

Here are the 26 mantras – one for each mile – that I repeated when I ran the London Marathon. Yes, I had to memorise them, during training. And no, you don’t need all 26!  

Pick one or two that resonate with you, to get you through the hard bits:

 

Change my thoughts, and I change my world

Strong enough to stay the course

I’m tougher than the rest

Today is my day

I run for me

I can, and I will

Store the energy (on a downhill)


Embrace the hills

Stronger with every mile

No walking

Run the mile you’re in

I run for joy

I don’t stop when I’m tired, I stop when I’m done


Anything is possible, if you believe

My body achieves what my mind believes

Deeds, not words

I was strong enough to get this far, I am strong enough to keep going

She who is brave is free

Think strong, be strong, finish strong

Believe in yourself. We do

Enjoy the mile you’re in

This is what I came for, this is what I trained for

If it doesn’t challenge me, it doesn’t change me

The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little extra

Focus & finish

Dig deep

 

I always wear a necklace when I’m running – and a bracelet and earrings, to be honest! Why not choose a Mantra Necklace, to keep you motivated?

Our Bar Necklaces sit easily on your collarbone, with very little movement when you run; while our Disc or Symbol Necklaces might be better tucked under your running top.

The great thing about our Disc Necklaces is that they can be personalised on the back – I have 26.2 engraved on my ‘Body and Mind’ necklace, once I’d completed my first marathon. And our stud earrings are an easy thing to wear, when training or competing. Even if you don’t wear it when you run, its message will resonate with you when you do wear it, reminding you of your inner strength.

Here are some ideal gifts for the runner in your life:

Silver Marathon Necklace
Body & Mind Necklace, from £45

 

Silver Believe Bar Necklace
Believe Bar Necklace, from £55

 

Silver Mountain Necklace
Mountain Necklace, £25

 

Silver Believe Necklace
Believe Disc Necklace, from £45

 

Silver Plume Feather Necklace
Plume Feather Necklace, £20

 

Silver Strength Necklace
Female Strength Necklace, from £45

 

Silver Elephant Earrings
Elephant Earrings, £20

 

Silver Star Earrings
Star Earrings, £20

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