Posted: by Jo Friday, 12 November 2021 @ 11:06
I 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
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
‘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:
1. Change my thoughts, and I change
2. Strong enough to stay the
3. I’m tougher than the rest
4. Today is my day
5. I run for me
6. I can, and I will
7.Store the energy (on a
8 .Embrace the hills
9. Stronger with every mile
10. No walking
11. Run the mile you’re in
12. I run for joy
13. I don’t stop when I’m tired, I
stop when I’m done
14. Anything is possible, if you believe
15. My body achieves what my mind believes
16. Deeds, not words
17. I was strong enough to get this
far, I am strong enough to keep going
18. She who is brave is free
19. Think strong, be strong, finish
20. Believe in yourself. We do
21. Enjoy the mile you’re in
22. This is what I came for, this is
what I trained for
23. If it doesn’t challenge me, it
doesn’t change me
24. The difference between ordinary
and extraordinary is that little extra
25. Focus & finish
26. Dig deep
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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:
Body & Mind Necklace, from £45
Believe Bar Necklace, from £55
Mountain Necklace, £25
Believe Disc Necklace, from £45
Plume Feather Necklace, £20
Female Strength Necklace, from £45
Elephant Earrings, £20
Star Earrings, £20